‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Going for the Oscars as it Faces its Toughest Adversary Yet…The Academy
One of the clear triumphs of 2021 and the greatest Peter Parker story ever told is going up against its greatest challenger as Spider-Man: No Way Home is going for the Oscars.
Already well documented as a record-breaking financial success, Spider-Man: No Way Home joined the $1 billion club early in its release schedule and has been lauded as a critical darling with yet another record-breaking feat on Rotten Tomatoes.
With the film breaking records for Sony and becoming one of Marvel’s most successful films in a very short time, the latest film in Peter Parkers MCU saga may do the unthinkable and challenge the Academy, as Spider-Man: No Way Home is going for the Oscars.
Putting together an Oscar campaign is no easy feat for a film, but becomes even more challenging for comic book adaptations; films that have routinely been maligned by the critical community.
The Hollywood Reporter noted comments made by Sony chairman Tom Rothman who spoke highly of the opportunity for Spider-Man: No Way Home to break down barriers in how the genre is perceived by the Academy and its perception of Comic book adaptations.
“This is a big picture on the big screen at a moment when the big screen experience is fighting for its life.” The Sony executive stated, “This is a chance for The Academy to strike a blow for the big screen.”
Referencing the critical acclaim heaped on big-budget film and critical darling The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, a film that would go on to sweep the 2004 Oscars, Rothman noted the Academy’s duty to recognize these kinds of films.
“This is why they expanded the best picture category to 10 films, for exactly this circumstance.”
Nominations for Spider-Man: No Way Home wouldn’t have the film in completely uncharted territory, as Black Panther won three Academy Awards in 2019 for Production Design, Original Score, and Costume Design; while also being the first comic book adaptation nominated for Best Picture.
It has been announced that Spider-Man: No Way Home was shortlisted for the 94th Academy award in the Sound and Effects category; which will hopefully speak to the films impending nominations, rather than it being the Academy’s obligatory nomination for a film so successful and acclaimed.
If any film deserves this Academy Award recognition, it’s the incredible success of Spider-Man: No Way Home; and this film, as well as Tom Hollands’ incredible performance, should absolutely find themselves being taken seriously by The Academy.