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Analyzing Star Trek’s Chances At Academy Awards – Time For Trek’s First Oscar? March 4, 2010

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: CBS/Paramount,Editorial,Star Trek (2009 film) , trackback

This weekend is the Academy Awards, and JJ Abrams Star Trek movie is nominated in four categories. Although previous Trek films have received nominations, so far the franchise has yet to pick up a win. Star Trek has some tough competition going in, but if prognosticators are to be believed, this may be the year Trek picks up some gold.

Analyzing Star Trek’s chances for an Oscar

Looking back on the previous films in the Star Trek franchise, four Trek films picked up a total of ten Academy nominations, but no win (see previous article for chart). The 2009 Star Trek movie has been nominated in four categories: Visual Effects, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, and Makeup. For the purposes of this article, lets take a look at each category

Visual Effects


Analysis: Avatar

There was a lot of competition this year to get onto this short list of three films, and so Star Trek and the VFX team at ILM has already made an accomplishment by being nominated (including beating out ILM’s other big summer movie Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen). However, amongst the award-watchers (see chart at Awards Daily) there is universal agreement that James Cameron’s Avatar will take away this Oscar. With its game-changing performance capture technology and beautiful 3-D imagery, so far Avatar has picked up all the precursor awards for visual effects, including six awards from the Visual Effects Society. If there were to be a spoiler in this category, it would probably be District 9, with the low-budget film winning points for doing so much with so little. UPDATE: The VFXRant Blog (from an ILM artist who worked on Trek) has an interesting quantitative analysis of predicting the FX Oscar, which happens to come to the same conclusion as everyone else: Avatar.


It looks like "Star Trek" doesn’t stand a chance against "Avatar" in the VFX category

Sound Editing


Analysis: Avatar

Sound editing  has been considered one of Star Trek’s strongest areas. Star Trek went into the MPSE guild awards tied with Avatar with three nominations, but in the end walked away empty handed. Avatar picked up two MPSE awards including the best overall sound editing and is considered the front-runner for the Oscar, but according to the AwardsDaily chart, there are still a number of prognosticators who think The Hurt Locker could take this one. So far none have predicted a Star Trek win.


"Avatar" also expected to win in sound editing

Sound Mixing


Analysis: The Hurt Locker

Sound Mixing is a similar story to Sound Editing. Once again it was a strength of Star Trek’s and it was nominated by the CAS guild. However in this case, it was The Hurt Locker that walked away with the guild award. Awards watchers are mixed on this one, but all are picking either Avatar or The Hurt Locker, with the edge going to The Hurt Locker


"The Hurt Locker" leads predictions for sound mixing



Analysis: Star Trek

Makeup is another strong suit for Star Trek, and the fact that Avatar isn’t nominated is part of the reason. While James Cameron was breaking new ground in computer graphics to create the aliens for Avatar, JJ Abrams chose to go old-school, with almost all the aliens seen in the film using prosthetics. There isn’t any guild award to point to, so it is harder to analyze, but Star Trek is going up against two little known films here. The Young Victoria beat Star Trek for the makeup BAFTA, but that could have been due to the UK home field advantage. District 9 beat Trek the Critics Choice makeup award, but it isn’t even nominated for an Oscar. All but two of the media prognosticators are predicting a Star Trek win here. Awards Circuit says "Star Trek looks to be the winner", In Contention notes this should be "an easy get" for Star Trek, and even Roger Ebert (who didn’t give Star Trek a good review), predicts a win here for Trek.


"Star Trek" a favorite to win in Makeup with "Young Victoria" giving some competition

Bottom Line: This could be the year!

Avatar and The Hurt Locker are likely going to dominate the Academy Awards this year, and will likely share in taking home three out of four of the categories that Star Trek is nominated in. However, neither are playing in the Makeup category and Star Trek is seen as the front-runner here, so this could be the one that breaks the 30-year trend and finally brings home an Oscar to the franchise.

