The Academy Awards has given out honors to all kinds of films over the last 91 years since it’s inception. Dramas, comedies, war films, westerns, romances, musicals and animation. Horror films and fantasy films have also had their days, although few and far between, in the top spot at The Oscars. Even a few Science Fiction films have garnered nominations in the top categories.
But when it comes to Award Season, each year there seems to be A multi million dollar genre that award shows regularly treat as something less than award worthy. A type of film that typically is viewed as just “popcorn summer fare”. A belief held by award show voters that a film which makes hundreds of millions of dollars at the box office each and every year couldn’t possible be considered…”art”. The dirty word at The Oscars: Comic Book Movies.
At least until recently. Comic book based films have become a genre all on it’s own in recent history and they are becoming increasingly harder for The Academy to ignore. Join us as we look back at the history of comic book based movies and their estranged relationship with Oscar here on this episode of My Big Fat Pull List!
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Links from this Episode:
— My Big Fat Pull List on the Web http://mybigfatpulllist.com
— Louis B Mayer https://www.biography.com/people/louis-b-mayer-9403666
— Mary Pickford https://wfpp.cdrs.columbia.edu/pioneer/ccp-mary-pickford/
— Charlie Chaplin https://www.biography.com/people/charlie-chaplin-9244327
— Age Of Apocalypse https://www.marvel.com/comics/discover/84/age-of-apocalypse-the-complete-event
— Superhero Movie Serials http://pulp-city-planet.blogspot.com/2010/05/1940s-super-hero-movie-serials.html
— The Mark of Zorro https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0032762/
— Batman The Movie https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0060153/?ref_=nv_sr_3
— Howard The Duck https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091225/?ref_=nv_sr_3
— The Punisher https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0098141/?ref_=nv_sr_3
— Batman (1989) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0096895/?ref_=nv_sr_5
— Dick Tracy https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099422/?ref_=nv_sr_1
— The Mask (film) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110475/?ref_=nv_sr_1
— The Mask (comic) https://superheroes.fandom.com/wiki/Mask_(Dark_Horse_Comics)
— Men In Black (film) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119654/?ref_=nv_sr_3
— Men In Black (comic) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Men_in_Black_(comics)
— Spider-Man https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0145487/?ref_=nv_sr_4
— Willem Dafoe https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000353/?ref_=tt_cl_t2
— Ghost World (comic) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghost_World
— Ghost World (film) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0162346/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
— Road To Perdition (comic) https://www.dccomics.com/graphic-novels/road-to-perdition-1998/road-to-perdition
— Road To Perdition (film) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0257044/?ref_=nv_sr_1
— Spider-Man 2 https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0316654/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
— X2: X-Men United https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0290334/?ref_=nv_sr_1
— Guillermo del Toro https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0868219/?ref_=tt_ov_dr
— Alfred Molina https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000547/?ref_=nv_sr_2
— The Dark Knight https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0468569/?ref_=nv_sr_1
— Heath Ledger https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005132/?ref_=tt_cl_t2
— Big Hero 6 (comic) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Hero_6_(comics)
— Big Hero 6 (film) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2245084/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
— Suicide Squad https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1386697/?ref_=nv_sr_1
— Black Panther https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1825683/?ref_=nv_sr_1
— Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4633694/?ref_=nv_sr_1
— Captain America: The Winter Soldier https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1843866/?ref_=nv_sr_5
— Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0100758/?ref_=nv_sr_1
Calls to the Audience Inside this Episode:
— Which do YOU think is the better sequel…Spider-Man 2, Blade 2 or X2: X-Men United? Tell us now!
— What comic book based film do YOU think deserved Academy attention? Share YOUR Thoughts With Us!
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Nicholas J. Hearne:
Blessed with an overactive imagination, Nick spent his early years absorbing as much pop culture as possible. From comic books to television, films, sci-fi, fantasy, horror – if it was great storytelling, he assimilated it! His fascination with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Marvel Comics X-Men drove him to become an avid reader of all literature and a devoted comic collector at the age of eleven! Even though Nick enjoyed most comic book related material, his deep passion for all things “mutant” led to his alter ego being formed, the Uncanny Mister X! In recent years, Nick has co-founded his own comic book company, Archlight Comics, a film company, Archlight Studios, and has become a skilled podcaster and podcast editor. Mister X has taken all of Nick’s talents and found an outlet for his mad ramblings… the My Big Fat Pull List podcast!
Just a common man, working hard with his hands, Jacob Petri has always had an eclectic taste in the world of pop culture. As a child, Jacob read comics, watched Saturday morning cartoons, enjoyed televised sports entertainment, played video games and collected trading cards and action figures. As an adult, he took his love of over the top theatrics and parlayed that into a mediocre Pro-Wrestling career, as he believed Pro-Wrestling was the closest he could get to live action comic books.
As Pistol Danger, he’s used his knowledge and skill both in the ring and on the internet, navigating video games during Let’s Plays and dishing out advice about the wrestling business. Needing to conquer new forms of entertainment, Pistol Danger has turned to podcasting, hoping to educate people on the finer points of geek culture, from comic books to films and everything in between.
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Born with the ambition to one day be a professional football player and then join the military, Sean Murphy was always drawn towards hero based cartoons such as G.I. Joe and the X-Men. Sadly, those dreams were crushed after a terrible accident while playing street football. Sean learned that he was born with missing bones in his feet and his doctors informed him that he wouldn’t be able to play pro football let alone join the military. Missing out on being the hero he wanted to be, Sean turned towards the heroes he knew and loved… comic book superheroes!
As his teenage years turned to adulthood, Sean found a deep love for pop culture. Taking part in role-playing games, cosplaying as his favorite characters at conventions, Sean even worked at a comic book shop for over a decade. His need to absorb geek culture and fun facts earned him the nickname Smurphy. A fun-loving and sometimes socially clueless podcaster, Smurphy is eager to pass on all he knows and then some.
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