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Suicide Squad nabs an Oscar and joins an elite club

By Alex Wiggan

Last night, the 89th Academy Awards ceremony took place and among all the glitz and glamour (and cock-ups), something rather special happened – Suicide Squad picked up an Academy Award. Yep, David Ayer’s anti-hero flick featuring Harley Quinn, the Joker and Batman, received an Oscar for Best Makeup and Hairstyling!

Pretty surprising news really; especially when you consider all the criticism the movie received last year. However, now that Suicide Squad is an Oscar-winning film it has joined a very select club – it is one of only a handful of comic book movies to ever receive Academy Award recognition.

To date, very few comic book movies have picked up an Oscar. In fact, despite the wealth and popularity of comic book films, only seven movies have received Academy Awards.

The films are as follows:

  • Superman: The Movie – Special Achievement Award (for visual effects)
  • Batman – Best Art Direction
  • Men in Black – Best Makeup
  • Spider-Man 2 – Best Visual Effects
  • The Dark Knight – Best Supporting Actor (Heath Ledger)
  • The Dark Knight – Best Sound Editing
  • Big Hero 6 – Best Animated Feature
  • Suicide Squad – Best Makeup and Hairstyling

This means the likes of X-Men: Days of Future Past, Batman Begins, Watchmen, Spider-Man, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War have never won an Academy Award.

Sad, we know.

Either way, congratulations to Suicide Squad. We may not have loved the film, but we’re all for comic book movies receiving recognition.




About the author: Alex Wiggan has written blog posts for Honcho-SFX blog since October 2014. He likes writing, eating pizza and watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Sometimes in that order.


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