Comic book movies don't usually garner the same Oscar support as more artsy films, but that is not stopping the Russo brothers from running an Oscar campaign of their own.
"I don’t know if I have ever seen -- in movie history -- a global audience react to a performance the way they did to Robert Downey in that movie,” Joe Russo said. “There were people bawling in movie theaters, hyperventilating. I mean, that is a profound performance, when you can touch audiences all over the world to that degree. We’ve never seen anything like that, and if that doesn’t deserve an Oscar, I don’t know what does."
Still, the brothers understand the difficulty of the situation. Aside from films like Black Panther, Logan and The Dark Knight, comic book movies have been shut out of the major awards categories, including Best Actor/Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Picture. They are staples, however, of minor awards such as Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Production Design and Best Visual Effects.
"It’s certainly as difficult as it gets -- without question," Joe Russo remarked. "On a scale of 1-10, this is a 12. We’ll say this: there certainly is a disconnect between the Academy and popular audiences. It started about 20 years ago. If you go back and look at the Academy Awards up until that point, they were in sync with popular audiences."
"To its credit, the Academy seems very focused on trying to champion smaller movies, which is awesome," Anthony Russo added. "But you don’t want to have that be the only thing they try to do."
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers: Endgame stars Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Brie Larson as Captain Marvel, Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, Don Cheadle as War Machine, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Danai Gurira as Okoye and Bradley Cooper as Rocket, with Gwyneth Paltrow Pepper Potts, Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan, Benedict Wong as Wong, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie and Josh Brolin as Thanos. The film is now available on Digital HD, Blu-ray and 4K UHD.