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Tribeca’s Alternative Oscars

Did a film or performance achieve some distinction (for good or ill) that you feel deserves recognition? We agree, and to rectify the situation, we offer up our choices for Tribeca’s First Annual Alternative Oscars.

While the Oscars are no doubt Hollywood’s most coveted prize, we can’t help but think of all the noteworthy films and performances that are not being recognized by the Academy. With tongue in cheek (but seriously too), we take a look some alternative categories that recognized (and call out) some unlikely films and performances of both the legitimate and dubious variety.

Gina Gershon in Killer Joe/ Credit: Lions GateMost Woefully Overlooked Performance of the Year

James Badge Dale as Gaunt Young Man in Flight

Dane DeHaan as Andrew Detmer in Chronicle

Gina Gershon as Sharla Smith in Killer Joe

Marin Ireland as Woman in 28 Hotel Rooms

Nate Parker as Jimmy Grant in Arbitrage

James Gandolfini in Killing Them Softly/ Credit: The Weinstein CompanyBest Supporting Performance by a Male Playing a Low Life in Killing Them Softly

James Gandolfini as Mickey (the deranged hitman)

Richard Jenkins as Driver (the ultimate middle man)

Ray Liotta as Markie Trattman (the unfortunate patsy)

Scoot McNairy as Frankie (the doomed thief)

Ben Mendelsohn as Russell (the drugged out dog snatcher)

Rebel Wilson in Pitch Perfect/ Credit: Universal PicturesBest Supporting Performance by Females of All Ilks in Pitch Perfect

Elizabeth Banks as Gail (Acapella commentator extraordinaire)

Anna Camp as Aubrey (the wannabe HBIC)

Hana Mae Lee as Lilly (the shy scene stealer)

Brittany Snow as Chloe (the girl with unfortunate vocal chords)

Rebel Wilson as Fat Amy (the real HBIC)

Dominic Cooper in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter/ Credit: 20th Century FoxBest Undead Performance

Kate Beckinsale as Selene in Underworld: The Awakening

Dominic Cooper as Henry Strugess in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins in Dark Shadows

Lee Pace as Garrett in The Twlight Sage: Breaking Dawn: Part 2

Sylvester Stallone as Barney Ross in The Expendables 2

Richard Parker in Life of Pi/ Credit: 20th Century FoxBest Performance by an Animal(s)

Fritz and Tony (the horses)  in Django Unchained

Richard Parker (the tiger) in Life of Pi

The killer whales in Rust & Bone

Boonee the dog in Starlet

Joaquin Phoenix in The Master

Rachel Mwanza in War Witch/ Credit: Tribeca Film The “Move Over, Quvenzhane Wallis” Award

Shannon Beer as Young Cathy in Wuthering Heights

Jules Brown as Flik Royale in Red Hook Summer

Pierce Gagnon as Cid in Looper

Rachel Mwanza as Komona in War Witch

Armand Verdure as Sam in Rust & Bone

Rihanna in Battleship/ Credit: Universal PicturesMost Ridiculous Casting Of The Year

Elizabeth Banks as a police negotiator in Man on a Ledge

Nicolas Cage as a high school English teacher in Seeking Justice

Eddie Murphy as a literary agent in A Thousand Words

Robert Pattinson as a billionaire asset manager in Cosmopolis

Rihanna as a naval weapons officer in Battleship

Chris Hemsworth in The Avengers/ Credit: Marvel StudiosMost Spot-On Casting of the Year

Drew Barrymore as a Greenpeace volunteer in Big Miracle

Chris Hemworth as a God in The Avengers

Robert Pattinson as a prostitute in Bel Ami

Jordin Sparks as a singer/songwriter in Sparkle

Channing Tatum as a male stripper in Magic Mike

Michael Shannon in Premium Rush/ Credit: Columbia PicturesMost Unhinged Police Officer

Michael Shannon as Bobby Monday in Premium Rush

Jake Gyllenhaal & Michael Pena as Brian Taylor & Mike Zavala in End of Watch

John Travolta as Dennis in Savages

Jay R. Ferguson as Keith Clayton in The Lucky One

Karl Urban as Judge Dredd in Dredd

Greta Gerwig and Adam Brody in Damsels in Distress/ Credit: Sony Pictures ClassicsBest Musical Number

Jack Black’s performance of 76 Trombones in Bernie

The Cast of Damsels in Distress do The Sambola in Damsels in Distress

Mark Duplass singing Big Machine in Safety Not Guaranteed

Matthew McConaughey’s striptease to Calling Dr. Love in Magic Mike

Catherine Zeta-Jones’ performance of Hit Me With Your Best Shot in Rock of Ages

Seeking A Friend for the End of the World/ Credit: Focus FeaturesMost Complete Waste of Time By an Entire Ensemble Cast (and its entire audience)


Seeking A Friend for the End of The World

That’s My Boy

This Means War

Total Recall

Project X/ Credit: Warner BrothersBest Reason to Weep for Future Generations

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days

Fun Size


Project X

Step Up Revolution

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