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The Geek Life: For Your Consideration

Over here Academy Voters

By Robert T. Trate     November 30, 2011
Source: Mania.com

 

The Geek Life is a weekly look at what is happening in the Geek Culture. Movies, Comics, Books, Video Games and TV Shows encompass more than just release dates and reviews. This week the Geek Life asks “For Your Consideration”.
 
About ten years ago, I had my first job in Los Angeles. It was nothing glamorous, but I did get a chance to rub elbows with a few celebrities, play some golf, and more importantly sit down and have dinks with them. The chance to sit in a casual atmosphere and ask celebrities about long forgotten projects is always fun. You get some real truths and great stories you’ll never hear on a commentary track. Yes, I’m bragging and digressing. My time in LA carried me over the holiday season and I encountered for the first time ever “For Your Consideration”. This is not the movie by Christopher Guest, but an ad campaign by the studios to get nominations and wins for award season.
 
Yes, you read that right. The Hollywood Studios spend even more money advertising their films on bill boards, in magazines and more recently (to save money) on websites. “For Your Consideration” is their ploy to win over industry professionals’ votes. It’s not something you are going to see in the rurals of Ohio or Pennsylvania. In LA, however, they are starting to pop up everywhere. A few Oscar seasons ago my old boss mailed me a Variety to tell me about a few jobs that were opening up. Inside I saw a “For Your Consideration” that I never expected to see. It was for The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. New Line was asking that Andy Serkis get nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Gollum. This was a nomination I’m sure many Geeks would agree with. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy would clean up the following year, but I still admire New Line for going all out in support of the film (already a huge cash cow) and one of their stars. With that in mind The Geek Life proudly offers the voters of the SAG Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and the Golden Globes a “For Your Consideration” of my own*.
 
Thor
 

2011 Academy Award Winners Wishlist

A hero is only as good as its villain. This is probably why the last Superman movie had so many problems. Hiddleston makes the villain so good that we almost (almost) prefer him to the hero.
 
Rango
 

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2011 Academy Award Winners Wishlist

It was a shock and surprise that this story about a Lizard named Rango was a good as it was. The animation alone proved that Pixar isn’t the only game in town.
 
Hanna
 

2011 Academy Award Winners Wishlist

The cuts in this film make Hanna the action hero she really is. The only thing second to that is the music, which propels this story like bullets from a machine gun.
 
Fright Night
 

2011 Academy Award Winners Wishlist

To some, he was the guy who played Doctor Who. To others he is “my Doctor”. Tennant goes against type and portrays a sniveling snake of man who may or may not do the right thing to save the day. If “the ladies” of Hollywood can get nominated for playing prostitutes then why can’t a British Sci-Fi hero get nominated for playing a dead beat loser?
 
TrollHunter
 

2011 Academy Award Winners Wishlist

Were they puppets? Were they CGI? Were they just guys in suits? The answer was all three and you’ll never know when, what, or where in this fantastic film.
 
The Vanishing on 7th Street
 

2011 Academy Award Winners Wishlist

If there were ever two people that should do the new Twilight Zone movie it is Jaswinski and Anderson. Their spin on this tale was both refreshing and horrific as there was no way to predict how it would end. This is an incredibly refreshing film in a time where we have seen it all.
 
The Muppets
 

2011 Academy Award Winners Wishlist

Christophe Beck brings back the Muppets with his self aware show tunes reminding us how great it is to love these characters.
 
13 Assassins
 

2011 Academy Award Winners Wishlist

If you are a fan of Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai, you have undoubtedly heard of this film. Miike and Tengan practically double the amount of Samurai and deliver full fledged characters as well. The writing and directing are superb making it at least worthy of a Best Foreign Film nimination.
 
Another Earth
 

2011 Academy Award Winners Wishlist

Brit Marling and Mike Cahill should really clean up for all their work in front of and behind the camera. This story could have gone in numerous directions but, like all great science fiction, it keeps it close to the human experience.
 
Attack the Block
 

2011 Academy Award Winners Wishlist

The story itself is tired: aliens invade. Joe Cornish spins it in a whole new direction with a story and effects that are both exhilarating and truly horrifying.
 
The Adventures of Tintin
 

2011 Academy Award Winners Wishlist

The buzz from overseas is that The Adventures of Tintin is incredible. Spielberg and Jackson may have just succeeded on a whole other level with this style of film making. If the film is as good as the Brits say it is then why not a Best Picture nomination?
 
*I am aware that we are about to move into Oscar Season and genre films (like those on Mania) rarely get noticed.
 
Robert is currently building Optimus Prime out of KRE-O bricks as he is watching the White Chapel (review coming soon) TV series from the BBC. With all that going he is still writing two other weekly columns for Mania the DVD Shopping Bag and the Toy Maniac. Follow Robert on Twitter for his for Geek ramblings, Cosplay photos and film criticisms.

 

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marcd30319 11/30/2011 4:43:08 AM

Best Song:  "Star Spangled Man" with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by David Zippel from Captain America: The First Avenger.

Best Actor:  Chris Evans, Captain America: The First Avenger, and Chris Hemsworth, Thor.

Best Supporting Actor:  Stanley Tucci & Hugo Weaving, Captain America: The First Avenger.

Best Supporting Actress:  Hayley Atwater, Captain America: The First Avenger.

Best Director:  Joe Johnston, Captain America: The First Avenger.

Best Visual Effects:  Captain America: The First Avenger.

 

trollman 11/30/2011 5:27:00 AM

They could have an award for BEST ORIGINAL IDEA if anyone in hollywierd had an original idea.

Wiseguy 11/30/2011 6:51:20 AM

Best speciall effects for TrollHunter? surely you're kidding.  Now if you want to classify the award as the best bang for the buck special effects I may agree since the film was obviously done on the cheap.

I like marcd's suggestions but I'd have to throw a bone or 2 Thor's way.

karas1 11/30/2011 6:56:01 AM

Loki was very sympathetic.  I think I did prefer him to the strutting egomaniac Thor.  At least until the end when he, um, spoilers...  not going to tell you.

But I think I'm looking forward to Loki in the Avengers movie more than any of the main characters.

Roqueja 11/30/2011 7:29:47 AM

" and more importantly sit down and have DINKS with them."  Check yer "r" button mang.  Sometimes it's important.

redhairs99 11/30/2011 7:35:02 AM

 The animation in Rango was amazing!  Some of the best I've ever seen!  Unfortunately, at least for this Maniac, the movie itself was quite boring overall.  There were some moments I really enjoyed, but I found myself struggling to stay awake in the middle of the film.

lusiphur 11/30/2011 8:04:35 AM

A good list and some possible nominations I hadn't considered.  The sad thing is, I've only seen one movie on the list and that was Thor.  I need to update my Netflix queue.

@Roqueja - you admonish him for spelling, but you use the words "yer" and "mang" in a sentence?  Really?

Roqueja 11/30/2011 8:42:24 AM

But dinks was funny.  .....at the time.

I did like the list as well.  Rango particularly.

Darkknight2280 11/30/2011 9:54:40 AM

Nice MarcD!! I loved Cap but dont think there was any truly award winning performances. But i have watched that movie about 6 times since i bought it on blu-ray. Love the music! Alan Silvestri is amazing! One of my top 4 fav movie composers!

Darkknight2280 11/30/2011 9:55:36 AM

Oh and Haley Atwell had me at attention whenever she was on screen! Shes beautiful, loved the British accent and the 40's style is uber hot!!

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