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29 Geeky Movies That Won Oscars

29 Geeky Movies That Won Oscars

By Joal Ryan

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At the 91st annual Academy Awards on Feb. 24, Black Panther may make history as the first superhero movie to claim Best Picture.

Or, it may become the first superhero film to lose out on the Best Picture prize. Not to discourage Wakandans and their supporters, but against the likes of Roma, Green Book and The Favourite, the oddsmakers don’t see much of a path to victory for the Marvel Cinematic Universe film, starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan and Lupita Nyong’o.


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But that’s not the only superhero film vying for an Oscar this year. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse will likely claim a victory in the Best Animated Feature category, where the acclaimed 2018 big-screen movie, featuring the voices of Shameik Moore and Jake Johnson, is the consensus favorite.

Heck, our own Chris Killian gave the “hilariously weird” movie — “one of the best Spider-Man movies you’re likely to ever see” — a 5 out of 5 review score.

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While it seems that things are looking up for superhero movies at the Oscars this season, the truth is things have been looking up for geek films since the arrival of the 21st century. In the past 19 years, fueled by the explosion of CGI, an expanded Best Picture category, a series of acclaimed genre films from the Mexican directors Alfonso Cuarón (Children of Men, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban), Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water, Pan’s Labyrinth) and Alejandro G. Iñárritu (Birdman), the game-changing work of Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight, Inception, Interstellar) and led by Peter Jackson‘s blockbuster Lord of the Rings trilogy, a slew of sci-fi, fantasy, horror, comic-book and superhero movies have competed for — and won — Academy Awards.

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), The Dark Knight and The Shape of Water are among the genre films to score wins in one (or more) of Oscars’ glamour categories (Best Picture, screenplay, acting, directing), while geeky films about geeks, including Spike Jonze’s Her and David Fincher’s The Social Network, have also prevailed there.

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Elsewhere, films such as 2005’s King Kong, Blade Runner 2049 and Avatar have achieved Oscar success in categories, such as visual effects, where geek films of the 20th century, such as Alien, Star Wars and Independence Day, traditionally found acceptance.

Here’s a rundown of 29 geeky films, released in or after the year 2000, that won an Oscar.

Slide 1 of 29Suicide Squad
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With its one Academy Award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling, this critically reviled 2016 DC Extended Universe film goes down in the history books as having won more Oscars, combined, than Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times, Stanley Kubrick’s Paths of Glory and Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life.

Slide 2 of 29The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
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This 2001 film — the first installment in Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth trilogy — scored four wins (for cinematography, visual effects, makeup and score) off a whopping 13 nominations.

Slide 3 of 29Spider-Man 2
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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, a favorite for Best Animated Feature on this coming Oscar night, may yet make history. But as of now, this Sam Raimi-directed sequel is the only Spidey-centric film to claim an Academy Award: The 2004 film won for visual effects.

Slide 4 of 29Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
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What the Harry Potter films failed to do through eight Oscar cycles, the wizarding universe’s Newt Scamander wing did its first time out: This 2016 J.K. Rowling-penned film won the Oscar for costume design.

Slide 5 of 29Blade Runner 2049
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This long-awaited 2017 sequel to Ridley Scott’s iconic 1982 Blade Runner didn’t capture critics the way the earlier film did, but the Ryan Gosling vehicle did capture Academy voters: Blade Runner 2049 took home two awards, for cinematography and visual effects.

Slide 6 of 29The Dark Knight
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Christopher Nolan’s game-changing 2008 Caped Crusader film earned two Oscars, for sound editing and supporting actor. The latter was a bittersweet, posthumous victory for Heath Ledger, who died months before his incendiary Joker hit screens. For all its success, and eight nominations, it was The Dark Knight‘s exclusion from the Best Picture race that helped spur the Academy to open up the category to more films.

Slide 7 of 29The Incredibles
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Before there was Black Panther, this 2004 Brad Bird film represented for superheroes at the Oscars, winning two awards off four nominations, for Best Animated Feature and Best Sound Editing.  

Slide 8 of 29Star Trek
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To date, there have been 13 big-screen Trek movies. J.J. Abrams’ timeline-resetting 2009 reboot is the only one among them to claim an Oscar: It won for Best Makeup.  

Slide 9 of 29The Wolfman
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The scariest thing about this 2010 horror remake, starring Benecio Del Toro, may be its woeful Metacritic score. But the film still ranks among Hollywood’s Oscar-winners, thanks to its win for Best Makeup.  

