So what’s left for a juggernaut of a film called Spider-Man: No Way Home once its raked in enough greenbacks to make Scrooge McDuck sit up and wince with envy? Taking a page out of the Jim Cameron playbook (Titanic, anyone?), the mensch’s at Marvel and Sony are apparently aiming their ambitious sights on a Best Picture nominations at the upcoming Academy Awards, according to our wall-crawling muchachos over at The Hollywood Reporter. And, not content to just drop that little nugget on us, ol’ Web-Head himself Tom Holland reveals he’s all-aboard a potential Oscar hosting gig; Zowie!
In a bit of news apparently designed to horrify master directors Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola (both whom I tremendously respect; hold the brickbat bouquets!)), actor tom Holland and Marvel and Sony overseers Kevin Feige, Tom Rothman and producer extraordinaire Amy Pascal revealed to The Hollywood Reporter in a wide-ranging interview that they were going to push mightily for Oscar consideration for Spider-Man: No Way Home in categories other than the ones usually awarded for superhero flicks (looking at you here Best Special Effects and Sound Design).
“Quality commerciality is really hard to do,” Rothman asserted during the new interview, defending the sometimes maligned superhero film genre while explaining why the new Spidey outing is Oscar-worthy material. “No Way Home is superb filmmaking. And this is what the Academy needs to stay connected to…We have to overcome, weirdly, the prejudice against the fact that it’s a big hit.”
Marvel chief Feige agrees with his onetime rival from Sony, adding that he wishes Academy members who cast their votes this year for Best Picture will “think about the artistry that goes into storytelling that connects with a wide range of people on a very emotional level.”
But what’s this bit of news of lead web-slinger Tom Holland possibly hosting the Oscars for 2022? The in-demand thespian doesn’t entirely rule out such a thing happening, but adds that “in all honesty I’m just too busy right now. I don’t have the time…And you know I would love to do that – I love that kind of thing, I love being put under pressure and doing things that I feel uncomfortable doing. So I’m interested in it, but I just don’t have the time.”
Will Tom Holland really pass up an opportunity if offered to host the Oscars (P.S. Academy – Whether its Holland or someone else, you REALLY need a host to anchor your show)? Will Spider-Man: No Way Home score a Best Picture nomination? For the answer to these pressing questions, keep your peepers peeled to Vents in 2022, Dear and Constant Reader!