Top Gun: Maverick secures six Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, but receives a mixed response from the Internet.
Top Gun: Maverick has secured six Academy Award nominations ahead of the 2023 Academy Awards, but the internet is divided in its opinions on the nominations. Top Gun: Maverick was released in 2022 as the long-awaited sequel to the 1986s Top Gun. Directed by Joseph Kosinski, the film starred Tom Cruise as Captain Pete “Maverick” Mitchell 30 years after the events of the original film and featured Jennifer Connelly, Miles Teller, Val Kilmer, Bashir Salahuddin and Jon Hamm among its star-studded cast list. The film grossed just $1.5 billion worldwide at the box office, a mark that ended up as the second highest of 2022 behind Avatar: The Way of Water.
The Academy has announced its list of 2023 Oscar nominations, and although Top Gun: Maverick with six nominations, the response from the internet has been divided. Top Gun: Maverick earned Academy Award nominations for Best Achievement in Film Editing, Best Achievement in Music Written for a Motion Picture, Best Sound, Best Achievement in Visual Effects, Best Picture of the Year, and Best Adapted Screenplay. Reaction from the internet has included a mix of praise for the film and its nominations and ridicule for the Academy due to some of the film’s nominated categories. Check out the internet’s answer to Top Gun: Maverick‘s Oscar nomination below:
Why Top Gun: Maverick was considered one of the best movies of 2022?
A lot of goodwill follows Top Gun: Maverick when awards season is underway. The film has received a lot of credit since its premiere for being a non-superhero movie that brings audiences back to theaters after the COVID-19 pandemic played a massive role in declining box office results. In addition to the goodwill, Top Gun: Maverick was a visual stunner. Tom Cruise’s dedication to practical stunts, including working inside the cockpit, did a lot to make the film stand out as the best blockbuster action adventure film during the summer of 2022. Doing practical stunts also allowed the filmmakers to create a more rich sound experience, for which the film also received an Oscar nomination.
Top Gun: Maverick‘s Best Screenplay Oscar nomination is one of the few surprise nods the film received, as the film’s actual story is considered one of its weaker aspects. Although much of the story didn’t stand out, Top Gun: Maverick‘s crowd-pleasing ending could certainly have played a role in the film receiving more praise for its script than most expected. Beyond the script, however, there were very few audiences who would push back against it Top Gun: Maverick receiving critical and industry praise for its beautiful stunts and atmosphere. Some have even taken issue with the film not getting a Best Cinematography nomination, which is understandable.
How will Top Gun: Maverick perform at the 2023 Oscars?
Given the large number of nominations Top Gun: Maverick has already received, the Oscars are already set to be a big win for the film, its cast, crew and its producers. Considering how amazing many of the action sequences were in the film, Top Gun sequel could be in line to secure wins for technical aspects such as Best Achievement in Film Editing, Best Sound and Best Achievement in Visual Effects. Regardless of how the film fares at the Oscars in March, a Top Gun 3 hopefully still on the table. With how much success Top Gun: Maverick experienced, it works like a lock, but some Oscar hardware wouldn’t hurt the case.
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