Here are your Academy Rewards winners

See our readers’ choices in our alt-Oscar categories, among them Most Overlooked, Most Overrated, Best Comedy, Best Sex Scene and Worst Performance.


The people have spoken! Cult MTL readers have determined the results of our Academy Rewards challenge, laying down essential opinions on the cinematic issues that the real Oscars lack the cojones to tackle.

Inside Llewyn Davis
Inside Llewyn Davis

Most outrageous Oscar omission
Inside Llewyn Davis 45%
Spring Breakers 17%
Prisoners 17%
Frances Ha 14%
Fruitvale Station 8%

Half our readers agreed that the most glaring exclusion in this year’s list of nominees, was the Coen’s latest Inside Llewyn Davis. Our personal favourites of the year Spring Breakers and Frances Ha also got some love.

Most outrageous Oscar inclusion
Captain Phillips 36%
American Hustle 26%
Gravity 17%
Philomena 14%
Nebraska 8%

Yeah, I’m still not entirely sure why Captain Phillips was included. It’s a thoughtful thriller, but when it’s taking up space that could have been owned by Oscar Isaac… We really liked American Hustle, but to be fair, it isn’t your average Oscar fare. Gravity was a bit of a divisive flick and I’m not sure if a lot of people got to see Philomena or Nebraska in theatres.

This Is the End
This Is the End

Best comedy
This Is the End 55%
The World’s End 23%
Anchorman 2 14%
The Heat 8%
Coffeetown 2%

The clear comedy favourite is This Is the End, followed by The World’s End — a somewhat apocalyptic trend here with a ton of alcohol involved, and the supernatural.

Worst movie
Grown Ups 2 48%
Movie 43 20%
Oz the Great and Powerful 18%
Gangster Squad 8%

Cult MTL readers clearly agree with Alex Rose on this one: Grown Ups 2, was indeed a steaming pile of crap that only an asshole would charge people 12 bucks to see. Sketch comedy anthology flick Movie 43, which took almost a decade to make due to studios and actors trying to get out of the project, should have stayed locked away in a “bad idea” folder somewhere. And we should probably all leave The Wizard of Oz alone now.

Worst performance
Everyone involved, Grown Ups 2 68%
Ashton Kutcher, Jobs 18%
John Travolta, The Killing Season 8%
Alan Rickman, CBGB 5%
Matthew Good, Stoker 2%

Well, Adam Sandler wins this category two years in a row. Who are these people who continue to encourage these films to be made?! The rest of this category is filled with a pile of mediocrity and disappointment from some actors, namely Alan Rickman, who rarely disappoint.

Johnny Depp in The Lone Ranger
Johnny Depp in The Lone Ranger

Most pointless remake
Oldboy 33%
Carrie 26%
The Lone Ranger 17%
Oz the Great and Powerful 17%
Evil Dead 8%

This category for a long while was a bit of a toss-up, but clearly Cult MTL readers agree that Oldboy is a clumsy remake. And while it seems you didn’t mind the Evil Dead remake, perhaps they should have left Carrie be.

Actor in greatest need of a career intervention
Johnny Depp, The Lone Ranger 30%
Robert De Niro, The Big Wedding, The Killing Season, The Family, Las Vegas 29%
Adam Sandler, Grown Ups 2 21%
Bruce Willis, A Good Day to Die Hard 15%
Sean Penn, Gangster Squad 5%

Although you’ve got some serious groans for Adam Sandler, it seems that you feel like Johnny Depp is in greater need of an intervention as he tops this category again this year. Luckily, this time it’s not due to a mediocre Tim Burton affair — we can thank his other crutch: Disney. De Niro, like Penn and Willis, needs to exercise a bit of quality control and perhaps they’ll all shirk this category next year.

Most played-out directorial schtick
Tyler Perry, Tyler Perry’s Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor 41%
Woody Allen, Blue Jasmine 23%
Baz Luhrmann, The Great Gatsby 15%
Robert Rodriguez, Machete Kills 12%
Zack Snyder, Man of Steel 9%

I’m gonna level with you: I’ve never watched a Tyler Perry film. But any movie title that begins with the director’s name (I’m looking at you Lee Daniels), I’ll likely avoid. You don’t always know what you’re going to get with Woody Allen these days, but I felt that Blue Jasmine was classic Woody — in a good way. Although they’re played out, Luhrmann, Rodriguez and Snyder don’t seem to tire Cult MTL readers just yet.

Hottest actor
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street, The Great Gatsby 35%
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Don Jon 27%
Henry Cavill, Man of Steel 18%
Chris Hemsworth, Thor: The Dark World 11%
Channing Tatum, White House Down 9%

So, The Wolf of Wall Street Mr. DiCaprio, dethrones Gordon-Levitt this year, but only by a small margin. The pair leave a pile of brawny, superpower/gun-wielding hunks in their stead.

Jennifer Lawrence in American Hustle
Jennifer Lawrence in American Hustle

Hottest actress
Scarlett Johansson’s voice, Her 35%
Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle 32%
Amy Adams, American Hustle 14 %
Greta Gerwig, Frances Ha 11%
Adèle Exarchopoulos AND Léa Seydoux, Blue Is the Warmest Colour 9%

It was hard for Cult MTL readers to decide between the husky-voiced pair that top this list, but apparently ScarJo’s voice alone is enough to conquer this category.

Best sex scene
Joaquin Phoenix has phone sex with ScarJo’s voice, Her 29%
James Franco fellates a pistol, Spring Breakers 26%
Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux, Blue Is the Warmest Colour 20%
Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie, The Wolf of Wall Street 14%
Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Julianne Moore, Don Jon 12%

ScarJo continues to reign victorious due to the sheer sauciness of her husky voice. I’m sure Franco places second due to humour vs. actual titillating qualities. The inaccurate Blue Is the Warmest Colour gets some props while our two hottest actor winners gather up the remaining votes.

Best grossout
Paul Dano’s face by the end, Prisoners 30%
Womb fisting by Ryan Gosling, Only God Forgives 27%
A demon comes out of Ken Marino’s ass and kills people he hates, Bad Milo 24%
Irving Zisman sharting, Bad Grandpa 12%
All of Thanatomorphose 6%

Yep, yep, yep Dano’s face is indeed a mess-terpiece by the end of Prisoners, and let’s not even talk about the awful things that the handsome Mr. Gosling does when he teams up with Nicolas Winding Refn. The rest of this category includes a couple jackasses and some gross-out horror. *shudder*

The Wolf of Wall Street
The Wolf of Wall Street

Best villain
Pretty much the entire cast, The Wolf of Wall Street 55%
Melissa Leo, Prisoners 17%
The Devil, This Is the End 15%
The Kaijus, Pacific Rim 12%
Kevin Brock, Missionary 2%

Cult MTL readers loved to hate the cast of The Wolf of Wall Street. The more traditional villains this year scraped by with only a small percentage of votes.

We congratulate the lucky (or savvy) folks who correctly guessed all the top categories in the actual Oscars. We’ll be contacting them later this week to award these prizes:

1st prize: 3 double passes to any film at Cinéma du Parc, 1 DVD of 20 Feet From Stardom, a Cult MTL Blu-ray prize pack, 1 Cult MTL t-shirt

2nd prize: 2 double passes to any film at Cinéma du Parc, a Cult MTL Blu-ray prize pack, 1 Cult MTL t-shirt

3rd prize: 1 DVD of 20 Feet From Stardom, 1 Cult MTL t-shirt

Thanks to everyone who participated! And don’t forget to check out our review of last night’s big ceremony here. ■

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