And if you want to get a look at all the Star Trek and other nominees, check out the photos and video from the nominee luncheon at, including an interactive group photo.

The 2010 Oscar nominees

Trek Vets Giacchino and Stromberg likely win – probably not for Plummer

As there are at every Academy Awards, a number veterans of past Star Trek productions are up for awards. TrekMovie has been reporting all the awards (Grammy, BAFTA, Golden Globe, Critics Choice, etc) Star Trek composer Michael Giacchino has been winning for his Up Score. All but one of the journalists on the Awards Daily prediction chart think Giacchino will win, with only one guessing that fellow Trek vet James Horner will win for Avatar.

Star Trek VI actor Christopher Plummer (General Chang) has been nominated for as Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for his work as Leo Tolstoy in The Last Station, which is his first Oscar nomination. Although the Academy often appears to award actors for their careers, it appears there is no stopping Christoph Waltz for his breakout performance in Inglourious Basterds. Waltz has won all the precursor awards, and all but one prognosticator is predicting his win.

Finally, Robert Stromberg, a matte artist on Star Trek: The Next Generation, Voyager, and Star Trek: First Contact, appears to be poised to take home an Oscar as one of the two Avatar production designers nominated for Art Direction.

Michael Giacchino looks like a winner for "Up" – Christopher Plummer a longshot for "The Last Station"

Watch the Oscars (and Chris Pine) this Sunday

Of course this is all guess work, we will have to wait for Sunday to find out. The 82nd annual Academy Awards airs live on ABC on Sunday March 7th at 8 pm (EST), 5 pm (PST). Star Trek’s new Captain Kirk Chris Pine will be one of the presenters

Programming Note: TrekMovie will have a pre-Oscar interview with Makeup nominee Barney Burman, look for that tomorrow


POLL: How many Oscars for Trek?
So what do you think? Another blow-out for Trek? Or do you agree with me that Trek is going to come away with one? Or are you feeling more daring and guessing it will get even more.

How many Oscars will Star Trek win?

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1. SciFiGuy - March 4, 2010

First! Sorry…ain’t gonna happen. At least not in the visual effects category.

If it does, it will be the biggest travesty since ET won over Blade Runner in 1982.

I’ve never forgiven the Academy for that one.

2. Anthony Pascale - March 4, 2010

did you even read the article or were you so eager to get first?

3. Hat Rick - March 4, 2010

Make-up is a perfectly good category in which to get an Oscar.

I would like to see the words, “The Oscar-Winning film, Star Trek…” used in a sentence in a short time hence.

4. Sarah - March 4, 2010

Star Trek will never win an Oscar, no matter how good it is. I don’t know why the Oscars are such a big deal, anyway.

5. General Martok - March 4, 2010

Avatar shouldn’t win in either sound mixing or editing. It was far better done in Star Trek, well thought out to modernize the 60’s sounds into a more futuristic feel. Avatar was not nearly so creative or well done in the sound category.
I would agree that Avatar should win in the special effects department, but I still catch myself salivating over Star Trek’s opening battle more so than anything in Avatar…
And makeup should be a shoo-in.

6. SciFiGuy - March 4, 2010

I read the article…LOL!!! But I do like being FIRST — since I never have been before…LOL!!! So, NYAH NYAH!!

7. Christine - March 4, 2010

I hope Star Trek wins in something. I don’t really care what, aha. Any win is a good win!.. Unless it’s the Razzies. But even that’s publicity, at least.. Not that Trek would ever get one. xP

Loved Avatar, but I’d love even more for Star Trek to get somethin’. Let’s go Star Trek, let’s go!

8. jas_montreal - March 4, 2010

Alright Anthony.

Put on the klingon outfit and set your distributors to kill ! Star Trek is gonna take an Oscar this time !

Star Trek’s competition is not as tough for make-up. They will probably take it !

