Just when you thought Avengers: Endgame had smashed all the records, the Marvel blockbuster just made history again. Endgame was a massive success at the box office and is officially the highest-grossing movie in the history of cinema. Although Disney pushed hard for the film to get nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards, it actually made cinema history by getting snubbed at the Oscars.
Disney campaigns for ‘Endgame’
Avengers: Endgame made a cool $2.7 billion at the box office, easily overtaking Avatar as the highest-grossing film of all time. Due to this success, Disney pushed hard for Endgame to take home as many Oscar nominations as possible.
The studio campaigned for Best Actor (Robert Downey Jr.), Best Picture, and Best Visual Effects. Unfortunately, the film only snagged a nomination for Best Visual Effects.
To be fair, the movie was up against some serious competition all across the board. And superhero films are usually not considered Oscar-worthy, unless you’re talking about Black Panther, which was the first Marvel film to be nominated for Best Picture.
Even in a category like Visual Effects, Avengers: Endgame failed to stand above the competition. The category featured the likes of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, The Lion King, The Irishman, and 1917 (which ultimately won).
Although Disney’s efforts obviously failed, the studio did make history at the Oscars.
‘Avengers: Endgame’ gets snubbed at the Oscars
With Endgame failing to take home a nomination for Best Picture, the movie made history as the first film to be the highest-grossing movie of all time and not get a Best Picture nomination.
According to We Got This Covered, every other movie that has claimed the top spot at the box office has been nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars. Gone With The Wind, for example, won Best Picture in 1939, and after The Sound of Music earned the top spot in 1966, it also won a Best Picture nomination.
There are plenty of other examples of high-grossing films being nominated for Best Picture, including The Godfather, Jurassic Park, Avatar, and Jaws. Not all of these won the award, but they were in contention.
Avengers: Endgame, on the other hand, wasn’t even considered in the category. The snub is a pretty big deal for Disney, but it doesn’t take away from the fact that the movie made close to $3 billion.
Robert Downey Jr. opens up about Avengers
Apart from Best Picture, Disney also failed to secure a nomination for Downey Jr. for Best Actor. Avengers: Endgame marked the actor’s final outing as Tony Stark, a.k.a. Iron Man, and there were plenty of fans who believed he deserved to be in the running.
The Best Actor award for the 2020 Academy Awards went to Joaquin Phoenix for his part in Joker. Other actors nominated in the category included Leonardo DiCaprio (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood), Adam Driver (Marriage Story), Antonio Banderas (Pain and Glory), and Jonathan Pryce (The Two Popes).
While he was not nominated for an Oscar this year, Downey Jr. recently revealed which character he would have liked to portray in the MCU other than Iron Man.
Surprisingly, Downey Jr. stated that he would have loved to portray Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) on the big screens, but only because he is a huge fan of the way Renner brought the character to life.
“Looking back on it now – also because I’m just such a Jeremy Renner fan, and he made it so cool, particularly when he turns into Ronin [in Avengers: Endgame] – I would say Hawkeye would be my go-to,” he shared.
‘Avengers: Endgame’ concept art reveals new suits
While Disney is looking ahead to the start of Phase 4 of the MCU, Marvel recently revealed unused concept art for Captain America’s (Chris Evans) time-traveling costume.
The supervisor for visual development at Marvel, Ian Joyner, shared the images on social media. The photos feature Evans in three different iterations of the suit, all of which were inspired by Iron Man and Guardians of the Galaxy.
The next movie in Marvel’s lineup is Black Widow, which is due out in theaters on May 1. That movie will be followed by the premiere of The Eternals in November, along with several television shows that are expected to be released later this year.
Marvel fans can stream a special version of Avengers: Endgame on Disney+.