Although Logan broke new ground with its Academy Award nomination for best adapted screenplay — a first for a superhero film — Wonder Woman was completely shut out, not even receiving a nod in the technical categories.
The snub is made more glaring by the blockbuster’s nomination earlier this month for the Producers Guild of America’s top film prize, often viewed as an indicator of which features will be in contention for the Oscar for best picture. Fellow PGA nominees Call Me By Your Name, Dunkirk, Get Out, Lady Bird, The Post, The Shape of Water and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, made the cut for the Academy Awards.
A critical and commercial success, director Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman was the subject of a Warner Bros. “For Your Consideration” campaign for best picture, best director, best screenplay, best actress (for Gal Gadot) and multiple best supporting actor and actress nominations. In addition, the studio targeted nods in such technical categories as best visual effects, best production design and best costumes. All told, Wonder Woman was submitted for consideration in 15 categories; in the end, it received no nominations.
The technical categories are frequently the dominion of the blockbusters. For instance, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is vying this year for the visual effects trophy with Blade Runner 2049, Kong: Skull Island, Star Wars: The Last Jedi and War for the Planet of the Apes. However, the acclaimed Wonder Woman is nowhere to be found.
Starring Gal Gadot in the title role, Wonder Woman grossed $821.9 million worldwide, and last week won a Critics’ Choice Award for best action movie. Jenkins and Gadot will return for a sequel, set for release on Nov. 1, 2019.
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