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2020 Oscar acting nominees: their geeky roles

January 19, 2020

2020 Oscar acting nominees: their geeky roles

It’s unusual (but not unheard of…Joaquin Phoenix for Joker this year, for example) for actors to be Oscar nominated for parts in geek-friendly movies. However, the very same actors may certainly get nominated for non-geeky roles…even in the very same year.

It is worth noting that the actors aren’t actually nominated as Best Actor or Supporting Actor…it’s for the specific performance. That’s why Scarlett Johannson could be nominated twice this year, for two different movies.

I like to point out that those same actors appear in geeky movies…so let’s look at it for this year. I want to particularly point out 2019 movies (the year of the current nominations) and if they don’t have any of those, I’ll point out some older ones. I’ll also note big ones they have coming up.

I’ve decided to use the Geek Factor scale I use for our Geeky Goodbyes. Obviously, status could change over their lives, but I think it will be useful for you to see with my current assessments:

Geek Factor

Geek Factor Unknown (GF?): it can be hard to determine the Geek Factor with celebrities with primarily non-English credits
Geek Factor 1 (GF1): perhaps a few scattered minor roles
Geek Factor 2 (GF2): at least one featured geek-friendly role
Geek Factor 3 (GF3): at least one starring geek-friendly role, or a featured geek-friendly role based on an existing gf character, or multiple featured geek-friendly roles
Geek Factor 4 (GF4): more than one starring gf role, or a starring GF role based on an existing GF character, or an established career as a geek-friendly supporting player…thought of by the public as a geek-friendly actor
Geek Factor 5 (GF5): icon

Charlize Theron (nominated for Lead for Bombshell) (GF5)

2019

  • Morticia Addams in The Addams Family (voice)

Upcoming:

  • Andromache of Scythia/Andy in The Old Guard

Earlier geek-friendly roles include

  • Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Ravenna in Snow White and the Huntsman & sequel
  • Meredith Vickers in Prometheus
  • Aeon Flux
  • Elis Follower in Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest (uncredited)
  • Jill Young in Mighty Joe Young
  • Jillian Armacost in The Astronaut’s Wife
  • Adele Invergordon in The Legend of Bagger Vance
  • Mary in Hancock
  • Woman in The Road
  • Our Friends narrator in Astro Boy
  • Mother in Kubo and the Two Strings
  • Pria Lavesque on The Orville

Renee Zellweger (nominated for Lead for Judy) (GF3)

Earlier geek-friendly roles include

  • Katie in Monsters vs. Aliens (voice)
  • Vanessa Bloome in Bee Movie (voice)
  • Angie in Shark Tale (voice)

Cynthia Erivo (nominated for Lead for Harriet) (GF1)

Upcoming

  • Hildy in Chaos Walking
  • Needle in a Timestack

Saoirse Ronan (nominated for Lead in Little Women) (GF3)

Earlier geek-friendly roles include

  • Lina Mayfleet in City of Ember
  • Eleanor in Byzantium
  • Talia in Justin and the Knights of Valour

Scarlett Johannson (nominated for Lead for Marriage Story & Supporting for JoJo Rabbit) (GF5)

2019

  • Black Widow in Avengers: Endgame and Captain Marvel

Upcoming

  • Black Widow in Black Widow
  • Ash in Sing 2

Earlier geek-friendly roles include

  • Black Widow multiple times
  • Nutmeg in Isle of Dogs
  • Major in Ghost in the Shell
  • Kaa in The Jungle Book
  • Lucy in Lucy
  • Samantha in Her
  • The Female in Under the Skin
  • many more

Adam Driver (nominated for Lead in Marriage Story) (GF4)

2019

  • Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker & Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
  • Officer Ronnie Peterson in The Dead Don’t Die

Earlier geek-friendly roles include

  • Man in Archangel
  • Kylo Ren in: Star Wars: Episode VII; Star Wars Episode VIII; Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Joaquin Phoenix (nominated for Lead in Joker) (GF4)

Upcoming

  • Joker 2 (rumored)

Earlier geek-friendly roles include

  • Max in SpaceCamp
  • Billy Hercules in the The Little Hercules episode of Superboy
  • Merrill Hess in Signs
  • Kenai in Brother Bear
  • Lucius Hunt in The Village
  • Theodore in Her

Leonardo DiCaprio (nominated for Lead in Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood) (GF3)

