USA TODAY's Scott Bowles looks at the potential Oscar nominations for summer's most critically acclaimed films.
Reception: 92% critics/96% fans
Outlook: Fair. Were it any other year, Avengers would be an Oscar shoo-in. In addition to the raves from reviewers and fans, the movie collected $618 million, making it the third-biggest film on record. Alas, the academy isn't known for its comic-book devotion, and may have to choose between superheroes.
Hey,I'll be happy at least w/the recognition.