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As Of Episode 4, 'Hawkeye' Features Four Oscar-Nominated Actors InThe Main Cast

A talented bunch.

By Kristy AndersonPublished 2 years ago 3 min read
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It is a sad, but widely accepted fact in fandom circles that Superhero or Fantasy themed films or television shows are unfairly overlooked when it comes to industry or critic voted awards. Sadly, they are often dismissed as mindless popcorn entertainment.

However, this is slowly beginning to change as movies like Black Panther earn Oscar nominations, and shows like WandaVision toy with unique formats for the genre. Adding to this, an increasingly high calibre of talent is being drawn to comic book based projects. For example, with Florence Pugh reprising her role as Black Widow assassin Yelena Belova, Hawkeye, currently airing on Disney Plus, now features not just one, but four Academy Award nominees among its main cast.

Jeremy Renner

Jeremy Renner first stepped into the role of talented archer Clint Barton, aka Hawkeye, with an uncredited cameo in Thor, before stepping into a starring role in The Avengers. After four films as a supporting player, Clint takes centre stage in Hawkeye. In the series, Clint's Christmas plans are waylaid when his past as Ronin comes back to haunt him, and he is forced to team up with aspiring hero Kate Bishop to deal with the situation.

In 2010, prior to beginning his time as an Avenger, Jeremy Renner starred in The Hurt Locker as Sergeant First Class William James, leader of an Explosive Disposal unit in Iraq. The role earned Renner his first Academy Award nomination, for Best Actor. The following year, Renner received a second Oscar nomination, this time for Best Supporting Actor, for his role as robber Jem Coughlin in The Town.

Hailee Steinfeld

Hailee Steinfeld stars in Hawkeye as Kate Bishop. After being inspired by Clint Barton during the Battle of New York, a young Kate took up archery and martial arts. As an adult, Kate stumbles upon an illegal auction selling items stolen from the destroyed Avengers compound, and finds herself caught up in an adventure with her childhood hero.

In 2011, Steinfeld was nominated for the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role as Mattie Ross in the 2010 remake of True Grit. Aged 14 years and 45 days at the time of her nomination, Steinfeld is the ninth youngest Supporting Actress nominee of all time.

Vera Farmiga

Vera Farmiga stars in Hawkeye as Eleanor Bishop, the Mother of Kate, and owner of Bishop Security, where Kate works. After her Husband's death during the Battle of New York, she raised Kate as a single Mother, but when the series begins, she is newly engaged to Jack Duquesne, of whom Kate is suspicious. Eleanor fears for Kate's safety after learning she is working with Clint.

In 201o, Farmiga earned a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nomination for her role as frequent-flying businesswoman Alex Goran in Up In The Air. Outside of the Oscars, Farmiga has been nominated for many other awards, including an Emmy Nomination for her role as Norma Bates in Bates Motel.

Florence Pugh

In Hawkeye's fourth episode, Florence Pugh reprises her role as Yelena Belova, a Black Widow assassin and younger sister of the MCU's original Black Widow, Natasha Romanoff. Yelena has been hired to assassinate Clint, and given extra motivation to complete the task after being told that Clint was responsible for Natasha's death.

In 2019, Pugh was nominated for the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role as the youngest March sister, Amy, in Greta Gerwig's remake of Little Women. Pugh was praised for how well she was able to shift between the rather bratty young Amy and the mature, sophisticated older Amy, adding layers to the character usually considered the least likable of the four March sisters. Interestingly, Florence Pugh's nomination came in the same year as her Black Widow co-star, Scarlet Johansson, was nominated for Jojo Rabbit. The award was won by Johansson's Marriage Story co-star, Laura Dern.

If superhero films and shows continue to push boundaries and attract high-level talent, it will become impossible for Awards Shows to ignore them any longer.

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