Paramount thinks Transformers: Age of Extinction deserves an Oscar for Best Picture.
On the movie company's official awards page — the "for your consideration" it sends to voters and critics during awards season — Transformers: Age of Extinction is listed along with seven other flicks from the past year (Interstellar included).
What the hell, they're even offering Michael Bay in the Best Director category, too. See for yourself.
Transformers: Age of Extinction is ... not really anyone's idea of Oscar timber. It splats in at 18 percent among all critics on Rotten Tomatoes. It was, however, the highest grossing film of 2014 by a mile, the only one to gross more than $1 billion worldwide and the 19th highest-grossing film of all time.
All that said, the three films preceding it in the series have been nominated for seven Academy Awards, though all of them are in the Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Visual Effects categories. Paramount probably has reason to expect a nomination or two in those, and figured why not just ask for everything.