File this under “Things You Didn’t Know You Needed.”
Since another Oscar season has come and gone, and since — once again — nary a superhero flick was even in consideration, I’m sharing my Superhero Oscar list with you.
For the last several years, I’ve been keeping a running tally of all of the Batman and Superman alumni who have either won or been nominated for an Academy Award. This all started in 2006 when Nicole Kidman handed George Clooney the statue for his supporting turn in Syriana, and I realized, “Hey, these two were in (admittedly crappy) Batman movies!”
So I did what any Batfan with an internet connection and access to IMDB would do, I compiled a comprehensive list of all the cinematic Bat-actors and their Oscars. And it’s a long one! Last summer, in advance of the release of Man of Steel, I created a similar list for the cinematic Superman alumni as well.
A couple things stood out the most when I started compiling this list. One, shockingly, Gary Oldman (Commisioner Gordon from Batman Begins) had never been nominated for an Oscar — that injustice was finally rectified in 2012. Secondly, Clooney’s 2006 win marked the first time a Batman won the golden statue. Christian Bale would take the prize five years later for The Fighter. And Heath Ledger’s posthumous win in 2009 was the first time an actor had won an Oscar for a role in a superhero movie. Also, who knew Danny DeVito was nominated for an Oscar for producing Erin Brockovich? IMDB, that’s who!
I decided to start up a list for the Superman alumni because — like the Batman one — there are actually a lot of Oscar nominees and winners in that franchise too. In fact, one of the reasons I’m not hating on Batfleck is because it allows me to add a couple slots to both lists1. Huzzah!
Anyway, click here for the lists. If you’re wondering, I included movies like Supergirl and Catwoman because as much as they suck, they’re still part of the canon. Hell, I would have included Steel too, but alas, there are no Oscar-caliber actors in it. Shocking, I know.
Also, I’ve considered doing similar lists for the Marvel movies, but honestly, I don’t think I care that much to do it. Let me know in the comments if you think I should reconsider though.