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Below is our first guest post from The Danifesto, Oscar/Baseball/Politics Trivia Buff Extraordinaire who will be helping us out here at All Things Fangirl with some occasional Oscar related updates throughout the month. He knows his shit and hopefully you’ll enjoy his musings as much as I do!

This week, The Danifesto explains why Avatar is most likely shit out of luck come Best Picture time.

So without further ado, I give you, The Danifesto.

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So is this the best week ever or what? Sunday night saw a populist Grammys reward such crowd-pleasing fare as Taylor Swift, Beyonce and Lady Gaga, Lost returns tonight (and, if you’re an East Coaster, it’s already returned), the Super Bowl is on Sunday and, of course, The Blind Side was nominated for Best Picture today.

Kidding – sorta. Greetings from Los Angeles, where nominations for the 82nd Annual Academy Awards were announced with perfect diction by Anne Hathaway this morning. And, my oh my, do we have lots to talk about! The rest, after the jump.


Oscar history is my area of expertise, so that’s what I’ll focus on in this post. But first, let’s review some basic facts, starting with the major Best Picture nominees: Avatar and The Hurt Locker lead the way with nine nominations apiece, followed by Inglourious Basterds with eight and Up in the Air and Precious with six. Kathryn Bigelow is the fourth woman ever nominated for Best Director, while Lee Daniels is the second African-American. Precious is the first movie directed by an African-American to ever be nominated for Best Picture (you read that right). Up is the second animated, and first computer-animated, film to be nominated for Best Picture. And the marvelous Meryl Streep continues to break her own record with her sweet 16th acting nomination (and 13th for Best Actress, another record).

Oh, and District 9 rocks. Yay!

But let’s get down to business. Much of the coverage over today’s nominations has focused, regrettably, on some kind of magical horse race between The Hurt Locker and Avatar simply because they tied for the most nominations (nine, to refresh your memory). This is ill-advised and misleading. While it might sound kinda silly to say Avatar “only” got nine nominations… well, Avatar only got nine nominations – and nothing in a major category outside of Picture and Director. This is a big deal. There was some buzz that its Screenplay or Zoe Saldana would be nominated, but that didn’t materialize. This is in contrast to The Hurt Locker, which saw its Screenplay get nominated, along with its lead actor in Jeremy Renner, who joins a pretty impressive field of titans in his category.

Why is this important? Well, Avatar is the biggest movie of all time, and its buzz lately has been bordering on stratospheric. It’s made titanic sums (pun intended) at the domestic box office, and the best it could do was tie for the lead in nominations with a small film that has made, like, $12 million at the domestic box office. Unfortunately for all you Pandoraphiles out there (and I’m one of you), this has Benjamin Button doom written all over it. Cameron’s latest film, Titanic, was at least able to muscle its way into the Actress and Supporting Actress categories. Avatar couldn’t crack anything major outside of two slots for which it was preordained – to say nothing of the fact that it’s also been passed over for everything but the Meaningless Piece of Eye Candy Award Golden Globe. I’d say that its chances at winning Best Picture were practically put on life support today by its relatively poor performance.

But, wait a second, you say! It still got nine nominations! And who cares if it didn’t get nods in any other “major” categories? Well, let’s take a look at history. It is extremely rare for a film to win Best Picture without being nominated for something big outside of Picture and Director (Actor, Actress, Screenplay/Story*, we’re looking at you). Oh, sure, it’s happened – but not for 77 years. That’s right, you have to go all the way back to Grand Hotel in 1931/32 to find a film that won Best Picture without also being nominated for Actor, Actress or Screenplay/Story* (Grand Hotel’s win for Picture was actually its only win of the night).

Now, there have been some weird Best Picture winners in years past. Driving Miss Daisy’s big win in 1989 – in which it wasn’t even nominated for Best Director, prompting Oscar host Billy Crystal to christen it “The Film That Directed Itself” – comes to mind. Braveheart won five Oscars, including Best Picture, in 1995 and its only other “major” nomination outside of Picture or Director was for Screenplay – somewhat odd for a movie with the star power of Mel Gibson. Gigi, which as a freakin’ musical should have been all about the performances, went 9-for-9 in 1958 with no acting nominations (though it did nab a Screenplay Oscar). But this, as you can tell, is not a long list. And Avatar now finds itself looking to join an even shorter list – one that hasn’t added a member since the Herbert Hoover administration. The only other film besides Grand Hotel to win Best Picture without a nomination for Actor, Actress or Screenplay/Story* was Wings, the very first – and only silent – Best Picture winner, in 1927/28.

