Not too long ago, Disney put up their awards consideration pages for the films they hope will land some nominations from the Oscars, Golden Globes and other important Hollywood organizations. When it came to Avengers: Endgame, the usual ambition was there for Best Picture, Best Director, and a slew of technical awards. But there was one surprising exclusion.
Robert Downey Jr. previously confirmed that he opted not to campaign for any acting awards for his farewell performance as Tony Stark in Avengers: Endgame. This was surprising to fans since his final turn as the genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist and superhero felt like a performance that may have been worthy of at least a nomination. It appears Disney agreed and whether or not Downey intends to campaign for an Oscar, they’re going to do it for him. Robert Downey Jr. is included in the addition of consideration for Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress categories that feature several other Avengers: Endgame cast members too.
Here’s Disney’s updated list of hopeful nominees that will be up for awards consideration this season:
As you can see, none of the Avengers: Endgame cast members were put up in the lead actor or lead actress categories. That makes perfect sense since the ensemble cast is so big that they all have a pretty even amount of screentime. Plus, the competition will likely be less fierce in those categories. However, just because Disney is putting forth these names for nominations doesn’t mean that any of them have a good chance at landing a nomination. But let’s talk about which ones could possibly be contenders.
Not to be disrespectful to any of these actors and actresses, but right out of the gate, I don’t think there’s any chance that Paul Rudd, Don Cheadle, Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Brie Larson, Zoe Saldana, or Gwyneth Prow will be getting nominations. Don’t get me wrong, they’re all great in their respective roles, and each has a solid emotional beat in the movie, but none of them feel like Oscar worthy performances as a whole. Plus, Ruffalo and Brolin have the disadvantage of playing motion capture characters, and the Academy still hasn’t figured out how to properly register those performances alongside traditional roles on film.
Somewhat more likely but still almost certainly not getting Oscar nominations are Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner. Though the two share some of the most touching and heartwrenching moments in Endgame, Renner is currently dealing with some peculiar personal issues and likely won’t be at the forefront of any Oscar campaigning. Furthermore, if Scarlett Johansson is going to get any Oscar nominations this year, it will probably be for Jojo Rabbit or Marriage Story.
However, there are four Avengers: Endgame cast members that I could see being worthy of a nomination, even if they’re still unlikely to end up with one. Robert Downey Jr. is one of them for obvious reasons, but I think we’re all forgetting just how great Chris Hemsworth is in this movie. He shows an incredible range of emotion as a superhero suffering from PTSD, often turning his emotions on a dime, and I would be psyched if he ended up earning at least a nomination. Meanwhile, both Chris Evans and Karen Gillan turned in admirable performances. The latter has a surprisingly integral and emotional character arc in this movie, and the former continues to be the backbone of this entire franchise. Either one of them could have enough standout moments to land a nomination, but I’m not sure
Of course, the Oscars are very competitive, and they’re not always about who really gave the best performance. Furthermore, The Academy hasn’t fully embraced superhero movies as being award worthy just yet. That tradition wavered a bit for Black Panther, but that felt like a unique circumstance in which the achievement for bringing such a culturally diverse superhero movie to the table was likely what drew voters to support the movie.
Avengers: Endgame made a ton of money, but will it win a ton of awards?
Last month, we reported that Disney is pushing the 22nd film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for multiple categories at the 2020 Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay. But conspicuously absent were any Best Actor/Supporting Actor and Best Actress/Supporting Actress submissions, especially for Robert Downey, Jr., who gave a “profound performance,” according to Joe Russo, and “if that doesn’t deserve an Oscar, I don’t know what does.” Disney has since updated Endgame‘s For Your Consideration page, and it includes RDJ, along with many of his co-stars:
Best Supporting Actor
Robert Downey, Jr. Chris Evans Mark Ruffalo Chris Hemsworth Jeremy Renner Josh Brolin Paul Rudd Don Cheadle
Best Supporting Actress
Scarlett Johansson Gwyneth Paltrow Zoe Saldana Karen Gillan Brie Larson
I saw 14,600,005 possible outcomes of the coming Oscars conflict; in only one is anyone listed above actually going to be nominated for an Oscar. But it’s fun to speculate nonetheless! It’s also fun to see who was left out. All the original Avengers are there, and Brie Larson and Josh Brolin make sense, but where’s Tom Holland? And Benedict Cumberbatch? They’re big names playing popular characters. My guess: Disney only included actors playing characters who weren’t “blipped.” That leaves out Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Scarlet Witch, Falcon, Bucky, Shuri, and Black Panther, among others.
