Now that “Avengers: Endgame” is officially the highest-grossing movie in Hollywood history, the studio behind the blockbuster is also hoping to see the film nab a few statues at next year’s Academy Awards ceremony.
Disney has begun its Oscar campaign for “Avengers: Endgame” by launching a page on the film’s official website listing the “Oscar consideration categories” for the film (that page appears to have since been taken down).
Disney outlines numerous categories in which “Endgame” will be under consideration by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, including Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige in the Best Picture category and Anthony and Joe Russo for Best Director.
A perusal of the list, however, indicates that Disney is apparently not putting forward any of the franchise’s stars in the acting categories.
As a result, fans are shocked that Robert Downey Jr. wasn’t on the list for his swan-song portrayal of Tony Stark/Iron Man, which pretty much anchored a film that featured countless superheroes.
Judging by Twitter reaction, fans are decidedly not happy about the omission:
Despite the fight for Downey’s Oscar nomination, the actor surprisingly has no interest in the awards campaign.
Downey joined Howard Stern’s Sirius XM talk show on October 7 and addressed the campaign.
The radio host shared the frustrations of many who objected to Disney’s “consideration” categories — categories that overlooked Downey’s acting.
“Because it’s a superhero movie they turn [up] their nose at it,” Stern expressed. “The performance is excellent. It’s a totally believable character.”
“I’m so glad you brought this up because there was some talk about [an Oscar campaign],” Downey Jr. responded, “And I said, ‘Let’s not.’”
Meanwhile, here’s the full list of categories for which Disney is requesting “Avengers: Endgame” Oscar consideration:
Best Picture: Kevin Feige
Best Director: Anthony and Joe Russo
Best Adapted Screenplay: Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely
Best Cinematography: Trent Opaloch
Best Film Editing: Jeffrey Ford, Matthew Schmidt
Best Production Design: Charles Wood (Production Designer), Tonja Schurmann (Set Decorator)
Best Costume Design: Judianna Makovsky
Best Makeup & Hairstyling: John Blake, Janine Thompson, Brian Sipe
Best Sound Mixing: Tom Johnson, Juan Peralta, John Pritchett
Best Sound Editing: Shannon Mills, Daniel Laurie
Best Visual Effects: Dan Deleeuw, Matt Aitken, Russell Earl, Dan Sudick
Best Original Score: Alan Silvestri