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Screw the Oscars, We’re Hosting the 2014 Mary Sues

It’s an idea borne of Pacific Rim‘s egregious Best Visual Effects Oscar snub: If the Oscars were an exclusively geeky affair, with genre films as nominees and geeks standing in for crusty old Academy voters, what would win? We decided to find out, but since our red carpet and couture gown supply is running a little bit low, we’re taking it to Facebook. Every Monday and Wednesday between now and the Oscars we’ll post a poll on our Facebook page, inviting you—yes, you—to choose the winners of the 2014 Mary Sues.

First up: Best Supporting Actress. Will Catching Fire’s Jena Malone cut down the competition, or will it be The Desolation of Smaug’s Evangeline Lilly aiming for the win? Or maybe Gwyneth Paltrow, Natalie Portman, Rila Fukushima, Kat Dennings, or Julianne Moore will pull off an upset. It’s all up to you. Get voting, my nerds.

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  • Janna

    More excited about this than the real Oscars.

  • glyssix

    Aw…would love to vote, but no facebook

  • Anonymous

    This makes more sense and has more credibility than the Oscars since that is an entirely business bottom line driven “contest” and doesn’t actually look at impressive accomplishments in performance or presentation.
    I strongly recommend that voice and motion acting be given equal standing with other performing arts

  • Anonymous

    This might be the only awards where I’ve seen and heard of most of the movies.

  • Anonymous

    Fun idea! This provides a reason for me to stay on Facebook (wish we could just do the poll on the site, though, for the sake of people who don’t use it).

    In this category it’s pretty clear the geeky nominees don’t match up to the regular Oscar ones: Jennifer Lawrence (in American Hustle) and Lupita Nyong’o's performances were miles ahead of any of these. That doesn’t apply to all the categories, though – I’m hoping Jennifer Lawrence can get an Oscar for her performance as Katniss by the end of the Hunger Games films.

  • Anonymous

    Between Frozen, her, and The Hobbit (and possible others I haven’t seen) we could get a pretty good competition going for Best Voice Actor/Actress. I second the recommendation of this as a new category for the Geeky Oscars.

    (Motion acting has too little competition. Is Andy Serkis in a film in a given year? Then he gets the award. Sadly, this year he wasn’t.)

  • Ernie_Jena

    Yes but Jena Malone must win an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in Catching Fire.

  • Ernie_Jena

    If Jena Malone doesn’t win an Oscar then she must win a Mary Sue for her role in Catching Fire.

  • Jesse Richards

    What do you think of having a Best Actor category in these that includes both women and men, rather than separate categories? There are very few other awards and prizes out there that we break up by gender; think about what it would be like to see a Nobel Prize for Economics for men and a separate one for women.

  • Anonymous

    In contrast, there are male and female categories for things like figure skating or gymnastics. It’s up for debate whether acting is closer to those sports or to economics, but I’d lean towards the former.

  • Jesse Richards

    Good point, I hadn’t thought of those. I would still say acting is something that men and women do more similarly, though: they’re being judged on the exact same thing, rather than on different criteria. Oh, well. I do appreciate that with more categories there are more wins, though.

  • Anonymous

    I wish we’d thought to do this last year – 2012 was a far better year for geeky movies than 2013.


    - Emily Blunt, Looper
    - Scarlett Johanssen, The Avengers
    - Anne Hathaway, The Dark Knight Rises
    - Judi Dench, Skyfall
    - Emma Stone, The Amazing Spider-Man