Disney Not Making Oscar Push For AVENGERS

Warner Bros. rolled out its Academy Awards campaign for The Dark Knight Rises last week but it appears that Disney won't be doing the same for Marvel's The Avengers. But there is one movie awards show where the two films will be going head-to-head.

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By Mark Julian - 11/19/2012

In 2012, The Avengers [$1.511B/worldwide,$623.4M domestic] and The Dark Knight Rises [$1.080B/worldwide, $447.8M domestic] were number one and two respectively in domestic and worldwide box office gross. However, it's the number two film that's making a serious Oscar push while the number one movie of the year looks content to let the chips fall where they may regarding Earth's Mightiest Heroes. Instead, the studio is focusing on its animation feature films Brave, Wreck-It Ralph and Frankenweenie and the animated short Paperman.


This shouldn't be considered a surprise, if there's a shocker in all this it would be Warner Bros.' decision to campaign for The Dark Knight Rises but seeing the studio has had success in the past with the final installment of trilogies, (see The Return of the King) maybe it shouldn't be considered too much of a surprise.

But there is one movie awards show where The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises will be going head to head in a number of categories, The People's Choice Awards 2013, where honors are bestowed upon those who receive the most votes from fans like you. Click HERE to vote.

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Marvel's The Avengers or simply The Avengers is a 2012 American superhero film produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name. It is the sixth installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film is scripted and directed by Joss Whedon and features an ensemble cast that includes Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg, Cobie Smulders, Stellan Skarsgård and Samuel L. Jackson. In The Avengers, Nick Fury, director of the peacekeeping organization S.H.I.E.L.D., recruits Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk, and Thor to form a team that must stop Thor's adoptive brother Loki from subjugating Earth.

The Avengers premiered on April 11, 2012, at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California. The film received positive reviews from most film critics and set or tied numerous box office records, including the biggest opening weekend in North America and the fastest film to gross $1 billion. The Avengers grossed $1.51 billion worldwide, and became the third highest-grossing film of all time. The film was released on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on September 25, 2012. A sequel to be written and directed by Whedon is scheduled for release on May 1, 2015.

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Bandido - 11/19/2012, 12:12 PM
well we all know what's going to happen in this comment section haha dont take it too seriously guys play nice :)
ComicFanMan - 11/19/2012, 12:23 PM
This article is just inviting a fan boy war to start....let the games begin....*shake my head*
InfiniteMonkey - 11/19/2012, 12:23 PM
The OSCARS, they are not even relevant at all. Except maybe to the two dead mice in the corner rotting away. LOL
jimpinto24 - 11/19/2012, 12:23 PM
Both were great comic book movies! The Avengers & TDKR deerve to be Oscar contender.
Marqy47 - 11/19/2012, 12:24 PM
Oscars ???? Phhffff ! The Hulk smashed 2012 ... This is the ultimate summer blockbuster .. this movie destroyed this year and its got the numbers to prove it ... I had the most fun watching this movie since .. well since like forever
ATrueHero1987 - 11/19/2012, 12:24 PM
Yea, I have a feeling this comment section is about to go to hell.
jazzman - 11/19/2012, 12:25 PM
The Avengers and TDKR are two different type of movies. even tho they are both great movies.
SimyJo - 11/19/2012, 12:26 PM
Film studios... ANY film studios, trying to big-up their films for 'oscar pushes' comes across as a crass embarrasment.
The Warner Bros 'oscar-push' for TDKR was cringe-worthy. Stop trying to artificially inflate a film's reputation after their initial stay at the box office. Its embarrassing, it makes me wince at the size of their ego. Its the equivalent of walking around pampleting and advertising that it was your birthday yesterday and despite a good lot of presents you really would like to see a couple more.
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 11/19/2012, 12:26 PM
Doesn't deserve one. No comic book movies do.
Foolkiller - 11/19/2012, 12:27 PM
The Avengers was a very enjoyable film. I loved it - it had humour and a fairly light-hearted script which Robert Downey Junior and Mark Ruffalo were just made for. That said - it is there purely to entertain and not to stretch the grey matter. It's not an Oscar contender but sometimes that's not neccesarily a bad thing.
GoILL - 11/19/2012, 12:28 PM

I have the same exact feeling. I'm getting the [frick] out of here.
UltimaRex - 11/19/2012, 12:30 PM
TDK deserved it.

TDK more than deserved it.