Now, the one caveat here is that there has never been a movie quite like Avatar before. When you’re dealing with 10-foot tall blue humanoids re-enacting the story of Fern Gully Pocahontas on a 3D jungle planet, can you really compare it to anything else in history, let alone a Clara Bow or Greta Garbo from 500 years ago? Well, maybe not. But I’m willing to bet that Avatar’s dubious place in Oscar history, coupled with what some in this town might call “Cameron fatigue” (or just plain bitterness and/or jealousy), is going to kill its Best Picture hopes on Oscar night. It may not look like it if you’re simply taking a numerical tally of the nominees, but as of this moment The Hurt Locker is the solid favorite to trump Goliath and take home the big prize next month. And if you’re looking for a dark horse to beat out The Little Iraq War Movie That Could, I’d suggest looking to Inglourious Basterds. But I’ll leave that for Muse to crow about.

*The Greatest Show on Earth won Best Picture in 1952 without being nominated for Actor, Actress or Screenplay – but it was nominated for (and won) the Story Oscar, a prize that has since been discontinued. For the purposes of this post, we are categorizes it in with the other screenwriting awards, since you can’t have a screenplay without a story.

Gargoyles


Before I had the Cartoon channel and the Disney channel and a hundred other channels on cable, for some reason the Fox station where I lived in Florida played a bunch of Disney cartoons, Aladdin, Timon & Pumba, and the ultimate: GARGOYLES. I was obsessed with this show. It was so smart and intense, way more interesting than say Power Rangers. (I hated that show because the girls were stuck being pink and yellow while the boys got the best colors. SEXISM!!) This year, Santa put the Season 1 and first half of Season 2 DVDs in my stocking. (Someone get on Disney to release the second half of Season 2 already!) Re-watching this show, I have not been disappointed.

Although I do find the number of mullets hilarious – almost every bad guy and three of the gargoyles themselves sport one – it actually holds up really well. The premise is kind of insane, a bunch of gargoyles are imprisoned in stone until their castle floats above the clouds so an evil version of Bruce Wayne sticks the castle on top of his skyscraper in New York City. Drama ensues! But as ridiculous as the premise sounds, the show was smart, dark, and super intense.

I mean, THIS happens in the first episode (go to minute 4:30):

The 90’s had its drawbacks, for one DVR’s hadn’t been invented yet, but at least every other television show for kids wasn’t about being famous or being popular. There were cartoons that referenced myths, legends, and Shakespeare. In Batman: The Animated Series, Batman went to some very dark, scary places. Does anyone else remember the Clayface episode with the rain at the end? I’d never been more upset watching a cartoon. X-Men: The Animated Series was the only reason to wake up early on a Saturday. And there was Gargoyles, an awesome story told well week to week, populated with crazy complicated bad guys and the good guys that didn’t always do the right thing.

If you haven’t seen this show, or haven’t seen it in fifteen years like me, someone has downloaded almost the entire series in eight minute chunks on youtube. Be careful though, as there are hundreds of tributes to the show’s star-crossed lovers, Elisa and Goliath, and all of them are scored with cringe inducing love songs.

These nominations do not reflect the opinions of the editors at All Things Fangirl, but rather the Fangirl Academy, made up of 50 lovely ladies who follow us on Twitter, read the blog, or know us in real life. In the case of a tie for the final slot in a category, the ATFG editors acted as the tie-breaker. Some ladies couldn’t get their ballots in on time, so we padded the roster by recruiting some geeky friends and neighbors to help out, but the Academy will be voting on the winners.

Ballots to pick the winners will go out this week & the results will be announced March 4th!

* – Editor’s Choice – Certain categories have extra nomination. These additions represent something one of the editors at ATFG feels passionately about that we want to encourage you to check out! Often, the editor’s choice was in 6th place for the nomination.