9. USS Enterprise B - March 4, 2010

I’m sick of reading all this news about Star Trek loosing to Avatar for awards. Avatar was an amazing movie with groundbreaking visual effects, but the story was very predictable – basically a more large scale epic version of Pocahontas. Star Trek kept us guessing on our toes as to what the plot was, and the fact that the story was told non-linearly helped make it less predictable. What’s more important – story or visual effects? Star Trek had the better story.

10. Ezytarget - March 4, 2010

I’m not saying by any means that Star Trek was bad, it was a ton of fun… but it had a story? REALLY? Please explain to me what that movie was about without relying on characters to explain it. Avatar was about a solider turning against his own kind as he befriends a far less technological culture that embraces nature and spiritual faith. It’s just a classic story that’s been done dozens and dozens of times.

Now again I’m not saying Star Trek is worse then Avatar by any means… but Star Trek had a story? hehe

11. Ezytarget - March 4, 2010

and by characters I mean the growth of say kirk or spock.. no specific characters. I should have been more clear on that.

12. Pyork (JE) - March 4, 2010

It would be nice if Trek won and I loved the movie… but I recently watched Star Trek and then I watched Star Trek II the Wrath of Kahn and Star Trek VI the Undiscovered Country. Both of those films, if remade with the same script, but with better visuals and in 3D would win. They should have won when they came out, but the films weren’t targeted at a full audience like this one was.

13. trekreturns - March 4, 2010

Star Trek needs to win period. None of the other’s have stood the test of time.

14. Jason - March 4, 2010

I think the chances of Trek over taking Avatar for VFX might actually happen. Simple math: Star Trek is ILM and Avatar is Weta, I’m thinking since ILM is the American company it might stand a chance. Plus, I think giving Avatar for VFX would be like giving it to Up or another all CGI film.

15. richpit - March 4, 2010

I don’t care if Star Trek ever wins an Oscar. The Oscars don’t mean anything to me. Frankly, I don’t know why anyone cares.

16. ryanhuyton - March 4, 2010

My predictions for the Oscars are:

Visual Effects: Avatar, no question

Sound Editing: Avatar

Sound Mixing: The Hurt Locker

Make-up: The Young Victoria

While the article says “Star Trek” is a shoo-in for the Best Make-Up Oscar, I simply have to disagree. A lot of people feel “The Young Victoria” is deserving of an award. Some believe that it was snubbed in the Best Picture category and so it will be compensated.

17. Dennis Bailey - March 4, 2010

I also suspect “Young Victoria” will take the make-up Oscar.

18. ryanhuyton - March 4, 2010

As well, since this is the first “Star Trek” in a new series of movies, the Academy may wait for the next film before handing out an award. I.e there is only one “The Young Victoria”, one “Il Divo”, but at least one more “Star Trek” to come.

19. Oscar for Trek - March 4, 2010

If this had been any other year with no Avatar, perhaps JJ’s Star Trek would’ve gotten one of its nominated Oscars.

Of all the nominations that Trek motion pictures has received over the years, I think The Motion Picture deserved to win for Goldsmith’s memorable score and for visual effects. No other Trek film, other then the last one, has ever been nominated for best vfx, but given the amount of work gone into the movie, it deserves that as well.

20. Rosario T. Calabria - March 4, 2010

I agree. Make-up is definitely Star Trek’s best shot at winning an Oscar.

I’m really looking forward to this year’s Oscars but I continue to have a bad feeling that the awards aren’t going to go the way I want them to.

21. ryanhuyton - March 4, 2010

#9 “Avatar” deserves all the awards it can get. Well, except for Best Picture. “Star Trek” was better. So was “District 9″, “The Hurt Locker”, and “Up”. I haven’t seen the others though. And I really liked “Avatar”. I just felt the story was somewhat weak and dragged on a bit in the middle.
I think “The Hurt Locker” should win Best Picture. Or even “Up”. Yes, while there is a Best Animation Award, I think “Up” deserves the Best Picture nomination.

