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Patty Jenkins On WONDER WOMAN’S Oscar Chances Again, Keeping Tone for Sequel

Patty Jenkins On WONDER WOMAN’S Oscar Chances Again, Keeping Tone for Sequel

After the Producers Guild nomination kept Wonder Woman’s Oscar hopes alive, and after all the talk about women directors at the Golden Globes, it was only naturally that the woman whose movie first garnered Oscar buzz this year would be asked about her chances. Again. We have been covering all of that all year here folks, and now we have the latest, via an interview with Vanity Fair in which Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins discussed the film’s Oscar chances (which would make history not only for her, but also for the genre), as well as the one “trick” she wants to keep in the upcoming sequel.

Jenkins understands that she is climbing essentially two hills: only 4 women have been nominated to the award in 90 years, and no comic book movie has ever received any sort of above-the-line recognition. Via Vanity Fair: “I know that superhero movies have had a very hard time,” Jenkins said. “I know that women directors have had a very hard time being acknowledged. I know that superhero lead actors don’t get acknowledged. It is what it is . . . So to have my peers acknowledge [Wonder Woman] in this way and celebrate it in this way is a huge honor.”

Still, the movie has performed exceptionally well among critics and audiences alike, and the PGA nod is proof that the movie is at least well-respected and still has Oscar chances. “When I went into making this film, the mere idea [of] a woman-led film with a female lead was a massive question and really felt like a long shot,” Jenkins said. “I can even remember myself saying, don’t they keep putting out data saying that women are the majority of the audience now? I don’t understand why this is so hard for everybody to see how lucrative that could, and should, be.”

But, Oscar chances be damned, Jenkins is determined to make the best of this ride and is actively working on the November 2019, much-awaited sequel, which could smash records. “I was obsessed with the tone,” Jenkins said. “It was the hardest thing. Particularly because the story we were talking about could so easily skew another way with any of the chapters. You start in a fantasy world of women in costume, and then you go to real life, World War I England . . . and then you end up in the supernatural . . . and then you have a love story. So I brought in all of my [department heads] every week. I would sit and hammer home . . . we have to be so careful that we don’t veer from one movie to another movie, first of all, and, second, that anywhere that she walks out in a Wonder Woman suit, it just doesn’t look ridiculous.”

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J. Don Birnam

J. Don Birnam, a voting member of the New York Film Critics Online, has been a movie lover since he saw the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film in theaters at a tender age, and has been a devoted student of American film history every since. His favorite films range from Back to the Future to West Side Story, depending on the time of day, and has a mildly unhealthy obsessions with the Academy Awards. Any similarity with the slightly unstable writer in the seminal 1944 film 'The Lost Weekend' is pure coincidence

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