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‘They really picked Doctor Strange 2 for Best Visual effects?’: Oscars Gets Trolled for Pooling Doctor Strange 2’s Shoddy VFX With Avatar 2, The Batman

'They really picked Doctor Strange 2 for Best Visual effects?': Oscars Gets Trolled for Pooling Doctor Strange 2's Shoddy VFX With Avatar 2, The Batman

MCU’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness might have brought home a hefty sum of more than $900 million internationally, but does it deserve an Oscar for Best Visual Effects? And that too, over movies like Avatar: The Way of Water and Black Panther 2? Fans certainly don’t seem to think so.

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A poster for Doctor Strange 2

A potential list of films that deserve an Academy Award win for their visual effects has been curated and it contains all the top-notch movies from 2022 that have been a feast for the eyes of the audience. In the said list, we have The Batman starring Robert Pattinson, the epic sequel to the sci-fi/adventure film Avatar, and many others. For the most part, fans believe either of the aforementioned films deserves a clear win, given the category of the award. But what people can’t seem to wrap their heads around, is Doctor Strange 2 getting nominated for Best Visual Effects.

See also: Avatar: The Way of Water Falls Slightly Behind Doctor Strange 2 in Global Box-Office Collections as Sequel Eyes to Repeat First Movie’s Success

Doctor Strange 2 is on the List of Oscars for Best Visual Effects 

2022 has witnessed some of the most brilliant films to have been made. From the blockbuster sequel to James Cameron‘s Avatar (2009) to the Tom Cruise-led Top Gun: Maverick which became the highest-grossing project of this year. Safe to say, it was a year of grandness and madness, which brings us to the third-highest-earning movie of 2022 – Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. 

The MCU film helmed by Sam Raimi did exceptionally well at the box office, managing to surpass the $900 million mark in the global circuit. But breaking box office records doesn’t always necessarily mean that the film holds the potential to earn an Academy Award. At least not one for something that clearly isn’t the movie’s strong point, like Doctor Strange 2 getting shortlisted for Best Visual Effects.

See also: ‘This is the Elizabeth Olsen effect’: Marvel Fans Are Crediting the Scarlet Witch Actress as Reason Why Doctor Strange 2 Won ‘The Movie of 2022’ People’s Choice Award

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Doctor Strange 2 gets shortlisted for the best VFX at the Oscars

Considering the categorical nature of the award, it’s a bit strange to see the Elizabeth Olsen-led film swimming in the same waters as Avatar 2 and The Batman, films which have been considered to have the best VFX. In fact, fans are convinced that the superhero movie has almost no chance of making it to the top with such cutthroat competition. To be fully candid, people are rooting for Avatar 2 so much that Doctor Strange 2 doesn’t even seem to have any room for winning.

Fans Mock the Oscars for Shortlisting Doctor Strange 2 for the Best VFX

The list of movies running for Best Visual Effects at the Oscars includes – All Quiet on the Western Front; Avatar 2; The Batman; Black Panther 2; Multiverse of Madness; The Secrets of Dumbledore; Jurassic World Dominion; Nope; Thirteen Lives; and Top Gun 2. 

See also: Avatar: The Way of Water Sets Box Office Record – Leaves Black Panther 2, Doctor Strange 2 Behind To Become 2022’s Highest Opening Day Grosser With $180M Worldwide

James Cameron's Avatar: The Way of Water.
People believe Avatar 2 should win the Oscar for the best VFX

Almost everyone seems to have their hopes for either Avatar: The Way of Water winning the Oscar or The Batman. Doctor Strange 2 isn’t even making it to the top contenders in the discussion. People are instead leaving derisive comments, claiming how the movie doesn’t even stand close to the other candidates.

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So it’s quite conspicuous where Multiverse of Madness stands in the eyes of the audience, at least for this specific Academy Award nomination. While the film might have the potential to win an award, it’s clearly not one for the best VFX.

Doctor Strange 2 can be streamed on Disney+.

Source: Discussing Film via Twitter

Written by Khushi Shah

An author at FandomWire, an abnormal psychology student, and an avid reader of dark fiction, I love to read and write and have been indulging in the same for years.