For the Academy’s Consideration
New postings from Disney revealed which MCU actors the studio is going to be running campaigns for in the upcoming 2022 Oscar race.
The list, posted on Disney’s official screenings site, shows off 18 names from across Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Thor: Love and Thunder, and the recently released Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
From Multiverse of Madness, Marvel Studios has Benedict Cumberbatch and Elizabeth Olsen for consideration in the Best Actor/Actress categories, with Xochitl Gomez, Rachel McAdams, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong, and Michael Stühlbarg all being asked to be considered for their supporting work.
Thor: Love and Thunder has a similar number of names with Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman for Best Actor and Actress respectively, and Tessa Thompson, Jaimie Alexander, Christian Bale, Taika Waititi, and Russell Crowe all in supporting categories.
And last, but certainly not least, the studio submitted Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’s Letitia Wright to be considered for a Best Actress nomination, along with Angela Bassett, Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, and Tenoch Huerta Mejía for Best Supporting Actor/Actress.
Is This Marvel’s Year at the Oscars?
Of course, looking at the sheer number of names Marvel is pushing for consideration at the Academy Awards, there is no way all of them can win, or even get a nomination. But it is this shotgun approach that every studio has to do.
Now fans are going to wonder, what/who actually has a chance at this year’s ceremony? The Academy has been notoriously against honoring comic book/superhero films at its ceremony, with a few exceptions.
One of those exceptions, Black Panther, had a sequel release this year, and if one of these Marvel Studios films is to even get a nomination in any of the major acting categories or Best Picture, it will likely be Wakanda Forever (or at least that’s what the odds say).
A Marvel Studios actor/actress has never been nominated at the Oscars, with Black Panther being the studio’s only Best Picture nominee to date. However, that could all change this year.
If one name were to get through it would likely be Letitia Wright for her work in Wakanda Forever. The Best Actress category is a little thinner than in recent years, with a couple of heavy-hitting performances at the top (Michelle Yeoh in Everything Everywhere All at Once and Cate Blancett in Tar).
While right now the Best Actress Oscar feels like Blanchett’s to lose, Wright could very well have a chance at least getting a nomination.
The 95th Academy Awards air on Sunday, March 12, 2023.