Earlier geek-friendly roles include

  • Cobb in Inception
  • Josh in Critters 3
  • Child in Romper Room and Friends

Antonio Banderas (nominated for Lead in Pain and Glory) (GF4)

Upcoming

  • God in The Devil May Care
  • King Rassouli in Dolittle (released in 2020)

Earlier geek-friendly roles include

  • Burger Beard in The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water
  • Jacq Vaucan in Automata
  • Puss in Boots multiple times
  • Gregorio Cortez in the Spy Kids movies
  • Armand in Interview with the Vampire

Jonathan Pryce (nominated for Lead in The Two Popes) (GF4)

Upcoming

  • Russ in 1 episode of Tales from the Loop

2019

  • Grandpa Sid in Piney: The Lonesome Pine

Earlier geek-friendly roles include

  • High Sparrow on Game of Thrones
  • Mr. Dark in Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • Colonel Fritz in The White King
  • Yuri Sidorov in Narcopolis
  • President in G.I. Joe: Retaliation & G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
  • Marty Bronson in Bedtime Stories
  • Dr. Victor Blenkinsop on Clone
  • Governor Weatherby Swann in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest & Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
  • Mad Dogs

Al Pacino (nominated for Supporting in The Irishman) (GF3)

Earlier geek-friendly roles include

  • Roy Cohn in Angels in America
  • Victor Taransky in S1M0NE
  • John Milton in The Devil’s Advocate
  • Big Boy Caprice in Dick Tracy

Brad Pitt (nominated for Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood) (GF4)

Upcoming

  • Gerry Lane in World War Z 2

2019

  • Roy McBride in Ad Astra

Earlier geek-friendly roles include

  • Vanisher in Deadpool 2
  • Gerry Lane in World War Z
  • Will the Krill in Happy Feet Two
  • Mr. O’Brien in The Tree of Life
  • Metro Man in Megamind
  • Benjamin Button in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • Sinbad in Sinbad and the Cyclops Island & Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas
  • Brad Pitt in Being John Malkovich
  • Joe Black in Meet Joe Black
  • Jeffrey Goines in 12 Monkeys
  • Louis in Interview with the Vampire
  • Billy in the King of the Road episode of Tales from the Crypt
  • Frank Harris in Cool World
  • Rick in the Black Tickets episode of Freddy’s Nightmare

Tom Hanks (nominated for Supporting in A Beautiful Day in the Neigborhood) (GF5)

Upcoming

  • Finch in BIOS

2019

  • Woody in Toy Story 4

Earlier geek-friendly roles include

  • David S. Pumpkins on Saturday Night Life & in the Halloween special
  • Woody multiple times
  • Josh in Big
  • Allen Bauer in Splash
  • Robbie Wheeling in Mazes and Monsters
  • Walt Disney in Saving Mr. Banks
  • Various roles in Cloud Atlas
  • Cleveland Carr on Electric City
  • Various roles in The Polar Express
  • Paul Edgecomb in The Green Mile
  • Baxter in the None But the Lonely Heart episode of Tales from the Crypt

Anthony Hopkins (nominated in Supporting for The Two Popes) (GF4)

Earlier geek-friendly roles include

  • Dr. Robert Ford on Westworld
  • Odin multiple times
  • Van Helsing in Bram Stoker’s Dracula
  • Sir Edmund Burton in Transformers: The Last Knight
  • Sir John Talbot in The Wolfman
  • Hrothgar in Beowulf
  • McCandless in Freejack
  • Corky/Fats in Magic
  • Bonhoeffer in Slipstream
  • Narrator in How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • William Parrish in Meet Joe Black
  • Elliott Hoover in Audrey Rose
  • Claudius in Hamlet

Joe Pesci (nominated for Supporting in The Irishman) (GF1)

Earlier geek-friendly roles include

  • Vic/Jack in the Split Personality episode of Tales from the Crypt

Florence Pugh (nominated for Supporting in Little Women) (GF2)

Upcoming

  • Yelena Belova in Black Widow

2019

  • Dani in Midsommar

Earlier geek-friendly roles include

  • Angela in Malevolent

Laura Dern (nominated for Supporting in Marriage Story) (GF4)

Upcoming

  • Dr. Ellie Sattler in Jurassic World 3

Earlier geek-friendly roles include

  • Dr. Ellie Sattler multiple times
  • Vice Admiral Holdo in Star Wars VIII – The Last Jedi
  • Diane Evans on Twin Peaks
  • Laura Lonowski in Downsizing
  • Catherine in the Got Milk? episode of The Last Man on Earth
  • Rebecca Laymon in The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde episode of Nightmare Classics