Even though the list of pretty much everything that will be available when Disney+ launches next week has already been revealed, The Walt Disney Company seems to have been holding back some heavy hitters. Last week, James Cameron’s Avatar was announced to officially be part of the launch day roster of movies in the Disney+ streaming library, and now we have word that Avengers: Endgame will be hitting the service earlier than the previously announced December window.
Here’s the announcement from the official Disney+ Twitter account with some hip lingo for the kids:
Oh snap! #AvengersEndgame is coming to #DisneyPlus. Start streaming the epic finale to @MarvelStudios’ Infinity Saga on November 12 in the US, Canada and Netherlands and on November 19 in Australia and New Zealand. pic.twitter.com/Bc2Ev83DuD
— Disney+ @disneyplus November 6, 2019
Originally slated to be part of the Disney+ streaming library in December, Avengers: Endgame will now be available to watch over and over again starting on launch day, November 12, in the United States, Canada and Netherlands. It will also be available when the service launches in Australia and New Zealand the following week on November 19. So get ready to assemble your Avengers and have a viewing party.
Since Avengers: Endgame is now the highest grossing movie of all-time, this could be something that convinces previous holdouts to at least give Disney+ a try. Though the movie has been out on digital, Blu-ray and DVD for a little while now, the price of a Disney+ subscription will not only give you access to that movie for far cheaper than the purchase price of Avengers: Endgame on home video, but it will give you access to hundreds of other movies and TV shows.
However, don’t forget that not all of the movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that led up to Avengers: Endgame will be available on launch day. Since there were some licensing deals that couldn’t be worked out before the launch of Disney+, fans will have to wait to see some titles in that streaming library for a little while. But hopefully all of the movies in the MCU will be available there at the same time eventually.
If you’re still on the fence about Disney+, we just recently reviewed the first episodes of most of the new original shows that will be available on launch day next week. That includes High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, The World According to Jeff Goldblum, The Imagineering Story, Encore! and Marvel Hero Project. Unfortunately, The Mandalorian is being held back until November 12, but we’ll definitely have our first reactions to that show as soon as it’s available, so stay tuned.
The “everything wrong with…” genre is one of the worst things to happen to YouTube and film criticism. Movies are not going to be 100 percent realistic — that’s why they’re movies. Take Avengers: Endgame, for instance. In real life, Black Widow and Hawkeye would not have to fight over who kills themself first; they, with their gun and bow, would have long ago been murdered by the purple guy, or literally any other villain in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Also, superheroes don’t exist, so… Movies should test the limits of plausibility, like the entire Fast and Furious franchise, because, well, it looks cool.
In an interview with SlashFilm, Endgame co-writer Christopher Markus confessed to a plot hole during one of the movie’s most action-packed scenes. “There was certainly a debate at one point, because particularly in Ragnarok, it establishes that Thor can summon the lightning without the hammer. I think Odin even says, ‘It was never the hammer.’ And yet Cap summons the lightning with the hammer,” he said. “You get to those things and you’re like, it’s too awesome not to do it! We’ll talk about it later.”
Chris Evans, Cap himself, was a big fan of that moment:
Trinh Tran, executive producer: “I remember how excited Chris was. Obviously he’s read his scene and knew what was going to happen, but when you’re standing there holding it and lifting it up, it’s a pretty amazing feeling. I think the excitement on him was so captivating. I know there were certain moments – people portal-ing in, him holding the hammer – there are certain moments where they’re so excited, and having him lift it up was gratifying knowing that what we had teased in Ultron kind of came to an end in terms of, he really can lift it. I can’t describe it. I didn’t grow up reading comics, but I was geeking out over the fact that I got to see that.”
And you know what? That scene is awesome, so it’s fine. No sins there.
The actor was also joined by his younger brother to play a game of "Know Your Bro" on Monday's episode of 'The Tonight Show.'
Avengers: Endgamespoilers were hard to avoid, even for the film's cast.
Chris Evans revealed that he accidentally spoiled a pivotal moment in the Marvel film for co-star Anthony Mackie. In the film, Evans' Captain America handed off his shield to Mackie's character, Falcon.
The actor told Jimmy Fallon on Monday's episode of The Tonight Show that the script was very secretive, though he was given the scene for the moment between his and Mackie's characters.
"While we were filming in Atlanta, I had already read the scene. I had a few people over to watch a football game or something and Mackie was the first one to show up," he said. "I didn't know he didn't know what was gonna happen. And he showed up first and I said, 'Hey man, isn't that scene fantastic?' and he said, 'What scene?' And I said, 'The scene when I give you the shield.' And he said, 'You're giving me the shield?'"
Once Evans realized that Mackie had not yet read the scene, he found a copy of the script for him to read. "I got to watch him read the scene for the first time where he's getting the shield and he was so happy and you immediately feel like, 'Man, maybe I robbed this moment from...maybe Kevin Feige deserved this,'" he said of Marvel's president.
