Oscar Preview: Weekend of Jul. 5-7, 2019

We had one film release this past weekend with the potential for Oscar nominations.

Spider-Man: Far from Home

For the second full-fledged outing of Tom Holland’s Spider-Man career, Spider-Man: Far from Home comes hot on the heels of the massive Avengers: Endgame, a film that will likely be more on Oscar voters’ minds at the end of the year than this entry.

That said, historically, the Spider-Man films have done slightly better with Oscar voters than the Marvel Cinematic Universe outings. While it used to be said that only films starring Iron Man could score Oscar nominations, Spider-Man starring Tobey Maguire started things off with a bang in 2002. Pulling in two Oscar nominations for Sound and Visual Effects, the series consistently scored with Oscar voters. The second film in 2004 earned three nominations in the previous two films plus Sound Editing and took home the Oscar for Visual Effects.

The third film, however, was a bomb with critics and couldn’t manage more than a BAFTA nomination for Visual Effects in 2007. Replacing Maguire with Andrew Garfield, the second set of Spider-Man films didn’t perform well either at the box office or at the Oscars, both going home without a single nomination. Rebooted in 2017, Homecoming was much better liked, but also couldn’t manage an Oscar nomination. That changed in 2018 when Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, an animated adventure, pulled off a win in Best Animated Feature.

While the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man hasn’t fared much better than the Avengers, the odds are higher in Far from Home‘s favor thanks to massive amounts of visual effects in this version, something not quite seen in other recent incarnations.

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