Kathy Bates (nominated for Supporting for Richard Jewell) (GF3)

Earlier geek-friendly roles include

  • Mrs. Miriam Mead on American Horror Story
  • Owl in Moose
  • D.O. Rothy on American Dad!
  • Gertrude Stein in Midnight in Paris
  • Queen of Hearts in Alice
  • Regina Jackson in The Day The Earth Stood Still
  • Hester in The Golden Compass
  • Mother Claus in Fred Claus
  • Janet Benson in Bee Movie
  • Bitsy the Cow in Charlotte’s Web
  • Narrator in Hansel and Gretel
  • The Sea Hag in Popeye’s Voyage: The Quest for Pappy
  • Mrs. Belmont in Dragonfly
  • Student in Possessed
  • Charlotte Everly in the Alien Hunter episode of 3rd Rock from the Sun
  • Raphaella, the Magic Bunny in The Effects of Magic
  • Rae Flowers in the The Plague episode of The Stand
  • Mrs. Green in Dick Tracy
  • Helen Blake in My Best Friend Is a Vampire

Margot Robbie (nominated for Supporting for Bombshell) (GF4)

Upcoming

  • Barbie in Barbie
  • Harley Quinn in Birds of Prey, Gotham City Sirens, The Suicide Squad, possibly a Harley/Joker project
  • Flopsy Rabbit in Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway

Earlier geek-friendly roles include

  • Audrey in Slaughterhouse Rulez
  • Flopsy in Peter Rabbit & Flopsy Turvy
  • Daphne Milne in Goodbye Christopher Robbin
  • Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad & Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff
  • Jane Clayton in The Legend of Tarzan
  • Ann Burden in Z for Zachariah
  • Juliet on The Elephant Princess

A few observations:

  • It may be an interesting day on set for Black Widow if Scarlett Johansson and Florence Pugh are working together and one of them wins the Oscar in their category…
  • 3 of the 15 nominees appeared on Tales from the Crypt
  • Her costars Scarlett Johansson and Joaquin Phoenix are up for Oscars
  • A Joker and Harley Quinn are both nominated

There you have it! I think that’s evidence of the mainstreaming of geek-friendly movies. Several of these actors have significant GF careers, but they were all nominated. How many Oscars noms did Boris Karloff, Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, and Bela Lugosi (Golden Age Hollywood horror actors…some with significant non-horror credits, even in Oscar-nommed movies) have combined? Zero…

Progress!

 

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2020 Oscar noms

January 13, 2020

2020 Oscar noms

Oscar nominations are being announced at 5:18 AM Pacific time on Monday, 13 January.

Last year, geeky movies didn’t have the strength in noms that they had the previous year. 2020 does look like there will be a Best Actor nom (for Joaquin Phoenix in Joker), but beyond that? There are some possibilities, but my feeling is that it’s going to be muggle-heavy. When we get to wins, I could see special effects going to The Irishman (as I write this, we don’t even know the nominees) and make-up going to Bombshell…not that those awards always go to geeky movies, but “de-aging” in dramas certainly gives the Academy the opportunity to award muggle movies in potentially geeky categories.

This years, I’m going to list what I think are possible geeky noms ahead of time. I’ll do that in italics. Then, I’ll try to update this live during the announcement, moving those that actually get noms up.

As always this year, I plan to do my BOPMadness (Bufo’s Oscar Prediction Madness), where anyone can predict the nominees. In the aggregate, we’ve done pretty well during the decades of playing. I did use Gold Derby to help me see what had “buzz”. I’m grouping them based on what I consider likely, mostly to make it easier for me to move ones which do get nominated (if I’m right, of course).