Best Picture
Avatar
(500) Days of Summer
District 9
Fantastic Mr Fox
The Hurt Locker
Inglorious Basterds
Moon
Star Trek
Up
Up in the Air

Honorable Mentions: The Hangover, Harry Potter & The Half Blood Prince, Watchmen, Sherlock Holmes

Best Actor
Colin Firth – A Single Man
George Clooney – Up in the Air
Jeff Bridges – Crazy Heart
Robert Downey Jr – Sherlock Holmes
Sharlto Copley – District 9
Sam Rockwell – Moon*

Honorable Mentions: Jeremy Renner, Joseph Gorden Levitt, Michael Stulbarg, Matt Damon, Chris Pine

Best Actress
Carey Mulligan – An Education
Gabourey Sidibie – Precious
Meryl Streep – Julie & Julia
Sandra Bullock – The Blind Side
Zoe Saldana – Avatar

Honorable Mentions: Emily Blunt, Zooey Deschanel, Ellen Page

Best Supporting Actor
Christolph Waltz – Inglorious Basterds [EC: This man is in the wrong category.]
Brad Pitt – Inglorious Basterds
Stanley Tucci – Julie & Julia
Woody Harrelson – The Messenger
Zachary Quinto – Star Trek

Honorable Mentions: Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Jude Law, Zach Galifianakis, Jackie Earle Haley, Anthony Mackie

Best Supporting Actress
Anna Kendrick – Up in the Air
Diane Kruger – Inglorious Basterds
Melanie Laurent – Inglorious Basterds
Mo’Nique – Precious
Vera Farmiga – Up in the Air

Honorable Mentions: Sigourney Weaver, Julianne Moore, Penelope Cruz

Best Director
Kathryn Bigelow – The Hurt Locker
Jim Cameron – Avatar
Quentin Tarantino – Inglorious Basterds
Neill Blomkamp – District 9
JJ Abrams – Star Trek

Honorable Mentions: Jason Reitman, Duncan Jones, Zach Snyder, Pete Docter, Coen Brothers, Spike Jonze

The rest after the jump!

Best Adapted Screenplay
District 9 – Neill Blomkamp & Terri Tatchell
Fantastic Mr Fox – Wes Anderson & Noah Baumbach
Watchmen – David Hayer & Alex Tse
Where The Wild Things Are – Spike Jonze & Dave Eggers
Up In the Air – Jason Reitman & Sheldon Turner

Honorable Mentions: Coraline, Harry Potter: HBP, Precious, An Education, A Single Man

Best Original Screenplay
(500) Days of Summer – Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber
The Hurt Locker – Mark Boal
Inglorious Basterds – Quentin Tarantino
Moon – Duncan Jones & Nathan Parker
Up – Pete Docter, Bob Peterson & Thomas McCarthy

Honorable Mentions: A Serious Man, Zombieland

Best Score
Avatar – James Horner
Star Trek – Michael Giacchino
Sherlock Holmes – Hans Zimmer
Up – Michael Giacchino
Where The Wild Things Are – Karen O & Carter Burwell
Fantastic Mr Fox – Alexandre Desplat*

World I Most Want To Visit
Hogwarts – Harry Potter: HBP
Pandora – Avatar
Paradise Falls – Up
The USS Enterprise – Star Trek
Where the Wild Things are – Where the Wild Things Are (Which I personally find terrifying…)

Honorable Mentions: Guy Ritchie’s Victorian England (Sherlock Holmes), Tom’s Dance Number – (500) Days of Summer

Best On Screen Animal
Ash Fox – Fantastic Mr Fox
Cat from Coraline
Dug – Up
Kevin – Up
Mr Fox – Fantastic Mr Fox

Honorable Mentions: Turok – Avatar, The Tiger – The Hangover, Raymond – Princess & The Frog

Best Chemistry – Romantic – Film
George Clooney & Vera Farmiga as Ryan & Alex – Up in the Air
Joseph Gordon Levitt & Zooey Deschanel as Tom & Summer – (500) Days of Summer
Zach Quinto & Zoe Saldana as Spock & Uhura – Star Trek
Sam Worthington & Zoe Saldana as Hot Blue Cat People – Avatar
Colin Firth & Matthew Goode – A Single Man
Meryl Streep & Stanley Tucci as Paul & Julia Child – Julia & Julia
Zac Efron & Leslie Mann – 17 Again
Sandra Bullock & Ryan Reynolds as Margaret & Andrew – The Proposal
Emily Blunt & Rupert Friend as Victoria & Albert – The Young Victoria
Alec Baldwin & Meryl Streep as Jane & Jake – It’s Complicated

