Suicide Squad may have underperformed with critics and split audience opinion, but the film just got nominated for the most prestigious award in the industry: an Oscar.
Although the film won’t be competing alongside La La Land or Arrival for Best Picture, the movie’s behind-the-scenes team will go head-to-head with Star Trek Beyond and A Man Called Ove for Best Makeup and Hairstyling. From Jared Leto’s full body and face tattoos as the Joker to Margot Robbie’s getup as Harley Quinn, the stars transformations into their DC characters have been deemed spectacular enough to compete for a golden trophy.
Suicide Squad follows a group of DC villains who are recruited to help save the world from devastation. In essence, the bad guys play the good guys for a couple of hours. The film is sitting at a 26 percent approval rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes, although fans were slightly more fond of it. The audience approval rating is much higher, coming in at 63 percent.
Ironically, Suicide Sqaud’s Oscar nomination comes just one day after the film picked up two Razzie Award nominations, including Worst Supporting Actor for Leto and Worst Screenplay. This isn’t too unusual of a phenomenon, however. In 2010, Sandra Bullock took home a Razzie for her performance in All About Steve, but won an Oscar the next day for a different performance in The Blind Side.
Many of the people who worked on Suicide Squad, including Leto and director David Ayer, have spoken out about the issues they had with the movie. Ayer recently posted a long explanation on Twitter going over regrets he had following Suicide Squad’s release.
“Wish I had a time machine,” Ayer said. “I’d make Joker the main villain and engineer a more grounded story. I have to take the good and bad and learn from it ... I have to give the characters the stories and plots they deserve next time. Real talk. (And no, there isn’t a secret edit of the film with a bunch of Joker scenes hidden in a salt mine somewhere.)”
The Razzie winners will be announced on Feb. 25. The Oscars will air on Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. ET on ABC. Late night comedian Jimmy Kimmel will host.