For better and for worse, this year’s Academy Awards ceremony was perhaps the most talked-about one in recent years. This year, the lack of non-white nominees have brought forth a major discussion on Hollywood’s issues with diversity. #OscarsSoWhite trended on Twitter, several famous people boycotted the ceremony, and just about every online article about the Oscars centered around the controversy. As a result, this year’s show had the stigma of being as white as an angel food cake covered mayonnaise. Needless to say, it left a bad taste in people’s mouths way before it aired. However, despite the controversy leading into it, the end result was a pretty solid show full of satisfying wins and even a few surprises.
The show started off with an opening montage featuring the films that were nominated for awards that night. This year’s host, Chris Rock, proceeded to take the stage, and he certainly didn’t hold back any punches. Chris Rock’s comedy mainly centers around race, so it was pretty much guaranteed that he would roast the Academy for its lack of diversity. He didn’t roast the academy though; he burnt them like Anakin Skywalker at the end of Episode 3. (more…)
It was a great day for Michael Bay! That is if getting an award nomination regardless of the implications of said award is cause for celebration. Still, seven nominations is nothing to sneeze at, and Transformers: Age of Extinction is the most honored movie of the year for the 35th Annual Golden Raspberry Awards. Compounding the laurels (darts) for Bay is that his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, which he co-produced, received five nominations including the coveted Worst Picture trophy. Other top nominees include Saving Christmas and The Legend of Hercules, which received six nominations, but it seems that the Razzies are also losing some of their vitriol in the second half of its fourth decade as, for the first time this year, their giving out an award for coming back after multiple Razzie nominations and/or wins. This year’s Worst of the Worst is compiled below. (more…)
Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut. Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOVE: Male or female, nerd or non-nerd, ANYONE can appreciate the majesty of these Swarovski crystal-encrusted, handmade Batman heels from the Etsy store Wicked Addiction. [Fashionably Geek]
Not just another Spidey tee: This shirt comes with an honest-to-Crom ultrasonic motion sensor sewed into the back of the neck that can supposedly detect moving objects from up to 5 feet away. The “Spidey Sense” shirt will make its first public appearance at SDCC, but will not be available for purchase until October. [Fashionably Geek]
Got any friends who you think could be personally responsible for the unpleasant stereotype of nerds as poorly groomed? Fear not! This Integrated Circuit hairbrush by Think Geek is the perfect gift for the unkempt nerd in your life….Remember, it’s Comic-Con season: Our people are going to be all over the mundane news–let’s try to look presentable, eh? 😉 [Geeks Are Sexy]
Because deep down I’m still about six years old…
If you are too, you can order your own Zombie Boogers at the aptly named site Stupid.com–Enjoy! [Laughing Squid]
If you’re done with your good-natured chuckle over the Zombie Boogers, it’s time to soil yourself in abject terror. That is the Combat Alpha/Big Dog concept, and while it is supposedly ONLY a concept, it’s still gonna cost me a few night’s sleep. I mean we just found out our government (and I’m addressing American readers exclusively) has us under 24-hour surveillance…Bad enough when all we had to worry about was CIA spooks, now Big Brother can send in effing K-9 to waste anybody who gets on their bad side?
Canada is looking better and better. [Geekologie]
Hostess brought Twinkies back just in time for some creative individual to come up with these brilliant, and scrumptious-looking Minion cupcakes (as in Grue’s Minions from Despicable Me–if you’ve been living in a cave for the past couple years). This photo comes to us via Long Island radio station WALK 97.5
My only objection is that they all have two eyes….
Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, the live-action webseries based on the immensely popular FPS franchise has been nominated for a Prime-time Emmy Award for Outstanding Main Title Design.
I’ll be honest here: I’ve never seen this series, mostly because I’m not a Halo player (I’m a Playstation man), but it’s hard NOT to be impressed by a webseries about a video game getting nominated for television’s highest honor–even if it is only a technical award.
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Yet another year is coming to a close. This means we’ve got yet another Top [insert number here] list of [insert year here]. In this case, it’s the American Film Institute‘s awards for the top 10 motion pictures and the top 10 television programs of 2012.
