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March 3, 2010

Non-Humans Who Should Have Won Oscars

This is simple (and fun). Characters or important elements of movies that should have won Oscars. Enjoy:

Wilson the volleyball from "Cast Away" (2000) - Best Supporting Actor
In Robert Zemeckis' film about a man stuck on an uninhabited island, Tom Hanks (in an Oscar-nominated role) spends four years alone. Well, almost alone. During the beginning of his stay, he goes through some Fed-Ex packages that washed up on shore with him and finds someone's birthday present - a volleyball. After cutting his hand trying to start a fire, he throws the volleyball, and his bloody hand print somewhat resembles a face (after he ads eyes). He then begins to casually converse with it, and names it Wilson (after the company that manufactured it). As the years go on, Wilson becomes a close friend, since he is the only "person" on the island to talk to. As Hanks' character sets sail on a makeshift raft with Wilson, there is a very emotional scene in which they part ways. Very sad...

Paulie the parrot from "Paulie" (1998) - Best Actor
Voiced by Jay Mohr ("Jerry McGuire," "Pay It Forward"), Paulie is a parrot who is talks. No, not like a regular parrot that mimics others. Instead, Paulie holds entire conversations, learns and has feelings and emotions. His journey consists of trying to find the young girl who once owned him before he was given away for getting her into trouble. He makes a lot of good friends along the way, until he is eventually kept at an animal research lab where he meets Misha (Tony Shalhoub ("Monk"), which is where the film begins. Paulie goes through a very long and difficult time trying to find Marie, while keeping an very inspire outlook on his life. He even learns to fly (yeah, at first he can't).

Johnny 5 from "Short Circuit" (1986) - Best Actor
Number 5 is a robot, of many, created for as a military project (and he definitely seems like inspiration for Pixar's Wall-E character). In true 1980's movie fashion, everything was going the way of robots and superior technology. After being electrocuted, Number 5 begins thinking independently and communicating with humans. He also learns about war, and begins to rebel against the very reason he was created. No one from the military seems to believe he feels emotions and they attempt to deprogram him. His famous line "Number 5...ALIVE!" is a very heart-wrenching statement, as he is just pleading for them to believe him. He stars alongside Steve Guttenberg (um...the Police Academy movies?) and Ally Sheedy (the weird girl from "The Breakfast Club"), though they don't appear in the sequel, in which Johnny 5 lives in New York City and is used and manipulated by greedy people...yeah...I've actually watched this stuff...

Gizmo from "Gremlins" (1984) and "Gremlins 2: The New Batch" (1990) - Best Supporting Actor
He's the cute and cuddly mogwai that doesn't turn into a Gremlin. He's the hero. Do I really have to say much else about him. Oh, and believe it or not, he's voiced by Howie Mandel (yup, the host of "Deal or No Deal").

Audrey II from "Little Shop of Horrors" (1986) - Best Supporting Actor/Actress
"Feed me Seymour!" Rick Moranis' ("Honey, I Shrunk the Kids," "Ghost Busters") plant, Audrey II, which grows to enormous size and then eventually starts talking and demanding he feed it people, is what carries the show in this Off-Broadway musical adaptation. In a film that contains other comedy greats Steve Martin and Bill Murray, Audrey II really holds his/her/its own (and yeah, it eats people too. Pretty sweet).

I know there are more I just can't think of right now, but we'll stop with five. Five is a good round number. Feel free to make suggestions of others I couldn't think of. You can have a lot of fun with this idea, trust me.

Oscar predictions coming tomorrow. Anyone wanna make bets?

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