Avengers: Age Of Ultron Shut Out Of Oscar Nominations


Fans liked Avengers: Age of Ultron, just not as much as they did The Avengers. As it turns out, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences feels the same way.

The nominees for the 88th Academy Awards were announced today, and Avengers: Age of Ultron was shut out. And while no one probably expected the second gathering of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes to get any love for Best Picture or any of the acting trophies, you might have expected it to earn a nod for Best Visual Effects, as its predecessor did three years ago.

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Instead, Age of Ultron‘s thunder seems to have been stolen (and understandably so) by Star Wars: The Force Awakens. J.J. Abrams’ first turn at the helm of the world’s greatest sci-fi franchise did get nominated for Best Visual Effects, as well as four other Oscars: Editing, Original Score, Sound Mixing and Sound Editing.

As far as genre films go, one did rise even higher this year. Mad Max: Fury Road earned 10 total nominations, including two of the most prestigious categories in Best Picture and Best Director for George Miller. The film was also recognized for its cinematography, costume design and both audio categories.

Could 2016 see superhero movies have more luck? The slate is certainly fuller this year thanks to multiple entries from Marvel (Captain America: Civil War and Doctor Strange), Warner Bros. (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad) and Fox (Deadpool and X-Men: Apocalypse), so the numbers alone might help.

This year’s winners will be revealed on February 28 at 8:30 pm Eastern time on ABC.