POGO (Post Oscar Geek Outs) 2013

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

POGO: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (November 22, 2013); X-Men: Days of Future Past (July 18, 2014)

Christoph Waltz (Supporting Actor for Django Unchained)

Geek history: The Green Hornet

POGO: Epic (May 24, 2013): all-star animated movie in which Pitbull plays a character named Bufo…no relation 😉 ; The Zero Theorem (no US release date yet) for Terry Gilliam

Anne Hathaway (Best Supporting Actress for Les Misérables)

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

Mychael Danna (Best Score for Life of Pi)

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

Simon Hayes (Sound Mixing for Les Misérables)

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.


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