The reel awards and winners

The reel awards and winners

Favourite film not honoured? Our editors suggest some extra awards for truly deserving movies.

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A scene so unrealistic it's good, from Fast and Furious 6
A scene so unrealistic it's good, from Fast and Furious 6

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Lucy/Wyldstyle from The Lego Movie
Lucy/Wyldstyle from The Lego Movie
Photo: AP

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DiCaprio created Jay Gatsby's accent as described in the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald
DiCaprio created Jay Gatsby's accent as described in the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Photo: AP

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The Butler should have received at least one nomination!
The Butler should have received at least one nomination!
Photo: Golden Scene Co. Ltd.

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Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine
Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine
Photo: Sony Pictures Classics

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The best use of 3D this year was in Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity
The best use of 3D this year was in Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity
Photo: SCMPOST

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Pacific Rim's trailer is amazing!
Pacific Rim's trailer is amazing!
Photo: SCMPOST

The Oscars celebrate the best of the best. But there aren't enough prizes, meaning worthy films go home empty-handed, or don't even get nominated.

Here are our Alternative Oscars, and who or what we think should have won this year.


"Liked it at the time, but can't really remember it" Award - Blue Jasmine

It happens with most Woody Allen films. They are witty, well-planned and nicely paced. But it tends to be simplistic plots and blowy-uppy things that stick in people's mind, not his subtlety. Until someone asks, "Did you see Blue Jasmine?" and you have an epiphany: "Right! That was good."


Most ridiculous hairdo - Wyldstyle, The Lego Movie

Everything is awesome, except the fearless heroine Lucy/Wyldstyle's hair. What is up with the purple locks entwined with the pink? What? An anti-gravity ponytail, too?


"So bad it's good" Award - Fast and Furious 6

In one scene, the ridiculously cool Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) leaps from one bridge, catches girlfriend Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) in mid-air, and lands unhurt on another bridge, with Letty in his embrace. Nuff said.


Best use of 3D - Gravity

Alfonso Cuaron's space thriller manages to mess up your perception of space, turning a viewer's world upside down. It couldn't have been done without the cutting-edge 3D technology.


Best accent - Leonardo DiCaprio, The Great Gatsby

An adaption of the classic book by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the glamorous cinematic spectacle features DiCaprio as mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby, whose hobby is to throw parties. There are enigmas wrapped in mysteries in this plot; the biggest is how DiCaprio created an accent - a mix of midwest, Oxford University and New York - so unlike his own, we forget he's famous, and believe absolutely in his character.


Most unfairly snubbed film - The Butler

No nominations? SERIOUSLY? Did The Academy even watch it?


Best trailer - Pacific Rim

No idea what the film was like, but any movie that features Hong Kong so prominently in a trailer, celebrating the unique glamour of our container terminals and bridges, and with so many awesome shots of our skyline and architecture, deserves an award in our books.


Least expected hilarity - Iron Man 3

Much of the film was far more serious than its predecessors. But the Mandarin twist had me gasping for breath, I was laughing so hard. It probably helps to be British and/or a fan of the classic dramas Gandhi and Schindler's List. Suffice it to say, the reveal is uproariously hysterical.


Hardest working star - Benedict Cumberbatch

You almost have to wonder why the man playing the world's most famous detective would bother to do anything else. But on top of filming the excellent third season of Sherlock, Cumberbatch managed to play the bad guy Khan in Star Trek: Into Darkness, the title bad guy/dragon Smaug in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, a slave-owner (a bad guy given his career choice, but a relatively nice one) in 12 Years a Slave, Julian Assange in The Fifth Estate (whom many argue, for one reason or another, is a bad guy) and a regular guy in August: Osage County. Yep, he deserves a medal. And a nap. 


Least scary monster - Tacodile Supreme, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

It may have sharp onion teeth, strong red chilli legs, and a primitively unsettling look. But the green and moist-looking veggies which comprise the Tacodile Supreme's body make it more of a healthy treat than a scary monster.

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