The Oscars rarely honor the Geek-friendly contributions to the TV and film industry. So the Geeks hold a special Geekie Awards podcast where we nominate our favorite films, shows, actors characters and moments - then argue amongst ourselves to determine the winner. Below are the results of this year's "Geekies"!
[*** Warning: may contain spoilers for multiple films and television series from 2019 ***]
Note: In the interest of time, we didn't necessarily cover all nominees during the podcast episode.
The Geek's choice for best movie of the year, taking into consideration acting performances, character development, screenwriting, directing, cinematography, special effects and musical scores.
Considerations - Avengers: Endgame, Spider Man: Far From Home, Joker, Terminator: Dark Fate, Shazam!
Winner - Avengers: Endgame
We're sure this doesn't come as much of a surprise after our unanimously rave Avenger's: Endgame podcast review. But we certainly weren't alone in our opinion - the film was widely praised by critics and audiences across the globe. This installment brought the Avenger's saga to an epic and well received ending, despite a few surprises. It also set a multitude of box office records in the process, including: highest-grossing opening weekend, fastest to reach $650 million and several single-day earnings records. It also became the highest grossing movie of all-time, earning a whopping $2.8 billion in the box office.
Best New Streaming or Television Series
The Geek's choice for best overall series, taking into consideration acting performances, character development, screenwriting, directing, cinematography, special effects and musical scores.
Considerations - The Mandalorian, The Boys, Watchmen, The Witcher, Another Life
Winner - The Mandalorian
This is another winner that probably comes as no surprise. The Geeks reviewed every single episode of the series on our podcast and published an extensive Easter egg list for each episode. Despite all the divisiveness in the fandom over the prequel trilogy, sequel trilogy, spin-offs and general discontent over the Disney buyout, The Mandalorian stands as one of a few ventures that Star Wars fans far and wide were genuinely excited to watch.
Best Sci-Fi Picture
The Geek's choice for a film that best represents the progression of the science fiction genre on screen.
Considerations - Brightburn, Detective Pikachu, I am Mother, Terminator: Dark Fate, Godzilla: King of Monsters
Winner - Brightburn
It's hard for the Geeks to watch any "What If" story without some level of excitement, but the fact that this was a dark and sometimes gruesome, Superman-esque, alternative origin story made it all the better. The R rating didn't hurt either, which is something of a rarity in this genre. We like twisted comic characters, we love dark storytelling themes and we appreciate a bit of unanticipated blood and gore. Brightburn delivers on all counts.
The Geek's choice for the character in film or TV that best represents virtues of heroism: selflessness, courage, compassion, fortitude, loyalty, conviction, integrity, determination and/or sacrifice.
Considerations - Iron Man, Captain America, The Mandalorian, Shazam
Winner - Iron Man / Tony Stark
This was a really tough call. While Tony Stark isn't always as righteous as Cap, as compassionate as Mando or as selfless as Shazam, he did make the ultimate sacrifice to save his fellow heroes and restore the universe to it's rightful state. And he did it despite his reservations about leaving behind his family and everything he had built at Stark Industries. Tony Stark had everything he wanted, and he let it all go for the benefit of others. This final selfless act earned him a well deserved title.
The Geek's choice for the character in film or TV that best represents a compelling villain.
Considerations - Mysterio (Spider Man: Far From Home), Brandon (Brightburn), Thanos (Avengers: Endgame), The Joker (Joker), The Horde (Glass)
Winner - Mysterio
What makes a compelling villain? Well, there are many plausible answers to that question because it's subjective. Instead of running through a list of traits, let's talk about why we chose Mysterio. When he makes his initial appearance in Spider Man: Far From Home, you wouldn't necessarily know he's the bad guy. He's sympathetic, supportiv