22. MC1 Doug - March 4, 2010

#9: there is no such word as ‘loosing.’

just being picky…

try losing instead


23. ryanhuyton - March 4, 2010

I also hope no one accuses the Academy of “snubbing” if “Star Trek” comes away open-handed. Sure, most critics seem to think “Star Trek” will win Best Make-Up, but these same critics predicted “The Dark Knight” would get Best Picture and Best Director nominations, but look at what happened. Now that is what I call a “snub”. I still can’t get over that one.

24. Hat Rick - March 4, 2010

According to the official Oscar iPhone app, Star Trek is leading with 67% in the Make-Up category.

Here is the official breakdown as of 9:36 p.m. (PST) tonight:

Il Divo: 6%
Star Trek: 67%
The Young Victoria: 27%

Please remember that the poll is not scientific. It is the tabulation of predictions by users of the app.

25. Charles Trotter - March 4, 2010

I agree with your analysis, Tony. I’ve made the same predictions, based on similar analyses.

Chances of ‘Star Trek’ winning Best Visual Effects: 0%
The visual effects Oscar was ‘Avatar”s before the nominations were even announced.

Chances of ‘Star Trek’ winning Best Sound Editing: 5%
As you pointed out, ‘Avatar’ picked up the top MPSE honors, making it the likely Oscar winner. ‘Hurt Locker’ could also take it, but there’s very, very little chance that any of the other nominees can win.

Chances of ‘Star Trek’ winning Best Sound (Mixing): 10%
This one seems to belong to ‘Hurt Locker,’ though ‘Avatar’ also has a very good chance of taking it. ‘Star Trek’ has a slightly better chance of taking this award than Sound Editing, but both awards are so far out of reach that I just don’t see it happening.

Chances of ‘Star Trek’ winning Best Makeup: 60%
‘Star Trek’ is the odds-on favorite to win this one. When it comes between period make-up and the more elaborate fantasy make-up, the latter typically wins. That said, ‘Young Victoria’ *did* win the BAFTA for Makeup & Hair, and the Oscars *usually* follow suit with their own makeup category. Plus, one of the nominees for ‘Young Victoria’ is a previous Oscar winner (for ‘Elizabeth’). So, even though ‘Trek’ has a higher likelihood of winning, we should not discount ‘Victoria’ too quickly. It could very well end up taking the gold, leaving ‘Trek’ without a single award.

26. S. John Ross - March 4, 2010

#13: Um. All of these movies are less than a year old. Star Trek included. None of them have even _taken_ the test of time, much less withstood it.

#1: Interesting. Most SF/Fantasy fans do seem to have at least one Academy Awards upset they’ll never let go. For me, I parted company with taking the Oscars seriously after the Fisher King failed to get a directorial nod (it got others, to be sure, but still). :)

I’m still one of those dastards who thinks Annie Hall deserved every single Oscar, though. [waits for the peltings of tomatoes thrown by the Force]

27. MC1 Doug - March 4, 2010

You’re right, John Ross.

I’ve never forgiven the Academy for snubbing ‘Transformers 2′ and a true classic ‘Battlefield Earth.’


28. Will_H - March 4, 2010

If anything I think it’ll be in best makeup. Forget effects because, to be honest, they weren’t that impressive, not compared to what’s out there and comparing this movie’s budget to Nemesis and how far apart they were made, well once again wasn’t that impressed. The makeup was a solid job, though, I’ll give it that. I still think it deserved a best picture nomination, I’d say it was about equal as films to go District 9 and looking at a movie like Up In The Air, well yeah, should have gotten that nomination. I’ve read a lot of articles online that reflect that to, tons out there think it should have gotten the nomination over District 9.

29. S. John Ross - March 4, 2010

#27: From what I’ve heard, those two films are comparably great :)

30. VOODOO - March 4, 2010

Lesser films that Star Trek were nominated for best picture this year.

