In case you are unaware of this most prestigious award, here’s what the RED WEB AWARDS are all about:
Award season is always fun! But sometimes, certain films/directors/actors don’t get the recognition I feel they may deserve. So, since that is often the case, a few years ago I decided to host my own “Golden Globe/Oscar Awards” of sorts, in which you get to help participate and choose the winners. This prestigious award, entitled The RED WEB AWARD, pays homage to the dedication, cinematic success, inspiration, and amazement of the nominees. This year a panel of 10 judges was assembled and each judge submitted their nominees for the award categories that were then voted on by you from January the 10th to the 14th. (see the nomination post HERE).
The polls have closed, and now, the much anticipated Awards ceremony is upon us! Get ready, the wait is over. All of the films of 2013, all of the movie-watching, all of the nominations, all of the voting, and all of the blood, sweat, and tears in Hollywood and beyond have led up to THIS glorious moment! Arriving on the red carpet in full glitz and glamour and finding their seats are all of the members of cinematic royalty! Oh wow! Look at how many showed up for this momentous event. Everyone’s here and the red carpet is dazzling with stars. So many absolutely amazing stars! Hopefully some of them will have their wish come true with a Red Web Award!
We’ve been waiting for a long time to see who the winners of the prestigious Red Web Awards would be. The moment of truth is upon us. Please join me in a warm welcome for your hosts of this year’s Red Web Award Ceremony:
..and without further ado, on to the awards! Last week, the RWAs launched with the nominees in 9 different categories! (click HERE to see the nomination post). You all voted and the results of YOUR choices are in! <drumroll please> Emma? Andrew? Would you be so kind as to announce the winners! In the category of WORST Movie of 2013, the Red Web Award Goes To…After Earth.
Overall Results: After Earth: 27, Movie 43: 19, The Lone Ranger: 13, 47 Ronin: 8, A Good Day to Die Hard: 8, Getaway: 5, Now You See Me: 5, G.I. Joe Retaliation: 3.
In the category of Best Animated Feature of 2013, the Red Web Award Goes To…Frozen.
Overall Results: Frozen: 35, The Croods: 14, Monsters University: 12, Despicable Me 2: 10, Get A Horse: 8, The Dark Knight Returns, pt 2: 6, The Wind Rises: 4, Turbo: 0.
In the category of Best Motion Picture Soundtrack of 2013, the Red Web Award Goes To…Frozen.
(Listen to the entire soundtrack INCLUDING demos of songs that DIDN’T make it into the movie: HERE)
Overall Results: Frozen: 25, The Great Gatsby: 14, The Hobbit TDOS: 13, Inside Llewyn Davis: 10, Gravity: 9, Star Trek Into Darkness: 8, Pacific Rim: 6, Oblivion: 1.
In the category of Best Performance by ANY Actor of 2013, the Red Web Award Goes To…Matthew McConaughey (Mud).
Overall Results: Matthew McConaughey: 30, Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips): 21, Chiwetol Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave): 15, Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek Into Darkness):8, Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street): 6, Forest Whitaker (Lee Daniels’ The Butler): 6, Joaquin Phoenix (Her): 4, Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis): 3.
Overall Results: Sandra Bullock (Gravity): 27, Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games: CF): 22, Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks): 12, Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle): 11, Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine): 9, Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave): 8, Adèle Exarchopoulos (Blue is the Warmest Color): 5, Oprah Winfrey (Lee Daniels’ The Butler): 2.
In the category of Best Director of a Motion Picture of 2013, the Red Web Award Goes To…Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity).
Overall Results: Cuarón: 28, Jackson (The Hobbit TDOS): 14, Alan Taylor (Thor: TDW): 12, Jeff Nichols (Mud): 11, Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave): 9, J.J. Abrams (Star Trek Into Darkness): 8, Spike Jonze (Her): 8, Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street): 4.
