Could Hugh Jackman’s last outing as Wolverine in Logan get an Oscar? Ryan Reynolds seems to think that the R-rated comic book movie will contend for one.
Comic book movies have found it difficult to get any recognition come awards season. Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight did get a whole slew of Oscar nominations, which included two wins, one for Best Achievement in Sound Editing and Heath Ledger (R.I.P.) was awarded the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as The Joker, which was much deserved. But that was very much the outlier. Despite Marvel producing fine comic book blockbusters, they’ve been snubbed somewhat by the Academy for everything outside the technical categories, but could Logan be the film to change all of that? Ryan Reynolds seems to think so.
In an interview with Variety the Canadian actor, a.k.a. Deadpool, spoke about the possibility of Logan being the comic book movie to finally be awarded at the Oscars. “Logan looks like a movie that might break that glass ceiling. I know first-hand that it’s amazing. I’ve seen some of it. It’s mind-blowing. It relies a lot on character,” said Reynolds. Deadpool has already secured two major nominations at this year’s Golden Globes, but I bought it’ll get a similar treatment at this year’s Oscars. Logan’s trailer, however, made James Mangold’s film look like the comic book version of The Road, which is an incredible pitch for a Wolverine movie and sounds like the sort of film that might catch people’s attention in the Academy.
Hugh Jackman’s put so much effort into his depiction of Wolverine over the years, he’s even produced many of the films himself. Despite some of the Wolverine movies being better than others (I’m still trying to forget X-Men Origins: Wolverine), Jackman’s always been brilliant as the angry and beclawed mutant. His last few turns as the character have in my eyes been his best. I thought he was superb in X-Men: Days of Future Past and The Wolverine. I didn’t even mind his brief cameo in X-Men: Apocalypse.
If this is really going to be the last time we see Jackman as Wolverine, and if he and James Mangold have really made the movie Reynolds claims they have, then it wouldn’t surprise me to see Logan among the contenders for that Best Picture Oscar. Personally, I’d love to see Hugh Jackman get an Oscar nomination for Best Actor, but that might be a bit too much to ask for. We’ll just have to wait and see until the movie is released, but it’s certainly looking like we’re in for a treat with Logan, which is why I added it to my list of blockbusters to look forward to in 2017.
Logan will be in UK cinemas on March 3rd, 2017.