Marvel Studios released three movies this year and all three remain in contention for Oscar® nominations. Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, and Ant-Man and the Wasp each made at least one shortlist among several released today by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Black Panther is a semi-finalist for makeup and hairstyling, original score, original song (“All the Stars”), and visual effects. Infinity War made the shortlists for original score and visual effects. Ant-Man and the Wasp also made the most recent cut for visual effects.
The eventual list of Oscar® nominees in these categories will be drawn from their respective lists of semi-finalists. This does not mean, however, that Marvel Studios’ Oscar® nominations will be limited to these categories. There are plenty of others that don’t go through this process prior to the nominees being announced.
Black Panther showing up on four shortlists today is an encouraging sign. It also remains a strong contender for Best Picture, Best Director (Ryan Coogler), and Best Adapted Screenplay (Coogler and Joe Robert Cole). The film’s Best Picture prospects got a major boost last week via a Best Ensemble nomination for the SAG Awards. If it can rack up nominations across several Oscar® categories, a Best Picture nom will almost surely follow.
Superhero movie scores are not usually recognized by the Academy, so it’s nice to see both Infinity War and Black Panther on that shortlist. Even if Infinity War doesn’t make the final cut for original score, it remains one of the favorites in the visual effects category, courtesy of Thanos.
Ant-Man and the Wasp could give Marvel a second (or third) VFX nomination along with Infinity War (and possibly Black Panther). Its visual effects were outstanding and VFX supervisor Stephane Ceretti has been nominated for each of his previous two Marvel films, Guardians of the Galaxy and Doctor Strange.
The Oscar® nominees will be announced on Tuesday, January 22, 2019.