Comic book movies have always had an odd connection with the Academy Awards. Although actors like Heath Ledger and Joaquin Phoenix have won Oscars for their depictions of the Joker in The Dark Knight and Joker, respectively, many fans of the fantastic have complained that superhero films are not given enough attention at these major awards ceremonies. In recent years, the fortunes of these larger-than-life undertakings have improved. In successive years, Black Panther and Logan broke the pattern in the categories of Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay, and the aforementioned Joker received an unprecedented 11 overall nominations in 2020.
The Academy has been increasingly amenable to giving comic book films some attention at the yearly event as their popularity grows. With a fan-voted #OscarsCheerMoment, this year’s Oscars commemorate blockbuster films, and in typical March Madness fashion, a David defeated two Goliaths. When Ezra Miller’s The Flash encounters the Speed Force, Zack Snyder’s Justice League was named the #1 #OscarsCheerMoment at the 2022 Academy Awards. Fans chose this moment above Marvel Studios’ Spider-Man: No Way Home and Avengers: Endgame, which finished third and fourth, respectively. The following is the complete list:
1. The Flash Enters the Speed Force, Zack Snyder’s Justice League
2. The Three Spider-Men Unite, Spider-Man: No Way Home
3. Avengers Assemble to Fight Thanos, Avengers: Endgame
4. “And I’m Telling You”, Dreamgirls
5. Neo Dodges Bullets, The Matrix
While this honor does not come with an official award, the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut movement’s influence cannot be overstated. Even though Zack Snyder’s Justice League was released on HBO Max a year ago, the four-hour picture continues to dominate social media. Surpassing Avengers: Endgame is astounding in and of itself, but overcoming Spider-Man: No Way Home, which is still in theaters, just highlights what this audience is capable of.
Despite the absence of Zack Snyder from the DC Extended Universe, Ezra Miller’s Barry Allen remains an important element of Warner Bros.’ ambition. The Flash, a movie that is set to disrupt the DCEU’s fundamental fabric, will be released in June 2023, giving Miller his long-awaited standalone project. The Flash’s promotional campaign is still months away, but reminding a film-loving Oscars audience of the red speedster’s popularity never helps.