Why Avengers: Endgame’s Director Is ‘Ecstatic’ About Joker’s Oscar Nominations

While Joe Russo is more than justified in chalking up Joker’s success as a victory, it’s curious that he feels it’s this film, and not the ones that came before it, that broke the stigma. While it’s true that most comic book films are relegated to technical awards at the Oscars (Avengers: Endgame is only up for Best Visual Effects), Joker isn’t the first one of its kind to enjoy widespread accolades. In 2009, Heath Ledger won a posthumous Academy Award for his portrayal of — you guessed it — the Joker in The Dark Knight. And just last year, Black Panther nabbed a Best Picture nod, in addition to seven other nominations.

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