A couple notes on what I qualified as geeky:

* I debated Once Upon a Time in Hollywood…I generally consider alternative history to be geeky, but I decided not to include this, that it wasn’t the intent
* I did count A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood is a fantasy show, and for noms, I count biographies of geeky figures (and documentaries on makers of geeky works)

My guess? Joker gets some Big Six noms. Us get recognized, and could in the Big Six (as well as original screenplay). Cats could get nommed, which would get pushback. Best Animated Feature may not have the big studios, which would get noted. Otherwise? We’ll know soon. 😉

UPDATE: 1st reactions…well, I probably shouldn’t have cut and pasted some of my nominees, because I did okay picking possible ones. Joker did very well, even better than I might have thought. Us was shut-out. JoJo Rabbit surprised me with how well it did (6 noms) and Parasite also got 6 noms. A Marvel star got two (!) noms: Scarlett Johansson got supporting for JoJo Rabbit and lead for Marriage Story. Margot Robbie got supporting for Bombshell. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil getting nommed may surprise people. Oh, 1917 got 10 noms and may “take away” some wins from possible geeky pictures. Frozen II was perhaps underrepresented.

Best Picture

Joker

Possible

Joker

Us

Avengers:Endgame
The Lion King
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywaler
Toy Story 4

Best Director

Todd Phillips (Joker)

Possible

Todd Phillips (Joker)

Best Actress

Possible

Lupita Nyong’o (Us)

Best Actor

Joaquin Phoenix (Joker)

Possible

Joaquin Phoenix (Joker)

Brad Pitt (Ad Astra)
Ewan McGregor (Doctor Sleep)

Best Supporting Actress

Best Supporting Actor

Tom Hanks (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood)

Best Adapted Screenplay

Joker

 

Possible

Joker

Avengers:Endgame

Best Original Screenplay

 

Possible

Us

Best Cinematography

Joker

Possible

Ad Astra
The Lion King
Us

Best Costume Design

Joker

Aladdin
Us

Best Film Editing

Joker

Possible

Us

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Joker

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

Possible

Best Production Design

Possible

Joker

Ad Astra
Aladdin
Dumbo
Us

Best Score

Joker
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Us
Avengers:Endgame
Frozen II

Best Song

I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away (Toy Story 4)

Into the Unknown (Frozen II)

Possible

Into the Unknown (Frozen II)
Spirit (The Lion King)
Never Too Late (The Lion King)
Speechless (Aladdin)
I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away (Toy Story 4)
Catchy Song: The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

Best Sound Editing

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Joker
Ad Astra
Us
Cats
The Lion King
Aladdin
Frozen II
Toy Story 4
SHAZAM!
Yesterday
Captain Marvel
Doctor Sleep
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
Dumbo
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
Gemini Man

Best Sound Mixing

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Joker
Ad Astra
Us
Cats
The Lion King
Aladdin
Frozen II
Toy Story 4
SHAZAM!
Yesterday
Captain Marvel
Doctor Sleep
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
Dumbo
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
Gemini Man

Best Visual Effects

Avengers:Endgame

The Lion King

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Possible

Avengers:Endgame
The Lion King
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Alita:Battle Angel
Cats
Gemini Man
Captain Marvel
Terminator: Dark Fate

Best Animated Feature

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

I Lost My Body

Klaus

Missing Lin

Toy Story 4

Possible

Toy Story 4
Missing Link
Frozen II
Abominable
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
The Addams Family
Klaus
I Lost My Body
Bunuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles
Secret Life of Pets 2
The Swallows of Kabul
Funan
Spies in Disguise
Marona’s Fantastic Tale
This Magnificent Cake!

Best Animated Short

Best Doc Feature

Best Doc Short

Best International Film

Best Live Action Short

Complete list of nominees from the Academy website:

http://oscar.go.com/nominees (note: at time of writing they hadn’t updated it yet with the 2020 noms)

Stay tuned for our annual BOPMadness (Bufo’s Oscar Prediction Madness) if you want to predict the winners!

Note: at time of writing, Slashfilm had gotten at least most (if not all) of the nominations up: https://www.slashfilm.com/2020-oscar-nominations/

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Oscar noms: their other 2018 performances (or, how to get an Oscar nom…hint: it helps if you are playing a human being)

January 29, 2019

Oscar noms: their other 2018 performances (or, how to get an Oscar nom…hint: it helps if you are playing a human being)

While we tend to think of Oscar acting nominees as being recognized as the “Best Lead Actor”, it’s actually the specific performance that is being recognized…not that person’s intrinsic acting abilities.

Most actors are inconsistent…sometimes, their performances are better than others (there are some possible exceptions…Vincent Price comes to mind as someone who always had a good performance). Sure, that could have to do with the material or the director or the amount of time that actor has to work on the part.

