Avengers: Infinity War is an Academy Award nominee. The Marvel Studios film has been nominated for the Best Visual Effects Oscar®. Visual effects supervisors Dan DeLeeuw, Kelly Port, Russell Earl, and special effects supervisor Dan Sudick were all named in the nomination.
Avengers: Infinity War‘s lone nomination gives Marvel Studios a total of eight this year. Black Panther did the heavy lifting with seven, including Best Picture.
In a perfect world, the Academy would have recognized Avengers: Infinity War in additional categories. Josh Brolin was never treated like a true contender for Best Supporting Actor, but he should have been. Alan Silvestri should have joined Black Panther‘s Ludwig Görranson in the Best Original Score category.
Directors Joe and Anthony Russo, along with screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely all could have been recognized for their Herculean efforts in making the film as great as it was. Considering that no superhero-based movie had ever been nominated for Best Picture, it was never likely that Infinity War would receive a nomination alongside Black Panther, but it should have.
As disappointing as it may be to see Infinity War receive less recognition than it deserves, it’s important to celebrate the extraordinary achievement of the VFX team that helped make the film so special. They’ve been nominated and they deserve an Oscar® victory.
To win that Oscar®, Infinity War will need to beat fellow nominees Christopher Robin, First Man, Ready Player One, and Solo: A Star Wars Story. The Academy Award winners will be announced on Sunday, February 24.