Best Chemistry – Platonic – Film
The Boys from The Hangover
Megan Fox & Amanda Seyfried as Jennifer & Needy – Jennifer’s Body
Paul Rudd & Jason Segal as Peter & Sydney – I Love You Man
The Basterds – Inglorious Basterds
Sam Rockwell & Kevin Spacey as Sam & Gerty – Moon
Jude Law & Robert Downey Jr as Holmes & Watson – Sherlock Holmes
Zachary Quinto & Chris Pine as Spock & Kirk – Star Trek
Chris Pine & Simon Pegg as Scotty & Kirk – Star Trek
Ellen Page & Alia Shakat – Whip it
Jessie Eisenberg & Woody Harrelson – Zombieland
Donald Glover, DC Pierson & Dominic Dierkes as The Mystery Team – Mystery Team

Voiceover Performance
Dakotah Fanning – Coraline – Coraline
George Clooney – Mr Fox – Fantastic Mr Fox
Ed Asner – Carl – Up
James Gandolfini – Carol – Where the Wild Things Are
Jason Schwartzman – Ash – Fantastic Mr Fox
Kevin Spacey – Gerty – Moon*
Keith David – Coraline AND The Princess and the Frog*

Honorable Mentions: Jordan Nagai (Up), Teri Hatcher (Coraline), Meryl Streep (Fantastic Mr Fox)

Epic Fail Movie – Genre
Dragonball: Evolution
GI Joe
New Moon
Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen
X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Epic Fail Movie – Non-Genre
Bride Wars
Bruno
He’s Just Not That Into You
The Ugly Truth
Year One

Best Characterization of an Established Figure
Captain Kirk – Star Trek
Hitler – Inglorious Basterds
Rorschach – Watchmen
Spock – Star Trek
Sherlock Holmes – Sherlock Holmes

Honorable Mentions: Julia Child, Nelson Mandela, Bones McCoy, Max (WTWTA)

Best Fight/Battle Sequence
Avatar Final Battle
D9 Final Battle
Inglorious Basterds Final Sequence
Star Trek Orbital Sky Dive Sequence
Zombieland Carnival
Drag Me To Hell Car Scene*

Honorable Mentions: Sherlock Holmes London Bridge(wherein the hero monologues as the villain dangles from a bridge. Epic win.)

Guiltiest Pleasure – Film
17 Again
He’s Just Not That Into You
GI Joe
Jennifer’s Body
New Moon
Knowing**

Best Animated Film
Coraline
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Fantastic Mr Fox
The Princess & The Frog
Up

Best TV Show – Drama
Battlestar Galactica
Dexter
Mad Men
Lost
True Blood
Supernatural*

Honorable Mentions: Fringe, Dollhouse, Chuck

Best TV Show – Comedy
Glee
Modern Family
30 Rock
Community
How I Met Your Mother

Honorable Mentions: The Big Bang Theory, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Best Actor – Drama TV
Edward James Olmos – Battlestar Galactica
Enver Gjokaj – Dollhouse
Jon Hamm – Mad Men
Michael C Hall – Dexter
Michael Emerson – Lost
Jim Bevaer – Supernatural*

Honorable Mentions: Nathan Fillion, David Tennant, Hugh Laurie, Terry O Quinn, Zachary Levi, John Noble, James Callis

Best Actor – Comedy TV
Alec Baldwin – 30 Rock
Jeremy Piven – Entourage
Jim Parsons – The Big Bang Theory
Neil Patrick Harris – How I Met Your Mother
Steve Carell – The Office

Best Actress – Drama TV
Christina Hendricks – Mad Men
Katee Sackhoff – Battlestar Galactica
Mary McDonnell – Battlestar Galactica
Olivia Williams – Dollhouse
Toni Collette – The United States of Tara

Honorable Mentions: Anna Torv, Dichen Lachman, Anna Paquin, Emily Deschanel

Best Actress – Comedy TV
Alyson Hannigan – How I Met Your Mother
Jane Lynch – Glee
Lea Michele – Glee
Mary Louise Parker – Weeds
Tina Fey – 30 Rock

