It wouldn’t be unheard of. BLACK PANTHER got a nomination. THE DARK KNIGHT got one, too. It might very well kill Martin Scorsese if it happens, but, well, we’ll miss you, Marty. The film deserves such honor and recognition. When a movie hits with the impact on the cultural zeitgeist and ortgeist that the latest Spider-Man flick manages, it deserves to be noted. Sony agrees, and is actively lobbying to get their movie on the ballot.
Quotes from the linked article: “Just because they’re a certain kind of genre doesn’t mean they’re not quality movies. We all got in this business to make movies that people want to see, that make people feel things, and I think this movie legitimately does that.” Also “Quality commerciality is really hard to do. No Way Home is superb filmmaking. And this is what the Academy needs to stay connected to…I love art films! I think it’s fabulous that art films are now recognized [at the Oscars] to the degree that they are — but not to the exclusion of quality commercial cinema. We have to overcome, weirdly, the prejudice against the fact that it’s a big hit.”
I couldn’t agree more. And it’s a good thing for all genre movies if superheroes manage to batter down those doors. Even if it kills poor old Marty.