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Academy Awards 2010: Starman, Near Dark, Demolition Man
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© Joe Crowe
March 08, 2010

"There is a girl out there who might be running for her life from some gigantic turned-on ape." (The Oscar-Winning Dude, "King Kong")

At long last, sci-fi got its rightful honors at the 2010 Academy Awards. Let's get right to the great news.

The films

Avatar won four, which is four more than James Cameron's Aliens, Terminator and The Abyss won. It's a good start, Oscar. Maybe someday Cameron will be rewarded for something.

The best documentary Oscar went to The Cove. It was produced by Fisher Stevens, who likewise took loving care of Johnny Five in Short Circuit. And dare we forget, Short Circuit 2.

The most anticipated award of the night went to Star Trek. No Star Trek movie ever won any Oscar for anything, ever. Not even the stunning performance of Dwight Schulz as Barclay in First Contact. No movie fan could have predicted that Star Trek would finally be rewarded for 40 years of magic, with the coveted Best Achievement in Makeup.

Kathryn Bigelow won best director for bringing to life the vampire Near Dark. Get your hankies ready. Let's 2010 take a look. Someday someone will put vampires in movies again, but I don't want to know about them.

Her win is notable for another reason: She is the only person in movie history who made a movie that contained bothKeanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze.

The actors

Jeff Bridges abided through a career's worth of non-sci-fi movies in between his true calling, which began on Sea Hunt, where he played some kid. Was this Oscar for revealing his giant cranium in Iron Man, and personifying comic book villain Obadiah Stane?

Was this Oscar a reward for Starman, where he asked the immortal question, "What is kid-nap-ped?"

We were all moved when he brought to life photographer Jack Prescott in the touching romance King Kong. We were moved when he proclaimed, "I'm just as ignorant about this as you are, so quit askin' me so many dumb questions, will ya?"

Clearly, he won for his emotional turn as Flynn in Tron. It brought me to tears when he said, "Come on, you scuzzy data. Be in there."

Best actress went to Sandra Bullock, a lady we have followed since her sci-fi beginnings. She made many, many terrible movies that contained human emotions and feelings. Only the presence of Mr. William Shatner saved Miss Congeniality..

But Oscar looked past all those awful decisions and rewarded Bullock for her greatest feat in 1989: Her spiritually lifting performance as the trainee of Col. Steve Austin and Jaime Somers in Bionic Showdown. Here's the clip that cemented her Oscar win.

Her career reached its peak in 1993 as the precocious Lenina in Demolition Man. I always cry. I cannot get through the incredible scene where she says, "You really licked his ass."

RevolutionSF's Joe Crowe can take this job and shovel it.

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