Best Chemistry – Romantic TV
Bill/Sookie – True Blood
Chuck/Blair – Gossip Girl
Chuck/Sara – Chuck
Eric/Sookie – True Blood
Lee/Kara – BSG
Marshall/Lily – How I Met Your Mother
Pam/Jim – The Office
Sawyer/Juliet – Lost
Sawyer/Kate – Lost
Victor/Sierra – Dollhouse

Best Chemistry – Platonic TV
Abed/Troy – Community
Adama/Tigh – BSG
Adele/Topher – Dollhouse
Jack Donaghy/Liz Lemon – 30 Rock
JD/Turk – Scrubs
Neal/Peter – White Collar
Peter/Olivia – Fringe
Shawn/Gus – Psych
Ted/Marshall/Barney – How I Met Your Mother
Sam/Dean – Supernatural*

Honorable Mention: Penny/Sheldon (Big Bang Theory), Chuck/Morgan (Chuck)

Best Chemistry – A romantic kind of platonic
Becket/Castle – Castle
Bones/Booth – Bones
House/Wilson – House
Stabler/Benson – SVU
Will/Emma – Glee

Guiltiest Pleasure – TV
The Bachelor
Gossip Girl
Greek
Jersey Shore
Vampire Diaries

Actor I Most Want To Marry 2009
Alexander Skarsgard
Bradley Cooper
David Tennant
George Clooney
James McAvoy
Joseph Gordon Levitt
Nathan Fillion
Robert Downey Jr
Ryan Reynolds
Sam Worthington

Honorable Mentions: Chris Pine, Michael Fassbender, Ryan Gosling

Most Overrated
Avatar
Megan Fox
Mo’Nique in Precious
Twilight – New Moon
Up in the Air

Honorable Mentions: Paranormal Activity, Glee, The Hangover

Most Underrated
17 Again
Chris Bauer in True Blood
Drag Me To Hell
Dollhouse
Sam Rockwell in Moon
The Informant!*

Honorable Mentions: Where the Wild Things Are, Greek, Vampire Diaries, Supernatural,

Best Graphic Novel
Asterios Polyp
Final Crisis
Scott Pilgrim V5
Stitches
Wonderful World of Oz

Best Comic Series
Buffy Season 8
Fables
The Walking Dead
X-Factor
X-Force

Honorable Mentions: Chew, DMZ

Best Video Game
Assassin’s Creed 2
Batman: Arkham Asylum
Dragon Age: Origins
Left for Dead 2
Modern Warfare 2
Uncharted 2*

Honorable Mentions: Beatles Rock Band, Sims 3, Super Mario Brothers Wii, Borderlands

Best Villain
Ben Linus – Lost
Cl. Quaritch – Avatar
Hans Landa – Inglorious Basterds
Maryann Forrester – True Blood
Nero – Star Trek
Norman Osborne – Marvel Universe
Other Mother – Coraline
Sue Sylvester – Glee
Sylvia Ganush – Drag Me To Hell
Trinity Killer – Dexter

Honorable Mentions: Bellatrix Lestrange, Ozymandias, Jennifer, Lord Blackwood, Sylar

Best Musician/Band
Karen O/Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Lady Gaga
Muse
Phoenix
Taylor Swift

Honorable Mentions: Beyonce, Animal Collective, Florence & The Machine

Best Book
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
The Magicians by Lev Grossman
Pride & Prejudice & Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith
Under The Dome by Stephen King

Most Romantic Line EVAR 2009

Time Traveler’s Wife – “I wouldn’t change one second of our life together.”

Avatar – “I see you.”

(500) Days of Summer – Tom: [about Summer] “I love how she makes me feel, like anything’s possible, or like life is worth it.”

Up – Ellie: [her last message to Carl] “Thanks for the adventure. Now go have one of your own.”

Battlestar Galactica – Admiral Adama: [his final words to Laura Roslin] “I laid out the cabin today, it’s going to have an easterly view. You should see the light that we get here. When the sun comes from behind those mountains… it’s almost heavenly. It reminds me of you.”

The Office – Jim: [about Pam] “The boat was plan C. The church was plan B. Plan A was marrying her a long, long time ago. Pretty much the day I met her.”

