Is ‘WandaVision’ Good? According to the 2021 Emmy Award Nominations, It Is.

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Hey, Hollywooders! What’s Good in the ‘Wood?

The 2021 Emmy Awards are right around the corner; September 19th will be here before we know it. In the meantime, we’re counting down ‘til the big night with a closer look at some of the most talked-about nominations.

First up? Tied for the second-most nominations… WandaVision.

What is WandaVision?

WandaVision (created by Jac Schaeffer) takes place after the events of Avengers: Endgame and follows Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany). The two are a married couple living an idealized suburban life in Westview, New Jersey, as they hide their true identities and their powers. Reminiscent of older sitcoms, the two find their surroundings changing as they are thrust through the decades. Full of television tropes, mystery, and the unexpected, both old and new characters unite.

The series also stars Debra Jo Rupp, Fred Melamed, Kathryn Hahn, Teyonah Parris, Randall Park, Kat Dennings, Evan Peters, Asif Ali, David Lengel, Amos Glick, Ithamar Enriquez, Victoria Blade, Emma Caulfield Ford, David Payton, Josh Stamberg, Alan Heckner, Selena Anduze, Julian Hilliard, Jett Klyne, Jolene Purdy, Zac Henry, Randy Oglesby, Wesley Kimmel, Sydney Thomas, Kate Forbes, Ilana Kohanchi, Daniyar, and Gabriel Gurevich.

Is WandaVision good?

WandaVision is probably one of my favorite shows of all time. I used to be a big Marvel fan, and my dad and I watched all of the movies together up until Captain Marvel. But in all honesty, before WandaVision, I felt really burnt out by Marvel movies.

For the most part, I felt like the same formula was being reused, and I was a bit tired of it. In comes WandaVision. I watched it with my roommates because a friend said it was “so me.” It was described to me as a celebration of television throughout history with The Twilight Zone undertones. I was hesitant, though, as I was several movies behind and had no desire to catch up.

I put on the show anyway, and I am so glad that I did. WandaVision is so much more than a superhero show. It further develops the cast of characters, explores deep themes like grief and trauma, and has references to other shows. I laughed, I gasped, and I cried. I made everyone in my life watch it. I had my mother watch it—she’s never seen a Marvel movie! I had to give her a quick summary, and she was only really confused by the superhero genre-heavy episode “We Interrupt This Program.” She also loved it.

Then, she had my grandmother watch it, too. Jumping through the decades of television was the most exciting part for my family. WandaVision, in my opinion, is a show just about anyone can enjoy. Get a basic rundown of the show from your local Marvel fan and sit down to watch with your family. It’s worth it.

Is WandaVision up for any awards?

Beyond my opinion of the show, the Emmys seem to think WandaVision is worth a watch. With 23 nominations, it is tied with Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale for the second-most nominated show behind Netflix’s The Crown and Disney+’s The Mandalorian. Most notably, WandaVision is nominated for Best Limited Series. Paul Bettany as Vision is nominated for Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie, Elizabeth Olsen is nominated for Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie, and Kathryn Hahn is nominated for Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie. The production is nominated for other awards as well.

Mark Worthington (Production Designer), Sharon Davis (Art Director), and Kathy Orlando (Set Decorator) are nominated for Outstanding Production Design For A Narrative Program (Half-Hour). Sarah Halley Finn and Jason B. Stamey are nominated for Outstanding Casting For A Limited Or Anthology Series Or Movie. Mayes C. Rubeo (Costume Designer), Joseph Feltus (Assistant Costume Designer), Daniel Selon (Assistant Costume Designer), and Virginia Burton (Costume Supervisor) are nominated for Outstanding Fantasy/Sci-Fi Costumes for the episode “Filmed Before A Live Studio Audience.” Matt Shakman is nominated for Outstanding Directing For A Limited Or Anthology Series Or Movie. The category of Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing For A Limited Or Anthology Series Or Movie has two different WandaVision nominations: Nona Khodai for “On A Very Special Episode” and Zene Baker (ACE, Editor), Michael A. Webber, (Editor), Tim Roche (Additional Editor), and Nona Khodai (ACE, Additional Editor) for “The Series Finale.” Karen Bartek (Department Head Hairstylist), Cindy Welles (Co-Department Head Hairstylist), Nikki Wright (Hairstylist), Anna Quinn (Hairstylist) and Yvonne Kupka (Hairstylist) are nominated for Outstanding Period And/Or Character Hairstyling for the episode “Don’t Touch That Dial.” John LePore (Creative Director), Doug Appleton (Creative Director), Nick Woythaler (Lead Designer/Animator), and Alex Rupert (Designer/Animator) are nominated for Outstanding Main Title Design. Tricia Sawyer (Department Head Makeup Artist),  Vasilios Tanis (Co-Department Head Makeup Artist), Jonah Levy (Makeup Artist), and Regina Little (Makeup Artist) are nominated for Outstanding Period And/Or Character Makeup (Non-Prosthetic) for the episode “Filmed Before A Live Studio Audience.”

