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'Logan' just did something no other superhero movie has ever done at the Oscars

INSIDER logoINSIDER 24/01/2018 kacuna@businessinsider.com (Kirsten Acuna)

a man looking at the camera: logan wolverine © Provided by Business Insider Inc logan wolverine The latest Wolverine movie just accomplished something no other superhero movie has ever been able to do.

2017's "Logan" landed an Oscar nomination Tuesday morning for best adapted screenplay.

How big of a deal is that? 

Well, superhero movies usually don't get much love at all at the big awards shows. If you take a look at the Oscar nominations superhero movies have received in the past, it's usually for more technical awards. "Suicide Squad" won best hairstyling and makeup in 2017 and "Spider-Man 2" won best achievement in visual effects.

Only 2008's "The Dark Knight" landed a best actor in a supporting role win posthumously for Heath Ledger's gripping performance as the Joker.

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The last time any sort of superhero movie was nominated for its screenplay at the Oscars was Disney/Pixar's 2004 animated feature "The Incredibles." Director Brad Bird received a nod for best original screenplay.

Before you start jumping for joy and preparing yourselves for a more superhero-friendly Academy in the future, sit tight. It's worth noting that "Logan" may be the most un-superhero-feeling superhero movie we've seen in a long time and that may be why it played so well with Academy voters.

The movie, about an aging Logan (Hugh Jackman) who's caring for a frail Professor X (Patrick Stewart), plays more like a Western than the superhero movies about good vs. evil we're used to seeing play out on screen. The script, from the writing team of Scott Frank, "Logan" director James Mangold, and Michael Green, takes place in 2029 where X-Men are a rare commodity and the ones left alive are on the run or in hiding. 

Jackman's last turn as Wolverine delivers a gritty, violent film that is equally an endearing tale about family and sacrifice.

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While it's definitely a step in the right direction for superhero movies, it's unclear whether or not this will help pave a path for more mainstream superhero movies to start gaining recognition at the Academy Awards.

The last time a superhero movie had such an affect on the Academy was 2008's "The Dark Knight." Other than a best supporting actor win, the film's best picture snub helped leadthe Academy to open up the category to a potential 10 nominees the following year. That was about a decade ago. 

Despite the notable nomination for "Logan," 2017's other standout superhero movie, "Wonder Woman," directed by Patty Jenkins, was shut out from this year's nominations. We still have a way to go.

Pictures: The complete list of 2018 Oscar nominations

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