There is no doubt that Spider-Man: No Way Home is the biggest film of 2021 as evidenced by the box office numbers and the audience scores. However, the film didn't make it in the list of the ten Best Picture nominees when it was announced a few weeks ago. A lot of people believe that they should have gotten nominated and, now, Nick Fury himself has joined the chorus.
Speaking to The Times, Samuel L. Jackson, who plays Nick Fury in the MCU, discussed his thoughts about Spider-Man: No Way Home's snub in the Oscar Best Picture nominees lineup to which he said that the film should have gotten nominated for the top prize. "They should have an Oscar for the most popular movie," he said. "Because that’s what the business is about. It did what movies did forever – it got people to a big dark room."
Jackson also said that he believes that all films should be seen as valid regardless of whether it's a superhero movie or a serious drama or any other genre. "All movies are valid. Some go to the cinema to be moved dearly. Some like superheroes," he added. "If somebody has more butts on seats it just means your audience is not as broad. There are people who have had successful careers but nobody can recite one line of their parts. I’m the guy who says s***that’s on a t-shirt."
The Oscar-nominated actor is right about the idea that all films should be seen as valid regardless of genre, especially since there have been discussions for the past few years about whether superhero movies are "cinema" or not. Unfortunately, the Academy Awards don't often recognize comic book movies in the major categories and they always relegate them to the below-the-line categories like visual effects and sound.
While Spider-Man: No Way Home didn't receive a Best Picture nod, it still received its sole nomination for Best Visual Effects although it is unlikely to win since Dune is considered as the frontrunner. However, there is the #OscarsFanFavorite award where the film has a chance to win if a lot of fans on Twitter voted for it. While it may not be the Best Picture category, it is from the fans which makes it a bit more special.
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Spider-Man: No Way Home is set to be released digitally on March 22.
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