Golden Rule: “Logan” – Black and White and Gold All Over

Leading up to the 90th Academy Awards on March 4th, we’re going to be diving into as many of the nominated films as possible and taking a look at what their chances are for taking home the Oscar. You can check out our list of where to watch each film here, and see the full list of nominees here. Today we’re continuing things with a look at Logan, which is nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay.

In 2000, audiences were introduced to Hugh Jackman as Wolverine/Logan, the long beloved X-Men with regenerative healing powers, retractable claws, and a skeleton covered with the fictional metal, adamantium, in the feature-film X-Men. That film would kick off the boom of the Superhero genre, would lead to nine more sequels and spin-offs, and would skyrocket Jackman to fame. Jackman would play the role in a total of 8 films before deciding to “hang up the claws” after a 9th round as the character. That film would be based on the comic book story “Old Man Logan”, and would feature an older version of the character that was well past his prime.

Before Logan was released in theatres, critics were calling it one of the greatest Superhero films ever released, stating that it was less of a superhero film and more of a serious western/noir film with heavy themes of fatherhood and mortality. They were right, and audiences flocked to theatres to see Jackman’s final portrayal of the character. Logan isn’t a CGI-filled film about saving the world or defeating some huge bad guy; it’s about a man trying to come to terms with his own mortality after a lifetime of never even seeing it on the horizon. It’s about two men understanding their roles as fathers and trying to accept what is best for their family. This isn’t your average Superhero film; it’s barely even a Superhero film. And it was the perfect send-off to a portrayal of a character that fans have loved for 17 years.

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I don’t know that Logan will win here. Even though you can barely consider it a Superhero film, it’s still a Superhero film, and the Academy doesn’t exactly take those seriously. The only thing that may boost the film’s chances is the fact that Disaster Artist probably won’t receive many votes because of its ties to James Franco. Molly’s Game doesn’t have the best chance, as the Academy hasn’t always been kind to Aaron Sorkin. Mudbound is a possibility, as the Academy may want to award Dee Rees. But overall, Call Me By Your Name is the one to beat here, and I don’t think Logan is powerful enough to do that.

Logan is currently on HBO (including HBO GO, HBO Now, and HBO on Demand) and available on DVD, Blu-Ray, and Digital. Be sure to keep following Poor Man’s Spoiler for all of our Oscar coverage. The Oscars air on ABC on March 4th at 8pm ET.

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