Julie & Julia – Paul: [to Julia] “You are the butter to my bread, the breath in my life”

Star Trek – Uhura: [to Spock] “I’ll be monitoring your frequency”

Inglorious Basterds – Shosanna Dreyfus: [her image on the screen smiles] “Marcel… burn it down.” Marcel: [standing behind the screen, he smiles] “Oui, Shosanna.”

The Young Victoria – Albert: [to Victoria] “You’re the only wife I’ve got or ever will have. You are my whole existence, and I will love you until my very last breath.”

Best Fan Outreach
True Blood In World Merchandise (Orange True Blood drink, Merlottes/Fangtasia glasses, etc)
Avatar Imax Day
Jeffster performing on Chuck panel during Comic Con
Joss Whedon letters in exclusive Comic Con Dollhouse DVD/Blu-Ray
Lost’s Damon, Carlton & A Polar Bear
District 9 “For Humans Only” signs
Real Actors on Twitter
Casting Battlestar actors in other series (24, Dollhouse, Human Target, Californication, Supernatural, etc)
The introduction of 3D to Comic-Con’s Hall H
Tron’s Flynn’s Arcade at Comic Con

It’s a rough week for readers. We lost Howard Zinn and J.D. Salinger. Zinn was very much a public figure up until his death while Salinger had long ago become an infamous recluse.

I send my regards to the loved ones they leave behind. But I have complete faith that their words (as different yet equally powerful as they are) will continue to affect their loyal readers and future readers.

I’ll leave you with two fantastic quotes:

“Dissent is the highest from of patriotism.” -Howard Zinn

“I’m sick of just liking people. I wish to God I could meet somebody I could respect.” -J.D. Salinger

Hey friends.

REMEMBER THIS?

Encountered @genjadeshade & @scarletscribe talking about this movie on Twitter just now, which caused me to all of a sudden remember how much I LOVED Alvin & the Chipmunks. I mean. Loved. I LOVED this movie. I watched it over and over and over and knew all the songs. I was creeped out by the Chipettes being in a Harem then, just as much as I am now. Which is very. Very creeped out. I wanna watch this whole thing again on my giant TV in HD so bad. Ohmygod BEST movie ever. The only movie that eclipses it?

Maybe this one too

I LOVE TV MOVIES MADE FROM OLD CARTOONS FROM THE 80S AND 90S

Nah, Alvin is still better.

Well, better than Tiny Toons movie. Duck Tales movie may take the cake at the end of the day.

I think it’s bed time.

Under the Dome


Before this 1074 page monster, the last things I read by Stephen King were those he wrote under the pseudonym Richard Bachman, The Regulators and Desperation. Oh, and The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon right before I went on a three week hike on the Appalachian Trail. This was a monumentally bad idea because the girl who loved Tom Gordon gets horribly lost off the Appalachian Trail, and it’s Stephen King so bad things happened.

Anyway, I’ve been reading and hearing about how his last couple of big books, even his last short story anthology, all kind of sucked. Rumor had it that Stephen King had lost his mojo. After reading Under the Dome in under a week, I call bullshit. If you make the mistake of reading the first four page chapter, which is ominously titled “The Airplane and the Woodchuck,” you are screwed. You’re going to carry this ten pound tome around with you everywhere. Your arms, your back, your neck will hurt, and everyone will think you’re crazy as you continuously slam the book shut because he just killed yet another character that he’s so skillfully endeared you to.

Stephen King started his career as an amazing genre writer, and he’ll end it as a legend. You can knock him for being overrated, for a clunky metaphor here and there, or for killing too many of your favorite characters, but the guy is classic. “The Boogeyman,” a seven page short story from his first anthology Night Shift, is still the most terrifying thing I’ve ever read. His portrait of an unraveling alcoholic father who loses out to all that is his horrible in his nature at the Overlook Hotel makes The Shining one of the best books ever. And I still read The Talisman that he co-wrote with Peter Straub at least once a year because it was one of the best “young man goes on a quest and has painfully shed his childhood to grow up” books ever.

So check out Under the Dome. It will steal at least a week of your life, and it’s thirty to fifty percent off all over the internet and in all the stores, barely the price of a movie plus sour patch kids.

And if you’re like me, stop procrastinating with your Fangirl Awards Ballot and voice your strong opinion already!