I always found John Carradine’s approach to that interesting. Carradine (father of David, Keith, and Robert) was a Shakespearean actor who appeared in prestige movies including the Grapes of Wrath, ended up in movies like The Astro-Zombies and Star Slammer. As I recall, he said he’d made it a rule to just always accept the next script that was offered. He thought that waiting for a “good script” and/or a “good director” was cheating…the actor’s job was acting, and they should do the best possible with whatever the situation was.

That’s not how most actors do it in Hollywood, and certainly not what their agents would want them to do. They choose roles in part because of how they will affect their careers (whether that’s because they want to make more money or get offered particular types of parts or work with particular directors).

So, while Melissa McCarthy was nominated for “Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role” for her performance as Lee Israel (in Can You Ever Forgive Me?) that wasn’t her only performance last year. I suppose it was just a coin flip between that and her work as Detective Connie Edwards in The Happytime Murders, a movie with the tagline SEX. MURDER. PUPPETS. 😉

How about the other acting nominees? I’ll deliberately describe the parts in ways that might emphasize their non-Oscar bait qualities…that’s not meant to diminish those movies, it’s just fun to play up the contrast.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

Glenn Close nominated for Joan Castleman in The Wife

Close didn’t have another theatrical release in 2018…but The Wife was technically released in 2017. That year, she also appeared as Dr. Caroline Caldwell in The Girl with All the Gifts, an R-rated dystopian horror movie.

Lady Gaga nominated for Ally in A Star Is Born

No other theatrical releases in 2018

Olivia Colman nominated for Queen Anne in The Favourite

No other theatrical features in 2018…small screen roles included Strawberry the rabbit in Watership Down & Marion with Thomas the Tank Engine.

Yalitza Aparicio nominated for Roma in Roma

Only screen acting credit to date.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

Bradley Cooper nominated for Jack in A Star Is Born

Cooper appeared as Rocket Raccoon in Avengers: Infinity War.

Christian Bale nominated for Dick Cheney in Vice

Also appeared as Bagheera the panther in Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle.

Rami Malek nominated for Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody

No other theatrical releases, but had a recurring role as Flip McVicker on BoJack Horseman, an animated series about a washed-up alcoholic horse.

Viggo Mortensen nominated for Tony Lip in Green Book

No other credits in 2018.

Williem Dafoe nominated for Vincent Van Gogh in At Eternity’s Gate

Also appeared as Vulko the merman in the movie Aquaman.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

Adam Driver nominated for Flip Zimmerman in BlacKkKlansman

As Toby in The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, he goes time traveling and is mistaken for Sancho Panza.

Mahershala Ali nominated for Dr. Don Shirley in Green Book

Ali was in another Oscar-nominated movie…voicing Uncle Aaron in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

Richard E. Grant nominated for John Hock in Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Played the leader of the Land of Snowflakes in Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.

Sam Elliot nominated for Bobby in a Star Is Born

I would have loved to have seenElliot’s nomination read out for Calvin Barr in The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot. 😉

Sam Rockwell nominated for George W. Bush in Vice

While uncredited, Rockwell appeared in Mute, set forty years in the future where Cactus Bill helps Leo.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

Amy Adams nominated for Lynne Cheney in Vice

No other theatrical release in 2018.

Emma Stone nominated for Abigail in The Favourite

On the small screen, co-starred with Jonah Hill in Maniac, the comedy-drama involving an experimental drug trial.

Marina de Tavira nominated for Senora Sofia in Roma

Appeared in Cómplices a comedy where a womanizing uncle takes his nephew on a beach trip to meet women.

Rachel Weisz nominated for Lady Sarah in The Favourite

Also appeared in The Mercy…but that’s based on real, serious events, so doesn’t support the premise of this article well. 😉

Regina King nominated for Sharon Rivers in If Beale Street Could Talk

No other theatrical releases in 2018.

What can we determine from this?

Assuming that the actors didn’t have a quantum leap in improved acting ability between movies, it’s safe to say that playing a Homo sapiens is a better bet than another species (raccoon, panther, merman…um, snowflake?), and playing an historical figure (Dick Cheney, Lynne Cheney, George W. Bush, Vincent Van Gogh, Queen Anne, Don Shirley, Tony Lip, Flip Zimmerman, Freddie Mercury…something like half of the total nominated roles) is even better. Definitely being in a geek-friendly movie is a hindrance to get Oscar acting noms. That certainly doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do them! I’ve loved the trend of prestige actors appear in GF movie…just, maybe, do more than that in a year. 😉

What do you think? Feel free to let me and my readers know by commenting on this post.

