Oscar Preview: Weekend of Jul. 8-10, 2022

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

Thor: Love and Thunder

At the box office, superhero films are king. When it comes to the Oscars, that’s not true. While there have been exceptions, Black Panther, The Incredibles, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. Typically, the Oscars don’t give much credence to the genre and often relegate the films to the sound and visual effects categories. There are three scheduled Marvel films headed for theaters this year. Thor: Love and Thunder is the second. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness started out the year and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever rounding out the year.

It’s obvious they are saving their biggest contender for the end of the year and with Doctor Strange playing well towards the Visual Effects category, it doesn’t leave a lot of space for Thor: Love and Thunder. Being a fantasy film, it could conceivably branch out into other categories including Production Design, Costume Design, and Makeup & Hairstyling. That said, none of the prior Thor-centered films have gotten Oscar nominations, even the acclaimed Ragnarok. With this film not impressing critics as well, it will be an unlikely feat to see it get any nominations.

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