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Tuesday Movie Memo: Hey Academy, Consider Guardians Of The Galaxy For The Oscars

Very few of us might have guessed it going into the 2014 movie year, but at the end of the summer, James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy is the year’s biggest hit. The biggest. As in, no movie has earned more money in 2014 than Guardians of the Galaxy. It’s a powerhouse. It’s our leader. But is this just the beginning?

As we transition from the summer season to the fall, our minds start to drift away from blockbusters like Guardians and on to the annual awards race. But why do they have to exist separately? Can’t we keep talking about Guardians of the Galaxy as we talk about Oscar contenders? Because, I argue, if Marvel and Disney play their cards right, then James Gunn’s movie can contend for Oscars early next year. How? We discuss in the Tuesday Movie Memo.

We have been so happy to cover James Gunn’s spectacular Guardians of the Galaxy all summer. Over the duration, we have interviewed the cast, reviewed the film, discussed how it works for families, and now we’re anxious to cover it through the Oscar race. Does it have a shot? Weigh in with your thoughts below!

Sean O'Connell

Managing Director at CinemaBlend. ReelBlend cohost. A movie junkie who's Infatuated with comic-book films. Helped get the Snyder Cut released, then wrote a book about it.