Gold from ticket sales does not always translate into Oscar gold. In fact, several of 2015’s top-grossing movies were completely snubbed by the academy.
Though box-office champ “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” earned five nominations — four technical awards and one for John Williams’ musical score — “Jurassic World” and “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” last year’s No. 2 and 3 moneymakers, didn’t fare as well. Neither landed a slot in any of the likely categories where it might have placed, such as visual effects, sound or sound effects editing. By contrast, 1993’s “Jurassic Park” won all three of those Oscars.
More surprisingly, the “Despicable Me” spinoff “Minions,” which was the highest-grossing animated film domestically and took in $336 million worldwide, was overlooked for best animated feature in favor of the little-seen “Boy & the World” and “When Marnie Was There.”
At least “Jurassic World” and “Age of Ultron” managed to earn a footnote in Oscar history: The two films surpassed the 2012 superhero movie “The Dark Knight Rises” as the highest-grossing films to be ignored by the Oscars.