When last year's Oscar nominations were announced, we lamented the fact that "Coraline" was the closest we got to a nod for a film based on a comic book property. This year, we have one very clear comic book movie in the mix, "Iron Man 2," but it remains the sole representative of the comics world.
The 2011 Oscar Nominations were announced today, and "Iron Man 2" received a nomination in the "Visual Effects" category. The only comic book movie named in this year's nominations will face stiff competition in the category from "Alice in Wonderland," "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1," "Hereafter," and "Inception."
Sure, 2010 wasn't exactly the strongest year for comic book movies, but was "Iron Man 2" the only project worth a nod? I'd argue that there's another movie that could have made the list, too.
When we named "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World" our favorite comic book movie of 2010, we cited the amazing visual effects that director Edgar Wright incorporated in the live-action film to translate it from page to screen. From hyper-kinetic fight sequences to eye-popping digital effects, "Scott Pilgrim" felt like no other film released this year — and its visual effects were a big part of that.
While I'm fairly certain that "Inception" will run away with the category, "Scott Pilgrim" could have easily taken the place of "Hereafter" or — dare I say it — even "Iron Man 2" in this year's Oscar Nominations. Having seen all of the films nominated in this category, "Hereafter" seems like the weakest nominee, and while "Iron Man 2" certainly looked amazing, its effects didn't feel as groundbreaking as "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World."
Sadly, that seems like the only potential snub in this year's Oscar nominations. While a great movie, "Kick-Ass" wasn't quite Oscar-worthy (though I wouldn't be upset if Chloe Moretz got a nod for her Hit Girl performance), and both "Jonah Hex" and "The Last Airbender" already got the Razzie nominations they deserved.
So what do you think? Was "Scott Pilgrim" snubbed?
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