"It was so nice to share it with him. He was so happy and so deserving," Evans continued. "It was a nice way to kind of have, just between us, the transition of characters. It was great."
Mackie previously opened up about how he learned about the scene in May.
"We were at his house and he goes, 'You excited?' And I go, 'What are you talking about?' and he goes, 'You don't know?' He jumps up, runs out of the room and comes back in with the script," Mackie said in an interview with IMDb. "We cried. We drank. We laughed. I am very happy I got that moment with Chris, for him to not only pass me the shield, but to tell me it was happening."
Evans was also joined by his brother Scott during the appearance to play a game of "Know Your Bro."
Fallon explained that one brother would wear noise-canceling headphones while the other answered questions. The brother wearing the headphones would then answer the same question to see if their stories matched.
Chris kicked off the game by saying which career Scott would pursue if he was not an actor. The older Evans brother said that Scott would do police work because he loves detective shows and murder scenes.
When Scott was asked the same question, he revealed that he would be a homicide detective or criminologist because he's "so into murder in not a creepy way."
Scott was next asked to reveal something that Chris did growing up that his parents never found out about. The younger brother shared that Chris pushed him into a coffee table when he was about 8 years old. "I cracked my head open. I ended up getting four stitches, but I remember he pushed me against the table," he recalled. "I had already cracked my head open once and I was like, 'No blood. No blood. No blood.' And my hand, it was like a murder scene."
"Chris was like, 'Please don't tell.' And I just said that I fell and I got stitches," he continued. "Mom, he pushed me."
Chris was then asked the same question. He began to tell a story about when he made Scott cut school and they "went and did a lot of bad things," though he was later told that Scott shared the story about Chris pushing Scott into the coffee table. Chris responded, "That was between us."
For the final round, Chris was asked to share Scott's most embarrassing childhood memory. After he shared that Scott had "bowel control issues" when he was younger, Chris said that a 5-year-old Scott pooped his pants while skiing on a family trip.
Chris recalled that his father cleaned Scott up before they returned to skiing, though Scott pooped his pants again. Following Scott's second accident, their father went to go get the car and the kids waited in the lodge. "He starts crying, saying it's gonna happen and me and my sister are like, 'Just hang on,'" he said. "He didn't make it."
After Scott took off his headphones, he said that his most embarrassing childhood memory was when he was driving home with his siblings and he had to go to the bathroom. "I begged my sister to pull over because I really had to go. She was like, 'Where are you going to go?' And I was like, 'On the street,'" he said. "She wouldn't pull over and I went in my pants."
Warning: This post contains spoilers for Avengers: Endgame, if you still haven’t seen it.
Let’s take a break from debating Martin Scorsese’s latest and most eloquent appraisal of Marvel movies to talk about…Marvel movies. The same day the legendary filmmaker penned a sober yet impassioned op-ed in The New York Times about what comic book films have done to Hollywood, one of the MCU’s best and brightest — former Captain America Chris Evans — was on The Tonight Show, casually and obliviously telling Jimmy Fallon about that time he spoiled the ending of Avengers: Endgame for co-star Anthony Mackie.
[email protected] accidentally spoiled the ending of #AvengersEndgame for Anthony Mackie. More with @ChrisEvans on #FallonTonight! pic.twitter.com/qg7xjC1Ixc
— Fallon Tonight @FallonTonight November 5, 2019
As picked up by Entertainment Weekly, Evans admitted he’s arguably worse than fellow Avenger Mark Ruffalo, who famously blurted out the ending of Avengers: Infinity War a year before its release. Granted, he didn’t ruin all of it — just the bit where Cap bequeaths Mackie’s Sam Wilson, aka Falcon, his shield.
“While we were filming in Atlanta, I had a few people over to watch football or something, and Mackie was the first one to show up,” Evans told Fallon and crowd. “I didn’t know he didn’t know what was going to happen. I say, ‘Hey, man, isn’t that scene fantastic?’ and he said, ‘What scene?’ And I said, ‘The scene where I give you the shield!’ And he said, ‘You’re giving me the shield?’
“And I said ‘Oh no,’ so I ran to my room and I got the scene and gave it to him, and I got to watch him read the scene for the first time where he’s getting the shield,” Evans said. “And he was so happy and you immediately feel like, ‘Man, maybe I robbed this moment, maybe [Marvel Studios president] Kevin Feige deserved this.’ But it was so nice to share it with him. He was so happy and so deserving. It was a nice way to have — just between us — the transition of characters.”
Hey, at least Evans didn’t ruin a presumably even twistier film, Rian Johnson’s forthcoming murder mystery Knives Out, in which he plays what looks like a super-smarmy trust fund kid.