Marvel wins nothing at the 2022 Oscars

Zack Snyder’s zombie film Army of the Dead won the Fan Favorite Award at the 2022 Oscars. Sadly, that means Marvel Studios has once again walked away from the Oscars without any trophies to put on its mantle – executives billions will mourn tonight.

To be fair, Army of the Dead is a pretty fun action flick and a worthy winner of the Fan Favorite award. The film sees Dave Bautista playing Scott Ward a mercenary and his elite team as they attempt to rob the Las Vegas casino during a zombie apocalypse. Boasting an all-star cast of Ella Purnell, Ana de la Reguera, Matthias Schweighöfer, Theo Rossi, Nora Arnezeder, Hiroyuki Sanada, among others, the film was a massive hit for the Netflix streaming service.

Other Fan Favorite contenders include Tick, Tick…Boom!, Spider-Man: No Way Home, Minamata, Cinderella. To be fair, there were plenty of movies in the running, but the fact that Malignant didn’t break the top five is frankly a slap in the face.

On paper, it might seem like the Fan Favorite Award is a popular idea, but if you thought you probably didn’t pay attention. The general criticism of the award is that it is unnecessary and an attempt to resurrect the proposed “Popular Film” category.

The same criticisms that applied to that aborted sentence apply to this one. It kind of suggests that the nominated films aren’t actually popular with moviegoers in general, and widens the gap between what’s considered good and what’s considered popular.

There are also concerns that bigger studios like Marvel will use their deeper pockets to fund a marketing campaign to effectively buy an Oscar.

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