Disney really, really want Avengers: Infinity War to win an Oscar
Or a handful, preferably.
We've known for about a month now that Black Panther is the chosen one as far as Disney/Marvel's Oscar hopefuls for 2019.
A real 'Sophie's Choice' dilemma for the studio saw the Wakanda-set box office smash take point over Avengers: Infinity War in terms of which one would be put forward by the studio for the prestigious Best Picture award.
Presumably following a waterfall-based ceremonial scrap, Black Panther walked away with that nod and thus the campaign is on.
Infinity War, however, will be in the hopeful mix for just about every other major honour.
IGN reports that the third Avengers movie will be put forward for 11 categories, and they are as follows:
- Best Director
- Best Adapted Screenplay
- Best Film Editing
- Best Cinematography
- Best Production Design
- Best Costume Design
- Best Makeup & Hairstyling
- Best Sound Mixing
- Best Sound Editing
- Best Original Score
That's per the official Disney 'For Your Consideration' rundown, which is a very shiny and glossy and industry-focused thing altogether.
Awards are big business, of course, and the prestige that would accompany the likes of an Infinity War or Black Panther Oscar win would be huge for both marketing and status purposes.
Remember, not even The Dark Knight walked away with Best Picture.
Granted, the Academy Awards are arguably as irrelevant as they have ever been, as evidenced by the recent plan and subsequent u-turn to introduce a nonsensical 'Most Popular Film' gong.
Back in the MCU, the latest on the upcoming Infinity War sequel is that the rough cut is a whopping three hours long.