Kenneth Branagh was knighted a few weeks ago, and rightlfully so! The gifted actor and director received this honor for his contributions to drama and community. As an actor, we know him as Hamlet, Victor Frankenstein, King Henry V, and Professor Gilderoy Lockhart to name a few. His talent doesn’t stop, there, of course, as we saw from his work as director on Thor more recently.
So, the Queen rewards those who prove themselves worthy, but that’s got us thinking. Who is worthy of MindHut knighthood for their contributions to the realm of geekdom? Masterminds, we give you the MindHut Honors List:
- Simon Pegg
As if his book Nerd Do Well isn’t evidence enough, a brief look at his accomplishments will tell you he’s come a long way since starring in the quirky British sitcom Spaced. A huge science fiction enthusiast, he’s appeared in everything from Doctor Who to the latest Star Trek film. Along with his bestie Nick Frost, he gave us the lighter side of action/horror in Sean of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. And let’s not forget the awkward alien scenarios in the sci-fi comedy Paul.
- Stan Lee
This man needs no introduction, but we’ll give him one anyway. The king of comic book writers collaborated to create Thor, Spider-Man, the Hulk, and the X-Men among others. He’s also responsible for much of the success of Marvel Comics, transforming it into the multimedia corporation we know today. Quite a character himself, you can see him popping up in cameos throughout Marvel films, as well as hosting his own documentary show Stan Lee’s Superhumans.
- Sigourney Weaver
Geekery is not just for boys, and no one knows that better than Ms. Weaver. She brought strength and femininity to the genre of science fiction with her portrayal of the female lead in the Alien movies. The part was originally written to be played by a man, but the character Ellen Ripley would not be the icon she is if Sigourney hadn’t shown us that women in sci-fi are more than boobs in tight spacesuits. She even made science fiction history when her performance in Aliens earned an Academy Award nomination.
- Harrison Ford
The man was Han Solo AND Indiana Jones. That means he played the handsome rascal as a Milllenium Falcon pilot as well as a nerdy professor! Furthermore, what would Blade Runner be without this roguish fellow and his beguiling smirk? We can also look forward to seeing him in Ender’s Game as Colonel Hyrum Graff. Can’t wait!
- John Rhys-Davies
Another face from Indiana Jones! Actually, chances are if you’ve ever watched a sci-fi or fantasy flick, you’ve seen him in one form or another. He is best known for playing Sallah in Raiders of the Lost Ark and Gimli in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, but his resume is never-ending with acting and voice work. Just flip on the TV and he appears in just about every single Syfy channel original movie. His contributions to film, television, and video games definitely secure his place on this list.
- Joss Whedon
Try to imagine a world that never had Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Dr. Horrible Sing-Along Blog, and the recent films The Avengers and The Cabin in the Woods. What a boring world, right? Well thank the heavens we have Joss Whedon. The gifted writer, director, and producer has given us everything from the brilliant to the shamelessly campy, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Well, there it is folks! We are forever indebted to these honorees for filling our lives with great, fantastical storytelling.
Who would you add to the list?