The latest Fast & Furious film deserves a best picture Oscar but has two strikes against it when it comes to the Academy—it's an action flick and it's a sequel. That's according to Vin Diesel, who told the AP today that "we all know that there's a little stigma towards action films, we know it, we've heard people complain about it, we've heard Marvel complain about it, we've heard DC complain about it, and [how] Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Batman has never gotten a shot at that," he said while in Beijing to promote Fast & Furious 7, which opens April 3 in the US.
Alluding to the fact that many of the recent Oscar best picture winners haven't fared well at the box office, Diesel said: "The Oscars have been somewhat criticized in the last couple of years for maybe not being as populist as they could be, but we have a very powerful movie here." He added that the film has an "emotional toll." The Academy hasn't given a best picture Oscar to a sequel since a 1974 movie—The Godfather: Part II, Diesel said. (However, the nod has gone more recently to the final film in a trilogy, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King in 2004.) In other Vin Diesel news, the actor recently named his new baby girl after late Furious co-star Paul Walker. (Read more Vin Diesel stories.)