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2019 Oscar noms

January 22, 2019

2019 Oscar noms

This is preliminary, almost live-blogging…I’ll refine it soon this morning.

Some thoughts:

  • Black Panther got a number of noms, including Best Picture. Kendrick Lamar gets a nomination for song, and this is the first Marvel movie to be nominated for Best Picture
  • No acting noms in GF (geek-friendly) movies: are we back to the Academy thinking that people don’t act in GF movies? They aren’t exceptionally well directed or written?
  • Generally, this year is not as geek-friendly as it could have been. A Quiet Place, which some thought might follow Get Out as an Oscar-nommed horror movie, Mary Poppins Returns, Bird Box, Annihilation, certainly didn’t see much action. AQP was nommed for Sound Editing, but major noms didn’t go geeky…compare that to last year, especially with The Shape of Water, the aforementioned Get Out, and Beauty and the Beast
  • Netflix gets its first Best Picture nom for Roma
  • The Mary Poppins Returns showing (Song, Score, Costume, Production Design) has to be seen as disappointing
  • While not geek-friendly, it was interesting to see Melissa McCarthy get nominated for Leading Actress (Can You Ever Forgive Me?)…congratulations! She was in a geek-friendly movie in 2018…but wasn’t nominated for The Happytime Murders 😉
  • If you want to see the big name movies online, you can shell out for HBO and watch them on Now or Go (or, if you have AT&T for internet, you get it on DirecTV…although I have to say, I find that app particularly difficult to use). For the roughly $10 a month club, it’s definitely Netflix, at least for geeky titles

I’m going to call out the geeky nominees, and I’ll make some comments.

Note: I used Gold Derby to help me determine “buzz”. I was surprised to see Suspiria show up as much as it did there…

Best Original Song

  • All the Stars (Black Panther)
  • The Place Where Lost Things Go (Mary Poppins Returns)

SFX (Special Effects)

  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Christopher Robin
  • Ready Player One
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story
  • First Man (geek status debatable)

Doc Short

Documentary Feature

Editing

No GF nominees in this category

Sound Mixing

  • Black Panther
  • First Man (geek status debatable)

Sound Editing

  • Black Panther
  • A Quiet Place
  • First Man (geek status debatable)

Production Design

  • Black Panther
  • Mary Poppins Returns
  • First Man (geek status debatable)

Live Action Short

Animated Short

Best Animated Feature

  • Incredibles 2
  • Isle of Dogs
  • Mirai
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

 Supporting Actor

No GF nominees in this category

Other geeky movies which had buzz in this category:

  • Michael B. Jordan (Black Panther)
  • John Krasinski (A Quiet Place)
  • Alex Wolff (Hereditary)
  • Hugh Grant (Paddington 2)
  • John Malkovich (Bird Box)
  • Trevante Rhodes (Bird Box)
  • Oscar Isaac (Annihilation)
  • Kyle Chandler (First Man) (geek status debatable)
  • Corey Stoll (First Man) (geek status debatable)

Supporting Actress

No GF nominees in this category

Other geeky movies which had buzz in this category:

  • Emily Blunt (A Quiet Place)
  • Danai Gurira (Black Panther)
  • Lupita Nyong’o (Black Panther)
  • Letitia Wright (Black Panther)
  • Tilda Swinton (Suspiria)
  • Sarah Paulson (Bird Box)
  • Jennifer Jason Leigh (Annihilation)
  • Gina Rodriguez (Annihilation)
  • Meryll Streep (Mary Poppins Returns)
  • Clare Foy (First Man) (geek status debatable)

Makeup and Hairstyling

No geeky nominees in this category

Costume

  • Black Panther
  • Mary Poppins Returns

Other geeky movies which had buzz in this category:

  • Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
  • The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Suspiria
  • Ready Player One
  • A Quiet Place
  • Annihilation
  • Hereditary
  • Bird Box
  • First Man (geek status debatable)

Cinematography

No GF nominees in this category

Other geeky movies which had buzz in this category:

  • Black Panther
  • A Quiet Place
  • Mary Poppins Returns
  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Suspiria 
  • Hereditary
  • Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
  • Bird Box
  • Annihilation

Original Screenplay

No GF nominees in this category

Other geeky movies which had buzz in this category:

  • A Quiet Place
  • Hereditary
  • Isle of Dogs

Adapted Screenplay

No GF nominees in this category

Other geeky movies which had buzz in this category:

