Young Post's alternative Oscars

Young Post's alternative Oscars

Best Cinematography? Best sound mixing? Yawn, right? Instead, we've come up with our own alternative Oscars categories

The Oscars have run for 87 years,and have been honouring outstanding acting, directing, cinematography and whatnot. It's a grand event, the biggest in the film industry, but Young Post thinks it could be spiced up with some fun categories.

If we were to host the Oscars, these would be the winners:

Film most likely to get your tummy rumbling

Chef. This is a funny, touching story of a dad's love for his son, but really, it's all about the food. It features so many glorious close-ups of both haute cuisine and street food being prepared, eaten and coveted … I defy you not to get up halfway to make a toastie.

Karly Cox

Best animal in a movie

Crystal the monkey from Night in the Museum. The film rocks, but the monkey rocks more. How do they get her to do all those cute expressions?

Susan Ramsay

Best performance from a non-human

Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy is good. He's caring, fun, and loyal. But the award has to go to Toothless in How to Train Your Dragon 2. Hey, you try being adorable and ferocious at the same time, while being responsible for depicting values such as unfaltering friendship and standing up for yourself.

Heidi Yeung

Best film based on a toy

Over the past few years we've seen some strange adaptations of our favourite childhood board games and toys. 2014 had a few as well, with Ouija, and Transformers: Age of Extinction - the fourth instalment of the popular toy-based film franchise. But nothing comes close to the total awesomeness of The Lego Movie. Everything about it was awesome, from the catchy theme song to the slightly satirical story. It took the worst of commercialism and turned it into something fun!

Ariel Conant

Best evil genius

Rosamund Pike hatches the most dastardly, twisted and plain messed-up plan to get revenge on her cheating husband in Gone Girl. It takes something pretty special to get the audience on the side of the cheating spouse, so you've got to hand it to Pike's character Amy for the sheer evil brilliance of it.

David Bartram

Best fight scene in Hong Kong

Kung Fu Jungle, of course. Donnie Yen goes head to head with Baoqiang Wang as container trucks rumble by, with ground-shaking, nerve-twitching, just-as-you-think-it-can't-get-any-worse-it-does thrills.

Susan Ramsay

Best reason to watch a sports film

The hardcore fighting and sweat-coated muscles in Foxcatcher may be getting a lot of attention, but Taiwanese baseball film Kano is the clear winner. Stunningly shot in rural Taiwan, it is touching and gripping at the same time, and highlights the inequality experienced by the Taiwanese during the Japanese occupation of the island during the second world war just as powerfully as Selma.

Melanie Leung

Best film starring Emma Stone

Emma starred in three films last year - The Amazing Spider-Man 2 as Spiderman's girlfriend Gwen Stacy, Magic in the Moonlight as mystic Sophie Baker, and Birdman as Birdman's daughter Sam Thomson. Of the three, she's only a redhead when playing Sophie, so obviously Magic wins.

John Kang

Best hairstyle

Not many people can pull off lilac hair; even fewer can pull off a grey hair band. Effie Trinket makes everything look fabulous though, and makes the best of a bad situation, which is why she must get a mention for her brilliant creativity in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.

Lucy Christie

Most likely to pull a Kanye

Even though he isn't nominated for anything this year, Leonardo DiCaprio certainly has good reason to do this. Often regarded as one of the most talented actors in Hollywood, Leo has actually never won an Oscar even though he's been nominated five times. This must really bug him but he's probably too careful with his image to actually rush the stage and pronounce his greatness. So my money is on Joaquin Phoenix because he's so dang weird.

Leon Lee

Worst remake

Remakes have been all the rage in Hollywood the last couple of years, so there were plenty of choices, from RoboCop to Hercules. But the "winner", if that's even the right term, is obviously Michael Bay's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. You have a senseless plot, poor acting from Will Arnett and Megan Fox, and just plain weird-looking turtles that seem anything other than heroic. Michael Bay, please leave our beloved toys alone.

Leon Lee

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