Friday, May 25, 2012

Friday for Your Consideration: The Avengers

Welcome to a special edition of a seasonal weekly feature here at Movies with Abe, Friday For Your Consideration. As every year nears to a close, there are a number of actors nominated for Golden Globes, Oscars, and countless other awards. There are so many spots and there are so many deserving contenders, yet some inevitably get left out. This week, I’d like to spotlight a film that may be forgotten by the end of 2012, at least in terms of awards.

The Avengers

Why it deserves it: It might be strange to think of this film as one to be forgotten since it already stands as the 5th highest-grossing film of all time after less than a month out in theatres. The question therefore becomes whether the energy people seem to have it makes it a deserving contender for the expanded Best Picture race, in which “viewer’s choice” nominees like “The Blind Side” can make an appearance. I’d argue that its visual effects, sound, and sound editing are more clearly worthy of recognition, though a Best Picture bid would be pretty damn cool too.

Standout scene: There are plenty, but the one that best exemplifies the visual and audial qualities I’d like to emphasize is the attack by the alien army in which the Avengers team up to run around midtown Manhattan trying to save human lives and working together to use their powers to send those aliens back where they came from.

Why it won’t get it: I certainly hope it will, but it’s unwise to jump to such a conclusion. Six films featuring the Avengers leading into this one have mustered up a mere three nominations, and they’re all for Iron Man movies. While the Spider-Man saga managed to net a few nominations and one win, none of the X-Men movies even merited a mention. Hopefully this seeming bias against Marvel films will be contradicted by the success of this film in the technical categories.

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