Slide 10 of 29Her
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Spike Jonze’s near-future tale of a man (Joaquin Phoenix) who falls in love with his AI assistant (voiced by Scarlett Johansson) earned five nominations, including one for Best Picture. The 2013 film won one statuette, for Jonze’s original screenplay.  

Slide 11 of 29Arrival
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This 2016 sci-fi film starring Amy Adams competed for eight Oscars, including Best Picture. It captured one category, Best Sound Editing.

Slide 12 of 29The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
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The second leg in Peter Jackson’s LOTR trilogy is the least-decorated of the three movies. But the 2002 film still claimed a pair of Oscars (for sound editing and visual effects) off of six nominations.

Slide 13 of 29King Kong
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Fun factoid: 1933’s original, ground-breaking King Kong did not win a single competitive Academy Award. That left it to Peter Jackson’s 2005 monster-epic redo to bring home the gold. And so it did, winning in three categories: sound editing, sound mixing and visual effects.

Slide 14 of 29Alice in Wonderland
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Tim Burton’s 2010 kaleidoscopic take on the Lewis Carroll fantasy classic, starring Johnny Depp, won two Oscars, for art direction and costume design.

Slide 15 of 29Get Out
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This hot-button hit represented for horror at the 2018 Oscars, winning a Best Original Screenplay Academy Award for its writer-director-producer, Jordan Peele.  

Slide 16 of 29The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
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The Narnia movies fizzled after the franchise’s blockbuster start, but the fantasy series still goes down in the books as an Oscar-winner thanks to the initial 2005 film’s victory for makeup.  

Slide 17 of 29The Muppets
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Co-writer and star Jason Segel’s 2011 love letter to Jim Henson’s fuzzy creations is just about the geekiest thing ever. The only thing more gloriously geeky? The film’s Oscar-winning song, “Man or Muppet.”

Slide 18 of 29Avatar
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James Cameron’s big, blue, box-office-commanding fantasy epic lost out to The Hurt Locker for the Best Picture prize that many pundits had predicted it would win. The 2009 film, which represented turning points for motion capture and 3D, made do with three wins: for art direction, cinematography and visual effects.

Slide 19 of 29Inception
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The first Christopher Nolan film to contend for Best Picture (sorry, Dark Knight), this 2010 time-bending, Leonardo DiCarprio sci-fi/crime adventure made off with four Oscars: for cinematography, sound editing, sound mixing and visual effects.

Slide 20 of 29The Shape of Water
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The Creature from the Black Lagoon? A monster-horror classic that didn’t get a fin anywhere near an Oscar. The Shape of Water? Guillermo del Toro’s tale of a woman and the water monster she loves swept up Best Picture, Best Director and two other statuettes (for production design and score). The 2017 movie is only the second fantasy film to win Best Picture.  

Slide 21 of 29Big Hero 6
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Based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, Big Hero 6, released in 2014, won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

Slide 22 of 29Pan’s Labyrinth
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This 2006 Guillermo del Toro fantasy, featuring Doug Jones, who would handle monster duties for the director’s Shape of Water, too, contended for six Oscars and won three (for cinematography, production design and makeup).

Slide 23 of 29Interstellar
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Another Christopher Nolan entry, this 2014 sci-fi saga starring Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway, won the Oscar for Best Visual Effects.

Slide 24 of 29Ex Machina
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This dark look at an increasingly powerful and resourceful AI robot (played by Alicia Vikander) scored an Original Screenplay nomination, and won for Visual Effects.

Slide 25 of 29The Golden Compass
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Though this 2007 fantasy-adventure failed to spark a Harry Potter-esque franchise, it won an Academy Award for visual effects — and, yes, that’s more Oscar gold than the Hogwarts crew ever saw. 

Slide 26 of 29Mad Max: Fury Road
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George Miller’s relentless fourth Mad Max movie lost out to Spotlight for Best Picture, but the 2015 film topped all other nominated movies with a field-best six wins (for film editing, costume design, makeup and hair, sound editing and production design).  

Slide 27 of 29The Social Network
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This David Fincher-directed look at Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, the ultimate geek success story (and cautionary tale), scored eight nominations, including one for Best Picture. The 2010 film was liked enough to win three awards, including one for Aaron Sorkin’s adapted screenplay.  

