Marvel Studios makes projects for its fans first, but it's still keen on seeking some hardware for its work.
Ever since Black Panther received a Best Picture nomination at 2019's Academy Awards, the potential for superhero projects to receive award recognition became all the more tangible. With the Marvel Cinematic Universe officially entering the streaming series game this year, the MCU has an abundance of material primed for accolade potential.
Even as Loki is currently in the middle of its six-week run, Marvel Studios has already begun its "For Your Consideration" process with the first two completed seasons of streaming television. The MCU kicked off Phase 4 with WandaVision, a limited series that tugged at the heartstrings of viewers worldwide.
While Elizabeth Olsen and company flexed their acting chops over nine episodes of drama-heavy television, the seemingly action-focused The Falcon and the Winter Soldier had just as much pulse-pounding character work.
Between Sebastian Stan's tear-jerking Wakanda scene, Anthony Mackie's gripping discourse with Carl Lumbly, and Kari Skogland's overall direction throughout the show, the star-spangled series has plenty to tout to the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
FALCON AND WINTER SOLDIER BEGIN AWARDS PUSH
The red, white, and blue is seeking gold.
Disney officially began its awards campaign for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier ahead of the 2021 Emmy Awards. The show submitted considerable nominees across 18 different categories, including producers, directors, writers, actors, composers, and more.
Stars Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan lead the charge while director Kari Skogland and series creator Malcolm Spellman find themselves in top categories.
The full list can be seen below:
- Executive Producer - Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Nate Moore, Kari Skogland, Malcolm Spellman
- Co-Executive Producer - Zoie Nagelhout, Trevor Waterson, Derek KolstadProducer, Ariella Blejer, Dawn Kamoche
- Consulting Producer - Sarah Halley Finn
- Kari Skogland, Ep. 106 “One World, One People”
WRITING FOR A DRAMA SERIES
- Michael Kastelein – Ep 102 “The Star Spangled Man”
- Derek Kolstad - Ep 104 “The Whole World Is Watching”
- Dalan Musson - Ep 105 “Truth”
- Josef Sawyer, Malcolm Spellman - Ep 106 “One World, One People”
- Malcolm Spellman – Ep. 101 "New World Order”
LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
- Anthony Mackie
- Sebastian Stan
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
- Amy Aquino
- Florence Kasumba
- Erin Kellyman
- Adepero Oduye
- Emily Vancamp
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
- Clé Bennett
- Daniel Brühl
- Desmond Chiam
- Carl Lumbly
- Danny Ramirez
- Wyatt Russell
- Georges St. Pierre
GUEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
- Don Cheadle
GUEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
- Julia Louis-Dreyfus
CASTING FOR A DRAMA SERIES
- Sarah Halley Finn, CSA
- Jason B. Stamey, CSA
CINEMATOGRAPHY FOR A SINGLE-CAMERA SERIES (ONE HOUR)
- P.J. Dillon, ASC
SINGLE-CAMERA PICTURE EDITING FOR A DRAMA SERIES
- Kelley Dixon, ACE
- Todd Desrosiers
- Jeffrey Ford, ACE
- Rosanne Tan, ACE
PRODUCTION DESIGN FOR A NARRATIVE CONTEMPORARY PROGRAM (ONE HOUR OR MORE)
- Raymond Chan
- Anne Kuljian (Set Decorator)
- Jennifer Bash (Art Director)
- Michael Crow
CONTEMPORARY MAKEUP (NON-PROSTHETIC)
- Tracy Ewell and team
PERIOD AND/OR CHARACTER HAIRSTYLING
- Rita Parillo
MUSIC COMPOSITION FOR A SERIES (ORIGINAL DRAMATIC SCORE)
- Henry Jackman
ORIGINAL MAIN TITLE THEME MUSIC
- Henry Jackman
- Dave Jordan
- Shannon Murphy
ACCOLADES FOR CAPTAIN AMERICA?
Even with 25 complete installments in the most lucrative franchise in entertainment history, the Marvel Cinematic Universe still has a lot to prove to top-tier award shows. The MCU has racked up 19 Oscar nominations in its 13-year history but was only victorious three times. This is the first time the MCU is going all-in on television, which means it's prepared to go all-in on awards contention as well.
WandaVision may be the studio's shining star when it comes to dramatic television performances, but The Falcon and the Winter Soldier has plenty of rich episodes and outstanding characters to push towards the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Five of the show's six episodes are being touted for Best Writing for a Drama Series, which goes to show how confident Marvel Studios is in this series as a whole. Fortunately for Sam and Bucky, WandaVision's writing noms are being sent in the Best Limited Series category, which means Marvel has the chance to clean up in multiple categories rather than pitting their own originals against each other.
Some acting nominees may come as a surprise, but it is important to clarify that sending in nearly every prominent actor is industry standard. Even after she was fired from The Mandalorian, Disney still sent Gina Carrano's name in for Emmy consideration because of how involved she was in the series. Actors that only appeared briefly like Adepero Oduye or Georges St. Pierre likely won't receive nominations in their respective categories, but it's customary to at least include them.
While the Emmys are the brass ring when it comes to television awards, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier has some hardware already in its trophy case. Anthony Mackie took home the Best Hero award at this year's MTV Movie Awards, and his bromance with Sebastian Stan was enough to add Best Duo to their list of wins that night.
All six episodes of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier are streaming now on Disney+.