Doctor Strange Director Feels Unhappy With This Year’s Slate of Oscar Nominees

The 2023 Oscar sees history being made for Marvel Studios as Angela Bassett becomes the MCU’s first ever nominated actor for her Black Panther: Wakanda Forever role as Queen Ramonda. Being recognized for her endearing portrayal in the "best supporting actress" category is highly likely to lead to another history as the actress has a higher chance to take home the award in March.

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Despite Marvel setting history in this year’s Academy Awards, someone from the team feels unhappy with the slate of 2023 Oscar nominees, and that is Doctor Strange (2016) director Scott Derrickson, who took to Twitter to express his disappointment over the Academy’s decision about which films to acknowledge and which not.

Derrickson was responding to a statement from Brett Morgen. The documentarian extended his gratitude to the Writer’s Guild Awards for nominating Moonage Daydream in the category of "Best Documentary Screenplay." He looked back on the tough, year-long creative process behind his take on the story of British singer-songwriter David Bowie.

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Despite having no film to campaign for this year’s Oscars, Derrickson felt the need to emphasize this with Morgen given their shared experiences as filmmakers. Morgen suffered from cardiac arrest and went into a coma for a week. After his exhausting health battle, the writer-producer came stronger than ever and satisfactorily completed Moonage Daydream.

With everything Morgen has been through en route to producing a masterpiece about one of the most influential artists of the last century, Derrickson has the right to believe that the Academy might have gotten it wrong in its lack of initiative to acknowledge such a piece, and calling the Academy dumb is not entirely to discredit the Marvel films that made the cut.

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The Academy has a history of snubbing superhero projects, and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness submitted Elizabeth Olsen for Best Actress at the 2023 Oscars for her portrayal of The Scarlet Witch. Variety has also listed Doctor Strange 2 as one of the possible contenders for this year's Best Visual Effects. However, there were no other nominations for the sequel at the time of the announcement on Tuesday.

In 2021, Derrickson steps aside from helming Doctor Strange’s sequel, Multiverse of Madness, indicating the reason for "creative differences" between him and Marvel. In the past year, the director noted that leaving the sequel was "the hardest decision of his career." However, with Doctor Strange 2 failing to meet the expectations of the fans and critics, rumor has it that the studios are asking Derrickson to go back and direct the third installment.

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The hearsay remains as it is as of this writing, but fans aren’t ruling out the possibility for the director to reunite with Marvel given that he previously stated, "I loved working with Marvel and would absolutely do it again." And the studios could use some of his greatness again.

Doctor Strange 3's production is reportedly underway and is likely to be released in 2026, before Avengers: The Kang Dynasty.

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