Alumni Collaboration 'Logan' Nominated for Oscar, Named Among Top Films of 2017
January 27, 2018
The hit film, Logan, a spinoff of the X-men franchise directed by James Mangold ’99 and produced by Simon Kinberg '03, was named as one of the “Top Films" of 2017 by the National Board of Review. The film premiered last March and was a huge sucess. Not long later, the film received an oscar nomination, Mangold's first ever.
Logan, which stars Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, was a dramatic change of tone from the previous films in the franchise. Feeling that the genre’s “tent pole seems to be about the end of the world,” Mangold claimed “the formula was tired.” Instead, he wanted to create a film focused on character and relationships rather than the special effects spectacle. Mangold’s passion for stories about people earned Logan rave reviews and early Oscar buzz.
Each year the National Board of Review, established in 1909, screens over 250 films including: studio, independent, foreign-language, animated and documentary. NBR consists of the most diverse pool of voters in the lead up to awards season, including film fanatics, academics as well as professionals from the industry. This allows the NBR to have a broader perspective and taste than other industry award organizations. Other notable films on this year’s list include: Lady Bird, Get Out, and Call Me By Your Name.
Logan is the first superhero movie to receive an Oscar nomination for adpated screenplay.
"I'm thrilled," Mangold told the LA Times. "It speaks to the idea that people are opening up to all genres to look for creative invention and I'm thrilled that people saw it in the work that Scott Frank, Michael Green and I did."
The Academy Awards will take place March 4, 2018 in Los Angeles.