ByEd Looney, writer at Creators.co
Native TEXAN! Love comics (and their presentations on TV / cinema), sports and my wife and kids. Particularly fond of both Marvel and DC.
Ed Looney

Why not. All of us nerds can get so wrapped up in our superhero genre (and, it's attendant sub-genres) that what the Academy of Motion Pictures annual awards ceremonies provide acclaim to movies and actors who did nothing, nada, zilch to further the adventures of our favorite comic book (and similar) characters.

So, I have chosen to award Oscars in the following categories:

  • Best Picture
  • Best Animated Picture
  • Best Non-DC/Marvel Picture
  • Best Actor in a Leading Role
  • Best Actress in a Leading Role
  • Best Non-White/Male Actor/Actress in a Leading/Supporting Role
  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role
  • Best Actress in a Supporting Role
  • Best Villain
  • Best Chris
  • Best Screen Play
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Special Effects
  • Best Voice-Over
  • Most True to the Original Material (comic books)
  • Most Divergent from the Original Material (comic books)

I am selecting from the following movies (if I missed any, let me know):

  • 300: Rise of an Empire
  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2
  • Big Hero 6 (Marvel)
  • The Boxtrolls
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  • Divergent
  • Dracula Untold
  • Exodus: Gods & Kings
  • Expendables 3
  • Godzilla
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Hercules (Radical)
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I
  • I, Frankenstein (Darkstorm)
  • Interstellar
  • Into the Woods
  • The Lego Movie
  • Maleficent
  • The Maze Runner
  • Mr. Peabody & Sherman
  • Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
  • Paddington
  • Penguins of Madagascar
  • RoboCop
  • Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (Dark Horse)
  • Taken 3
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Mirage)
  • Transformers: Age of Extinction
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past
Now, On to our Show!
Now, On to our Show!

Best Picture Nominees:

  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Big Hero 6 (Marvel)
  • Into the Woods
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Poll

Your Pick for Best Picture

And, My Winner is:
Captain America: The Winter Soldier! Kudos to Guardians of the Galaxy as the runner-up.

Best Animated Picture Nominees:

  • The Lego Movie
  • Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (Dark Horse)
  • Big Hero 6 (Marvel)
  • The Boxtrolls
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2

Poll

Your Pick for Best Animated Picture

And, My Winner is:
Big Hero 6. The Lego Movie had this one wrapped up until the late entry of BH6. SC:ADtKF qualifies as it is, though technically not animated, still overbrushed from the live-action from which it was derived.

Best Non-DC/Marvel Picture Nominees:

  • Into the Woods
  • The Maze Runner
  • Divergent
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Poll

Your Pick for Best Non-DC/Marvel Picture

And, My Winner is:
Divergent. I would never have cast Shailene Woodley in that role, but she knocked it out of the park! Kudos to The Maze Runner for sneaking into the runner-up slot.

Best Actor in a Leading Role Nominees:

  • Dylan O'Brien (Thomas in Maze Runner)
  • Chris Pratt (StarLord/Peter Quill in Guardians of the Galaxy)
  • Andrew Garfield (Spiderman/Peter Parker in The Amazing Spiderman 2)
  • Martin Freeman (Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies)
  • Andy Serkis (Caesar in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes)

Poll

Your Pick for Best Actor in a Leading Role

And, My Winner is:
Chris Pratt (StarLord/Peter Quill in Guardians of the Galaxy). Chris came out of nowhere to take this honor. He wasn't even wanted by his director - until his director saw him in the part. Kudos to Andy Serkis who takes runner-up.

Best Actress in a Leading Role Nominees:

Note: This is a fairly limited field as not a lot of ladies get a lot of "front of the film" opportunities, right now.

  • Shailene Woodley (Tris in Divergent)
  • Scarlett Johansson (Lucy in Lucy)
  • Eva Green (Artemisia in 300: Rise of an Empire)
  • Emma Stone (Gwen Stacy in The Amazing Spiderman 2)
  • Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I)

Poll

Your Pick for Best Actress in a Leading Role

And, My Winner is:
Scarlett Johansson (Lucy in Lucy). Scarlett, Jennifer and Shailene all proved, this year, beyond a doubt, that a female-led picture can succeed - can excel - in today's market. Kudos to all 3 ladies.

Best Non-White/Male Actor or Actress
in a Leading or Supporting Role Nominees

Note: Here's hoping this category eventually ceases to exists as more non-white and females are cast in leading and supporting roles.

  • The Rockk/Dwayne Johnson (Hercules in Hercules)
  • Scarlett Johansson (Lucy in Lucy)
  • Shailene Woodley (Tris in Divergent)
  • Emma Stone (Gwen Stacy in The Amazing Spiderman 2)
  • Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury in Captain America: The Winter Soldier)

Poll

Your Pick for Best Non-White/Male Actor/Actress in a Leading/Supporting Role

And, My Winner is:
Scarlett Johansson (Lucy in Lucy). Poor Rock... he came in 5th out of 5 entries. But, at least he was nominated!

