During his Tuesday night monologue on Jimmy Kimmel Live! the former Oscar host blasted the Academy Awards for not giving one of its 10 Best Picture nominations to recently released Spider-Man: No Way Home films — the third and final movie in the Homecoming trilogy. The late-night comedian and long-time Marvel fan Jimmy Kimmel couldn’t believe that the film was passed over by a movie that has an almost 50% lower rating than the latest Spider-Man release.
According to IndieWire, Jimmy Kimmel did a pretty solid job of explaining why he thinks Spider-Man: No Way Home was snubbed by the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences ahead of this year’s Academy Award. Kimmel expressed anger and genuine disbelief at the fact that Tom Holland’s alleged last outing as friendly neighborhood Spider-Man didn’t get one of the ten nominations for Best Picture, considering that only 11 major movie releases were scheduled for the past year — Spider-Man included. And that’s considering that the film featured two actors nominated for this year’s Best Actor Awards: Andrew Garfield for Tick, Tick… Boom! and Benedict Cumberbatch for his role in The Power of the Dog.
Kimmel also expressed his disbelief that Spider-Man: No Way Home was passed over in favor of Adam McKay’s Don’t Look Up, despite the film’s negative reviews. The former Oscar host pointed out that Spider-Man: No Way Home made $750 million in the US alone, and amidst the ongoing pandemic, contrary to Don’t Look Up, which made only $1.5 million at the box office. And Jimmy Kimmel does make a good point; Spider-Man: No Way Home’s total earnings currently sit at $1.78 billion, superseded only by 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War and 2019’s Avengers: Endgame, the latter of which earned $2.79 billion worldwide gross.
It’s also worth mentioning that Spider-Man: No Way Home made more money than 2018’s Black Panther, which won in several Academy Awards categories, where the latest Spider-Man flick earned only a nomination for Best Visual Effects. But Jimmy Kimmel didn’t stop there and deterministically issued another slap to Don’t Look Up’s face by bringing up the critics’ reviews and ratings for both films. Adam McKay’s film, which was actually nominated for the Best Picture award, has only a 46% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, while Spider-Man: No Way Home currently has 93% on the website’s Tomatometer and 98% audience score. “For god’s sake, ‘Jackass Forever’ has an 89%” — said Kimmel.
In the end, Kimmel actually explained as to why Spider-Man: No Way Home didn’t earn a Best Picture nomination. According to him, the voters looked at the list and saw Leonardo DiCaprio and Meryl Streep’s names and checked their corresponding boxes before putting their children into the car and rushing to watch Spider-Man: No Way Home. It’s worth pointing out that a similar thing happened to Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, which was similarly snubbed for Best Picture at the 80th Academy Awards. It prompted the Academy to expand the Best Picture nomination category from five to 10 nominees.
With everything said, the success of Spider-Man: No Way Home can’t be denied, even by the lobbyists of the cinematographic industry. The numbers don’t lie, and the fact that Marvel subsequently confirmed that more Spider-Man films are in development, only attests to the success of Tom Holland’s Spider-Man: No Way Home.