Wonder Woman has become a global success story. Judging solely by box office numbers, it’s become the most popular superhero movie of the year, recently passing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, earning more than $781 million at the box office worldwide.
But it’s not just the numbers. Gal Gadot’s convincing performance as the brave and selfless Wonder Woman, under the direction of Patty Jenkins (above), has already become an inspiration to countless people around the world, especially little girls who may have never before seen this type of female hero on the big screen.
Critics have agreed; it’s been officially Certified Fresh by Rotten Tomatoes (92% on the Tomatometer). But does that audience popularity and critical acclaim translate into annual awards consideration?
Maybe so. Warner Bros. has “internally discussed launching a formidable awards-season campaign for the movie, in the hopes of making it the first comic-book film nominated for best picture,” according to Variety. Further, the report claims that Patty Jenkins would be put forth for consideration in the best director category.
Warner Bros. has declined to comment, which is completely understandable, especially this early in the year. Award campaigns often begin in September, when a surge of award contenders typically debut at international film festivals (Toronto, Telluride, Venice). Movies released earlier in the year sometimes open again in theaters near where many Academy members live (New York and Los Angeles) to remind them to consider award candidates.
Since 2010, when the best picture category was expanded, we’ve seen popular genre movies, such as Avatar, District 9, Inception, Gravity, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian and Arrival snare Best Picture nominations. Comic book movies have been shut out from that category so far, though Suicide Squad won an Academy Award for best hair and makeup and other comic book movies have earned nominations.
Will Wonder Woman be the first comic book movie to be nominated for an Academy Award as Best Picture? Will Patty Jenkins become one of the few women nominated as Best Director? Stay tuned.