An Article About ‘Joker’ Winning Academy Awards Receives Backlash on Twitter

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On Sept. 9, 2019, Empire Magazine posted an article about the chances of Joker and Avengers: Endgame winning Academy Awards. The article argues that both movies have a decent chance at receiving Oscar nominations for Best Picture. The article’s reason is because Avengers: Endgame was so financially successful and Joker has already picked up some early awards. Some Twitter users took offense to the article and felt it erased the accomplishments of Black Panther, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, and The Dark Knight.

Twitter users had strong reactions to the article

After the article came out, it received backlash on Twitter. Users on the app commented that Heath Ledger won an Academy Award for his portrayal of the Joker. Others pointed out that Black Panther earned a nomination for Best Picture at the 2019 Academy Awards and took home three Oscars.

“Hi! Heath Ledger already won for his portrayal of the Joker. Black Panther won three Oscars last year & Spiderverse also won an Oscar. Just because a movie is depressing it doesn’t mean it’s art,” wrote a Twitter user.

One Twitter user wrote, “Why are people excited for joker possibly winning an award as a comic book movie when spiderverse and black panther exist? I’m so tired.”

“‘Omg the joker, it’s so dark and deep and gritty!!!! Maybe now comic book movies will be taken seriously!!!’ HEATH WON AN OSCAR FOR PLAYING THE JOKER. BLACK PANTHER WON 3 OSCARS THIS YEAR,” a fan tweeted.

Other Twitter users felt the article erased the accomplishments of Black Panther.

“The guy who wrote this tried to justify that the Black Panther awards don’t matter as much as a POTENTIAL nomination for Joker. I guess he was using the three-fifths compromise in his evaluation; Black Oscars are only worth 3/5th of the actual Oscar to Empire Magazine,” a Twitter user wrote.

‘Black Panther’ made history with its Academy Award nominations

Black Panther made history when it received seven Oscar nominations. The film earned nominations for Best Picture, Best Original Score, Best Original Song, Best Costume Design, Best Production Design, Best Sound Editing, and Best Sound Mixing. It won for Best Original Score, Best Costume Design, and Best Production Design.

With the nominations, Black Panther became the first superhero movie to be nominated for Best Picture. It is also the first film in the MCU to win an Academy Award. Before Black Panther, MCU films had been nominated for 10 Academy Awards and never won. The film was also monumental because it featured a predominantly black cast.

‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ also won at the 2019 Academy Awards

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse currently has 97 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. The consensus for the site reads, “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse matches bold storytelling with striking animation for a purely enjoyable adventure with heart, humor, and plenty of superhero action.” The movie was largely regarded as one of the best films of 2018.

At the 2019 Academy Awards, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse won Best Animated Feature. This made Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse the first film not made by Disney or Pixar to win the award since Rango. It is also the first non-Disney or Pixar film to win the award when a Disney or Pixar film is in contention since Happy Feet.