After reading yesterday's issue, it is obvious that classic 80's films did NOT receive their due respect at the Oscars. With this in mind, I decided I would create my own special awards to honor these great films from my younger formative years. These will not be your traditional awards, but instead will feature unique categories that address the 80's genre. Without further ado, here are OLD SCHOOL'S MOVIE AWARDS 80s STYLE (Also to be known as the OldSchooly's):
• Special Achievement Award for Vocal Sound Effects - And the OldSchooly goes to... Michael Winslow as "Larvelle Jones" in Police Academy. Here is a link to see some of his best work in this regard. You may need to turn up your volume a little.
• Special Achievement Award for Supporting Actor Playing a Dead Guy Most of the Movie - And the OldSchooly goes to... Terry Kiser as "Bernie Lomax" in the 1989 film Weekend at Bernie's. Here is a link to the trailer for this film and you can see Bernie in action.
• Special Achievement Award for Gratuitous Male Beach Volleyball - And the OldSchooly obviously goes to... Top Gun with this link to watch the scene that is so popular with the ladies. Just to be fair to the women, I decided to include this award.
• Special Lack of Achievement Award for Worst Make Up - And the OldSchooly goes to... C. Thomas Howell as "Mark Watson" in the 1986 film Soul Man. I don't know who thought this was a good idea, but Howell gives it his best despite a horrible premise.
Now on to the regular nominations and awards.
• Most Effective Use of a Computer - The other nominees include: War Games for almost causing, but then narrowly avoiding World War III; Ferris Bueller's Day Off for allowing Ferris to hack into the school computer and change his number of days absent, but the OldSchooly goes to... Weird Science for using the computer to create a hot chick. Here is a link to watch the scene in which Gary and Wyatt create Lisa (played by Kelly LeBrock).
• Scariest Bad Guy Created With Special Effects - The other nominees include: "Stay Puft Marshmallow Man" from Ghostbusters, The gremlins from Gremlins, "Audrey II" from Little Shop of Horrors, but the OldSchooly goes to... "Chuckie" from the 1988 film Child's Play.
• Best Dancing Scene - The other nominees include: Dirty Dancing, The Breakfast Club with link to watch, Footloose with link to watch, Flashdance, Performing the "African Anteater Ritual" in Can't Buy Me Love with link to watch it, but the OldSchooly goes to...(TIE) Breakin' with this link to watch the final showdown and Beat Street with this link to watch break dancing at its best.
• Best Original Screenplay by John Hughes - The other nominees include: Sixteen Candles (1984), The Breakfast Club (1985), Weird Science (1985), Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986), Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987), The Great Outdoors (1988), Uncle Buck (1989), I LOVE them all, but the OldSchooly goes to... National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989).
• Best Automobile - The other nominees include: The batmobile from Batman, Cameron's Dad's car from Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Cole Trickle's car from Days of Thunder, but the OldSchooly goes to... The Delorean from Back to the Future.
• Hottest Babe - The other nominees include: Phoebe Cates from Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Amanda Peterson as "Cindy Mancini" in Can't Buy Me Love, Helen Slater from both Secret of My Success and Supergirl, Kelly LeBrock from Weird Science, Molly Ringwald from Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink & The Pick Up Artist, Apollonia Kotero from Purple Rain, but the OldSchooly goes to... (TIE) Elisabeth Shue from The Karate Kid, Adventures in Babysitting & Cocktail and "Jessica Rabbit" from Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
• Best Sequel of the Decade - The other nominees include: Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo, Beverly Hills Cop II, The Karate Kid Part II, Fletch Lives, Indiana Jones & the Temple of Doom, Back to the Future II, Ghostbusters II, but the OldSchooly goes to... (TIE) The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi because I have always remained a big Star Wars fan.
• Best Geek that ends up being kind of cool at the end - The other nominees include: Patrick Dempsey as "Ronald Miller" in Can't Buy Me Love, Pee Wee Herman in Pee Wee's Big Adventure, Everybody (except for Val Kilmer) in the film Real Genius, Everybody in the film The Goonies, Weird Al Yankovic as "George Newman" in UHF, but the OldSchooly without a doubt goes to... Anthony Michael Hall for his fantastic characters in Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club and Weird Science.
• Best Montage (most classic 80's films have them) - The other nominees include: Revenge of the Nerds fixing up the new fraternity house, Summer Rental getting the ship ready to race, Footloose preparing for the big dance, The Secret of My Success with Brantley doing multiple jobs, but the OldSchooly goes to... Rocky IV for the training montage with a link here to watch it. You may have to turn up your volume a little on this one, too.
• Best Performance of a Song by a Character - The other nominees include: Marty performing "Johnny B. Goode" in Back to the Future with link here to watch it, The Tri Lambs performing at the talent show in Revenge of the Nerds with link here to watch it, Madonna performing in Desperately Seeking Susan, Maverick & Goose singing "You Lost That Lovin' Feeling" or "Great Balls of Fire" in Top Gun, Ferris singing "Danke Schoen" & "Twist and Shout" in Ferris Bueller's Day Off with link here to watch it, Adventures in Babysitting opening scene with "And Then He Kissed Me" with link here to watch it, but the OldSchooly goes to... Prince performing in Purple Rain.
That is all for tonight's awards, please drive home safely. Hope you enjoyed reading them as much I enjoyed coming up with them. What nominations would you add??? Let me know what you think. The possibilities are endless.
That will also do it for another issue of Kickin' it Old School. Look for some of my serious Oscar predictions in my next posting. Thank you so much for reading and I ask you continue to spread the word. If you know someone else who might enjoy Kickin' it, please send them the link to get them here. I appreciate it all. If you are interested in reading more of my 80s related issues, please click there for a summary of those. You can also always click on the Archives in the upper left hand column or use the Google Search Box at the top of the right hand column to find any other issues you may have missed. If you are a fan of Kickin' it, PLEASE CLICK ON THE FACEBOOK LOGO in the upper right hand column. This will take you to the new Fan Page where I ask you to then click on "Become a Fan". Even if you are not a Facebook member yet, please consider joining and registering as a fan at that page. Let other 80s fans know about it as well! Peace and much love.
Check this out: Here is a link to a very funny video. It is a parody of an ending to a generic classic 80s movie bringing every stereotype into play. You have to watch a short 30 second preview before it lets you start watching the 5 minute video.
Quote of the day: "Two roads diverged in a wood and I- I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference." -Robert Frost
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