Godzilla Minus One Deserves To Win Its Oscar

By TeeJay Small | Published

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  • Godzilla Minus One has been nominated for an Academy Award
  • Godzilla Minus One is up in the Best Visual Effects category
  • A number of big-budget movies were disappointments this year
  • Godzilla Minus One’s small team pulled off something spectacular

Godzilla Minus One made a huge splash when it premiered in December, with audiences and critics praising the film for its inventive writing, excellent creature design, and breathtaking visual effects.

Godzilla Minus One Deserves An Oscar

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The film also managed to shatter expectations by becoming the first Godzilla film in history to be nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Many film fans expect the beloved Japanese production to take home the prize next month.

Godzilla Minus One is more than deserving of its Oscar Award, as the film displays the brilliance and ingenuity of small, hard-working teams in the wake of multiple big studio box office flops.

Godzilla Minus One In The Exception To The Rule

For many studios, 2023 was the year of the bomb, as nearly every guaranteed hit delivered by major franchises such as Marvel and DC failed spectacularly.

Despite obvious writing and visual flaws in movies like The Flash, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, and The Marvels, studios can’t seem to wrap their minds around why audiences are refusing to stomach their poorly-made factory conveyor belt films.

Godzilla Minus One proved to be an exception to this rule, taking in over $106 million against an estimated production budget of only $10-$15 million before receiving its Oscar nomination.

Effects Looks Better Than Movies With Bigger Budgets

Despite Godzilla Minus One‘s shoestring budget, its effects look leagues better than many of the studio giant films that premiered last year. That culminated in the first Best Visual Effects Oscar nomination for a Japanese production in the history of the awards.

This is further solidified by looking at the other contenders for the award, which include Napoleon, Mission Impossible – Dead Reckoning: Part 1, The Creator, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

Under normal circumstances, this category would be loaded with entrants from the superhero genre, though this year, there is only one.

Superheroes Almost Nowhere To Be Seen

It should also come as no surprise that the single Marvel film nominated in this category happens to be the only film the studio produced last year which wowed audiences and made money at the theater.

Godzilla Minus One taking home an Oscar nomination shows the lesson that companies like Sony and Warner Brothers continually fail to understand. You cannot simply dump tens of millions of dollars into visual effects while overworking and underpaying VFX laborers, and expect audiences to swallow poor writing, stilted line delivery, and sub-par plot pacing.

Small Team Wins

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When Godzilla Minus One first received its historic Oscar nomination, a video of the small team of film industry laborers who poured months of hard work into the film went viral on social media.

In the video, the team celebrates their success with applause, cheers, and a few blasts from confetti streamer cannons. The video goes to show that the small team truly cares about the work that they’re doing and that their film wasn’t lazily constructed for the purpose of meeting a nebulous deadline dictated by AI-powered studio metrics.

Godzilla Minus One Is A Marvel

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Godzilla Minus One is a marvel of modern filmmaking and deserves to take home the Oscar award for Best Visual Effects on merit alone.

The outer-Hollywood success story that accompanies the film just serves to make the potential win that much sweeter.