Thursday, July 26, 2018

Speculative fiction movie nominees at the 2018 Teen Choice Awards

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
Justice League
Maze Runner: The Death Cure
Pacific Rim: Uprising
Tomb Raider
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)

Black Panther
Blade Runner 2049
Ready Player One
Thor: Ragnarok
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
Peter Rabbit
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.
Choice Drama Movie (#ChoiceDramaMovie)

A Quiet Place
Midnight Sun
Murder on the Orient Express
The Greatest Showman
Truth or Dare
Both "A Quiet Place" and "Truth or Dare" are actually horror movies that I expect to see again at the Saturn Awards, but they're here in drama.  Joining them are three films nominated at the Saturn Awards, "Murder on the Orient Express" as a thriller, "The Greatest Showman" as an action film, and "Wonder," which won independent film.  I would like to think one of them will win this category, although "Midnight Sun" could be a sleeper.
Choice Drama Movie Actor (#ChoiceDramaMovieActor)

Hugh Jackman – The Greatest Showman
Jacob Tremblay – Wonder
Leslie Odom Jr. – Murder on the Orient Express
Patrick Schwarzenegger – Midnight Sun
Timothée Chalamet – Lady Bird
Zac Efron – The Greatest Showman
I'd vote for either Hugh Jackman or Timothée Chalamet and I think Chalamet would be favored, but I never know with younger voters.  They might go for any of them.
Choice Drama Movie Actress (#ChoiceDramaMovieActress)

Bella Thorne – Midnight Sun
Daisy Ridley – Murder on the Orient Express
Julia Roberts – Wonder
Lucy Hale – Truth or Dare
Saoirse Ronan – Lady Bird
Zendaya – The Greatest Showman
Saoirse Ronan and Julia Roberts are the best actresses here, but that doesn't mean they'll win.  They might just go for Lucy Hale, who has won multiple Teen Choice Awards for "Pretty Little Liars."  I doubt she'll get a nomination for a Saturn Award, but one never knows.  Also, this is Ridley's other nomination.  Frankly, she wasn't even the best actress in "Murder on the Orient Express."  I'd give that to Michelle Pfeiffer.
Choice Comedy Movie (#ChoiceComedyMovie)

Daddy’s Home 2
I Feel Pretty
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Love, Simon
Pitch Perfect 3
"Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" is the speculative fiction nominee here and I hope it wins.  I think its strongest competition comes from "Pitch Perfect 3," which won at the Makeup and Hair Stylists Guild Awards, or "Love, Simon."
Choice Comedy Movie Actor (#ChoiceComedyMovieActor)

Dwayne Johnson – Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Eugenio Derbez – Overboard
Jack Black – Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Kevin Hart – Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Mark Wahlberg – Daddy’s Home 2
Will Ferrell – Daddy’s Home 2
And Dwayne Johnson is the third actor with two nominations.  I don't know if a three-way split among the male leads in "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" helps him.  I would give that contest to Jack Black.  On the other hand, the best comedian here is probably Will Farrell.  I'd vote for him.
Choice Comedy Movie Actress (#ChoiceComedyMovieActress)

Amy Schumer – I Feel Pretty
Anna Faris – Overboard
Anna Kendrick – Pitch Perfect 3
Hailee Steinfeld – Pitch Perfect 3
Karen Gillan – Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Rebel Wilson – Pitch Perfect 3
On the other hand, Karen Gillan is not hampered by a split vote, while the stars of "Pitch Perfect 3" are.  The best actress of the three is Anna Kendrick, but she's not necessarily the funniest.  That's Rebel Wilson.  Unfortunately, Amy Schumer can be funnier than any of them, so she may not be my vote, but she is my favorite to win.

ETA: After a video I included in 'Riverdale' and 'Stranger Things' lead television nominees at the 2018 Teen Choice Awards, I observed that it "has all the rest of the television nominees, but also the rest of the movie nominees, which I forgot to included in part one.  Oops.  Time for me to add those categories in a rare after-the-fact edit."  Here they are from Wikipedia.

Choice Summer Movie

Incredibles 2
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Life of the Party
Ocean's 8
Solo: A Star Wars Story

Choice Summer Movie Actor

Sam Claflin – Adrift as Richard Sharp
Julian Dennison – Deadpool 2 as Russell Collins / Firefist
Alden Ehrenreich – Solo: A Star Wars Story as Han Solo
Donald Glover – Solo: A Star Wars Story as Lando Calrissian
Chris Pratt – Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom as Owen Grady
Ryan Reynolds – Deadpool 2 as Wade Wilson / Deadpool

Choice Summer Movie Actress

Zazie Beetz – Deadpool 2 as Domino
Sandra Bullock – Ocean's 8 as Debbie Ocean
Emilia Clarke – Solo: A Star Wars Story as Qi'ra
Bryce Dallas Howard – Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom as Claire Dearing
Melissa McCarthy – Life of the Party as Deanna "Dee Rock" Miles
Shailene Woodley – Adrift as Tami Oldham
The box office leader is "Incredibles 2" followed by "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom," so I think the first would win the movie category while the latter will win the acting categories.  Sorry, "Solo: A Star Wars Story" and "Deadpool 2."
Choice Movie Villain

Cate Blanchett – Thor: Ragnarok as Hela
Josh Brolin – Avengers: Infinity War as Thanos
Adam Driver – Star Wars: The Last Jedi as Kylo Ren
Aidan Gillen – Maze Runner: The Death Cure as Janson
Michael B. Jordan – Black Panther as N'Jadaka / Erik "Killmonger" Stevens
Bill Skarsgård – It as It / Pennywise the Dancing Clown
Thanos all the way with Killmonger in second and Pennywise in third.  Darth Tantrum doesn't stand a chance.
Choice Breakout Movie Star

Olivia Cooke – Ready Player One as Samantha Cook / Art3mis
Sophia Lillis – It as Beverly Marsh
Nick Robinson – Love, Simon as Simon Spier
Keala Settle – The Greatest Showman as Lettie Lutz
Kelly Marie Tran – Star Wars: The Last Jedi as Rose Tico
Letitia Wright – Black Panther as Shuri
Out of this bunch, I'd vote for Sophia Lillis, but that doesn't mean she'll win.  Her main rivals are Nick Robinson and Letitia Wright.
Choice Movie Ship

Chadwick Boseman & Lupita Nyong'o – Black Panther
Zac Efron & Zendaya – The Greatest Showman
Sophia Lillis & Jeremy Ray Taylor – It
Dylan O'Brien & Kaya Scodelario – Maze Runner: The Death Cure
Nick Robinson & Keiynan Lonsdale – Love, Simon
Bella Thorne & Patrick Schwarzenegger – Midnight Sun
I'd vote for the pair from "Black Panther," even though they are not fated to get together again.  After the Disney-Fox merger, T'Challa will pair up with Storm from X-Men, just like in the comics.  Just watch.

That's it for the pure movie nominees.  I'm delaying the television nominees until Sunday for the regular Sunday entertainment feature.  It's Shark Week, an event I skipped last year, so I'm making up for it by celebrating it tomorrow with a video I showed my class last week.  Finally, Saturday is National Waterpark Day and I have a special video from Defunctland already picked out.  Stay tuned.


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