Indiana Jones 5 fans are even baffled by its Oscar nomination

Daisy Phillipson
Harrison Ford and Phoebe Waller-Bridge in Indiana Jones 5

Indiana Jones 5, aka The Dial of Destiny, has received a nomination for the 2024 Oscars, and even fans of the Disney movie are surprised. 

Dial of Destiny, the fifth and final of the Indiana Jones movies, arrived in cinemas last June to neither critical nor commercial success. Initially, it was the worst-reviewed Indy movie of all time on Rotten Tomatoes, although this has since changed with the addition of a few new entries. 

But arguably the biggest sting was its box office performance, with reports estimating an approximate $100 million loss for Disney. This was, in part, due to its hefty $295 million price tag, leading to the House of Mouse making some new decisions when it comes to its movie business. 

Still, Indiana Jones 5 has received a nomination for the 2024 Academy Awards ceremony – and the decision has left fans baffled. 

Indiana Jones 5 fans are even baffled by its Oscar nomination

The Oscar 2024 nominations were announced today (January 23), with the Best Original Score nominees including Oppenheimer, American Fiction, Killers of the Flower Moon, Poor Things, and… Indiana Jones & The Dial of Destiny.

Let it be known that the soundtrack was composed by the acclaimed John Williams, whose talents in orchestral film music have led him to score cinematic hits such as Jaws, Star Wars, ET, Schindler’s List, and the previous Indiana Jones movies. 

However, the Indiana Jones 5 score – which was conducted by Williams and William Ross – lacked energy and originality, with some describing it as “boring.” As such, its Oscar nomination is facing backlash. 

Taking to X, one wrote, “Ur telling me Indiana Jones was nominated above Across the Spider-Verse.” Another said, “Indiana Jones over Across the Spider-Verse? What are they smoking?”

“‘Oscar Nominated Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny’ is not something I can say with a straight face,” added a third, while a fourth quipped, “Indiana Jones getting an Oscar nomination for best score…. come on man.”

A fifth chimed in: “John Williams was nominated for the new Indiana Jones solely because voters recognize him as one of the greatest of all time. That score was fine. Fun film with a good score. I didn’t think it was anything more? #Oscars.”

You can find the 2024 Oscar nominations and our winner predictions here, and the biggest snubs here.

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