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Marvel fans were disappointed when the Oscars excluded Spider-Man: No Way Home from the Best Picture category in 2022. But they might get a second chance at seeing their favorite film of 2021 step into the spotlight during the awards ceremony, thanks to a new category.

Benedict Wong, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jacob Batalon, Zendaya, and Tom Holland pose for pictures together on the red carpet for the premiere of 'Spider-Man: No Way Home,' which fans want to win the Fan-Favorite Award at the 2022 Oscars. Wong wears a gray suit. Cumberbatch wears a black suit. Batalon wears a white suit over a red Hawaiian shirt and black pants. Zendaya wears a tan dress with black spider webs. Holland wears a dark gray suit.
Benedict Wong, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jacob Batalon, Zendaya, and Tom Holland | Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images

‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ was only nominated in one category at the 2022 Oscars

Due to the Academy’s reputation for ignoring superhero movies, it was a long shot that the Oscars would nominate Spider-Man: No Way Home for Best Picture. And despite Marvel and Sony’s best efforts, the Marvel Cinematic Universe film only received a nod in the Best Visual Effects category.

The Marvel movie is nominated alongside Dune, No Time to Die, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, and Free Guy.

And although Spider-Man: No Way Home has received a lot of praise from fans and critics, it’s unlikely that it will win Best Visual Effects at the 2022 Oscars. An MCU film has never taken home that award in Oscars history. Thankfully, the third Spider-Man movie may have another chance at winning an Oscar.

Fans want the Marvel film to win the new ‘fan-favorite’ award

Per Entertainment Weekly, the Academy will introduce the fan-favorite film of the year award at this year’s ceremony. Starting Feb. 14 and lasting until March 3, the public can vote for their favorite movie of 2021 by either using the #OscarsFanFavorite hashtag on Twitter or casting a ballot on the Oscars Fan Favorite website. And Marvel fans are already tweeting their support for Spider-Man: No Way Home at the 2022 Oscars.

One person tweeted, “Spider-Man: No Way Home definitely is my #OscarsFanFavorite. I mean, we have 3 Spiders, Benedict [Cumberbatch], Zendaya, and freaking Willem Dafoe in the same movie. It IS the movie of the year.”

“The overall #OscarsFanFavorite HAS to be Spider-Man: No Way Home,” another fan declared. “I will not accept anything else.”

One fan also said, “Spider-Man: No Way Home was by far the best movie of 2021, my favorite Marvel movie ever made, and the greatest theater experience of my life. #OscarsFanFavorite.”

The winner of the fan-favorite award will be announced at the 2022 Oscars ceremony, and many are hoping that Spider-Man: No Way Home will win. Perhaps if the MCU movie triumphs, the Academy may consider recognizing more superhero films in the future.


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Why Tom Holland believed the 2022 Oscars should’ve recognized ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’

While speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Tom Holland expressed his frustration over the Oscars not recognizing superhero movies.

“I’ve made Marvel movies, and I’ve also made movies that have been in the conversation in the world of the Oscars,” the actor shared. “And the only difference, really, is one is much more expensive than the other. But the way I break down the character, the way the director etches out the arc of the story and characters — it’s all the same, just done on a different scale. So, I do think they’re real art.”

Holland added, “When you’re making these films, you know that, good or bad, millions of people will see them. Whereas when you’re making a small indie film, if it’s not very good, no one will watch it. So it comes with different levels of pressure.”

He concluded, “I mean, you can also ask Benedict Cumberbatch or Robert Downey Jr. or Scarlett Johansson — people who have made the kinds of movies that are ‘Oscar-worthy’ and also made superhero movies — and they will tell you that they’re the same, just on a different scale. And there’s less Spandex in ‘Oscar movies.'”

Spider-Man: No Way Home is now playing in theaters, and the 2022 Oscars air on Sunday, March 27, on ABC.