In December 2021, the Marvel Cinematic Universe released another installment of our friendly neighborhood hero Spiderman. “Spider-Man: No Way Home” featured talented stars, including the comeback of Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire, previous incarnates of the webbed vigilante.
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Following its debut in the theatres, it took no time to become a critical success. However, its box office success did not earn the blockbuster a best picture nomination spot at the upcoming Academy Awards ceremony. TV icon Jimmy Kimmel is now calling out the Oscars, asking why “Spider-Man: No Way Home” did not make the cut.
Jimmy Kimmel Needs An Answer From The Academy Award Voters
Viewers expected that “Spider-Man: No Way Home” would clinch different awards, including the Best Picture Award at the Oscars. However, to the surprise of many – including Kimmel, their favorite film was not even allowed to contest.
The award voters’ decision has perplexed Kimmel. In a recent episode of his eponymously named show, he questioned why “Spider-Man: No Way Home” was snubbed for the list. The late-night host pointed out the blockbuster was a commercial success and earned rave reviews despite its late release.
“How did [‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’] not get one of the ten nominations for best picture?” Kimmel asked his audience. “Forget the fact that the movie made $750 million [in the U.S.] and is still going. This was a great movie. It wasn’t in the top 10 best of the year? There were three Spider-Men in it.
Jimmy Kimmel Does Not Consider “Don’t Look Up” Worthy Enough For the Oscars
In the same vein, Netflix premiered a comedy-like apocalyptic film titled “Don’t Look Up” in December. The film also had its own stars, with fans seeing the return of Hollywood icons Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill to the big screen.
Regardless of the bevy of talents that made up the cast, Kimmel opined on his show that the movie does not deserve its Oscars nomination spot for Best Picture.
“You’re telling me ‘Don’t Look Up’ was better than ‘Spider-Man?’ It most certainly was not,” he said. “Even if you go by the critics’ reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, ‘Don’t Look Up’ got a 46%, and ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ has 90%. For god’s sake, ‘Jackass Forever’ has an 89%.”
Why ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Did Not Land A Spot On The List
Kimmel continued by asking why the best picture nominees had to be serious, saying it was not a prerequisite for landing a spot on the nomination list. He then pointed out that the feature of Hollywood icons in “Don’t Look Up” made the academy voters choose the disaster-fantasy flick over “Spider-Man: No Way Home.”
“You wanna know what happened?” Kimmel asked his viewers, “Voters looked at the list and saw the names Leonardo DiCaprio and Meryl Streep, and they checked the box, and then they put their kids in the car and went to see the movie ‘Spider-Man.’ And they loved it, but they didn’t vote for it.”
‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Earned Only One Oscar Nomination
Ultimately, Kimmel’s preferred movie only landed one nomination spot for the Oscars. The blockbuster will battle a few other flicks in the visual effects category. In comparison, “Don’t Look Up” did great numbers, earning four nominations for the best picture, original screenplay, film editing, and original score.
Kimmel can take a small pleasure in knowing that despite the talents and iconic actors in “Don’t Look Up,” none of the cast members were nominated for best actor categories. It appears that the Academy Voters decided to stay true to reviews to pick the actors for this category.
The Oscar winners for 2022 will be announced at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on Sunday, March 27.