  • Black Panther
  • Mary Poppins Returns
  • Bird Box
  • Paddington 2
  • Incredibles 2
  • Suspiria
  • Annihilation
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Original Score

  • Black Panther
  • Isle of Dogs
  • Mary Poppins Returns

Foreign Language

No GF nominees in this category

Directing

No GF nominees in this category

Other geeky movies which had buzz in this category:

  • Ryan Coogler (Black Panther)
  • John Krasinski (A Quiet Place)
  • Rob Marshall (Mary Poppins Returns)
  • Luca Guadagnino (Suspiria)
  • Wes Anderson (Isle of Dogs)
  • Susanne Bier (Bird Box)
  • Alex Garland (Annihilation)

Lead Actress

No gf nominees in this category

Other geeky movies which had buzz in this category:

  • Emily Blunt (Mary Poppins Returns)
  • Toni Collette (Hereditary)
  • Sandra Bullock (Bird Box)
  • Emily Blunt (A Quiet Place)
  • Dakota Johnson (Suspiria)
  • Natalie Portman (Annihilation)

Lead Actor

No GF nominees in this category

Other geeky movies which had buzz in this category:

  • Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther)
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda (Mary Poppins Returns)
  • Ryan Gosling (First Man) (geek status debatable)

Best Picture

  • Black Panther

Other geeky movies which had buzz in this category:

  • Mary Poppins Returns
  • A Quiet Place
  • Hereditary
  • Incredibles 2
  • First Man (geek status debatable)
  • Bird Box
  • Suspiria
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
  • Annihilation
  • Isle of Dogs

Where can you legally stream any of these Oscar nominees without paying additional money (subscriptions required)?

Amazon Prime:

Hulu:

Netflix:

  • Black Panther
  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story

HBO Now/HBO Go/the HBO Amazon Channel

  • Ready Player One
  • Isle of Dogs

As we saw last year, Netflix is the place to be for the nominated geek-friendly movies. People are thinking of them more for original content, but they still walk the big dogs.

How about streaming if you are willing to piece pay to rent or buy? All links are to JustWatch:

Complete list of nominees from the Academy website:

http://oscar.go.com/nominees

Stay tuned for our annual BOPMadness (Bufo’s Oscar Prediction Madness) if you want to predict the winners!

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2019 Critics’ Choice Awards geek-friendly results

January 14, 2019

2019 Critics’ Choice Awards geek-friendly results

AWARD SPOILER ALERT

Congratulations (again) to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse for its

Critics’ Choice award

win last night as Best Animated Feature!

This follows its groundbreaking first Marvel (but not MCU) Golden Globe win

AWARD SPOILER ALERT: Marvel wins 1st Golden Globe as all other geek-friendly movie nominees shut out

Unlike the Globes, though, other geek-friendly movies and TV shows did go home with trophies.

Black Panther picked up three technical/design awards, which I think presages possible Oscar nominations (it could also get nominated at the Academy for other categories, including Best Picture…a nomination it got from the CCs as well):

  • Best Production Design (Hannah Beachler & Jay Hart)
  • Best Costume Design (Ruth Carter) (I think it’s a serious contender to win at the Oscars in this category…brilliant design)
  • Best Visual Effects (I haven’t seen that they name individuals for this…sigh)

The Critics’ Choice Awards has a category specifically for Sci-Fi/Horror, and A Quiet Place took that one.

For TV, it’s really significant that Thandie Newton won as Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for Westworld. That’s an equal-playing field category for GF and mainstream…congratulations!

Best Animated Series went to BoJack Horseman, beating out Archer, Adventure Time, Bob’s Burgers, and veteran shows The Simpsons & South Park. I’d congratulate them, but somehow, I think BoJack would find that distressing. 😉

Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert (starring John Legend) was the Best Movie Made for TV winner.

If we count First Man (which I haven’t seen) as geek-friendly (as I’ve said before, I’m not sure on that…geek-friendly is usually fiction for me, but it can include geek-friendly non-fiction about makers of geek-friendly fiction), we’d up it to include Tom Cross for Editing and Justin Hurwitz for Best Score.

Overall, this is a pretty good showing! I think it’s possible that the Oscars will be even more geek-friendly than these earlier awards have been, but we’ll know soon! Voting is wrapping up and nominations are announced in about a week (22 January) with the ceremony on 24 February.

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