Suicide Squad won an Academy Award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling last night. It was certainly appropriate because there was a lot of makeup and hairstyling in the movie. And…it was different. However, Suicide Squad now having won as many Oscars as Citizen Kane is still a harsh reality many are just now coming to grips with. Vulture’s Kyle Buchanon has aleady laid out the horrifying possibilty, but others are still reeling.
“Having this realization that Suicide Squad is an Oscar winning film was really just a surreal moment,” said Timmy Kiddlehoffer of White Plains, NY. “It still doesn’t make sense.”
“How am I feeling? Wow.. disgusted. nauseous and honestly like I’m in a nightmare,” wrote Janet Spammerwhack on Facebook.
“David Lynch has never won an Oscar, yet Suicide Squad, a loud, senseless movie that had to have reshoots just so Margot Robbie’s butt would make sense, is a victor,” warned Zia Padora, editor in chief of the influential site The Super Hero Endoscope, which covers genre films. “This is a film where someone wrote ‘Damaged’ in cursive script on Jared Leto’s forehead, and Cara Delevingne was hidden behind a hair curtain. And it won. An Oscar.”
Superhero/comic book movies winning Oscars isn’t unprecedented, as this IMDB list reveals. The first Superman won for Best VIsual Effects (or whatever they were called then.) Batman (1989) won for Art Direction. Spider-Man 2 won for Visual Effects. The Dark Knight won for Best Supporting Actor (still the only acting win or even nomination for a comic book movie) and Sound Editing.
So there you have it.
Four superhero movies have won Oscars. And one of them is Suicide Squad.
“We will resist,” vowed Padora. “We will keep fighting and our voices will be heard. This is not my Oscar™.”
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.