Why Joker should win the best picture Oscar
Superhero movies have saved Hollywood. And heres one that features a magnetic star turn, takes mental illness seriously and wrestles with the collapse of liberalism
Even if it doesnt happen, it would be a good idea for Joker to be awarded the best picture Oscar mostly because it would signal Hollywoods acceptance of, and reconciliation with, the genre that has basically saved it over the last couple of decades: the superhero movie. Every year it seems the heavy guns get wheeled out to protest that the films which make everyone in Hollywood rich and for which audiences appear to have inexhaustible affection are slighted by the Academy and that they are owed recognition.
This year they might have a point. The portents may be suggesting that 1917 is in pole position to win the big one, but Joker has the lead in the nomination count (not always an infallible guide), and Joaquin Phoenix, by most measures, is the favourite to be named best actor.
More significantly, perhaps, the character himself is the most Oscar-friendly aspect of cinemas various superhero universes. It cant be a coincidence that the only previous occasion a superhero movie has troubled the winners enclosure for one of the headline categories was in 2009, when The Dark Knights Heath Ledger won best supporting actor for playing the Joker. Grief over Ledgers death may have been a factor, but theres also something dramatically rich and tonally ambiguous about the character that responds to the alchemy of top-notch acting.
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