TDKR... it'll get nominated but it won't win.
ATrueHero1987 - 11/19/2012, 12:31 PM
I'm not mad Disney isn't making an Oscar push for The Avengers. The Avengers had more than big action scenes. It had great charterer interactions, charterer development(Black Widow and Bruce Banner/Hulk), well acted, and of course well written.
marantaz - 11/19/2012, 12:32 PM
I agree, Oscar is not relevant... however, box office is. And when you've got 1.5 billion in your pocket, who gives a damn what the academy thinks.
KaneVonDoom - 11/19/2012, 12:32 PM
More people bitching about a flame war than any actual flame war.

It's like when politicians talk about Iran.
marvel72 - 11/19/2012, 12:33 PM
for the same reason the dark knight rises shouldn't be nominated because its not oscar worthy,well maybe for the effects but that's about it.

ToTheManInTheColdSweat - 11/19/2012, 12:34 PM
"That's because Disney is not pretentious and wouldn't nominate an awesome popcorn flick for the oscars. CBMs are supposed to be silly,funny, lightweight movies not brooding dark serious movies. Never extend your reach."


Lol @levitikuz, way to backpedal.
Marqy47 - 11/19/2012, 12:38 PM
That Jackson gif is gettin really annoying ... its like on every article
Spidey91 - 11/19/2012, 12:38 PM
not a shocker,Avengers is not exactly Oscar material except for the technical categories. it's still f*cking awesome thou.
on the other hand,I don't think TDKR will be nominated,and even if it does,I don't think is going to win.
ATrueHero1987 - 11/19/2012, 12:40 PM
*character* Just caught my spelling error.-_____-
rockerdude22 - 11/19/2012, 12:42 PM
Avengers was my favorite CBM this year (and my favorite one all-together), but it's definitely not an Oscar contender. No CBM really is. That being said, I'm gonna get out the booze!
Supes17 - 11/19/2012, 12:44 PM
Wait for it.....
marvel72 - 11/19/2012, 12:47 PM
road to perdition & a history of violence are oscar worthy comic book movies.
OtakuPapi - 11/19/2012, 12:49 PM
I still hate TDKR but i can understand who it could win a Oscar opposed to The Avengers.But all those inconsistencies In TDKR i don't see it actually winning. But who knows! Avengers wasn't dramatic or gritty enough to win a Oscar but its definitely award worthy.TDKR Sucks btw! But it's the type of film that can win a Oscar because of the tone and style like ComicFanMan said
Mego - 11/19/2012, 12:52 PM
Its great they are choosing to steer clear of the Oscars because if they chase Oscars it will effect upcoming films.
Nolan got Oscar fever when Ledger won an Oscar so he wrecked TDKR as he chased more Oscar nods.
Dont wanna see the Avengers become a boring, bloated, dreary mess like TDKR did.
thewonderer - 11/19/2012, 12:52 PM
The Avengers is DEFINITELY as much as if not more of a mess than TDKR.

Every problem with TDKR has a justification. With Avengers, all that suspension of disbelief gets a pass because its in a supernatural universe.

So because TDKR emphasizes an AURA of realism, suspension of disbelief is not possible?

Who am I kidding everyone on this damn website is bias, including me
AC1 - 11/19/2012, 12:53 PM
Neither deserve Oscars. If they need to be nominated, then TDKR for Best Original Soundtrack/Score, and Avengers for Visual Effects. Neither deserve anything more than that.

TDKR was a huge disappointment, mediocre writing, mediocre direction, very mixed acting (Hardy and Hathaway were brilliant, the rest of the main cast were good, and all the small roles were awful), brilliant score. In my opinion, it failed to deliver a satisfying ending to what could've been an incredible trilogy.

Avengers was fun. It's not something to take seriously for it's filmmaking efforts, but it's undeniably fun and well made. It might not be award material, or brilliant filmmaking, but it did what it set out to do.
Maia87 - 11/19/2012, 12:54 PM
'The Avengers' is just a family blockbuster. Nothing in this movie deserves an Oscar.
Sparrowsabre7 - 11/19/2012, 12:58 PM
"However, it's the number two film that's making a serious Oscar push"

Number 2 making a big push? Some toilet humour there? :P
Marqy47 - 11/19/2012, 12:58 PM
You dont get more superhero-ey and more comic book-y than this ...

