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Disney wants a Best Picture Oscar for ‘Avengers: Endgame,’ and that’s not all

Published Oct 3rd, 2019 10:05PM EDT
Avengers: Endgame
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“I know I said no more surprises, but I gotta say, I was really hoping to pull off one last one…”

That is, of course, one of Robert Downey Jr.’s memorable lines as Iron Man from Avengers: Endgame, early on in the superhero blockbuster when it seemed like all hope was lost and he was about to meet his end adrift in space. But it’s also a line that’s applicable, in a way, to the film itself — and, specifically, to its Oscars potential now that Disney has officially launched its “For Your Consideration” campaign to hopefully bring home multiple golden statuettes for Endgame during the next Academy Awards ceremony in February.

And like the film’s heroes who pull out all the stops to win one last battle at the end, Disney is going for broke when it comes to the movie, angling to win in multiple categories for Endgame including ‘Best Picture.”

“Best Picture” is probably a bit of a stretch for the movie, but you can’t fault Disney for trying to push for everything it can, especially when it’s the highest-grossing film of all time we’re talking about here.

Per, here’s the full list of Oscar categories Disney is hoping Endgame can score a “W” in:

  • Best Picture – Kevin Feige
  • Best Director – Anthony and Joe Russo
  • Best Adapted Screenplay – Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely
  • Best Cinematography – Trent Opaloch
  • Best Film Editing – Jeffrey Ford, Matthew Schmidt
  • Best Production Design – Charles Wood (Production Designer), Tonja Schurmann (Set Decorator)
  • Best Costume Design – Judianna Makovsky
  • Best Makeup & Hairstyling – John Blake, Janine Thompson, Brian Sipe
  • Best Sound Mixing – Tom Johnson, Juan Peralta, John Pritchett
  • Best Sound Editing – Shannon Mills, Daniel Laurie
  • Best Visual Effects – Dan Deleeuw, Matt Aitken, Russell Earl, Dan Sudick
  • Best Original Score – Alan Silvestri

Make of that list what you will, but we would point out one more thing related to it — specifically, something you don’t see there.

The Russo brothers are on record as saying earlier this year it’s their opinion that superhero movies don’t get enough love from Academy voters. Also, the Endgame co-directors have not been shy about insisting that Robert Downey Jr. deserves an Oscar this year for his powerful performance in the movie. But while it doesn’t look like Disney is pushing for an Oscar for him as part of its campaign — or any individual actors, for that matter — keep in mind this doesn’t mean Downey can’t end up being nominated after all. It’s just that he’s not part of Disney’s campaign, for whatever their reasons might be.

Andy Meek Trending News Editor

Andy Meek is a reporter based in Memphis who has covered media, entertainment, and culture for over 20 years. His work has appeared in outlets including The Guardian, Forbes, and The Financial Times, and he’s written for BGR since 2015. Andy's coverage includes technology and entertainment, and he has a particular interest in all things streaming.

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