'Joker' gets 11 Oscar nominations. Yes, Hollywood takes comic book movies seriously

Tracy Brown, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Entertainment News

As comic book fare increasingly dominates studio slates and the annual top-grossing film lists, the genre has drawn its share of criticism, including heavily publicized comments from another of this year's Oscar nominees, "The Irishman" director Martin Scorsese.

Yet "Joker" owes a heavy creative debt to Scorsese. Phillips has acknowledged the influence of Scorsese films including "Taxi Driver" and "The King of Comedy," and Scorsese was even approached to direct the film early in the project's development.

While DC basks in the "Joker" nominations, Marvel's "Avengers: Endgame" was nominated for visual effects.

In addition to the wins for "Black Panther," 2019 was a big year for comic book movies at the Oscars. Sony's "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" was also triumphant, winning the Oscar for animated feature.

Previous wins for other Marvel titles outside of the MCU include Disney's "Big Hero 6," which scored the animated feature Oscar at the 87th ceremony, and Sony's "Spider-Man 2," which won for visual effects at the 77th edition.

From the DC side, "Suicide Squad" won the DC Extended Universe's first and only Oscar in 2017 for makeup and hairstyling.


Besides Ledger's award, "The Dark Knight" won the Oscar for sound editing. An earlier film about the Caped Crusader, Tim Burton's "Batman," was awarded the Oscar for art direction in 1990 (a category now known as production design). And before visual effects became a category with multiple nominees, "Superman" received a special achievement award in 1979.

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