I concluded 'Last Week Tonight with John Oliver' on North Korea, a triple Emmy nominee
by telling my readers to "stay tuned for the speculative fiction nominees at the Teen Choice Awards
." As I did last year
, I begin with the movie nominees. Here they are from Billboard
, along with my comments on them.
Choice Action Movie (#ChoiceActionMovie)
Avengers: Infinity War
Maze Runner: The Death Cure
Pacific Rim: Uprising
Based on the box office, I'd say "Avengers: Infinity War
" will be the winner. It's also the early favorite for the Saturn Award in the Comic-to-Motion-Picture category. I expect to see both "Tomb Raider" and "Pacific Rim: Uprising" nominated as well. As for "Justice League," based on what I wrote in 'Black Panther' vs. 'Wonder Woman' at the Saturn Awards for a late Free Comic Book Day
, should be happy just to be nominated.
Choice Action Movie Actor (#ChoiceActionMovieActor)
Chris Evans – Avengers: Infinity War
Dylan O’Brien – Maze Runner: The Death Cure
Henry Cavill – Justice League
John Boyega – Pacific Rim: Uprising
Robert Downey Jr. – Avengers: Infinity War
Tom Holland – Avengers: Infinity War
With the youthful electorate, I expect Tom Holland has the inside track. I'd like to think that his winning Best Young Movie Performer at the Saturn Awards
would be an indicator, but I suspect the MTV Movie & TV Awards
would be a better indicator. The fly in the ointment might be all of the Avengers splitting the vote and John Boyega, who was nominated for acting in two different genres, sneaking on by.
Choice Action Movie Actress (#ChoiceActionMovieActress)
Alicia Vikander – Tomb Raider
Amy Adams – Justice League
Elizabeth Olsen – Avengers: Infinity War
Gal Gadot – Justice League
Scarlett Johansson – Avengers: Infinity War
Zoe Saldana – Avengers: Infinity War
The best actresses here are Alicia Vikander and Amy Adams, but I think Gal Gadot is the favorite. ETA:
After all, she's the defending winner. Here is Gadot accepting her trophy last year.
Choice Sci-Fi Movie (#ChoiceSciFiMovie)
Blade Runner 2049
Ready Player One
Now I begin to take issue with the categorization of the nominees. In this case, it's "Thor: Ragnarok" that is in the wrong place; it's either a fantasy movie or an action movie, not a science fiction movie. Despite the depiction of the Asgardians as aliens, they are still Norse gods. "Star Wars: The Last Jedi
" belongs here instead. On the other hand, I have no issue with "Black Panther
" as a science fiction movie and I think it will win. As for "Rampage" and "Ready Player One," I'm looking forward to both being nominees at the Saturn Awards next year.
Choice Sci-Fi Movie Actor (#ChoiceSciFiMovieActor)
Chadwick Boseman – Black Panther
Chris Hemsworth – Thor: Ragnarok
Dwayne Johnson – Rampage
Mark Ruffalo – Thor: Ragnarok
Ryan Gosling – Blade Runner 2049
Tye Sheridan – Ready Player One
Remember what I wrote above about the MTV Movie & TV Awards being a good indicator? Based on those, I expect Chadwick Boseman to win this category. On the other hand, I'm not sure that Dwayne Johnson will be nominated for this role at the Saturn Awards. Another role, maybe.
Choice Sci-Fi Movie Actress (#ChoiceSciFiMovieActress)
Danai Gurira – Black Panther
Letitia Wright – Black Panther
Lupita Nyong’o – Black Panther
Naomie Harris – Rampage
Olivia Cooke – Ready Player One
Tessa Thompson – Thor: Ragnarok
An older electorate voted for Danai Gurira at the Saturn Awards, but I suspect either the young crowd voting here will pick Letitia Wright or the "Black Panther" fans will split their vote and either Tessa Thompson or Olivia Cooke will sneak on by. Speaking of which, Cooke might get a nomination at the Saturn Awards, although I don't know what the cutoff for Young Performer is.
Choice Fantasy Movie (#ChoiceFantasyMovie)
A Wrinkle in Time
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
While I think "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" should switch with "Thor: Ragnarok," that won't stop either it or "Coco
" from winning this category. I won't see "Peter Rabbit" at the Saturn Awards, as it was eligible last year but passed over for "Paddington 2," but I'm sure I'll see "A Wrinkle in Time" nominated. Also, couldn't a fifth fantasy film have been nominated? I'd say "It" except that it was rated R (hah, a film the cast couldn't see).
Choice Fantasy Movie Actor (#ChoiceFantasyMovieActor)
Anthony Gonzalez – Coco
Gael García Bernal – Coco
James Corden – Peter Rabbit
John Boyega – Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Mark Hamill – Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Oscar Isaac – Star Wars: The Last Jedi
I'd vote for Mark Hamill so that he could repeat his Saturn Award win, but I wouldn't be surprised if one of the voice actors, particularly Anthony Gonzalez or James Corden, wins instead.
Choice Fantasy Movie Actress (#ChoiceFantasyMovieActress)
Carrie Fisher – Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Daisy Ridley – Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Mindy Kaling – A Wrinkle in Time
Oprah Winfrey – A Wrinkle in Time
Reese Witherspoon – A Wrinkle in Time
Storm Reid – A Wrinkle in Time
If the "A Wrinkle in Time" fans unite for anyone, it will probably be Storm Reid (adults would probably vote for Oprah). If they split their vote, I think the surfboard will go to Daisy Ridley, who is nominated elsewhere. I expect I will see three of the above actresses nominated at the Saturn Awards, Reid, Oprah, and Reese Witherspoon.
Speaking of elsewhere, follow over the jump for the nominees in two categories, Drama and Comedy, that I would expect to skip except that both categories have speculative fiction nominees.