Fangirl Awards FAQ

Been getting a lot of questions about ballot specifications, so I thought I would clarify some things on the blog!

Q: Why is there no Supporting Actor/Actress on TV category?

A: I originally didn’t have a TV acting category whatsoever, as I was trying to keep the awards more focused toward film this year, but then realized we all love TV too much to ignore an acting category entirely! But I worried that differentiating between lead & supporting would go one of two ways: Either yield the same results as any awards show or end up not filled out or too confusing, because sometimes it’s hard to know who is considered supporting or lead when it comes to our geek shows that are never recognized by legit award ceremonies. Just seemed like too much.

The Best Actor & Best Actress on TV categories are about who you think the best actors on television are, in any size role. It’s a chance to narrow it down & really think about who is best, overall. For example, I think Ever Gjokaj is one of the best actors on television and while his role on Dollhouse may be considering supporting, he’s still demonstrated more range and ability in two seasons than most lead actors do for the entire run of a show. So screw whose the best at being the lead and whose the best at supporting – I’m interested in who’s the best.

Q: Are these all for 2009 only, or are some for all-time/the decade?

A: Every answer should be in regards to 2009 only.

Q: For Best Villain & Best Chemistry, should we write actor names or character names?

A: Either will do as I’ll know who you mean in any event, but why don’t we say character names, plus the name of the movie/tv show, just so it’s uniform

Q: What happens if categories like “Most Overrated/Underrated” get so many differing nominees, that there are no 5 that rule them all?

A: In any scenario where the Fangirl Academy’s individual answers differ so much that five clear nominees to not exist, the writers at All Things Fangirl will make an executive decision and pick from whatever you guys submit. We will act as the tie-breakers – the Vice President’s role in the Senate, if you will. … Sorry, thinking a lot about the Senate today, as I’m sure all of you are too!

Q: If I throw in some remarks about my nominees, any chance anyone will get to read them?

A: ATFG new writer @TooAdorkable actually had quite the fun idea regarding that scenario: “What if we added an Apples to Apples element? With every nomination, people can write a sentence or give a quote for why they think the nominee is awesome, and then the best, most hilarious, most clever statements/quotes can be included on the final nominations with credit given to the person who penned it.” Sound good? Have at it!

Q: The “platonic or is it?” category, is that just platonic? Or does there have to be a relationship (i.e. Harry+Hermione in HP)

A: Platonic, no romantic relationship. Just wanted a category that could account for the actors who have great chemistry whether their characters are in a “relationship” or not. Just any relationship you enjoy that isn’t 1. overtly romantic (i.e. Holmes & Watson – people have their suspicions, but nothing is spelled outright), 2. romantic at all, (i.e. Dr. Parnassus & The Devil – amazing chemistry, not romantic in the slightest) or 3. isn’t romantic yet (i.e. Brennan/Booth on Bones. Or Jack/Liz on 30 Rock, one might argue, haha. There is romantic chemistry mixed in the platonic chemistry, it just hasn’t been realized or admitted yet, if it ever will be)

Other examples from ballots I’ve received so far: Paul Rudd & Jason Segal (I Love You Man), The boys of the Hangover, the girls of Whip It, Jessie & Woody (Zombieland, but it’s funny that their first names are outta Toy Story 2), Sam & Gerty or Sam & you know who (Moon), Spock & Kirk (Star Trek), Penny & Sheldon (Big Bang Theory), Chuck & Morgan or Chuck & Casey (Chuck), Adama & Tigh (BSG), Topher & Adele (Dollhouse), Peter & Walter (Fringe) and so on and so forth.

Q: Best Characterization of an Established Figure – what qualifies as an “established figure”?

A: Any figure that has already been established anywhere – in comics, previous movies or tv shows, books, or even history. So it could apply to anyone from a comic book adaptation (i.e. Watchmen), any reboot (i.e. Star Trek), anything based on a book (WTWTA, Lovely Bones) or anything that draws from history & uses real life figures (Inglorious Basterds’ Hitler, Night at the Museum, biopics). Originally, the category just applied to figures from comics/books, but due to the variety of nominations I’ve received already, we’ve opened it up a bit.

Any more questions: Send em to AllThingsFangirl@gmail.com and we’ll add them on to this page with an answer!