The Reason Logan Received An Oscar Nomination, According to James Mangold

Posted 2018/01/24 0 0

For screenwriter and director James Mangold, the nomination came as a surprise.


Nominees for the 90th Academy Awards were announced this morning and Logan received a nomination in the Best Adapted Screenplay category. The "Walk the Line" and "Girl, Interrupted" director earned his first Oscar nomination for co-writing the film. Mangold teamed up with Scott Frank and Michael Green to write the Hugh Jackman-starring vehicle based on the Marvel comic-book character. In a chat on Tuesday morning with the Los Angeles Times, the filmmaker said it was Logan‘s focus on character that helped it score its groundbreaking accolade:

“On this film, we really focused on doing something different: a dramatic and character-driven film rather than trying to compete in the arms race of comic-book films… ‘I can spend more than you, I can blow up more than you.’ We wanted to make a film that operated on the character engine and emotion.”

For the superhero genre, this is obivously a game-changer. While superhero movies have gotten nominations in technical categories over the years, Logan marks the first time that a comic book movie has broken into the more "serious" achievement categories. The Logan nomination moves superhero and comic book stories from the popcorn-munching blockbuster category to that of serious, Oscar-worthy tales that aren't just fun but are legitimate art. All in all, this nomination was well-deserved. Not only did the fans get an interesting portrayal of the character that we hadn’t seen yet, but we also got an incredible film that may have changed the course of comic book movies for the foreseeable future.

Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the 90th Academy Awards will be held at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood and Highland Center on Sunday, March 4, 2018. The ceremony will be televised live on ABC.

In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.

Directed by James Mangold, Logan stars Hugh Jackman, Sir Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Stephen Merchant, Richard E. Grant, Eriq LaSalle, Elizabeth Rodriguez, and Boyd Holbrook.