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Anthony Mackie Predicts A Best Picture Nod For Civil War

If there’s one type of movie you rarely hear anything about during Oscar season, it’s superhero movies. Consistently shut out of nearly every major race—Heath Ledger’s posthumous Best Supporting Actor win was a rare exception—these movies usually have to settle for technical awards in categories like Best Visual Effects. Of course, even that category tends to be dominated by prestige genre films like Gravity, Life of Pi, and Interstellar.

Given the awards history of superhero movies, it’s always a little hard to believe when the stars of these movies start predicting Oscars. That said, the latest speculation cannot be fully dismissed, as the superhero movie in question has yet to reveal its true strengths and weaknesses. The first official reactions to Captain America: Civil War are still a few months away, but Anthony Mackie has pushed anticipation to the next level in an interview on BBC Radio. “Winter Solider and Iron Man 1 are probably Marvel’s two best movies,” he argued. “I feel like this one beats both of those movies. I think it might be the first superhero movie that might be up for Best Picture.”

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So how exactly is Captain America: Civil War going to elevate itself above every other Marvel movie? Based on recent comments by co-directors Joe and Anthony Russo, we’re guessing it has something to do with the finale. “The consequences of Civil War will have an even more significant impact [than The Winter Soldier],” Joe told Empire. “In Civil War, we’re going to change the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s psychology, and it’s an extreme shift.” Anthony explained how this relates to the conclusion, promising a “very dramatic ending that will be controversial for a lot of people.”

Rather than spend any more time fixated on that ending, we suggest you focus on everything else—in the trailer below. Captain America: Civil War arrives in theatres May 6.

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