31. Dan - March 4, 2010

Ever since back in 1998 Shakespeare in Love beat Saving Private Ryan, I’ve given up on the Oscars.

32. ryanhuyton - March 5, 2010

#31 I can’t get over that one either. But awards are subjective. “Saving Private Ryan” is considered a classic while “Shakespeare In Love” has been forgotten for the most part.

33. U.S.S. Manila NCC-99232 - March 5, 2010

It’s time for Star Trek to get an Oscar. I don’t care even if they only get one, as long as Star Trek gets one.

34. Striker 47 - March 5, 2010

Has anyone else noticed how Star Trek has lost (and will lose) all its Sound Editing nominations to a James Cameron film?
Odd eh?

•Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home lost the Sound Editing Oscar to Aliens in 1986
•Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, lost Sound Editing Oscar to Terminator 2 Judgment Day
•Star Trek lost the Sound Editing Oscar to Avatar in 2010

35. Jeremiah - March 5, 2010

I’ve watched Shakespeare in Love more times since its release than the lesser SPR. Almost everyone who likes Shakespeare liked that movie. The Academy is full of intelligent people, thus an artsy film won out over a clichéd film.

36. Jeyl - March 5, 2010

– “Star Trek” a favorite to win in Makeup with “Young Victoria” giving some competition.

I’m sorry, but if you’re going to do a side-by-side comparison showing the beautiful Emily Blunt next to something that looks like its made of fecal matter, I’m going to pass this one to Young Victoria.

Also, they didn’t even put their makeup to good use. More than half of the stuff they worked on and created ended up being cut from the movie. That’s not putting professional makeup artists to good use.

And the Gorn…… that was bad….

37. captain_neill - March 5, 2010

Star Trek has been overlooked for so long.

And if better Trek movies were overlooked then I don’t feel it will change this time.

38. Kirk's Girdle - March 5, 2010

I’m expected Trek to win for Best Makeup, the category is a real mish-mosh this year consisting of Il Divo, Young Victoria and Star Trek, but you never know, they may give Victoria the makeup award to go with the costume design award.

39. EM - March 5, 2010

#37 – There were better Star Trek movies?

Anyway, it doesn’t really matter to me if one movie wins an Oscar over another. It would be nice to increase the publics awareness and maybe “legitimize” the franchise to non science fiction fans. That might
help keep Star Trek going.

40. Lauren - March 5, 2010

Why do you think Avatar is like Pochantas anyway I hope Trek does get some awards if it doesn’t then it will always be a winner to me in my opinion

41. Blowback - March 5, 2010

Too bad there is not an award for the use of lens flares…

Kidding! I just couldn’t resist!!!

42. Kirk's Girdle - March 5, 2010

Most people use the Pocahontas comparison – i.e. “alien” invader falls in love with mysterious native princess, learns of their spiritual connection with the land. a battle caused by greed ensues, and the invaders are sent packing in the end. It’s also got a good chunk of Ferngully, the Last Rainforest thrown in there, where a human working for a logging company is transformed into a fairy by a beautiful forest fairy princess. He learns of their spiritual connection to the land, etc. etc. The also all live in a big tree. Only Avatar doesn’t have the awesome Tim Curry singing numbers as an evil spirit of spoilage and pollution.

43. CJS - March 5, 2010

44. Capt. of the USS Anduril - March 5, 2010

I doubt Trek will bring one home, even though it deserves some. Frankly, and I know a lot of people are going to want to string me up for this, I thought Star Trek’s visuals far more appealing compared to Avatar. Before you grab your ropes, let me explain. Avatar was almost pure CGI work. Impressive CGI work, but CGI nonetheless. Given the abundance of green screen work in Hollywood these days, I was surprised to see just how many physical, and in the case of the spacejump “trick”, effects were used instead of just saying, “Okay, send it to ILM.” Yes, the space scenes were all CGI and the like, but on set they worked physically as much as possible. And to me, that makes it more impressive.

