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PGA Awards nominate 'Star Trek' and 'Avatar' for best picture

January 5, 2010 |  8:01 am

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The Producers Guild of America just announced best picture nominees, which follow the Oscars by expanding its contenders' list to 10. Included are obvious front-runners "Avatar," "Up in the Air" and "Inglourious Basterds," but curious omissions include a few films with high Oscar hopes like serious artsy fare "A Serious Man" and "The Messenger" and comedies "The Hangover," "It's Complicated" and "Julie & Julia." The latter PGA snubs aren't too surprising. Most award groups, sad to say, laugh off comedies, although PGA did nominate "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" when it was spurned by Academy members.

But the PGA Awards usually skunk sci-fi fare, so the big jaw-droppers on its current list are "District 9" and "Star Trek."

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In past years, four of the five PGA rivals usually aligned with the Oscar list. Only a few times (1992, 1993) did they line up exactly. When nominees differed in the past, the producers, being shrewd business folk, usually preferred blockbusters like "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" and "The Dark Knight" and animated fare like "Shrek" and "The Incredibles." (Only once has an animated film ever been nominated for best picture at the Oscars: "Beauty and the Beast.")

Never before has PGA made an exception for sci-fi, though, so Oscarologists now must wonder: Can these repeat at the Academy Awards or are they exceptions here following the PGA's longtime preference for box-office hits?

In their 20-year history, the PGA Awards have foreseen 13 of Oscar's eventual best-picture winners, including recent champs "Slumdog Millionaire" and "No Country for Old Men." However, the previous three PGA winners failed to prevail at the Oscars. In 2006, the PGA picked "Little Miss Sunshine" over "The Departed." In 2005, the guild backed "Brokeback Mountain" rather than "Crash," and in 2004 "The Aviator" soared ahead of "Million Dollar Baby."

The only year that the producers guild nominees did not include the eventual Oscar winner was back in 1995 when "Braveheart" failed to make the cut and "Apollo 13" took home the Golden Laurel.

The next Golden Laurel will be bestowed with other PGA Awards at the Hollywood Palladium on Jan. 24.

Note: Star date given in the photo caption above is today's date written in Trekkie code.

"District 9"
"An Education"
"The Hurt Locker"
"Inglourious Basterds"
"Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire"
"Star Trek"
"Up in the Air"

"Fantastic Mr. Fox"
"The Princess and the Frog"

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Which 'Star Trek' versions deserved Oscars and Emmys?

May 9, 2009 |  3:45 pm

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If you could scoot through a worm hole to a parallel universe — and give the "Star Trek" films and TV versions the Oscars and Emmys they deserved -- what awards would those be?

"Star Trek" flicks didn't win any Oscars, and the TV renditions won just a smattering of Emmys in the tech races, with one exception: the animated series won a Daytime Emmy as best children's entertainment show of 1975. "Star Trek" and "Star Trek: The Next Generation" did nab noms for best drama series, but neither William Shatner nor Patrick Stewart ever got nominated. It wasn't for lack of trying. Stewart even funded his own personal Emmy campaign, buying "For Your Consideration" ads in Variety and the Hollywood Reporter.

But in an ideal universe, what awards should this franchise have won so far? I put that question to our forum posters, with interesting results.

Boomer thinks Ricardo Montalban should've won an Oscar for "Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan," adding, "Yes, it is over the top, but in just the kind of way that fits the role and is very memorable even 25 years later."

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Can the new 'Star Trek' cling on till the Oscars?

May 8, 2009 |  2:54 pm

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"Star Trek" has impressed the critics with the new movie reboot scoring a solid 84 at MetaCritic and a jaw-dropping 90 among the top critics surveyed by Rotten Tomatoes. Such strong reviews could boost the awards prospects for this big-screen revamping of the 40-year-old-plus franchise. 

