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Poll: Oscars Face-Off: Watershed Comic Book Movies

The prestige of the comic book genre has progressively grown over the last century, in part due to a series of Oscar watershed moments. In 1942, the animated short 'Superman' became the first comic book adaptation to earn an Oscar nomination. In 1991, 'Dick Tracy' grabbed the first comic book above the line nomination and set a new high for Oscar nominations. Dark Knight's total nomination record and a shocking Oscar Best Picture snub in 2009 shattered perceptions of the genre. In 2018, 'Black Panther' secured the first Best Picture Oscar nomination for a comic adaptation and marked a major milestone in Black cinema. In 2020, 'Joker' led all other movies in total nominations and set another genre high with its eleven total Oscar nominations. Successively, each of these Oscar-nominated comic book adaptations elevated the stature of the comic book genre to where it stands today.

Which of these watershed Oscar-nominated adaptations is the best comic book movie of all-time: Dick Tracy (1990) or The Dark Knight (2008) or Black Panther (2018) or Joker (2019)?

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    Dick Tracy (1990)

    Oscars 1991 Scoresheet 3 Wins / 7 Nominations

    Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Al Pacino (Nominated), Best Cinematography (Nominated), Best Makeup (Won), Best Costume Design (Nominated), Best Art Direction (Won), Best Original Song - "Sooner or Later" (Won), Best Sound (Nominated),

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    The Dark Knight (2008)

    Oscars 2009 Scoresheet 2 Wins / 8 Nominations

    Best Picture (Snub), Best Supporting Actor - Heath Ledger (Won), Best Cinematography (Nominated), Best Film Editing (Nominated), Best Makeup (Nominated), Best Art Direction (Nominated), Best Sound Editing (Won), Best Sound Mixing (Nominated), Best Visual Effects (Nominated)

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    Black Panther (2018)

    Oscars 2019 Scoresheet 3 Wins / 7 Nominations

    Best Picture (Nominated), Best Costume Design (Won), Best Production Design (Won), Best Original Score (Won), Best Original Song - "All the Stars" (Nominated), Best Sound Editing (Nominated), Best Sound Mixing (Nominated)

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    Joker (2019)

    Oscars 2020 Scoresheet ? Wins / 11 Nominations

    Best Picture (Pending), Best Director (Pending), Best Lead Actor - Joaquin Phoenix (Pending), Best Writing - Adapted Screenplay (Pending), Best Cinematography (Pending), Best Film Editing (Pending), Best Makeup and Hairstyling (Pending), Best Costume Design (Pending), Best Original Score (Pending), Best Sound Editing (Pending), Best Sound Mixing (Pending)


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