Spike TV’s Scream Awards, taped last night, is the biggest nerdlebrity gathering of the year this side of San Diego. The LA Times’s Geoff Boucher explains it all, in a very insightful and well written piece:

The Oscars present Hollywood as it wishes to be — refined, glamorous and high-minded — but on Saturday night at the Greek Theatre, the Spike TV Scream 2008 Awards showed the movie industry as it truly is in 2008: obsessed with superheroes, overflowing with fake blood and relentless in its pursuit to sell popcorn to teenagers. And despite a name that sounds like a B-movie convention, the Scream Awards turned out to be so of-the-moment in their target audience that top studio executives, major stars and A-list directors not only attended, they talked backstage about the show as a sign of the times.

“There’s a feeling that film and comic books and all these genres that didn’t used to get respect are having this truly dynamic moment right now,” said Zack Snyder, director of “300” and the upcoming R-rated superhero epic “Watchmen.” “Just look around tonight and you get this feeling things are going into interesting places.”

Boucher reports on Stan and Frank and Mike Mignola’s reception at the event, which sounds like, holy glamour shot, Batman, we finally made it as a Hollywood genre. Certainly, giant posters of Alex Ross paintings signal either the Rapture or the end of civilization. But…it could all be short-lived:

“It’s hard to believe how far everything has come. Who would have expected all this when we were sitting there thinking up superhero stories and just hoping kids would like them?” he [Stan Lee] said. “I don’t see any end in sight for all this either. There are so many stories, and there’s a huge appetite for them. It reminds me of when Hollywood was making westerns. There was always another one you could do, another cowboy story and another way to tell it.”

Perhaps, but in 1959 there were 26 westerns on American prime-time television and now there are none, which suggests that superhero saturation may have consequences down the road.

All the award winners are in the jump so they don’t get spoiled! The show airs on Spike on Tuesday.



* The Ultimate Scream Movie: “The Dark Knight”
* Best Fantasy Movie: “Hellboy II: The Golden Army”
* Best Horror Movie: “Sweeney Todd”
* Best Science Fiction Movie: “Iron Man”
* Best Sequel: “The Dark Knight”
* Best Remake: “Halloween”
* Best Comic Book Movie: “The Dark Knight”
* Best Scream to Comic Adaptation: “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, Season Eight
* Best Superhero: Christian Bale as Batman in “The Dark Knight”
* Best Villain: Heath Ledger as The Joker in “The Dark Knight”
* Best Actor in a Fantasy Movie or TV Show: Heath Ledger in “The Dark Knight”
* Best Actor in a Horror Movie or TV Show: Johnny Depp in “Sweeney Todd”
* Best Actor in a Science Fiction Movie or TV Show: Robert Downey Jr. in “Iron Man”
* Best Actress in a Fantasy Movie or TV Show: Angelina Jolie in “Wanted (2008)”
* Best Actress in a Horror Movie or TV Show: Liv Tyler in “The Strangers”
* Best Actress in a Science Fiction Movie or TV Show: Milla Jovovich in “Resident Evil: Extinction”
* Breakout Performance: WALL-E in “Wall-E”
* Best Supporting Performance: Gary Oldman in “The Dark Knight”
* The Holy Shit! Scene of the Year: The Big Rig Flips Over in “The Dark Knight”
* Most Memorable Mutilation: Bitten by Vagina with Teeth in “Teeth”
* Best Director: Christopher Nolan, “The Dark Knight”
* Best Screamplay: “The Dark Knight” by Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan and David Goyer
* Best F/X: “The Dark Knight”
* Best Line: “I believe whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stranger” by The Joker in “The Dark Knight”
* Best TV Show: “Dexter”
* Best Comic Book: “Y: The Last Man”
* Best Comic Book Artist: Gabriel Ba, “The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite”
* Best Comic Book Writer: Grant Morrison, “Batman, Final Crisis”
* Most Shocking Comic Book Twist: The X-Men Disband After Professor X is Shot in the Head by Bishop


  1. I’m watching a repeat of the whole thing now, and after reading Way’s comment on the whole thing, I have to agree. His statement is a nice, little response to the previous post you had about Moore and his feelings towards the current state of things.