The 2017 Academy Awards ceremony is still about seven months away. Between now and then, a great many potential Oscar nominees will be released, and while many of them will have successful campaigns and be rewarded with several nominations, a few will make the honorific, though infamous, Oscar snub list. Long story short, there’s a lot of competition out there, which may be why Warner Bros. is starting early. The surprising part though is that the movie Warner Bros. is lifting up for Oscar glory is their summer blockbuster hit, Wonder Woman. For what use is breaking the superhero glass ceiling if you don’t get awarded for it.
Variety is reporting that Warners is discussing internally a “formidable awards-season campaign” for Wonder Woman, with a push for a Best Picture nomination for the film and a Best Director nod for Patty Jenkins. The campaign would include screenings, screeners, advertising, and perhaps even a limited theatrical re-release sometime in the fall, all of which is very expensive. But if successful, this would be the first Best Picture nod for a superhero movie, and it would be only the sixth nomination for a female director in the Academy’s 80-plus year history. So far, only one woman has won the Oscar for Best Director, and it was Kathryn Bigelow in 2010 for The Hurt Locker.
In the meantime, Wonder Woman is the most successful movie of the summer so far in terms of box office with nearly $400 million at the domestic box office, making it the second biggest film of the year behind Beauty and the Beast. Wonder Woman has also made total of $782 million worldwide, which makes it the fourth biggest movie of the year globally-speaking. But what is money without prestige, and before you scoff, we have five words for you: Academy Award-winner Suicide Squad. It won Best Hair and Make-Up Design at this Oscars earlier this year.
Wonder Woman is still in theatres everywhere.