ATrueHero1987 - 11/19/2012, 12:59 PM
I also agree @marvel72
Spidey91 - 11/19/2012, 12:59 PM
^^that is some creepy sh*t O___O
AC1 - 11/19/2012, 12:59 PM
@thewonderer The Dark Knight Rises completely shatters suspension of disbelief. It just doesn't abide by the same rules as Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, and that really pulled me out of the film. I mean, we started with poison and a runaway train (Begins), then got a terrorist planting bombs on boats (TDK)... and then in TDKR... a [frick]ing nuke?! Batman can now suddenly escape nuclear explosions?!

It had a good premise, but the execution was poor. Sometimes, I still watch the trailers on YouTube, and I can't help but wish I could watch the movie that it looks like they're advertising, instead of the cluster[frick] we got. It has its moments, but for the most part it's incredibly 'mediocre at best', and terrible in places... and all that is made even worse by the disappointment considering how brilliant the first two films were.

Of course, these are only my opinions, just as your enjoyment of the film is your opinion. But in my view, as I stated in my last comment, at least Avengers achieved it's goal, whereas TDKR fell flat. And I'm not even much of an Avengers fan (mindless fun at best).
PapaII - 11/19/2012, 1:00 PM
Both movies were great. The Oscars suck anyway!
@Marv72, agree, but i'd put TDK in that list.
jessepostal - 11/19/2012, 1:02 PM
like em both, but avengers has more rewatch value
Kyos - 11/19/2012, 1:03 PM
"Neither deserve Oscars. If they need to be nominated, then TDKR for Best Original Soundtrack/Score, and Avengers for Visual Effects. Neither deserve anything more than that.

TDKR was a huge disappointment, mediocre writing, mediocre direction, very mixed acting (Hardy and Hathaway were brilliant, the rest of the main cast were good, and all the small roles were awful), brilliant score. In my opinion, it failed to deliver a satisfying ending to what could've been an incredible trilogy.

Avengers was fun. It's not something to take seriously for it's filmmaking efforts, but it's undeniably fun and well made. It might not be award material, or brilliant filmmaking, but it did what it set out to do."

Thanks for saving me the time, ACira! This is my opinion 100%. Okay, let's say 95%. Close enough, anyways.
faver - 11/19/2012, 1:04 PM
I don't see the problem in WB pushing The Dark Knight Rises for consideration in the oscars. Many studios do it if they see they have a chance, and even though I don't think it will win, it'll probably get a few nominations in score and other technical areas. Or maybe not, who knows. Studios try to get attention for the films they believe in.

I don't really get all the hate towards WB and TDKR. If a studio wants to put a movie for consideration and does a campaign, what of it? Either it will get nominations or don't. Odds are it won't win anything, so where's the harm? I would be a little annoyed if it won, but hey, the Academy has made worst decisions.

If The Avengers were put for consideration, they'd have much less success than TDKR in my opinion. It was a great and fun movie, but aside from VFX categories, it's not really that exceptional to the Academy Awards. Let's remember that the Academy doesn't usually recognize genre films. Or even comedy films. And Avengers is an action-comedy while TDKR is action-drama, much more likely to get a nomination.

I don't get why WB is 'showing its true colors' for wanting to be recognized for what they think is a great film. The fact is it was a good film (you can like it or not), and we'll see if the Academy thinks the same. It's all about knowing your chances. WB knows that TDKR has a shot at some nominations, while Disney is aware that The Avengers franchise will have a harder time getting them. And it has nothing to do with quality, just with the criteria by which the Academy chooses.

Sorry for the rant, but it's getting tiring to see all the posts demonizing WB for making an Oscar push. They want the recognition, where's the problem in that? That doesn't make them mercenaries, and it doesn't make Disney an heroic company that puts artistic merit over business at every turn. If Disney thought they had a chance, they would put The Avengers for consideration. And I wonder how many would be criticizing them.
SageMode - 11/19/2012, 1:04 PM
Pretty much what wins mostly at Oscars and Academy awards in recent years are movies thats heavy on drama and Compu.Animation films. Im not surprised though. But THE AVENGERS deserves best film of the year award at Peoples Choice.
marvel72 - 11/19/2012, 1:05 PM
@ nomis
@ marvel87

is there any others worthy of consideration.
thewonderer - 11/19/2012, 1:13 PM

In Batman Begins, Batman crashes into the window of a moving metro train. Also, theres a machine capable of gasing an entire city by vaporizing the entire water supply.

Batman escaped the radius of the nuclear bomb in TDKR. The technique of having us in Blakes perspective is called "Unreliable Narrator". You're seeing what really isn't there. The shots are mixed so your not entirely sure of where Batman really is in respect to the bombs time.

Please go into the other terrible moments

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