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What If Geeks Ran The Oscars?

What If Geeks Ran The Oscars?

The 2014 Oscar nominations were announced this past Thursday, and while the content of the nominated films was (mostly) wonderful and surprising, the arrangement of the nominations was pretty much a retread of what we get every year: a few IMPORTANT™ films, a couple big budget crowd pleasers, and Meryl Streep. Film geeks excepted, the Oscars too often offer slim pickings to the geek set. Sure there's been some improvement of late, and this year's show has nominations for the terrific sci fi horrorsplosia Gravity, the near future dramedy Her, and Jennifer "Katniss Everdeen" Lawrence (the Academy did not nominate her performance as Katniss though, making this the first time a powerful shadow organization DIDN'T nominate Katniss for something). Even so, for an industry nearly bankrolled by geeky films Hollywood sure is reluctant to award them with its highest sign of respect.

The only unabashedly nerdy genre film to win best picture is The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King, which won way back in 2004. Look, by talking about how the Oscars exclude geeks we don't want to make film geeks feel left out of the broader category of geekdom. Heck, Quentin Tarantino is basically the human embodiment of Saganor—the Norse god of meekness and flop sweat. But the Oscars don't even necessarily cater to them, historically snubbing niche films in favor of those with broad appeal (albeit low box office gross, sometimes). It's widely believed that the Best Picture snub of The Dark Knight in 2009 is what led to the Oscars increasing the number of best picture nominees. The Dark Knight is one of the most iconic films of the decade. The 2009 Best Picture winner, Slumdog Millionaire, is best remembered for not being unmemorable.

So, after a lot of consideration, even though we love a lot of the films nominated, we decided we'd shake up the nominations a bit if we were in charge.  Here's our thoroughly thought out list of what The Mindhut would nominate for the major categories at The Oscars.

Best Picture
The Day Of The Doctor

The Day Of The Doctor

The Day Of The Doctor

The Day Of The Doctor

The Day Of The Doctor

The Day Of The Doctor

The Day Of The Doctor

The Day Of The Doctor

The Day Of The Doctor

Best Actor
Matt Smith (The Day Of The Doctor)
David Tennant (The Day Of The Doctor)
John Hurt (The Day Of The Doctor)

Best Actress
Jenna Coleman (The Day Of The Doctor)

Billie Piper (The Day Of The Doctor)

Best Director
Nick Hurran (The Day Of The Doctor)

Best Adapted Screenplay
Steven Moffat (The Day Of The Doctor)

Best Original Screenplay

Steven Moffat (The Day Of The Doctor)

Best Foreign Film

The Day Of The Doctor

The Day Of The Doctor

The Day Of The Doctor

The Day Of The Doctor

The Day Of The Doctor

If the Academy would like to revise its nominations in light of this list, we completely understand.

How would you change the Oscars?

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Tags: movies, awards, geeks, the oscars, the academy awards, doctor who

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