Warner Bros.’ Wonder Woman 1984 debuted on December 25 to enthusiastic praise from some and heavy criticism from others. Nonetheless, the studio has officially submitted the DC Films sequel for awards consideration at the 2020 Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Actress for Gal Gadot.
After delaying the theatrical release of Wonder Woman 1984 on multiple occasions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Warner Bros. ultimately decided to release the long-awaited DC film on HBO Max day-and-date with theaters in the United States. While the early reviews for Wonder Woman 1984 were overwhelmingly positive, praising the film for providing a sorely needed glimmer of hope amid an otherwise devastating year, reactions towards the sequel were more critical of the convoluted plot and questionable means of bringing back Chris Pine’s Steve Trevor from the dead.
With the 93rd Academy Awards ceremony scheduled to be held on April 25, 2021, studios are submitting their respective films for Oscar consideration later than usual. A such, Warner Bros. has submitted Wonder Woman 1984 for nominations in every Oscars category for which the film is eligible, with producers Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder, Patty Jenkins, Gadot, and Stephen Jones qualifying for a Best Picture nomination. In addition to Gadot’s performance as Diana Prince being submitted for Best Actress, Pine and Pedro Pascal are being put forward for Best Supporting Actor while Warner Bros. is campaigning for Kristen Wiig, Robin Wright, and Connie Nielsen to receive Best Supporting Actress nods. The studio is also campaigning for Jenkins to be nominated for Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay with co-writers Geoff Johns and Dave Callahan.
Warner Bros.’ awards consideration campaigns include Best Cinematography for Matthew Jensen, Best Film Editing for Richard Pearson, Best Costume Design for Lindy Hemming, Best Production Design for Aline Bonetto and Anna Lynch-Robinson, Best Makeup and Hairstyling for Jan Sewell, Mark Coulier, and Sarah Brock, Best Sound for Peter J. Devlin, Richard King, Jimmy Boyle, Gary A. Rizzo, and Gilbert Lake, Best Visual Effects for John Moffatt, Alexis Wajsbrot, Huw J. Evans, and Mark Holt, and Best Score for Hans Zimmer. The studio has also submitted Wonder Woman 1984 for Best Ensemble Cast, a category that does not exist at the Oscars but does for other accolades such as the Screen Actors Guild Awards. The DC sequel joins Christopher Nolan’s Tenet and Ben Affleck’s The Way Back as one of the more notable Warner Bros. projects receiving an awards season campaign from the studio.
While it may seem unlikely for a superhero blockbuster to be nominated for major awards such as Best Picture, such an event is not unprecedented. Most recent examples include Marvel Studios’ Back Panther and DC’s Joker landing the coveted nomination for their respective years of release.
Still, considering the stiff competition, nominations in technical categories such as Best Visual Effects or Costume Design seem like a more likely prospect for Wonder Woman 1984. After all, the DC Extended Universe has already proven its award credentials after earning the Best Makeup Oscar for David Ayer’s Suicide Squad.
Wonder Woman 1984 is now available on HBO Max and in select theaters.
Source: WB Awards 2020