The 2015 Academy Award nominations were announced Thursday, and while comic book-based movies yet again failed to crack into the major awards they did represent. There were five nominations for movies based on comic books, all of which came from Marvel Comics' source material.
Arguably the biggest nomination for comic fans is that of Big Hero 6 in the category of "Animated Feature Film." The Walt Disney Animation film based on the short-lived Marvel comic of the same name is competing against How To Train Your Dragon 2, The Boxtrolls, Th Tale of the Princess Kaguya and Song of the Sea. Some are surprised that The LEGO Movie, which co-starred some comics characters such as Batman, failed to earn a nomination despite its critical reviews and being amongst the top-grossing movies domestically.
Despite the Oscar awards at large being seemingly adverse to blockbuster superhero movies, the "Visual Effects" category once again bucked that trend with three out of the five nominees being comic-based. Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America: Winter Soldier and X-Men: Days of Future Past are all in the running, joined by Interstellar and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
Lastly, Guardians of the Galaxy got its second nomination in the category of "Makeup and Hairstyling," in a three-way race against Foxcatcher and The Grand Budapest Hotel. That movie relied heavily on makeup effects, not only with Gamora, Drax and Nebula, but also the impressive array of alien races depicted in James Gunn's film.