Fans and creators of big superhero movies sensed a little snobbery from the Oscars last night. From the opening number to some of the “thank you” speeches, there were reasons for superhero aficionados to feel dissed by the Hollywood elite.

Director James Gunn who made Marvel’s wildly successful Guardians of the Galaxy reacted on his Facebook page.

Gunn writes:

If you think people who make superhero movies are dumb, come out and say we’re dumb. But if you, as an independent filmmaker or a “serious” filmmaker, think you put more love into your characters than the Russo Brothers do Captain America, or Joss Whedon does the Hulk, or I do a talking raccoon, you are simply mistaken.

Fans and commentators also defended genre movies against the insults.

That is the right question. Like with American Sniper, the success of the film itself isn’t in winning an award but in winning over an audience. Perhaps the Academy simply dislikes superhero films because they remind them too much of “truth, justice, and the American way?”