The Oscar Project
While Star Wars is coming to Disney+ in full force, the larger set of Marvel Cinematic Universe films is not joining the platform wholesale.
Only about a third of the MCU films released to date will be available on Disney+ when it releases in a few weeks. Of those, only two have been nominated for Oscars in the past. They are covered in this post.
As Disney+ moves further into its life, expect to see many more of the MCU films added to the library. It remains to be seen how soon we will get these films, but Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame will be coming soon with next year's theatrical releases to come after their theater run is complete.
Iron Man (2008) - Little did anyone involved with the production of this film know what they were starting at the time, but it has become somewhat of a modern comic book movie classic.
From the moment Robert Downey Jr. showed up on screen as billionaire weapons manufacturer Tony Stark, there was no doubt that he was born to play the role. He perfectly captured the playboy mentality of the man who would become Iron Man, brought in plenty of sarcasm and wit, and yet still managed to grow the character, not just over the length and breadth of the MCU, but in this first film installment.
Director Jon Favreau struck gold with this and was asked to return to direct the second installment a few years later. With supporting characters like Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), Happy Hogan (Favreau), and Obadiah Stane (Jeff Bridges), this film shines.
The first entry in the MCU was nominated for the Oscars for Best Visual Effects (John Nelson, Ben Snow, Dan Sudick, and Shane Mahan) and Best Sound Editing (Frank Eulner and Christopher Boyes) but failed to win in either category.
Iron Man 3 (2013) - As the only other MCU film on Disney+ that has been nominated for an Oscar, Iron Man 3 began to explore the tortured side of Tony Stark in the aftermath of "the Battle of New York" that served as the finale for The Avengers.
This is a fun film because Tony is a bit out of his element. He threatens the terrorist known as The Mandarin and even gives out his home address, which leads to a helicopter assault on that property. After Tony and his allies are scattered to the wind, he must rely on simple tools and materials along with his intellect to fight back instead of the billions of dollars he normally has at his disposal.
At the same time, he has to deal with the PTSD related to his near death durign the fight against the Chitauri in New York. Understanding that there are consequences for his actions during that fight begins to lead down the path that becomes center stage in Captain America: Civil War, and leads to the division of the Avengers into sparring factions before ultimately coming back together to face down Thanos.
The only Oscar nomination for this film was in the category of Best Visual Effects (Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Erik Nash, and Dan Sudick) which it lost to Gravity.
I'm just a film buff who wants to watch great movies. Where else to find the best, than the list of those nominated by the Academy each year?