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How many Oscar awards have Marvel and DC won?

We take a look at the history of The Academy to see how many Oscars the Marvel and DC superhero movies have won, and to figure out how the genre is doing in the industry.

How many Oscar awards have Marvel and DC won?

The 95th edition of the Oscars will announce the names of its winners on the night of Sunday, March 12. The Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, California, will once again host the biggest names of the Film Academy to celebrate last year's cinephile harvest, which includes all kinds of superhero genre films. Marvel and DC are the two largest comic book houses in history and maintain a curious pulse in search of the statuette, although it cannot be said that neither of them has been very successful.

At the 2023 Oscars, both companies will once again compete against each other for the award and will also do so in important categories. On one side will be Marvel with Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (with 5 nominations: Best Supporting Actress [Angela Bassett], Best Original Song [Rihanna for “Lift Me Up”], Best Costume Design, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, and Best Visual Effects). Opposite we find DC with The Batman (with three nominations: Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Sound, and Best Visual Effects). We will see how it goes after the ceremony.

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Marvel at the Oscars: how many statuettes have they obtained?

Although the history of Marvel heroes on the big screen is very long and has passed through a lot of hands (from Universal to Disney and even Sony Pictures), the Stan Lee factory accumulates 6 Oscar awards and 18 nominations. These were the Academy Award-winning films:

  • Spider-Man 2 (2004) — Best Visual Effects.
  • Big Hero 6 (2014) — Best Animated Feature (Although it is not from Marvel, but from Disney, the film is based on a Marvel comic).
  • Black Panther (2018) — Best Soundtrack, Best Production Design, and Best Costume Design. The most successful Marvel movie of all time.
  • Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse — Best Animated Feature.
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DC at the Oscars: how many statuettes have they obtained?

Despite the fact that the DC Universe has been a madhouse in recent years and its films tend to be less popular than those of Marvel, the truth is that when it comes down to it, its adaptations have garnered better results. DC has 7 Oscars and 32 nominations. Most came from its two most iconic characters (Batman and Superman) and directors(Tim Burton, Christopher Nolan) and actors (Michael Keaton, Joaquin Phoenix) of that season. Here are the winners:

  • Superman (1978) — Best Visual Effects.
  • Batman (1989) — Best Art Direction.
  • The Dark Knight (2008) — Best Sound Editing and Best Supporting Actor (Heath Ledger).
  • Suicide Squad (2016) — Best Makeup and Hairstyling.
  • Joker (2019) — Best Original Score and Best Lead Actor (Joaquin Phoenix).

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