I remember coming out of the theater on March 3rd, 2017, having just watched Logan for the first time. I remember coming home, texting friends, and reading reviews as I typed up mine. Almost everyone agreed: this could be the first superhero film to win big at the Oscars.
Though the Oscars themselves are more than a month away, the nominations were released early Tuesday morning, and it looks like fans and critics may be right. Logan, against all odds, received a nomination. And the nomination is for Best Adapted Screenplay.
This makes Logan the first superhero film ever to be recognized in this category. In fact, it’s rare to see superhero films mentioned outside of the Visual Effects category. But Logan was so much more than a superhero film. Many fans hesitated even calling it that. It felt more like an apocalyptic drama than anything else! It was morbid, dark, and painfully sad. But also unexpectedly hopeful, in the end. It was the perfect farewell to Hugh Jackman, as this was his last time as Wolverine. And in many ways, it was a farewell to the character himself.
This film earned its nomination. It completely reshaped the superhero genre. It proved that a superhero film can be so much more than action and special effects. That the true beauty of the genre is not in its power, but in its heart.
This is only the beginning, of course. Many felt that the film was snubbed and deserved more praise, particularly for Patrick Stewart, who gave a heartbreaking performance once again as Charles Xavier. And then there’s DC’s Wonder Woman, one of the highest grossing films of the year, and yet was entirely looked over, receiving not even one nomination. There’s still a long way to go, but this is a big step in the right direction. Logan earned this and so much more. Here’s hoping for a big win!
The Oscars Will Air On March 4th, 2018.