Christophe Beck is nominated for Outstanding Music Composition For A Limited Or Anthology Series, Movie Or Special (Original Dramatic Score) for the episode “Previously On.” For the category of Outstanding Original Music And Lyrics, Kristen Anderson-Lopez (Music & Lyrics) and Robert Lopez (Music & Lyrics) are nominated for “Agatha All Along” from the episode “Breaking The Fourth Wall.”  Kristen Anderson-Lopez (Composer) and Robert Lopez (Composer) are nominated for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music. Dave Jordan and Shannon Murphy are nominated for Outstanding Music Supervision for the episode “Don’t Touch That Dial.” Gwendolyn Yates Whittle (Co-Supervising Sound Editor), Kim Foscato (Co-Supervising Sound Editor), James Spencer (ADR Editor), Chris Gridley (ADR Editor), Steve Orlando (Sound Designer), Scott Guitteau (Sound Effects Editor), Jon Borland (Sound Effects Editor), Samson Neslund (Sound Effects Editor), Richard Gould (Sound Effects Editor), Jordan Myers (Sound Editor), Luke Dunn Gielmuda (Foley Editor), Greg Peterson (Foley Editor), Fernand Bos (Music Editor), Anele Onyekwere (Music Editor), Ronni Brown (Foley Artist), and Shelley Roden (Foley Artist) are nominated for Outstanding Sound Editing For A Limited Or Anthology Series, Movie Or Special for the episode “The Series Finale.” Danielle Dupre (Re-Recording Mixer), Chris Giles (Production Mixer), Doc Kane (ADR Mixer), and Casey Stone (Scoring Mixer) are nominated for Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Limited Or Anthology Series Or Movie for the episode “The Series Finale.”

Tara DeMarco (Visual Effects Supervisor), James Alexander (Visual Effects Producer), Sarah Eim (Additional VFX Supervisor), Sandra Balej (Additional VFX Supervisor), David Allen (Additional VFX Supervisor), Marion Spates (VFX Supervisor), Steve Moncur (VFX Supervisor), Julien Hery (VFX Supervisor), and Ryan Freer (VFX Supervisor) are nominated for Outstanding Special Visual Effects In A Season Or A Movie. WandaVision has three nominations in the category of Outstanding Writing For A Limited Or Anthology Series Or Movie: Chuck Hayward and Peter Cameron for the episode “All-New Halloween Spooktacular!,” Jac Schaeffer for the episode “Filmed Before A Live Studio Audience”, and Laura Donney for the episode “Previously On.”

What did others think about WandaVision?

I clearly enjoyed the show, but I wanted to see what other fans had to say.

Alex said the show helped them process their own grief.

This reviewer applauded the deeper themes in WandaVision that made it more than a superhero story.

Grace enjoyed the love and humanity put into a show about superhumans.

Dale said it’s even more enjoyable to rewatch.

In The Reed College Quest’s review of the film, writers AJ Adler and Will Knight say:

As an homage, the entire crew of WandaVision, from the creators to the designers to the actors, does an incredible job mimicking the nuances of sitcoms through each decade. If this was the only thing WandaVision did, it would be an impressive replica of any iteration of the family sitcom you’ve ever seen. But it goes deeper. At its core, WandaVision is an intensely eerie show that explores the outsider’s view of the American Dream and the difference between image and reality.”

Bradley Gonzales of The Daily Aztec says:

“Being creative pioneers at heart, Marvel Studios didn’t make the safe play and follow the modern superhero formula where both protagonist and antagonist are clearly defined. Marvel Studios’ prior success granted them room to make something fresh and different.”

Are there any good WandaVision memes?

What good is a show without its memes? WandaVision has plenty.

The screencaps themselves make for good meme formats.

Or maybe don’t?

What recasts come to mind for you?

Everytime Disney+ buffered during WandaVision

How I felt at the end of WandaVision

WandaVision memes will almost be as common as the amount of Wanda costumes that will show up this year for Halloween… which is to say… very common. What did you think of WandaVision? Let us know on Twitter!

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