Avengers: Endgame is the highest-grossing movie of all-time, but on Sunday, it failed to win the only Academy Award it was nominated for (Best Visual Effects, which went to 1917). Kevin Feige dried his tears with a trillion dollar bill, no doubt. At least it has good company: many of the MCU’s finest films, from Iron Man to The Avengers to Guardians of the Galaxy, have gone home empty-handed over the years; the only one to win is Black Panther (Best Costume Design, Best Original Score, and Best Production Design).
Endgame did, however, set an Oscar record, although it’s a good news/bad news deal.
Since the first Academy Awards ceremony was held in 1929, 10 films have held the highest-grossing record (that’s the good news), and of those 10, only one failed to win an Oscar (that’s the bad). The list begins with Gone with the Wild (10 Oscars; eight competitive, two honorary), followed by The Sound of Music (5), The Godfather (3), Jaws (3), Star Wars (7; six competitive, one honorary), E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (4), Jurassic Park (3), Titanic (11), Avatar (3), and finally, Avengers: Endgame, which didn’t win an Oscar, but it’s only the sequel to be crowned king of the box office. So, yay?
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It’s worth noting that Endgame may not stay number one for much longer. James Cameron think it’s a “certainty” that Avatar will top Endgame when it’s re-released before Avatar 2 comes out next year. The two films are roughly $50 million apart. $50 million is also how much Sonic the Hedgehog is expected to make this weekend, so if I see it, oh, 186 million times during weekend two, say hello to your new box office champ!