None of the six films to feature the original TV cast won any Oscars. And the original TV series from the '60s failed to win any Emmy Awards either, though it contended for best drama series in the first two of its three seasons on the air.

A decade after the TV series ended in 1969, "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" was released to so-so reviews. Despite being helmed by two-time Oscar winning director Robert Wise ("West Side Story," "The Sound of Music"), the film failed to impress academy voters. It lost the Oscar for visual effects to the team responsible for "Alien" while "All that Jazz" danced off with art direction and "A Little Romance" nabbed the score award.

Film No. 4 "Star Trek: The Voyage Home" was the biggest box-office earner of the series and contended for four Oscars in 1986. It lost all of its bids, with best picture winner "Platoon" beating it for sound while "Aliens" took sound effects editing. "The Mission" won best cinematography and "Round Midnight" had the best score.

Five years later, the final film to feature the original cast — "Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country" — lost both its Oscar races, with "Terminator 2: Judgement Day" winning both makeup and sound effects editing.

This new movie is helmed by TV vet J.J. Abrams ("Lost," "Alias") and boasts a host of Emmy contenders working behind the scenes, including editing by winner Mary Jo Markey ("Lost") and nominee Maryann Brandon ("Alias"), and art and set design supervised by winners Scott Chambliss and Karen Manthey ("Alias").

The script is by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzmann who picked up two WGA nods earlier this year for their work on Abrams' newest TV hit "Fringe." Among the movie vets working on the film are Oscar-nominated composer Michael Giacchino ("Ratatouille") and BAFTA-winning costumer Michael Kaplan ("Blade Runner"). And the visual effects are by the award-winning Industrial Light and Magic.


Poll: Did 'Star Trek' animated series win an Emmy?

Poll: Did 'Star Trek' win the Emmy battle in 1967?

Poll: Did Leonard Nimoy win an Emmy for 'Star Trek'?

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Poll: Did Leonard Nimoy win an Emmy for 'Star Trek'?

May 5, 2009 | 10:50 am

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Monday, we trekked through a worm hole together to revisit the TV series "Star Trek" when it competed at the Emmys in 1967 for best drama series. Now let's beam ourselves into "Star Trek's" other big Emmy battle: best supporting actor. Those are the only two award categories in which it competed during its brief three years on NBC.
It's odd that Leonard Nimoy was the only cast member nominated for acting, a feat he repeated all three years. Mr. Spock not only was the least emotionally flashy role aboard the starship Enterprise, the character prided himself upon expressing no emotion at all!

Hey, did Mr. Spock have a secret Vulcan death grip on TV academy voters? If so, did he ever win for "Star Trek"? After voting below, check out the answer here.

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Poll: Did 'Star Trek' win the Emmy battle in 1967?

May 4, 2009 |  2:14 pm

With J.J. Abrams and crew relaunching "Star Trek" into movie theaters this week, the revamping of the classic franchise may be going where many previous ones have gone before: Star Trek TV movie J.J_Abrams-1into a kudos black hole. Voters of Oscars, Emmys and other industry awards usually snub sci-fi works like "Star Trek," of course — except in the tech categories like special visual effects.

But there are notable exceptions, like "Star Trek" being nominated at the Emmys for best TV drama series at the end of its first and second seasons on NBC in 1967 and 1968. As mania builds for the new "Star Trek" feature film over the next few days, Gold Derby invites fans to travel with us through a cyber-wormhole to revisit old kudos battles of yore.

First, let's visit planet Emmy, so that means hopping aboard "Star Trek" during its maiden voyage on TV in 1966-67 along with Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock and crew. It's a lonely trip, I warn you. "Star Trek" became far more popular in reruns than it was during its first spin over just three TV seasons before it was canceled. But — hooray — at least Emmy voters appreciated it with a best-series nomination. Below are the five contenders. Do you recall the victor?

First, vote below, then check out the answer here.Then take our next poll: Did Leonard Nimoy win an Emmy for 'Star Trek'?

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