The fans ofe Spider-Man: No Way Home most would have liked to find out that their favorite film was in the running for the Oscars. Unfortunately, the film was not retained during the nominations for “The Oscar for best picture”which made people cringe.
No Way Home : an undeniable success
The latest MCU blockbuster to be released in theaters was also Tom Holland’s third project. No Way Home was released exclusively in cinemas on December 17 to strong reviews. It became a huge financial success, overcoming the effect of the pandemic on the industryto rank as the sixth highest-grossing film of all time.
The reaction of the spectators to the last Spider-Manwhich uses the multiverse premise to bring back characters from Sony’s two previous franchises, has been overwhelmingly positive, leading many to wonder if it will translate by a success at the Oscars ceremony. Marvel Studios have thus decided to press for No Way Home be nominated for the Best Picture Oscar, which sparked a debate about whether the popularity of the film was sufficient to justify the allocation of one of the ten possible places. In the end, the MCU project was dropped from the list, much to the chagrin of some fans, including director and actor Kevin Smith.
Kevin smith roars
Among the disgruntled Kevin Smiththe filmmaker and avid comic book lover, heavily criticized the Oscars in his own podcast titled FatMan Beyond. After stating that he had not checked the nominations and that he believed that No Way Home was part of it, Kevin Smith asked the organizers of the ceremony, explaining that he understood why no one was interested in the Oscars anymore.
The actor then experienced a technical problem which temporarily interrupted the broadcast of his podcast, when Kevin Smith commented, explaining, with humor, that it was probably a conspiracy :
I just want to congratulate people who made Spider-Man: No Way Home for the much-deserved Best Picture nomination that I’m sure it got, I haven’t read the nominations. Marc, tell me I’m right. […] What is this mess ? They have ten seats, can’t they give one to the biggest film of the last three years? Man, and they’re like, “Why isn’t anybody watching this show?” Just not to make a fucking populist choice, man. How many seats do you have? Put on Spider-Man, for god’s sake. Let him swing in there. This poor fucking kid always gets shit on, show Peter Parker some love. (…)
Children, the conspiracy is real. I talked about Spider-Man not being nominated by the Academy and we got kicked off YouTube. Connect these two things together, the truth is out there somewhere.
Other voices had already been raised before
Kevin Smith isn’t the only public figure to express frustration with the Academy’s choice to skip the film Spider-Man: No Way Home. Previously, for example, host Jimmy Kimmel had previously criticized the Oscars for this omission. The moderator said in particular:
The biggest oversight in my opinion, and I’m even angry about it, I’m embarrassed to say, is the unforgivable omission of Spider-Man: No Way Home! How did this movie not get one of the 10 Best Picture nominations? Forget the fact that this movie made money $750 million [aux États-Unis] and that it is still active. It was a great movie. It was not in the top 10 of the best films of the year? There were three Spider-Men in it. You tell me that Don’t Look Up was better than Spider-Man? He certainly wasn’t. Even judging by reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, Don’t Look Up got 46% and Spider-Man: No Way Home 90%.
And you, on your side, do you think that the film Spider-Man: No Way Home should have competed for the Oscars ? We let you answer this question via our comments area, and via our survey ! And if you want to know on which streaming platform No Way Home will land soon, you can consult our previous article on this subject.
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Spider-Man No Way Home: the refusal of the film to the Oscars for best picture grows rants