Thursday, December 19, 2013

Henry Cavill: Is Man Of Steel an Oscar contender?

Could Henry Cavill pick up the Best Actor award at the 2013 Oscars? No.

By Gregory Wakeman | Yahoo Contributor Network – Wed, Dec 18, 2013 17:24 GMT

Gravity,' 'Inside Llewyn Davis' and '12 Years A Slave,' have wowed critics and audiences alike over the last 12 months to almost universal levels of acclaim. But this hasn't stopped 'Man Of Steel', despite its comparatively mixed reception, from launching its own For Your Consideration page ahead of the upcoming awards season.

Warner Bros. are now hoping that it will compete in a number of categories at the Critics Choice, Golden Globes, Writer & Directors Guild of America and Academy Awards ceremonies over the next few months.

These include the Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Film Editing, Best Original Score, Best Visual Effects, Best Costume Design, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Makeup and Hairstyling sections.

They also fancy a dabble in the acting sections too, with Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishbourne and Russell Crowe all expected to contest in these sections.

But what chance does it have of actually competing for any of these accolades?

Personally, I can't see 'Man Of Steel' stemming the snobbish tide that has seen superheroes ignored by the Academy Awards and its various competitors over the last 13 years.

Since 'X-Men' legitimised the genre in 2000, 38 films have received just 22 nominations at the Oscars, going on to win a paltry 3 awards. And most of them were for the less respected gongs too.

The only successes came courtesy of 'The Dark Knight's' Sound Editing, Visual Effects and Heath Ledger's iconic portrayal as The Joker, which, even though it was obviously brilliant, rode a sympathetic wave to glory a year after his untimely passing. This is despite the fact that superheroes have dominated the cinematic landscape over the last decade and a half.


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