“The Karate Kid” was so popular with audiences when it first came out in 1984 that it spawned three sequels, a 2010 remake and “Cobra Kai,” a spin-off series starring the two teenage stars, now back as Adult. The success of the film, which grossed over $ 130 million at the box office, and its subsequent projects naturally resulted in a number of awards. How often have “The Karate Kid” and “Cobra Kai” been nominated for prizes? Well the answer might be: a lot more than you think.
Here’s what you need to know.
In 1985, one year after “The Karate Kid” was released, the Associated Press wrote an article about the film in preparation for its sequel, “Part II”, in which “The Karate Kid” was named “Hollywood’s Biggest Sleeper of 1984” The success of the film “surprised almost everyone by accumulating a gross domestic product of US $ 100 million,” it said. That’s phenomenal for a humble, star-studded movie with a title that sounded like a combination of Bruce Lee and a children’s movie. “
Given the shock that The Karate Kid had on the industry, Pat Morita likely wasn’t expecting both Oscar and Golden Globe nominations (both for best supporting actor) when he signed up for the role. In addition, the film itself and Elisabeth Shue (for her performance as Daniel’s friend Ali Mills) both won Young Artist Awards for Best Family Film – Drama and Best Young Supporting Actress. In addition, William Zabka (who portrayed the tyrant Johnny Lawrence) was nominated for Best Young Supporting Actor, but lost to Jonathan Ke Quan for his performance in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Zabka was 18 years old during the production of the film and Shue was 20. Ralph Macchio, who turned 22 when production began, was too old to be eligible for a Young Artist Award.
“The Karate Kid Part II,” although it grossed $ 115 million according to Box Office Mojo, was of course far more reluctant than its predecessor and received much more mixed reviews. The only major award or nomination “Part II” received was an Oscar nomination for Peter Cetera, David Foster and Diane Nini for their song “Glory of Love,” which featured in the film.
“The Karate Kid Part III”, which was rather poorly received by fans and critics, especially compared to its two predecessors, did not receive any prestigious awards or nominations. However, it received five nominations at the 1990 Golden Raspberry Awards, for Worst Picture, Worst Screenplay, Worst Director, Worst Actor (for Macchio), and Worst Supporting Actor (for Morita). It didn’t win any.
Netflix’s “Cobra Kai,” which was much better received than the later “Karate Kid” films, has won a number of awards, including several pending People’s Choice Awards.
Some of Cobra Kai’s most notable awards include multiple Creative Arts Emmy nominations and a Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Comedy Series earlier this year for season three. It has also received a number of Teen Choice Awards nominations, including the Choice Summer Show for the first two seasons, and was nominated for Best Streaming Series, Comedy at the first Hollywood Critics Association TV Awards – too for the third season – earlier this year.
In the end, “The Karate Kid” and “Cobra Kai” were nominated for a few awards, but when it came to victory they were mostly ousted by other films and shows. Voting for the People’s Choice Awards 2021 is now closed. But make sure to turn on NBC and E! on Tuesday, December 7th, to see if “Cobra Kai” will take home one of the three nominated prizes for this year.
Season 4 of “Cobra Kai” will be out on Netflix on December 31st.