In addition to Doctor Strange being nominated for an Oscar in this morning’s nominee announcement, other MCU actors were nominated for their work in 2016. While these thespians were nominated for work outside Marvel Studios, their status as fan favorites in the MCU is deserving of some recognition here at MCU Exchange we thought. Their nominations also reflect the high level of talent Marvel Studios looks for when planning and hiring the cast and crew of their projects.

Ruth Negga


Ruth was nominated for a Best Lead Actress award for her role in the film Loving as Mildred Loving, a film about the famous interracial couple who made history in the 1950s. MCU fans know her best as Raina – or the Girl in the Flowered Dress – from first couple seasons of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. While Raina allowed herself to be killed to reveal Daisy’s mother’s plans, she is still missed by AoS fans.

Mahershala Ali


Mahershala has had a very busy year. His nomination is for Best Supporting Actor in Moonlight, a story of a young black man coming of age and identity in Miami, but also had an important role in the film Hidden Figures. But his cool intensity was most memorable to MCU fans in the Marvel Netflix series Luke Cage playing the cool, intense, Biggie-loving criminal Cornell ‘Cottonmouth’ Stokes. Cottonmouth’s ultimate fate surprised a lot of fans who were hoping to see more of the character in upcoming seasons and his performance will be a difficult bar to clear for bad guys in the future of the Netflix shows.

Natalie Portman


Natalie was nominated for Best Lead Actress for the titular role in the film Jackie and the Oscar talk started very shortly after the film was released. While MCU fans haven’t seen her since Thor: The Dark World and she’s said that she’s done at Marvel as far as she knows, there is no denying that she’s made quite an impact on the MCU during her brief tenure.

Jeff Bridges


Jeff got a Best Supporting Actor nomination for his role in the Texas-set drama Hell or High Water. That’s all well and good, but MCU audiences know he has elder statesman status in the MCU due to his role as the driven and ultimately traitorous mentor of Tony Stark in the foundation of the MCU: Iron Man.

We all wish these fine actors good luck and thank them for their contribution to the making of the MCU. Their quality acting has set the standard by which adventure films are being measured and we’re certain they won’t be the last MCU talent to be in a nominee list.

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