Dune nearly tops the list of nominees for the 94th Academy Awards

Fans hoping to see Spider-Man: No Way Home to have better representation at the 94th Academy Awards will be very disappointed.

We're now less than two months away from the 94th Academy Awards on March 27, and as we inch closer to the prestigious awards show, all the nominees has been revealed. We do not doubt that fans will feel disappointed that Spider-Man: No Way Home did not get much recognition. But, if it's any consolation, Dune has a huge shot at stealing at least one award from typical critical darlings.

The Power of the Dog leads the pack (get it?) with 12 Oscar nominations.
The Power of the Dog leads the pack (get it?) with 12 Oscar nominations.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel Studios' latest blockbuster film will compete against No Time to Die, Free Guy, and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings in the Best Visual Effects category. Meanwhile, Denis Villeneuve's live-action adaptation of Dune is second across all films with 10 Oscar nominations.

Dune, which is confirmed to get a sequel next year after filming starts in July, has been nominated for the Best Picture award alongside Licorice Pizza, West Side Story, King Richard, CODA, Belfast, and The Power of the Dog.

After the last weekend, No Way Home is set to break the $1.8 billion mark at the global box office. Unfortunately, just because a film is a huge hit doesn't mean that it's going to win awards. Marvel Studios knows this plight all too well as No Way Home is just one of the few MCU films to be nominated for an Oscar award. But, while No Way Home is not in the running for Best Picture, Marvel Studios has a shot at the Best Visual Effects category with two films nominated.

Speaking of No Way Home, two of the film's leads, Andrew Garfield and Benedict Cumberbatch, earned themselves a Best Actor nomination for Netflix's Tick, Tick... Boom! and The Power of the Dog, respectively.

Films like Dune don't usually get critic at the Oscars, which is why Dune's 10 nominations are a big deal.
Films like Dune don't usually get love from critics at the Oscars, which is why Dune's 10 nominations are a big deal.

Ultimately, what we're trying to say here is that even if Marvel Studios doesn't win an award, it can hang its hat on casting critically-acclaimed lead actors.

In other news, Super Bowl Sunday is coming up soon. The annual tradition for NFL fans across the United States will reportedly see several upcoming films and TV shows join the extravaganza. Case in point, Amazon Prime Video confirmed that The Lord of the Rings: The Power of the Rings will make an appearance. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's involvement also hints at a potential trailer for his upcoming DCEU debut, Black Adam.

Aron Gerencser
Gaming at least as long as he's been walking, Aron is a fan of all things sci-fi and lover of RPGs. Having written about games for years, he's right at home reporting most of the breaking news in the industry and covering the happenings of the e-sports world. Graduating summa cum laude from Università degli Studi Guglielmo Marconi with a BA in Media Production, Aron has been a game journalist since 2014 and . When not writing, editing or playing, Aron is building models which you can find on Instagram. Aron is no longer on staff, and we were sad to see him finish with Xfire in 2021.