POGO (Post Oscar Geek Outs) 2013
Jennifer Lawrence and Anne Hathaway starred in two of the biggest geek-friendly movies of 2013 (The Hunger Games and The Dark Knight Rises)…and won acting Oscars.
While it wasn’t for those movies (the Academy isn’t quite there yet), the perceived line between being a “serious actor” and appearing in science fiction/fantasy movies is getting blurrier.
Of course, an actor’s roles are often decided well in advance…the movies in which this year’s Oscar-winners appear will often have been contracted before their new exalted status was known.
Let’s take a look at some of the future geek credits for people who won Oscars for movies released in 2012:
George Clooney (winner as a producer of Argo)
Geek history*: solid, including Return of the Killer Tomatoes!; From Dusk Till Dawn; Batman & Robin (as Batman); South Park; Spy Kids, Solaris; The Men Who Stare at Goats; and the Fantastic Mr. Fox
POGO: Gravity (October 14, 2013) as a stranded astronaut for Alfonso Cuarón (Children of Men, Harry Potter); Tomorrowland (December 19, 2014) for Brad Bird, with a screenplay cowritten by Damon Lindelof (Lost, Prometheus, Star Trek Into Darkness)
Jennifer Lawrence (Best Actress for Silver Linings Playbook)
Geek history: X-Men: First Class; The Hunger Games
Christoph Waltz (Supporting Actor for Django Unchained)
Geek history: The Green Hornet
Geek history: The Dark Knight Rises, Ella Enchanted, Rio, Get Smart, The Simpsons
POGO: Rio 2 (April 11, 2014)
Claudio Miranda (Cinematography for Life of Pi)
Geek history: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button; TRON: Legacy
POGO: Oblivion (April 19, 2013): Tom Cruise stars in Joseph Kosinski’s post-Apocalyptic tale
Jacqueline Durran (Costume Design for Anna Karenina)
Geek history: Nanny McPhee Returns
POGO: The Double (no USA release date set): comedy about a man and his doppelganger
Geek history: The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus; The Time Traveler’s Wife; Dollhouse (TV series); Medium (TV series)
POGO: Devil’s Knot for Atom Egoyan about possible Satanism, with Reese Witherspoon, Bruce Greenwood, Dane DeHaan
Geek history: Shaun of the Dead; Nanny McPhee; 28 Weeks Later; Star Dust; Prometheus; Kick-*ss; X-Men: First Class
POGO: Trance (April 5, 2013 limited) for Danny Boyle, Kick-*ss 2 (June 28, 2013)
Paul N.J. Ottosson (Sound Editing for Zero Dark Thirty)
Geek history: lots of it, from The Secret World of Alex Mack (TV series) to Battle Los Angeles and Men in Black 3
POGO: 7500 (no USA release date set): supernatural happenings on a commercial jet
Guillaume Rocheron (Visual Effects for Life of Pi)
Geek history: Batman Begins; The Matrix Reloaded; Harry Potter; Narnia; X-Men: The Last Stand; Sucker Punch
POGO: Man of Steel (June 14, 2013)
*Not all geek credits and listed in all instances for the winners. Some winners mentioned here shared their prizes with other people
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle.