Thoughtful Thursday: SFF Oscar Winners

With Oscars Night nearly upon us, we thought it might be fun to imagine not only a few of the categories/nominees that didn’t make the cut this year, but some of the possible speeches the winners might give as well.

We’ve started it off with the winner of Best Supporting Role by a Piece of Clothing — The Cloak of Levitation (Doctor Strange). We’d like to hear some of your potential categories and/or winning speeches from 2016’s best (or worst) science fiction/fantasy films.

As always, we’ll select a random commentator to receive a giveaway book from our stacks.

Cloak’s speech:

I have so many people to thank. The writers, as it truly felt like this role was tailor-made for me. The director, Scott Derrikson, for taking a chance on a relative unknown seen (or not seen) in just a handful of minor period dramas. My wiser-than-her-years agent, I. Singer. Years ago I begged her to send me on to an audition for Thor, but she told me I wasn’t ready. And you know, she was right; I wasn’t. I couldn’t drape, my swirl was forced, I was so short of what the role called for that I may as well have been a cape. I confess, I thought then about giving up on the dream. I was pretty blue. But she refused to let me fold, told me to keep working, that one day I would be ready. And she was right again. And finally, of course, I could not have done this without the wondrous Benedict Cumberbatch, upon whose broad shoulders this movie rested. As did I (that’s right girls, go ahead and sigh).


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BILL CAPOSSERE, who's been with us since June 2007, lives in Rochester NY, where he is an English adjunct by day and a writer by night. His essays and stories have appeared in Colorado Review, Rosebud, Alaska Quarterly, and other literary journals, along with a few anthologies, and been recognized in the "Notable Essays" section of Best American Essays. His children's work has appeared in several magazines, while his plays have been given stage readings at GEVA Theatre and Bristol Valley Playhouse. When he's not writing, reading, reviewing, or teaching, he can usually be found with his wife and son on the frisbee golf course or the ultimate frisbee field.

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6 comments

  1. I’d like a BEST PERFORMANCE AS A DESERT PLANET IN A SPACE OPERA category.

    • I’d like a “Best Superhero Costume Designer” category, but honestly, Edna Mode would win every year. And while she’d deserve the honors, it wouldn’t make for interesting television.

  2. Sandy Giden /

    I think I’d make a category for the most cliches in a movie.

  3. John Smith /

    How about two new categories?:

    Best Film Starring Ryan Gosling.
    Best Film Starring Emma Stone.

    But what to root for, what to root for?

  4. RedEyedGhost /

    Award for Making British Columbia Not Look Like British Columbia: And the winner goes to! Nobody, nobody ever.

  5. Sandy G, if you live in the USA, you win a book of your choice from our stacks.
    Please contact me (Marion) with your choice and a US address. Happy reading!

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