Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by Dusty Ayres, Mar 5, 2010.
Oscars: If Geeks Ran the Academy
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.
Wow, I disagree with the "Geek's Choice" in nearly every instance.
If geeks ran the Oscars, we'd still have undeserving movies winning. Just different undeserving movies.
Because it stars Indiana Jones...
Do you mean something like this?
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?
The Oscars are an exercise in frustration for the sci-fi fan.
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.
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.
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:
1981 (but it's close)
1984 best Actor (Morita was tremendous! Even if I liked him as Arnold in "Happy Days" a little bit more)
2000 (again, a close call)
2001 (without a doubt!)
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.
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.
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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