In just the first few minutes of this year's Oscars ceremony, host Hugh Jackman gave comics fans a lot to cheer about, stuffing his opening musical number with references to recent and upcoming comic book movies and calling out the Academy for leaving "The Dark Knight" out of this year's "Best Picture" nominations.
As Jackman sang and danced his way through the traditional montage of the year's celebrated films, a "Dark Knight"-themed prop was wheeled out in the middle of the skit, prompting the "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" star to wonder what it takes for a comic book movie to receive the coveted "Best Picture" nod. Later in the same musical number, Jackman sang about not having seen "The Reader" because he couldn't get through the crowds of people going to see "Iron Man" a second time.
But he wasn't done yet.
The comics-friendly star then provided yet another shout-out to the superhero-savvy masses, concluding his number by announcing to the crowd, "I'm Wolverine!" while flanked by two massive Oscar statues.
Despite the "Best Picture" snub for "The Dark Knight" (which now ranks as the second most successful film ever made), comic book movies are up for quite a few honors at this year's Oscars.
The late Heath Ledger was nominated for “Best Actor in a Supporting Role” for his portrayal of The Joker in “The Dark Knight.” The sequel to "Batman Begins" was also nominated for a number of ancillary awards as well, including nods for “Best Art Direction”; “Best Cinematography”; “Best Sound Mixing & Editing” (to which “Wanted” also received nominations); “Best Film Editing”: “Best Makeup” (along with “Hellboy II”) and “Visual Effects” (going up against “Iron Man” in that category).
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