While the television audience for the ceremony is in free fall, the Academy of Oscars inaugurates a new prize where everyone can vote for their favorite film. A chance, no doubt, for “Spider-Man” and his super blockbuster buddies usually shunned from the charts.
“The Oscars are coming to you! » Announced with great fanfare on February 14, an audience award will see the light of day for the 94e edition of the Oscars, on March 27. To support their favorite film of 2021, American spectators are called upon to vote online until March 3 on the Academy of Oscars website or via the social network Twitter.
With the unfeigned ambition of winning back a share of the television audience that has shunned the ceremony in recent years (a significant drop of 56% between the evening of 2020 and that of 2021, AFP recalls), the Oscars also highlight highlights the asymmetry between a film’s place at the box office and its representation in the competition. Apart from the exceptional exception of Black Panther, nominated for the best film in 2019, what other superhero can claim to have been selected for the race for the statuette? And 2022 is no exception to the rule. Yet number 1 at the world box office (to date, the film has garnered more than 7.5 million dollars in revenue), Spider-Man: No Way Home made a single appearance on the list of nominees for best visual effects — years as the heroes in underwear blockbusters are confined to the “technical” categories.
On this side of the Atlantic, the Oscars Fan Favorite recalls our shot in the hexagonal water: the very controversial César of the public, disappeared in 2021 after only three years of existence. Originally, the prize was created to reward the first film at the French box office and has gradually become “the Caesar of comic film”: crazy raid, by Dany Boon, in 2018 and The Tuches 3 in 2019. We bet that in Hollywood, this new statuette will quickly turn into an Oscar for the superhero film.
Come on French people?
On paper (in voting rules), only an American public, major and without direct relation with a production in competition, can vote. But, apart from the incredible identity verification that should attest to the good faith of each participation, a person is free to vote up to 20 times a day (!) on Twitter, provided with the simple hashtag #OscarsFanFavorite. Among the relentless of the platform, three participants will also be drawn at random to present the reward during the ceremony.
As you might expect, the most cited first feature films since February 14 are obviously the biggest superhero blockbusters of 2021. Scrolling down the newsfeed, a tight duel emerges between the inevitable Spider-Man: No Way Home and the underdog Zack Snyder’s Justice League. With one detail : this one is not officially in competition. Broadcast since May 2021 on OCS, Zack Snyder’s film is his version final cut of Justice League (extended by two hours with an alternate ending) released in 2017, and completely absent from the list compiled by the Academy of Oscars.
Calling Francophile Americans who read these lines: Titanium and Little mom are eligible… We can always dream!
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The Oscars appeal to the public’s vote… and especially collect superheroes