In the last couple of years, comic book films have become more and more acceptable to the Academy and thus given the proper recognition they deserve. We now live in a day in age where Black Panther can be nominated for Best Picture and a character like The Joker can be portrayed by two different actors and win both times. Now while Marvel continues to dominate Hollywood, DC has managed to bring home just a few more awards than its opposing powerhouse studio. Therefore, we will be taking a brief look at 5 Outstanding DC Films with an Oscar. However, it is important to note that we will not be including Zack Snyder’s Justice League for its Best Cheer Moment since it was later deduced as rigged.
The Dark Knight (2008)
2008 was a defining era for comic book movies. Iron Man was released in May and kicked off the Marvel Cinematic Universe and just 2 months after, we got a film that isn’t even considered DC’s or comics best but one of the greatest films ever made. Unfortunately, the late great Heath Ledger was not able to receive his Oscar due to his untimely death in January 2008. But is still remembered as one of the greatest comic book portrayals put onto the big screen. The Dark Knight was nominated for a total of eight academy awards but only took home two, to this day many believe it was snubbed for not being nominated for Best Picture. Although, this film opened up the idea of comic book films being taken much more seriously in the industry.
The film’s visual effects team, led by Richard Donner and John Williams, used a variety of techniques to bring Superman’s powers to life on the big screen, including green screen compositing, miniature work, and optical effects. The film’s flying sequences were praised for their realism and innovation, and they set a new standard for superhero films. The award recognized the film’s technical achievements and highlighted the importance of visual effects in creating immersive and engaging cinematic experiences.
The film’s art director, Anton Furst, was responsible for designing the iconic Gotham City, which became a character in itself. Furst’s vision of Gotham City was a sprawling, decaying metropolis, filled with towering, ominous buildings and dark alleyways. The film’s Oscar win for Best Art Direction highlighted the importance of visual storytelling in filmmaking and the crucial role that art direction plays in creating a film’s overall mood and atmosphere.
Suicide Squad (2016)
The award recognized the film’s impressive makeup work, which brought to life the colorful and eccentric characters that populate the movie. The film’s makeup artists, Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini, and Christopher Nelson, created distinctive looks for each character, including the Joker’s iconic green hair and pale skin, Harley Quinn’s blue and pink pigtails, and Killer Croc’s scaly skin. The makeup work helped to create a visually striking and memorable film and contributed to the overall success of the movie. The award also highlighted the importance of makeup and hairstyling in film production and the skill and creativity required to bring fictional characters to life on the big screen.
Phoenix’s performance was widely praised for his portrayal of the Joker’s descent into madness, which was both disturbing and captivating. Guðnadóttir’s score was also highly acclaimed, as it perfectly captured the film’s dark and brooding atmosphere. The music was composed using unconventional techniques, including recordings of the composer’s own heartbeat, and it helped to create a sense of tension and unease throughout the movie. The awards recognized the outstanding artistic achievements of the film and highlighted the power of film to tell compelling stories and create memorable characters.