Slide 28 of 29Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
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While a superhero movie has yet to win Best Picture, Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s 2014 comedy-drama about an actor who struggles with having played a superhero took home the top prize and three other Oscars (for original screenplay, cinematography and directing). Birdman gets extra-geek-credit for putting Michael Keaton back in the spotlight, and revitalizing the Batman alum’s big-screen career.  


Slide 29 of 29The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
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Peter Jackson’s 2003 film, the final chapter in the filmmaker’s take on the J.R.R. Tolkien trilogy, didn’t just win Oscars. It won a record-tying 11 Oscars, including Best Picture. In claiming the top prize, Return of the King became the first fantasy film to scale that mountain.  


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Makeup Removal: A Feel-Good Video

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Scientists estimate that nearly two-thirds of people experience ASMR, a sensation often described as a tingling head “orgasm.” There are triggers—whispers heavy on “s” sounds, crunching, rhythmic ambient noise—and then, if you’re lucky, you get a little feeling that makes you go oooh.

Cleaning isn’t inherently linked to ASMR, but it definitely triggers something. The urge to clean more, the urge to clean less, the urge to stop and stare at commercials of crumb-guzzling vacuums on a continuous loop (it’s refreshing!). And then there’s the cleaning that happens to your face, which may be the most satisfying clean of all. Below you’ll see model Tehya Elam removing sticky, fluorescent, radically pigmented makeup from her skin. Artist Shayna Gold is who put it there in the first place. Think of this not as a makeup tutorial, but as kohl-fueled meditation for your eyes. Sit back, hit play, and maybe your mind will just go aaah.

In look one, Tehya wears Surratt Lid Lacquer in Shikkoku. Look Two: Tom Ford Cream Shadow in Sphinx with Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Color Paint in Matte Fuschia and Nars Lip Gloss in Wonder. Look three: Tehya wears MAC Chromaline. Look four: Huda Beauty Precious Stones Eyeshadow Palette in Emerald and Charlotte Tilbury Red Carpet Red lipstick on cheeks.

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Kylie Jenner Shares Never-Before- Seen Photos of ‘Angel on Earth’ Stormi for First Birthday

Kylie Jenner Shares Never-Before- Seen Photos of ‘Angel on Earth’ Stormi for First Birthday

Baby’s first birthday!

Kylie Jenner wished her daughter Stormi a happy birthday on Friday, sharing multiple sweet tributes in honor of her little girl’s big day.

The Keeping Up with the Kardashians star, 21, made two posts in honor of Stormi’s birthday. The first was a slideshow consisting of 10 photos and videos, showing her smiley daughter balancing against a wall of teddy bears, taking selfies with her mom, wearing sunglasses, on board a boat, hanging out with dad Travis Scott and more.

Perhaps the most memorable slide? A video of Stormi taking some of her first steps, walking from her mom — who’s seated on the floor, holding her upright — to her dad and back again, amid cheers from a proud Jenner.

Kylie Jenner’s daughter Stormi

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“How did i get so lucky to have such a sweet, smart, happy baby. i just couldn’t have dreamt you up, storm. i wish you could stay this little forever and i could protect that contagious smile and laugh of yours,” the makeup mogul captioned her post. “I know you won’t remember much about the first year of your life but i pray that you’ll never forget to keep sharing your joy and laughter with the world.”

“My love grows for you a thousand miles a minute,” Jenner continued. “Every day with you is the best day of my life. happy birthday to my angel on earth. 🎈”

A second selfie-style throwback video showed the couple sharing a few cheek kisses outdoors near a pool while their baby girl lounged in a stroller. At the end, Jenner could be heard saying, “Say ‘Bye,’ Stormi! Later!”

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Kylie Jenner, Travis Scott and daughter Stormi

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Kylie Jenner and daughter Stormi

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Kylie Jenner’s daughter Stormi

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Travis Scott and daughter Stormi

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Kylie Jenner’s daughter Stormi

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Multiple members of the KarJenner family took to social media to ring in their second-youngest addition’s first year, wishing Jenner and Scott’s first child many happy returns.

“Happy Birthday to the sweetest baby girl Stormi! We love you so much!!! 💕” aunt Kim Kardashian West captioned a cute snapshot of her 1-year-old daughter Chicago and the birthday girl hanging out in matching pink walkers.

Proud grandma Kris Jenner shared a gallery of photographs of Stormi and Jenner from the former’s first year, writing in her post’s caption, “Happy birthday to our little angel Stormi! You bring us so much joy with your sweet smile and precious laugh. You are such a beautiful blessing and I love you so very much!”

