Geek’s Night at the Oscars, 2015

by Susan L. Fox

The 87th Annual Academy Awards are now history, and were hosted by Doctor Horrible himself, Neil Patrick Harris. For those who tuned in, it was a big acknowledgment of the power of geekdom, as science fiction and fantasy movies ruled the day.

There were so many great moments from the evening’s show, but one of our favorites was when Tegan and Sarah & The Lonely Island performed Everything is Awesome from The LEGO Movie (which was snubbed for the Academy Award for best Animated Feature). In keeping with the “That’s Okay, We Made Our Own” category, they brought a number of Oscar replicas made from LEGO and gave them to people in the audience who had not won real Oscars for their work.

Here, then, are the winners of interest to the Krypton Radio audience and lovers of imagination fiction everywhere:

Birdman, or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance (Fox Searchlight Pictures) the story of a classic superhero actor later in life.  This film was also recently nominated by the Science Fiction Writers of America for the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation.  The Hugo nominations are now open – could the same picture pick up an Oscar, Nebula and Hugo?  It could happen.

  • Best Picture
  • Best Director, to Alejandro González Iñárritu
  • Best Original Screenplay, to Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo

The Theory of Everything (Focus Features), a biographical romantic drama of the biggest name in physics today, Prof. Stephen Hawking.

  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, to Eddie Redmayne

The Imitation Game (Weinstein Company), a semi-biographical historical thriller about artificial intelligence pioneer Alan Turing and how his application of mathematics and logic turned the tide of World War II.  Yes, not only will you use maths once you have finished school, you could save the world.

  • Best Adapted Screenplay, to Graham Moore

Big Hero 6 (Disney), based on an obscure Marvel comic book series, it’s a boy and his robot and his elder brother’s surviving friends who take on evil in a supercharged cityscape, a love letter to high-tech San Francisco.

  • Best Animated Feature

Feast (Disney), that adorable short about a family pet and his eternal quest for nom noms. This made it a sweep for Disney, two for two, with this adorable overview of a dog’s life and favorite interest:  food!

  • Best Animated Short Subject

Interstellar (Paramount), a science fiction epic about astronauts, desperate to save what’s left of a dying planet, who travel through a wormhole to seek a future home for humanity.

  • Best Visual Effects

It was a great year for geekdom in the movies, and it’s a dramatic shift from years gone by when nothing but an auteur drama could even get its foot in the door. Next year looks like it’s shaping up to be even better.

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