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This Is Your Last Chance to Vote In the 2014 Mary Sues, Our Geeky Alternative to the Oscars

Psst. Did you hear about the Mary Sues, where we ask our readers to vote on the biggest genre film achievements of 2013? I only ask because when the Oscars start—8:30 pm EST, Sunday, March 2nd—the Mary Sues will end. You still have a whole weekend before we stop counting responses. Plenty of time to vote for:

Best Picture
Best Lead Actress
Best Lead Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Best New (to Film) Female Character
Best Villain
Best Fight
Biggest Disappointment
Most Looking Forward to in 2014

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  • Anonymous

    I’m sorry, but HOW am I supposed to choose between Idris Elba, Lee Pace, Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hiddleston?

  • Rebecca Pahle


  • Anonymous

    Yours is an evil laugh.

  • Sleepy Maggie

    Erm – I was taking these polls and Zone Alarm popped up an alert that it had intercepted a high-risk virus. I will be removing the FaceBook “Poll” app right now and blocking it – I recommend everyone else do so, too.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    Do you mind telling me which poll it was? Hundreds of people have taken them and this is the first time we’ve had a problem.

  • Sleepy Maggie

    I think it was the one for “Best Villain,” but it might have been an earlier one (I got through “Best Movie,” and “Most looked-forward to in 2014″ before I stopped) and it just took Zone Alarm a few seconds to block the problem and report it to me. If the problem came from an ad, though, ads rotate randomly, so you never know. Sorry I didn’t record the name of the virus before I closed the window – I was too freaked out!

  • Dessa Brewington

    Aww, just movies? I have WASTED my year on cartoons and TV series. The only movie I’ve seen all year was awful, and I can’t vote for it (Pacific Rim).

  • Anonymous

    Facebook? Thank you, no.

  • AnnaB

    That was a toughie, but I chose Tom Hiddleston, because he showed up at the con as Loki, and that tops them all.

  • Anonymous

    I went with Hiddleston too, because I thought Loki was the most interesting character of the bunch and he was amazing in that role.

  • Anonymous

    I was wondering if this was still around!

    (Oh, and you should really have included The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in your “most anticipated movies” poll, given that it’s one of the biggest geeky movies coming out in 2014. I wouldn’t have chosen it, because it’s my second-most-anticipated after Mockingjay, but it should have been there.)


    - Best Actress – Jennifer Lawrence, no contest
    - Best Supporting Actor – Tom Hiddleston, no contest
    - Best Picture – Catching Fire, easily my favourite of the year
    - Best Actor: None of them really impressed me, but picked Martin Freeman because he does do a great job of Bilbo

    No “Best Visual Effects”? I assumed it would be there, as the stimulus for this poll was Pacific Rim not getting an Oscar nomination in that category.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    The reason we gave the Most Anticipated category a write-in option is that there are so many big movies coming out in 2014. So people can still choose TASM if it’s their most-anticipated movie.

    As for Visual Effects, we considered including that, but with our posting schedule we only had room for a set number of categories, and, well… we thought the ones we ended up using are more fun.

  • Ashe

    Easy. Just choose Idris Elba!

  • Ashe

    It was hard not to pick Gravity over and over again. It was such a strong movie overall, with a stunning performance by Sandra Bullock. I had no idea what she was capable of until I plunked my butt in that theater seat.

  • Anonymous

    I’m not completely sure about this particular case, but I got this kind of message with several totally safe and legit applications in the past (I think the latest case was some Adobe updater). Antivirus software is not always right, you know. You may be getting alerts for no good reason at all.

  • Sleepy Maggie

    I suppose that is possible – though this is the first alert I’ve had in months. Zone alarm is pretty good at avoiding false positives. But, I suppose as long as you keep your antivirus updated, it’s not really a problem anyway!

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, as long as you do that and run a full scan every once in a while, you’re probably safe.

  • Anonymous

    You put in options for the other three major superhero movies of 2014, so skipping the one that’s likely to be the highest-grossing (based on prior trends) seemed like a rather glaring omission.

  • Jamie Jeans

    I can’t believe that racist, whitewashing KHAN made the list… god, I hope he doesn’t win. Dude isn’t worth cleaning the original’s shoes.

  • Jamie Jeans

    And a hard choice for biggest disappointment between Man of Steel and Star Trek Into Darkness.

  • Cad Wallader

    Second’d. Would have been neat to have had a polling method that didn’t require Facebook. But then, it’s barely still a world that doesn’t require a Facebook, so I’m not surprised.

  • Inky

    I wish The Hobbit was on the biggest disappointment list. I know some people liked the movie, which is fine, but I really, really, really didn’t, and since I’m a Tolkien fan and enjoyed the first one I was really hoping to. I ended up voting for Man of Steel, but that one doesn’t exactly count since I didn’t expect that movie to be very good, anyway.

  • Anonymous

    agreed on The Hobbit. I found it far too dark, excepting the scene above the tree tops and a few moments in the barrels. Two hours of darkness was depressing.

  • Anonymous

    The JJ film was a sequel so everyone knew what they were in for, we just hoped it wasn’t so. With MoS there was real hope to be killed.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    The category was for most anticipated, not most likely to make the most money. We can only include a certain number of movies in the poll. Based on the responses we see from our readers to the stories we post, Days of Future Past, Winter Soldier, and GotG are all exponentially more anticipated than TASM2. It’s a theory borne out by the poll responses so far.

    Easy choice.

  • John beeman

    Why was Desolation of Smaug not up for biggest Disappointment? The films on the list were great in comparison.

  • Anonymous

    More people are going to choose something that’s included in a poll than a write-in option, so that’s not an equal comparison.

    You’ve barely posted anything on TASM2 relative to your frequent posts on the other movies, so you don’t really have a strong basis to make that determination.

  • Adrian

    Since Facebook and I don’t get along, I’ll just post my picks here for the fun of it …

    Best Picture: Gravity
    Best Lead Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, Catching Fire
    Best Lead Actor: Hugh Jackman, The Wolverine
    Best Supporting Actress: Kat Dennings, Thor: The Dark World
    Best Supporting Actor: Tom Hiddleston, Thor: The Dark World
    Best New Female Character: Yukio, The Wolverine
    Best Villain: Infinite Blackness of Space, Gravity
    Best Fight: Katniss vs. THE MAN, Catching Fire
    Biggest Disappointment: Man of Steel
    Most Anticipated: The Amazing Spider-Man 2

  • Jamie Jeans

    Real hope to be killed… good lord, man, that’s about the best summary of how I felt after coming out of that movie.

  • Melynda

    Was Loki *really* a villain in Thor: The Dark World? I would’ve thought it was the guys crashing ships into the palace and shooting up Asgard and trying to invade Earth.

  • Jonas Albrecht

    Biggest Dissapointment: That Fans are head over heels in love with the garbage we’re being served that is The Hobbit films.

  • Beverly Ann Nelms

    Help! The link for best villain won’t open to the voting page! It’s opening to the thanks for voting page and I haven’t voted yet!

  • Anonymous

    Biggest Disappointment: I refuse to get Facebook and it won’t let me vote without signing in. :(

  • Art Wellden

    For most anticipated i was torn between BoxTrolls (own suggestion) and GOTG….cheated slightly putting both in the other box…. sorry. :P

  • Mordicai

    Like many others, I just wanted to make a friendly complaint about Facebook! Why not post it here? Driving your sites traffic to Facebook doesn’t seem like a good long term strategy, though I’m sure you have your reasons. Just…ugh, I do not like Facebook, other than as a white pages.