The long-standing belief that the Academy hates Marvel movies reared its head again after Angela Bassett lost out at this year’s Oscars.
Many Marvel fans believed that Angela Bassett would take home the Best Supporting Actress award at Sunday night’s Oscars ceremony. However, the party was cut short as the actress was beaten to the accolade by Jamie Lee Curtis for her role in Everything Everywhere All At Once, and immediately fans of both Marvel and the actress called foul on the Academy for their decision.
The subject of “Marvel Snubbery” is nothing new when it comes the Oscars. After all, a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie is still to earn a major category award at the Academy Awards, with 2018’s Black Panther and 2022’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever coming closest to winning for the superhero franchisee. This year, Angela Bassett seemed certain to follow up her Golden Globe win with the Oscar for her role as Queen Ramonda, but when the results were announced fans immediately took to Twitter to air their outrage at the decision.
This snub feels like the Academy’s way of saying to Marvel no matter how amazing your actors are your movies will never with for any other category but technical.— Muthui Kamotho 🇰🇪🏳️🌈 (@muthuikamotho) March 13, 2023
Marvel Fans: why do we always get the Oscar's snub— Auntie Christ (@ItsAuntieChrist) March 13, 2023
Horror fans: you get accustomed to it
i will always say ANGELA BASSETT shouldve been nominated and won BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS in WAITING TO EXHALE (1995)pic.twitter.com/Q4mninX34y— Roman Roy #1 defender (they/them) (@IsJayOhKay) March 8, 2023
They didn’t let her win because she would be the first actress (to add>BLACK ACTRESS) to ever win for a Marvel movie— anna 🧸 (@tinaxangelaedit) March 13, 2023
They can’t handle beautiful, intelligent, talented, humble queen and that’s why they snub her. She is too much quality for them.#AngelaBassett
Wow, they actually snubbed #AngelaBassett …— Grace Randolph (@GraceRandolph) March 13, 2023
You could see the defeated, broken look on Bassett’s face…
While Jamie Lee Curtis has been in the industry for almost five decades, and many have been quick to point out that her Oscar win was long overdue, others have not been so accommodating and called out the Awards once again for the snubbing of a movie in the superhero genre.
The history of the Academy Awards is littered with moments that fans have been in uproar about, and obviously this year was no exception. Last year, Marvel fans called foul of the awards for not nominating Spider-Man: No Way Home in the category of Best Picture, and years earlier, despite Heath Ledger winning a posthumous Oscar for playing the Joker, DC movie The Dark Knight was believed to have been robbed of winning Best Picture by many.
The lack of major awards given out to superhero movies is a subject that had been debated for years. Back in 2021, Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige addressed the subject of “genre bias” at the Oscars when Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings was snubbed in many possible categories. He said at the time:
“I think we are always at a deficit because of the Marvel logo and because of a genre bias that certainly exists. I just loved that for a shining moment there with Black Panther that was put aside and the work was recognized for the achievement that it was… There are a lot of comic fans that didn’t know who Shang-Chi was. And yet the work that Destin did and Dave did and Sue did and Joel did, created something new that connected with audiences. We recognized it, the audience recognized it, and I sure would love the hard work of all of these people who are telling their story to get recognized.”
While a lack of awards has never hurt Marvel Studios’ success, for the actors, it has become something of an expectation that appearing in an MCU project may be fun and a big deal at the box office, but they should never get their hopes up of receiving any major awards for it. Thankfully, most stars who join the MCU are not doing it with the expectation of winning big awards, and clearly just being a part of the almighty franchise is worth all the Academy accolades in the world.
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