Wonder Woman Might be the First Comic Book Movie Nominated For the Best Picture Oscar
There have been 537 films nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture and 89 winners. None of these have ever been a movie based on a comic book. Of these, only a small percentage of nominees have even been science fiction and fantasy films. And most of these nominees came after 2009, when the Academy expanded the category to include up to 10 movies.
For the last eight years, a number of genre films that would have been unheard of as Best Picture nominees in the previous decades have made the list: District 9, Avatar, Inception, Gravity, Her, Mad Max: Fury Road, Arrival. That’s a big jump in genre films even though classics like Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial all earned nods for Best Picture. (The biggest—and only—genre movie to win the award was The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King in 2013.)