Also, not surprised Transformers2 missed the nomination for visual effects, they didn’t do anything new with their effects.

45. I'm Dead Jim - March 5, 2010

@1: Glad I wasn’t the only one who’s jaw dropped to the floor on that one! Lost all faith in the academy over that!

46. Simon - March 5, 2010

#11 – I’m sick of people spelling “loosing” for “losing”!

Anyway, AVATAR is considered a game-changer as far as VFX goes. TREK had the unfortunate luck of being released the same year. It probably would have won any other year, especially after last year’s crop of “meh”.

ILM will have mixed feelings if they lose to AVATAR since they have several shots and sequences in the film, as well as helping James Cameron do the 3D R&D and testing.

47. gumtuu - March 5, 2010


I haven’t watched Shakespeare in Love since it won over Saving Private Ryan.Still bitter I guess.

Watched Saving Private Ryan several times though.

Not a single line of dialogue from Shakespeare in Love has remained in my memory.

But “Earn this…” from Saving Private Ryan?

That will be with me until the day that I die.

48. Dac - March 5, 2010

Honestly, I find District 9 to be more deserving for effects than Avatar or Trek.

Trek had solid effects, but they were rarely something you’d remember.

Avatar cost FOUR HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS. Avatar is impressive, but it does not look like a $400,000,000 film. Considering District 9 was in the $30 million budget area, the effects for that film were mind blowingly awesome, far more original and seamlessly integrated with live action. For the ingenuity involved alone, i’d say D9 deserves the effects Oscar.

49. Simon - March 5, 2010

#47 – The VFX of D9 were impressive, but not innovative.

The majority of AVATAR’s budget went to R&D. Much of what was done hadn’t been done before.

50. S. John Ross - March 5, 2010

#47: I agree. Dollar for dollar and frame for frame, no movie impressed me more on the SFX front in 2009 than District 9. The effects always served the story and were amazingly seamless given the relatively tiny budget.

#48: Innovation is just one factor among many, though.

51. skyjedi - March 5, 2010

Weta deserves to win for Avatar.

ILM does second rate cgi. See the Star Wars prequels.

Weta’s work on Avatar was better than ILM’s. ILM was only brought in when Weta could not get all the shots done in time i believe.

While i think the enterprise was nicely rendered in star trek that hardly qualifies you for an oscar.

52. DS9 IN PRIME TIME - March 5, 2010

Trek will get one

53. Kirk's Girdle - March 5, 2010

#47 Which is why Cameron has proposed the AVATAR TRILOGY.

54. Dac - March 5, 2010

Wow, two more movies about red indians in space. Woop-de-doo. Avatar was visually interesting, the story was lackluster and the characters boring as hell. It is an incredibly over hyped which probably DOES deserve an effects Oscar (I think D9 deserves it more, but Avatar wouldnt piss me off), but if Avatar wins best picture then that will be a joke. The Hurt Locker and D9 are just 2 films which are overall better films.

55. Alex Rosenzweig - March 5, 2010

#39 – “There were better Star Trek movies?”

At least five of the first ten. :)


56. JT - March 5, 2010

Star Trek will win 0.

57. Capt. of the USS Anduril - March 5, 2010

Star Trek was a better film than Avatar, but Avatar was “game-changing”. Baloney. I didn’t see anything that hasn’t already been done. Realistic CGI environments? See Final Fantasy VII Advent Children. Realistic CGI characters? See LOTR. Avatar was just building on what’s already been done. It was pretty, and action-y, bu the story was predictable. Star Trek’s was not. Who could’ve predicted that Spock’s mother would die? I mean really.

And ILM has only been lackluster in terms of the original Star Wars trilogy special editions and The Phantom Menace. Attack of the Clones was very well done, and Revenge of the Sith had spectacular effects, if extraordinarily poor writing and editing.

Not knocking WETA of course, they do extraordinarily good work.