Best Actor in a Supporting Role Nominees:

  • Sebastian Stan (The Winter Soldier/Bucky Barnes in Captain America: The Winter Soldier)
  • Ki Hong Lee (Minho in The Maze Runner)
  • Theo James (Four in Divergent)
  • Anthony Mackey (The Falcon/Sam Wilson in Captain America: The Winter Soldier)
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman (Plutarch Heavensbee in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I)

Poll

Your Pick for Best Actor in a Supporting Role

And, My Winner is:
Sebastian Stan (The Winter Soldier/Bucky Barnes in Captain America: The Winter Soldier). Sebastian's portrayal of the villain set the tone for the entire movie. Kudos to Ki Hong Lee whose Minho in The Maze Runner lent a tone of enthusiasm and heart that helped make his movie one of the best of the year. Posthumous notice to Philip Seymoure Hoffman whose Plutarch Heavensbee gave direction and vigor to a franchise when it likely would not have had either without him.

Best Actress in a Supporting Role Nominees:

  • Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow in Captain America: The Winter Soldier)
  • Zoe Saldana (Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy)
  • Jennifer Lawrence (Raven/Mystique in X-Men: Days of Future Past)
  • Keri Russell (Ellie in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes)
  • Eva Green (Artemisia in 300: Rise of an Empire)

Poll

Your Pick for Best Actress in a Supporting Role

And, My Winner is:
Jennifer Lawrence (Raven/Mystique in X-Men: Days of Future Past). Her "interference" in the plot was the key to the drama that swirled throughout the movie. Kudos for Scarlett Johansson as the runner-up.

Best Villain Nominees:

  • Donald Sutherland (Pres. Snow in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I)
  • Sebastian Stan (The Winter Soldier/Bucky Barnes in Captain America: The Winter Soldier)
  • Robert Redford (Senator Alexander Pierce in Captain America: The Winter Soldier)
  • Andy Serkis (Caesar in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes)
    [assuming you're rooting for the humans]
  • Angelina Jolie (Maleficent in Maleficent)

Poll

Your Pick for Best Villain

And, My Winner is:
Andy Serkis (Caesar in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes). The movie was all about him, after all! Kudos to Sebastian Stan (The Winter Soldier/Bucky Barnes in Captain America: The Winter Soldier) as runner-up.

Best Chris Nominees:

  • Chris Evans (Captain America/Steve Rogers in Captain America: The Winter Soldier)
  • Chris Pratt (StarLord/Peter Quill in Guardians of the Galaxy)
  • Chris Pine (Cinderella's Prince in Into the Woods)
  • Christian Bale (Moses in Exodus: Gods & Kings)
  • Christopher Nolan (Director/Producer of Interstellar)
  • Christopher Markus (Screenplay for Captain America: The Winter Soldier)

Poll

Pick Your Best Chris

And, My Winner is:
Chris Pratt (StarLord/Peter Quill in Guardians of the Galaxy). Chris Hemsworth (Thor), normally a staple in this category, didn't make an appearance this year. Kudos to Chris Nolan for his home run in Interstellar as runner-up.

Best Screen Play Nominees:

  • James Gunn & Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy)
  • Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely (Captain America: The Winter Soldier)
  • Jordan Roberts, Daniel Gerson & Robert L. Baird (Big Hero 6)
  • Evan Daugherty & Vanessa Taylor (Divergent)
  • Noah Oppenheim, Grant Pierce Myers & T.S. Nowlin (The Maze Runner)

Poll

Your Pick for Best Screenplay

And, My Winner is:
James Gunn & Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy). An awesome blend of humor, drama and outer space contributed to one of the best movies, not just of the year, but of all time. Kudos to Noah Oppenheim, Grant Pierce Myers & T.S. Nowlin as runners-up.

Best Cinematography Nominees:

  • X-Men: Days of Future Past
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
  • Maleficent
  • Exodus: Gods & Kings
  • Interstellar
  • Into the Woods

Poll

Your Pick for Best Cinematography

And, My Winner is:
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Kudos to X-Men: Days of Future Past as runner-up.

Best Special Effects Nominees:

  • X-Men: Days of Future Past (The Quicksilver Scene)
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
  • Interstellar

Poll

Your Pick for Best Special Effects

And, My Winner is:
X-Men: Days of Future Past. The Quicksilver scene completely made a movie filled with special effects.

Best Voice-over Nominees:

  • Benedict Cumberbatch (Smaug in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies)
  • Vin Diesel (Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy)
  • Bradley Cooper (Rocket in Guardians of the Galaxy)
  • Scott Adsit (Baymax in Big Hero 6)
  • Chris Pratt (Emmet Brickowoski in The Lego Movie)

Poll

Your Pick for Best Voice-over

And, My Winner is:
Benedict Cumberbatch (Smaug in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies). The most terrifying, mesmerizing and dominating voice in this year's magnificent crop of voice-overs. Kudos to Vin Diesel for his extraordinary verbalizations of those three words.

Most True to the Original Material (comic books) Nominees:

  • The Amazing Spiderman 2
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Guardians of the Galaxy

Poll

Your Pick for Most True to the Original Material

And, My Winner is:
The Amazing Spiderman 2. Hated to see Gwen die, though.

Most Divergent from the Original Material Nominees:

  • X-Men: Days of Future Past
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • Exodus: Gods & Kings

Poll

Your Pick for Most Divergent from the Original Material

And, My Winner is:
X-Men: Days of Future Past - and, for good reason: This is a non-reboot of a franchise that had painted itself into a corner. Creating the "adjustment" in the timeline then staying with the younger characters was a stroke of genius. Kudos (or not) to Exodus: Gods & Kings which strayed far and wide from its original material.

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