The list includes many of the expected film titles like The Dark Knight Rises and Les Miserables. Same goes for the TV series; we’ve got Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Mad Men, Modern Family and The Walking Dead to drop some big names. Fun fact for y’all: Mad Men is now the most recognized AFI Awards TV honoree in history after 5 straight years on that list. I guess everybody loves themselves some Hamm, eh? Eh?
Anyway. Jump the chasm for the full list! (more…)
The 2011 Television Emmy nominations are out and HBO‘s Game of Thrones has scored big with 13 nominations including:
Peter Dinklage for Best Supporting Actor!
This Nerd Bastard called it last month and was pleased to see that prediction come true. Dinklage has an uphill battle against John Slattery of AMC’s Mad Men (another fantastic show), for his portrayal of Rodger Sterling. Slattery has been nominated for the fourth year in a row and might be seen as the “must receive” nomination this year. I still lean toward Dinklage though. Slattery is great but he doesn’t steal every scene and rivit my attention like Dinklage has in his role as Tyrion in Game of Thrones.
Game of Thrones was also nominated for:
- Best Drama Series: Game of Thrones
- Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister
- Writing in a Drama Series: David Benioff and Dan Weiss for “Baelor”
- Direction in a Single-Camera Series: Timothy van Patten for “Winter is Coming”
- Casting in a Drama Series: Nina Gold and Robert Sterne
- Costumes for a Drama Series: Michelle Clapton and Rachael Webb-Crozier for “The Pointy End”
- Hairstyling in a Single-Camera Series: Kevin Alexander and Candice Banks for “A Golden Crown”
- Main Title Design: Angus Wall, Robert Feng, Kirk H. Shintani, and Hameed Shaukat
- Non-prosthetic Makeup in a Single-Camera Series: Paul Engelen and Melissa Lackersteen for “Winter is Coming”
- Prosethtic Makeup in a Series: Paul Engelen and Conor O’Sullivan for “A Golden Crown”
- Sound Editing for a Series: Stefan Hendrix, Tim Hands, Michelle McCormack, Steve Fanagan, Andy Kennedy, Jon Stevenson, Robin Whittaker, Caoimhe Doyle, and Eoghan McDonnell
- Special Visual effects for a Series: Adam McInnes, Angela Barson, Lucy Ainsworth-Taylor, Raf Morant, Henry Badgett, Damien Mace, Stuart Brisdon, and Graham Hills
- Stunt Coordination: Paul Jennings
The rest of the Emmy nominations are after the break.
It’s just been announced that James Franco and Anne Hathaway will host the 83rd Annual Academy Awards. Wait, what? No Billy Crystal, No Steve Martin, No John Stewart and No NPH (Neil Patrick Harris never hosted, that’s just an un-fufiiled nerd dream of mine that has been crushed yet again)? Hathaway. Franco. This is a very odd choice.
Well I don’t hate the idea. Franco is damn good at comedy ( Pineapple Express, his appearance on 30 rock) and has carisma. Hathaway might be problematic, but she has perky tits so she’ll be ok.
More intriguing about this announcement is that Franco is potentially competing for Oscar gold with 127 Hours. What would a Franco-hosted Oscars, featuring a Franco win for Best Actor, look like? Would he win, can he win? Can a host be nominated for an award?
What do you all think about James Franco and Anne Hathaway hosting the awards show?
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The votes have been counted and the night of Spike’s fifth annual Scream Awards
, honoring the best in sci-fi, fantasy, comics, and horror, has come to an end. With few winners and many second places packed into the two hour award show, it was still an outstanding night overall. Here’s a recap of all Spike’s hits, misses and Mickey Rourke’s face, who looked like he didn’t know where he was.
Halle Berry opened the night introducing this year’s Ultimate Scream, with Inception‘s Director Christopher Nolan accepting among a live orchestra. The night followed with Megan Fox awarding Best Villian to Iron Man 2’s Mickey Rourke for his role as Ivan Vanko. Mickey still has some class, accepting the award drink in hand while saying it’s a good night with “alot of tits and ass” Classy Rourke, classy.
As you know Facebook is a behemoth in social networking websites, bigger than any other. The same group that voted to have her host SNL is now at it again, this time going for gold.. They have now set their eyes on The Academy Awards. (more…)