Today the Oscar ballots are being mailed to the members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and in the last weeks we have seen Star Trek show up on more year-end critic top 10 lists. So today TrekMovie takes one last look for the year at how the Star Trek movie is doing with its award season buzz.
STAR TREK ON THE TOP OF THE LISTS
Star Trek has been named a top film of 2009 (and the decade) by a number of publications. Here are some of the latest quotes on what they are saying about Star Trek.
It’s damn near impossible to make a movie that appeals to longtime devotees, newbies, and everyone in between…Abrams pulled it off with a blockbuster that has the perfect balance of action and intelligence, comedy and drama, insider references and accessibility, and actually left us amped to see sequels.
– Complex Magazine (UK)
This was a STAR TREK movie for people who didn’t hang out at Klingon conventions. Big, bold and just pipping the also brilliant DISTRICT 9 as Best Sci-Fi of the year.
– BBC Radio (UK)
Rank: Best Reboot/Remake of the Decade
While film after film has taken us forward with the voyagers of the Starship Enterprise, Star Trek was a true origins story that wasn’t geared towards Trekkies, too simple for fans of the show, or too complex for newbies. Star Trek delivered a visually stunning brand of mainstream entertainment that propelled the series back not only back into theaters, but the public consciousness.
– Rotten Tomatoes
Forget for a moment how great Star Trek was and think, for a moment, just how easy it would have been for it to suck. Too many business people and shareholders and a movie franchise becomes just a column in a spreadsheet. J.J. Abrams, Bob Orci, Alex Kurtzman and all of Paramount were smart enough to realize that Star Trek isn’t just a brand of soap, it is, for many, a way of life. That one can treat it with the love and respect it deserves but also make a boatload of money in the process is simply logical.
Rank: One of Best
Seen as the last throw of the dice for the beloved science fiction saga after a succession of unsuccessful movies and a ropey prequel TV series, JJ Abrams worked his magic on Star Trek, bringing together hardcore fans, Trek cynics and newcomers for the adventures of a young Kirk and Spock. From start to finish, an epic blockbuster that amused and thrilled in equal measure.
– Digital Spy (UK)
More Top Movie Lists
- All Headline News (2009: #10)
- io9 (Greatest Sci-Fi Movies of Decade )
- Hollywood Reporter (2009: #8, 1 of 6 reviewers)
- New Yorker (1 of 2 reviewers)
STAR TREK BUZZWATCH – is Avatar killing Trek hopes for Gold?
Over the summer there was some buzz about Star Trek being a contender for one of the five extra slots for Best Picture nominees. The extension to ten was seen as a way for the Academy to include some mainstream films into the mix of indies and other lesser known fare. However, it appears that Up and now Avatar are the mostly likely blockbusters to work their way in (despite Trek being one of the best reviewed films of they year, see chart below).
EW’s Oscar Watch noted today:
I do think the argument can be made that Avatar’s newly-cemented status as a Best Picture frontrunner along the lines of The Hurt Locker and Up in the Air does have ramifications for other contenders that push similar buttons. For instance, Avatar’s popularity among Academy members is likely the death knell for Star Trek and District 9’s Best Picture hopes, since there probably won’t be room for two sci-fi films in the list of 10
Last week the LA Times Gold Derby came to a similar conclusion. The Times considers Avatar a front runner in nine categories, but feels that Trek is also a front runner for nomination in Best Musical Score, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Visual Effects.
For those who think there is a anti-Star Trek vibe, here is a little more to fuel the conspiracy. The excellent site AwardsDaily.com regularly compiles a top rating chart, that averages the scores from the Broadcast Film Critics, Metacritic, IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes. When you do that, Star Trek is currently ranked #4 for the year. But when you look at the ‘Buzz’ for Star Trek, it is still considered a total long shot.
#6 Domestic Film of the year – #11 Globally (so far)
Speaking of top lists, the end of the year is coming and Star Trek looks like it will end the year in 6th place for domestic box office sales ($257.7M), in a very competitive and record breaking year for movies. However, it is quite possible that Avatar will eventually out earn Star Trek domestically, pushing it down to #7. Due to its strong overseas sales, Avatar has already pushed past Star Trek on the Worldwide chart. Star Trek looks like it will finish the year at #11 for global box office ($385.5M) on that one.
Trek’s domestic Box office (not infl. adjusted unless otherwise noted) places it at…
- All time domestic: #35
- All time domestic (infl. adjusted) #181
- All time prequels: #4
- All time Sci-fi: #8
- All time TV adaptation: #1
- Star Trek franchise: #1
- Paramount films: #8
STAR TREK AWARDS SUMMARY
Here is a summary of the awards and nominations that Star Trek has received so far, broken down into different categories.
- Nominee – Best Score Soundtrack Album
Coming up: BAFTA nominations in Jan, Oscars in February
Popular Vote Awards
People’s Choice Awards (winners announced Jan 6)
- Nominee – Breakout Actress (Saldana)
- Nominee – Breakout Actor (Pine & Quinto)
- Nominee – Favorite Franchise
- Nominee – Favorite Movie
- Winner – Best Movie
- Winner- Ultimate Scream
- Winner- Best Science Fiction Movie
- Winner- Best Director (JJ Abrams)
- Winner- Best Science Fiction Actor (Chris Pine)
- Winner- Best Cameo (Winona Ryder)
- Winner- Best Fight Scene (Kirk Spock bridge fight)
Teen Choice Awards
- Nominated for 5 awards, but no wins
Screen Actors Guild (winners announced in January)
- Nominee – Best Stunt Ensemble
California on Location Awards
- Winner – Asst. Location Manager of the year (Kathy McCurdy)
Casting Society – Atrios Awards
- Winner – Outstanding Achievement in Casting – Big Budget Feature (April Webster & Alyssa Weisberg)
American Latino Media Arts/Alma Awards
- Winner – Special Achievement in Writing (Roberto Orci)
- Salanda and Collins also nominated
Coming up: Most guilds announce nominees in January, including DGA, ACE, ADG, WGA, ASC, PGA, Costumers, VES
National Critics Groups
Broadcast Film Critics Assoc. – Critics Choice Awards (winners announced in Jan.)
- Nominee – Best Action Movie
- Nominee – Best Acting Ensemble
- Nominee – Best Makeup
- Nominee – Best Visual Effects
- Nominee – Best Sound
National Board of Review
- Top 10 Film of the Year
Local Critics Groups
Las Vegas Film Critics Society
- Winner – Best Visual Effects
Boston Society of Film Critics
- Winner – Best Ensemble Cast
St. Louis Film Critics Association
- Nominee – Best Visual Effects
Washington DC Film Critics
- Nominee – Best Acting Ensemble
- Nominee – Best Art Direction
MORE AWARDS WATCH IN 2010
TrekMovie will continue to keep track of the awards for Star Trek as we move into the next year.