58. Phil Smith - March 5, 2010

An Oscar for what, precisely? In any category, there is a better film…

59. Red Skirt - March 5, 2010

#57. “Who could’ve predicted that Spock’s mother would die?”

Yeah, too bad it was only used to advance the plot and never resulted in any real emotional exploration for anyone other than to make Spock venerable enough to lose his cool to a punk kid who was beneath him intellectually and emotionally.

Even Kirk’s dad’s death was ultimately only used to compel young punk-Kirk to take Pike’s challenge, all summed up in a salt-shaker.

Sadly neither were explored further or had any meaning for the audience otherwise.

60. Simon - March 5, 2010

#51 – ILM second rate? I think you need an eye exam.

#57 – It was game changing because all of it was rendered in true-3D, which is three-squared times as difficult. You can no longer cheat with perspective, or only rendering certain angles/sides.

WETA is overrated. They can do one or two shows per year, and even then it’s one element done very well and the rest poorly. I think the Blu-rays of the LOTR trilogy will show how badly their stuff has aged.

61. skyjedi - March 5, 2010

Ilm was not even nominated for an award for Revenge of the Sith.
So much for spectacular effects.

62. Gene L. Coon was a U. S. Marine. Stand at ease. - March 5, 2010

And let’s not forget Chariots of Fire beating Raiders of the Lost Ark.

63. ryanhuyton - March 5, 2010

“Star Trek First Contact lost makeup Oscar to The Nutty Professor”

That’s a decision I wish I could reverse. And I can’t believe “First Contact” didn’t get a Best Visual Effects nomination. The fleet battling the Borg still holds up quite nicely, as does the scene featuring the disembodied head of the Borg Queen.

64. SciFiGuy - March 5, 2010

I’d LIKE to see Trek win an Oscar, but it’s just not realist considering the competition. But, this year, I think even District 9 had some work worthy of winning an award….

65. S. John Ross - March 5, 2010

#51: “ILM does second rate cgi. See the Star Wars prequels.”

Maybe I was just too busy having my brain numbed and scraped by how wretched the films were, but I remember them being visually gorgeous wretched films :/

66. ryanhuyton - March 5, 2010

“The Phantom Menace”s visual effects are badly dated, the other two prequel films hold up a lot better, but the CGI in “Star Trek” is clearly superior.

67. SciFiGuy - March 5, 2010

Well, that’s it! Time to remaster the FX in Phantom Menace!

Surely that will make it much less of a suckfest…?

68. ryanhuyton - March 5, 2010

#67 It would be a start. But you can’t remaster dialog, plot, Jake Lloyd’s acting, annoying CGI characters……

69. S. John Ross - March 6, 2010

#66: We can’t really know how well Trek’s FX will hold up after that many years, until that many years have passed.

70. Hawaiowa - March 6, 2010

The Oscars are meaningless in the same way the Grammys and American Idol are useless. Kinda like how Jethro Tull won the Grammys “Heavy Metal” category in 1987 for “Crest of a Knave”, beating out Metallica and Judas Priest. Or Shrek beating out Final Fantasy in the “Best Animation” category in 2001. Or Frank Zappa’s sole Grammy was awarded for “Valley Girl”…until he did “Jazz From Hell” in 87.

It’s a shame that Shatner and Nimoy never received an Oscar for Khan, as their portray of Spock’s death scene is absolutely one of best acted scenes in Trek or any genre. Nor did they get anything for STIV:TVH back when Nimoy’s directorial meteor was rising (remember the “lightning in a bottle” quote, anyone?)

Nimoy should have been nominated for best supporting actor this year just as a gimme-due because of to his value to the Trek community and for his willingness to bridge the generations. He could have said “screw it” and kept with his photography work like a good semi-retired actor, but he showed up one more time for “God and Country” (to paraphrase Kirk in STVI.)

