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Why Summer Movies Rarely Make Best Picture

The summer months are winding down. Time to kick back, slather on sunscreen and laze by the pool before it’s too late. Or perhaps you’d rather catch a movie with your friends? If you happen to be a superhero fanatic or enjoy movie sequels, this continues to be a good summer for you. But, if you’re hoping to see your favorite summer movie win the 2018 Oscar’s Best Picture Award, you might be out of luck.

If you’re hoping to see your favorite summer movie win the 2018 Oscar’s Best Picture Award, you might be out of luck.

Year after year the same pattern occurs. Movies that are released during the summer months tend to be the big blockbuster hits, but are rarely deemed Best Picture worthy. The Best Picture potentials tend to be released closer to the Awards, aside from a few exceptions. Don’t believe me? Let’s take a look back into history and I’ll show you what I mean.

2014

Rewind all the way back to 2014 — otherwise known as the summer of John Greene and the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie. Out of all the summer releases, only Boyhood was actually nominated for Best Picture. Nominees such as Whiplash and American Sniper were released in the latter part of the year. (Sorry, Transformers. Not like you actually thought you’d make it, right?)

Marvel

 2015

This would be the year that Leonardo DiCaprio starred in the movie that would finally win him an Oscar and Spotlight took home Best Picture. But, neither of these movies were released during the summer months. In fact, they both barely squeezed in by being released just a month before the awards. The nominee closest to being released during the summer was Mad Max: Fury Road, released in May.

 2016

The pattern held true for this year’s nominees. Only Hell or High Water was released in August. The majority of them were released in the later months of the year. On the flip side, Finding Dory and Suicide Squad were sure to be popular amongst the movie goers — both blockbuster hits. That’s probably why they were released during the heat of the summer.

Disney

2017

Clearly, I can’t say who this year’s nominees will be, but it looks as though the pattern will continue. According to these award predictions, only The Beguilded and Mudbound seem to have any Best Picture potential. But really, only time will tell.

Call it coincidence, but I’m convinced that movie companies do this on purpose and I doubt it’s simply for convenience sake. Releasing movies closer to the date of the Oscars will cause them to be fresher in people’s minds.

If Hacksaw Ridge was released earlier in the year, it probably would have still be nominated, but it may have stood less of a chance.

If Hacksaw Ridge was released earlier in the year, it probably would have still be nominated, but it may have stood less of a chance.

Then why are the big blockbusters released throughout the summer? Probably because these are the movies that are almost guaranteed to be a success. If you put a “Marvel” tag on anything, it’s almost certain to do well.

That’s why, though the summer movies can be fun and entertaining, chances are they won’t win Best Picture. Ultimately, anything is possible. Who knows? Maybe one of this year’s summer releases will pleasantly surprise us!


Video production school attendee Evan!Christine Roe is a 20-year-old Digital Marketing apprentice at The Center for Creative Media, who also enjoys editing, photography, and writing. She is from the hockey-loving, maple syrup drinking, ice-cold land of Canada — though ironically hates both hockey and snow. Christine’s long-term goal is to become a missionary and using her gifts and abilities to draw people closer to God.

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