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Dusty Ayres March 5 2010 09:02 AM

Oscars: If Geeks Ran the Academy
 
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The expanded slate of Best Picture nominees at the 2010 Academy Awards resulted in a geek windfall. Not only did the decade-in-the-making sci-fi epic Avatar make the list of nominees, but so did the alien apartheid parable District 9 and even the Pixar sci-fi movie Up, only the second time an animated film has been nominated for Best Picture. But if geeks actually ran the Oscars, this would be par for the course each year. In fact, plenty of past nominees would have been winners instead of also-rans if nerds had been in charge from the very beginning. Take a look at how Oscar history would've been different, and perhaps better.

Oscars: If Geeks Ran the Academy

JacksonArcher March 5 2010 09:17 AM

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Some of the choices seem downright weird. How does Witness count as "geek-worthy"? It was a very successful character drama. I don't remember a lot of geeks cheering for Mickey Rourke for The Wrestler because we were "geeks". Some of those choices are valid, though. Wizard of Oz was a great movie, and so was Star Wars (although The Empire Strikes Back should have nominated as well). The biggest crime? No Best Picture nomination for Blade Runner.

Kelso March 5 2010 02:31 PM

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Wow, I disagree with the "Geek's Choice" in nearly every instance.

T'Baio March 5 2010 03:31 PM

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If geeks ran the Oscars, we'd still have undeserving movies winning. Just different undeserving movies.

Mike Farley March 5 2010 04:22 PM

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How does Witness count as "geek-worthy"?
Because it stars Indiana Jones...

Mistral March 5 2010 04:50 PM

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Do you mean something like this?

http://scifiwire.com/2010/03/81-year...-fi-oscars.php

Temis the Vorta March 5 2010 08:42 PM

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Mistral wrote: (Post 3890415)

Oy, that makes the opposite point - geeks shouldn't be allowed to vote!

I can agree with: '51, '56, '64, '68, maybe '79, '95 and definitely '08.

But honestly people. The Lawnmower Man beats Unforgiven? :rommie:

billcosby March 5 2010 08:49 PM

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The Oscars are an exercise in frustration for the sci-fi fan.

Harvey March 5 2010 08:50 PM

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The Lawnmower Man beats anything? I saw about 20 minutes of that on SyFy a few weeks ago, and it was utterly terrible. I have no motivation to keep watching it.

And I don't even think Unforigven is Eastwood's best.

captcalhoun March 5 2010 08:53 PM

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http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/47f...-lee-for-oscar

Hermiod March 5 2010 08:53 PM

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From that list, 1951 is a clearly obvious one. The Day the Earth Stood Still is a magnificent film.

I can definitely agree with 68, 77, 79, 80, 81, 86, 87 (okay, not really, but I love Robocop), 97 (I haven't actually seen The Fifth Element but anything beats Titanic), 99, 02, 04, 05 and 08.

Neroon March 5 2010 09:08 PM

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Dusty Ayres wrote: (Post 3889803)
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The expanded slate of Best Picture nominees at the 2010 Academy Awards resulted in a geek windfall. Not only did the decade-in-the-making sci-fi epic Avatar make the list of nominees, but so did the alien apartheid parable District 9 and even the Pixar sci-fi movie Up, only the second time an animated film has been nominated for Best Picture. But if geeks actually ran the Oscars, this would be par for the course each year. In fact, plenty of past nominees would have been winners instead of also-rans if nerds had been in charge from the very beginning. Take a look at how Oscar history would've been different, and perhaps better.

Oscars: If Geeks Ran the Academy

Dusty... this needs a little somethin' more than just the text of the article and a link to it. It makes sense to link since the article also uses a slideshow, but try to offer some of your own thoughts ab out it as well, ok?

that said... it's an interesting take. I haven't seen all of the films used in the comparisons, so I can't really say which deserved it in all cases. I'm probably in the minority of geeks who liked "Titanic" and had little argument with its Best Pic Oscar. The cases where I'd agree with this article:

1971
1975
1977
1981 (but it's close)
1982
1984 best Actor (Morita was tremendous! Even if I liked him as Arnold in "Happy Days" a little bit more)
1999
2000 (again, a close call)
2001 (without a doubt!)

Dusty Ayres March 5 2010 10:06 PM

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Temis the Vorta wrote: (Post 3890966)
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Mistral wrote: (Post 3890415)

Oy, that makes the opposite point - geeks shouldn't be allowed to vote!

I can agree with: '51, '56, '64, '68, maybe '79, '95 and definitely '08.

But honestly people. The Lawnmower Man beats Unforgiven? :rommie:

Why not? Actually, if you don't like that movie, you can always nominate this one: Malcolm X! Both were better than that overrated piece of shit Unforgiven.

And I agree with both of these lists.

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Dusty... this needs a little somethin' more than just the text of the article and a link to it. It makes sense to link since the article also uses a slideshow, but try to offer some of your own thoughts ab out it as well, ok?
Sorry, but I'm only going by your own rules that you set up about not posting the whole article. And what use would my own thoughts on the matter be? I agree with them to begin with. Not with all of the choices, mind you, but with most of them.

Harvey March 6 2010 12:06 AM

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You're forgetting one of the founding rules of the Academy Awards: give Spike Lee no recognition! Shit, the man can't even score a Best Picture nod for Do The Right Thing, his masterpiece.


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