In maybe the cutest photo of all, Kendall Jenner planted a kiss on her smiling niece’s cheek, captioning the adorable image, “Sweet, tiny noodle! your energy is powerful, i hope the world offers you nothing but beautiful things. i love you Stormeroo! happy 1st birthday 🦋”

Travis Scott and daughter Stormi

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Travis Scott and daughter Stormi

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Kylie Jenner’s daughter Stormi

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The KarJenners always go all out when it comes to birthdays, and the Kylie Cosmetics maven is no different — in fact, she started planning Stormi’s party seven months in advance.

“Stormi is going to be 5 months this weekend, which really is tripping me,” Jenner told her fans on Snapchat last June, explaining that she couldn’t help but think ahead.

“That means we’re halfway to a year … almost. And I’m already thinking about her first birthday and how it’s going to be epic,” she shared, adding that while she had already decided on a theme, she had to change it up thanks to her sisters Kim Kardashian West and Kourtney Kardashian.

“I was going to do super magical unicorn theme but North and Penelope beat me to it,” she said of her nieces, who teamed up for a joint unicorn-themed birthday bash earlier over the summer. “So I have to think of something else.”

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Ever the doting mother, Jenner kicked off Stormi’s birthday celebration last month as the pair embarked on a tropical vacation, where they were joined by Scott, 26, and the makeup mogul’s BFF Jordyn Woods.

“Let the birthday adventures begin,” Jenner captioned a photograph that showed Stormi walking along the beach and leaving footprints in the sand.

During the trip the pair also twinned in neon green suits while enjoying an outdoor shower at their luxurious beachside lodgings. “Let’s get away,” the mother of one wrote on Instagram.

RELATED GALLERY: Kylie Jenner’s Cutest Matching Moments with Daughter Stormi

Jenner, who absolutely loves being a mother, opened up in December about how 2018 was unforgettable all thanks to her baby daughter.

“Thank you all for the love and support this year. 2018 has been unforgettable thanks to you,” she wrote on Instagram alongside a photo of herself holding Stormi.

“Having Stormi of course has made it the best. I can’t wait for 2019,” Jenner added.

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Colourpop Adds Loose Pigments to Zodiac Collection With KathleenLights

Colourpop Adds Loose Pigments to Zodiac Collection With KathleenLights

Last summer, Colourpop made astrology lovers’ dreams come true when it dropped its zodiac-themed makeup collection in collaboration with Kathleen Lights. Fans went wild over the colorful launch, which includes one eye shadow palette, two lipsticks, two liquid shadows, and two powder highlighters, all of which boast fun, horoscope-themed names like Scorpio Moon and What’s Your Sign? Now, months later, the Instagram-favorite brand is extending the popular range to include 12 zodiac-inspired loose pigments that are so sparkly and opaque, it’s almost impossible to stop staring at them.

No surprise here: Beauty news source @TrendMood1 dropped the news late last night, sending fans of Colourpop and Kathleen Lights into an excited frenzy. “They did it again!!!” reads the caption, which then goes into detail about the collection. According to the post, the loose pigments are made with a brand-new formula that is different from the Super Star Loose Pigments, which have been discontinued. “[They’re] more pigmented, last longer, and [are] more reflective,” the caption says. What’s more, some of the shadows will have a more pigmented base, while others will be full-blown glitter.

Now let’s talk shades, shall we? You have The Anchor (a deep, shimmering eggplant), The Scorpion (a vivid, berry red), The Scales (a sparkly mauve-pink), The Maiden (an iridescent silver), The Lion (a vibrant yellow gold), The Crab (a light lilac), The Twins (an opaque copper), The Bull (a bright emerald green), The Ram (an electric orange), The Fish (a light green with lots of sparkle), The Water Bearer (an intense aqua hue), and The Goat (a chocolate brown with gold shimmer).

Kathleen also posted about the upcoming extension on her personal Instagram, writing, “SURPRISE!!!!!!!!! ♒️We’re celebrating my bday with a new @colourpopcosmetics Collection!!!” Additionally, the beauty influencer revealed she made an entire video about the pigments, including swatches, which you can check out here to see them in action.

As for when you can get your hands on these gorgeous pigments, January 31 is the official launch date. That’s only two days away, folks, so be sure to set your reminders and get those wallets ready because they’re bound to sell like hotcakes. You can head to where they’ll be available this Thursday. Enjoy, zodiac babes.

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