The last time I was interested in the Oscars was when streaking was in vogue, or when George Scott told them where to stick it by refusing his for “Patton”, or the so-called ‘liberal’ Hollywood community booing Michael Moore during his speech. The Oscars…about as real as a movie…about as real as it *doesn’t* get…

This witty comment brought to you by Congress–the entertainment division of Wall Street.

71. Hat Rick - March 6, 2010

The reasons that Trek should win Best Make-Up are many, but one of those reasons has to do with the fact that it would be the first Academy Award for a Trek movie. That’s worth something.

You can question whether the Academy Awards are worth much, but winning one still means something in terms of popular recognition and prestige (to the extent that any popular film might be said to have prestige).

The last Star Wars films, Revenge of the Sith, was nominated in the same category, but lost. (It did not win any Oscars.)

72. Hat Rick - March 6, 2010

Also, just to be nominated for an Oscar is a relatively big deal. Star Trek (2009) got four nominations, and Transformers: ROTF got only three.

Being nominated and, particularly, winning an Oscar helps classify you as a “prestige film,” which is good for the future of Trek.

All in all, cinematic Trek is doing better than TV Trek these days in terms of new product, attention, and bringing in new money. But a rising tide lifts all boats.

ST2009’s very good box office and a possible Oscar win could set up ST2012 for an unusually large budget. It could also help in international ticket sales.

Big stars might be more likely to be associated with an Oscar-related property.

Also, I read yesterday that big stars are becoming more affordable in terms of upfront salary demands.

Recall that international sales apparently are helped by big Hollywood stars in your movie.

Without meaning to in any way slight big names (e.g., Christopher Plummer) that have already appeared in Star Trek properties, Oscar might make Star Trek a star vehicle in a good way.

73. JB - March 6, 2010

Though I was impressed by Avatar’s stunning visuals, it lacked in story. Same for District 9. Didn’t see Hurt Locker because there’s not a story there worth seeing (about as exciting as making a movie about trash collectors I guess).
Start Trek was exciting from start to finish. I left the theatre that day feeling like I seen the best movie in years. Hands down, Star Trek was the best movie of 2009. In 2nd I would place Avatar.

74. JB - March 6, 2010

Stories like Avatar, District 9, and Hurt Locker are pretty much 1 hit wonders. If sequels are made of these movies, they will likely be bad.
Where are you going to go with Avatar? It’s likely going to follow the plight of the American Indian. District 9 could turn into a war of the worlds kind of scenario. Hurt Locker, well not much of story there to begin with, blow up more land mines?
Star Trek has and will stand the test of time. The story has the unique advantage of unpredictability. I could see several sequels resulting from this masterpiece.

75. S. John Ross - March 6, 2010

#74: “The story has the unique advantage of unpredictability.”

Um. A scenery-chewing crazy-go-nuts cardboard Bad Guy shows up and starts killing people … so the self-entitled douchebag Good Guys suit up, ship up and go stop him. The end.

Yeah. It’s amazing no one ever thought to do that plot before.

76. Red Skirt - March 7, 2010

#75, John, I think he’s talking about the unpredictable actions of the main characters:

Spock as captain of the ship beaming down to rescue his parents while his ship is in danger, Chekov being a boy genius with transporter skills that rival Scotty’s own, ejecting Kirk off the ship because he was being difficult, Nero marooning Spock on a satellite to watch the destruction of Vulcan when the view would have been so much better from Nero’s ship, Kirk not being eaten by the local wildlife and stumbling into the very cave Spock was marooned in (and not being eaten either despite his advanced age), Scotty also being stationed in the same place in a facility with the equipment necessary to effect sophisticated beaming technology not yet invented for 100 years, Spock publicly making out with Uhura on the transporter pad just before beaming off on a dangerous mission, only sending two men to battle an entire ship full of superior Romulans which should they have failed would have blown their only chance to save the world, waiting around a rapidly forming blackhole to shoot the bad guy who was already a dead man, and finally last but not least, the promotion of Kirk from cadet to captain of the Enterprise without any explanation.

I definitely didn’t see any of that coming.

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