There were a lot of hot takes when it came to the Academy Awards this year, with fans and industry veterans alike debating whether or not Spider-Man: No Way Home was worthy of a Best Picture nomination. It didn’t get one, resulting in accusations of favoritism toward big-budget blockbusters and the superhero genre, but Top Gun: Maverick has emerged as an early contender to become the next crowd-pleaser shortlisted for the industry’s most prestigious trophy.
Maverick did not, in fact, arrive 36 years after Tony Scott’s popcorn classic, and three years after the original July 2019 release date was first announced. Sure, the promise of a thrilling aerial ride with another daredevil Tom Cruise performance was virtually assured, but now we’re talking about one of 2022’s finest features.
With over 200 reviews to date, Cruise’s return as Pete Mitchell has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 97 percent, with the user rating even higher at 98. With that in mind, fans and critics alike are already touting Maverick as a potential awards season front-runner, with not just technical categories in mind.
Although Top Gun: Maverick is perhaps a shoe-in for a Best Picture nomination, it’s still uncertain if it’ll make it all the way to the top. It should, but we all know that the Academy isn’t always going to reward movies with widespread enthusiasm.
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