With the announcement of the 2018 Oscar nominations, Warner Bros. might very well grumpily kick a rock down the sidewalk on their way home. Against some reasonable expectations, 2017’s Wonder Woman didn’t even garner a nomination in the technical categories usually reserved for the year’s biggest blockbusters.
In a Hollywood awards season in which one of the industry’s biggest awards fixers has been removed from the game, it seemed like anything could happen. Warner Bros. began its Oscar push for Wonder Woman in October, submitting it for 15 categories, including Cinematography, Production Design, Costume Design, Visual Effects, both Sound categories, Makeup and Hair, Original Score and the Best Director category for Patty Jenkins.
Appropriately enough, the only applicable category Warner Bros. did not submit it under was “Lead Actor,” as the film only features men in supporting roles.
But, while Wonder Woman has picked up some awards already in the season — winning Best Action Movie (with nominations for Costume Design and Visual Effects) from the Critics Choice Movie Awards — it appears to have had no such luck with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Even the technical awards — for sound mixing and editing, visual effects, costuming and design — the Academy’s usual home for big-budget genre films, skipped out. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Logan are the only superhero films of 2017 to make it into a nomination.
Still, the Academy didn’t entirely ignore genre films outside of the technical categories, levying Best Picture and Best Director nominations both for Get Out and Jordan Peele, and The Shape of Water and Guillermo del Toro, and a Best Adapted Screenplay nomination for Logan.
Here’s the real kicker: Suicide Squad remains the only film in the DC Cinematic Universe to have been nominated for or awarded an Academy Award.