Overall Results: Johansson (Her): 14, George Clooney (Gravity): 13, Sam Rockwell (The Way Way Back): 13, Michael Shannon (Man of Steel): 12, James Franco (Spring Breakers): 9, Dwayne Johnson (Snitch): 9, Colin Farrell (Saving Mr. Banks): 8, Will Forte (Nebraska): 8, Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club): 4, Chadwick Boseman (42): 4, Michael Douglas (Behind the Candelabra): 1.
In the category of Best Overall Motion Picture of 2013, the Red Web Award Goes To…Gravity.
Overall Results: Gravity: 23, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire: 17, Frozen: 17, 12 Years a Slave: 11, The Hobbit TDOS: 9, Mud: 8, Her: 6, The Wolf of Wall Street: 3, Pacific Rim: 2.
This year’s recipient of the “Silver Screen Surprise Award” which is awarded to the film that surprised the most (in a good way) in the year: World War Z Overall Results: World War Z: 22, Frozen: 21, This is the End: 14, About Time: 11, The Way Way Back: 9, The Heat: 5, Her: 5, Kings of Summer: 3.
Honorable Mentions (not in the polls):
- Best Actor/Actress: Tom Hanks (Saving Mr. Banks), Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club), Christian Bale (American Hustle), Rachel McAdams (About Time)
- Best Picture: American Hustle, Fast & Furious 6, Rush, The Conjuring
- Worst Picture: Grown Ups 2, The Host, The Hangover Part III, Machete Kills and Oz: The Great and Powerful
- Most Under-Appreciated Performance: Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station), Michael Shannon (The Iceman), Bakrad Abdiriham (Captain Phillips)
Both Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were upset and made it known that they were when they weren’t invited to host this years RWAs!
Did your favorite nominee(s) win?
After the ceremony I caught up with some of the winners and nominees. Here were some of the highlights of my post-ceremony interviews:
- Matthew McConaughey said he hoped that the phrase “His name is MUD” would finally be a good thing again and that now he was ready to eat a few burgers after his massive 45lb weight loss for Dallas Buyers Club. He then looked over at Christian Bale (who gained 40lbs for American Hustle) and yelled “Hey bro, do I have a diet plan for YOU, forget The Machinist!”
- Turbo crawled back to his limo, saddened about being in the ZERO votes club. I waited for him to stop by and answer a few questions…but he took too long.
- Brad Pitt told me that he was surprised to see his film about zombies won the Silver Screen Surprise Award. I asked him what he was going to do now and he replied that since his film won he has an audition with DC to replace Ben Affleck for the role of Batman in Batman vs. Superman. Christian Bale immediately swooped in and stole his Red Web Award…much to the delight (relief) and applause of DC fans all over the world.
- Surprisingly, Adam Sandler was a little bummed that for the SECOND year in a row he received no mention at all. I told him not to worry and that he wasn’t ignored…just that no one watches his movies anymore. He seemed ironically relieved.
- Olaf told me that he was headed to the Bahamas to celebrate as he’s never been to the Caribbean and James Franco had invited him to join him for Spring Break. Franco, with his hair in cornrows, popped in and said “Snow Cones for Life, yo!”
- Robert Downey Jr was there once again and, once again got no award/nomination yet still sought the spotlight. Just as we were about to start talking, Scarlett Johansson showed up and all eyes, cameras, microphones etc, left Iron Man alone. Ben Kingsley showed up and whispered to him “I told you you’d never see that coming!”
- George Clooney said he really thought his career was “taking off” with Gravity and was disappointed that he didn’t win, but congratulated Alfonso Cuaron and Sandra Bullock (who taunted saying “That’s what you get for leaving me!”).
- Emma Stone gave everyone in the audience a pair of shoes from RWA-nominated The Croods. I just took a belt.
I’d like to thank Emma and Andrew, and all of YOU who helped make this year’s 4th Annual Red Web Awards such a major success! This year brought over 800 votes to the RED WEB AWARDS! Wow! Thank you to those of you who voted; who shared the polls on Facebook, WordPress, Twitter, etc.; and special bit of gratitude to all of this year’s panel judges.
Until next year’s annual Red Web Awards!
–T, The Focused Filmographer