Oscar season is upon us! For most people, that means next to nothing. And for geeky filmmakers like us Timid Monster folks, it means less. Why? Because some of our favorite movies are never honored!

Okay, I take that back. They’re honored. Usually in categories like Costume Design, Make-Up and Hairstyling, Production Design, and Visual Effects. Unless period dramas take over for the year. (Like this year.)

I think the Golden Globes has a good thing going… a Drama category and a Comedy/Musical category. So why not a Sci-Fi/Fantasy category? Heck, why don’t we just take over a few of the leading categories for a second? It wasn’t the most “golden” of years, but let’s have some fun! Scribble your picks in the comments. Here are mine…

Best Picture

The Avengers

Pure fantasy fun. Joss managed to pull off a movie that adequately brought all our heroes together against an alien invasion with little moments of character development that helped make this more than just an action extravaganza. (Bonus: Why the Avengers is really a chick flick.)

Best Ensemble

The Avengers

Do I really need to say anything? Sigh. Alright. Iron Man vs. Cap. Iron Man vs. Thor. Iron Man and Hulk bromance. Black Widow keeping her own amongst all the boys (even Loki). Nick Fury over them all.

Best Supporting Performance Capture

Andy Serkis – Gollum, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

It’s my list, so I’m creating the category that should have been created this year. Andy Serkis is the King. That is all.


Joss Whedon – The Avengers

I actually debated this one. I know. What was I thinking? But to be honest, I was blown away by the completely competent adaptation of the Hunger Games. Joss won because  of the cohesive, massive work he did on the Avenger’s. The man knows how to tell a story.


Andrew Lesnie – The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

There was the big debate over the fps and 3D. But in the end, in the straight up, 2D, 24fps version, Middle Earth was gorgeous. A land I’d inhabit for a lifetime.


Rian Johnson – Looper

I’m a sucker for sci-fi. Fantasy is awesome, don’t get me wrong. But a well written sci-fi gets me every time. Looper told an amazing time travel story, made use of some interesting ideas (chopping limbs off in the past to torture the future self), and posed a great question: Can we change our destiny?

Best Song

“Misty Mountain” – The Dwarf Cast & Richard Armitage

Brilliant. Chilling. Fantasy at its best. Though a strong second goes to Florence and the Machine for “Breath of Life”, a tribute to the Evil Queen.

A few observations I had while writing this blog… 

  • Last year was NOT a great year for fantasy/sci-fi.
  • There need to be more female leads.
  • Sci-fi needs to make a comeback.

What did you think of my picks? Who do you think the acting categories would go to?

Jess Adducci

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Jess wrestles through story as a screenwriter & director. She's a sci-fi/fantasy nerd, archery champion, and big kid.

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