1. Best Casting
Sometimes, the casting can make or break a movie. Would Lincoln be the same if it weren’t for Daniel Day Lewis, Tommy Lee Jones or Sally Field? Would the Silver Linings Playbook be what it is without its stellar cast? Would the Star Wars prequels be as good without the brooding, soulful performances of Hayden Christensen and Natalie Portman? Oh, wait, I kid.
I’m not an expert in the whole casting process, but I’d imagine that picking actors and actresses for a big movie must be a pretty harrowing job. You have maybe one or tow ten minute auditions to go on, and you have to pick the one person for the role, knowing that a wrong choice can doom your movie. Which brings me to:
2. Best Ensemble Cast
Sometimes a movie is driven by the power of its leading lady or man. But sometimes there’s no single protagonist that stands out, just a bunch of excellent actors all doing an excellent job. Think of films like the Lord of the Rings, Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, and the like. A Best Ensemble award would offer a way to acknowledge a film’s acting/casting even if it’s not the sort of movie that’s centered around a single protagonist or a specifically memorable supporting character. Then maybe we’d see less biopics around Christmas-time and more historical epics. A little variety is never a bad thing.
3. Best Trailer
Seriously, someone has to make all those trailers that get you pumped to run out to the theater months ahead of time. Sometimes a good trailer can have you clicking the replay button on YouTube over and over. Heck, sometimes…no, often…a trailer is better than the actual movie it’s advertising. Making such mediocrity as I Am Legend, Superman Returns, and Quantum of Solace look dazzling takes skill.
4. Best Stunt-Work
They should definitely throw this in, if only so we don’t have to hear any more complaints every year about how no one watches the OScars because not enough popular (read: action) movies are represented there. There you go; problem solved. Stuntmen and women have extremely demanding, dangerous jobs that totally deserve recognition as much as the make-up people. A lot of our favorite scenes couldn’t exist without them. Plus having this award would be an excuse to show a montage of the year’s best stunts every year (and we all know how much the Academy enjoys showing montages, dear God.) It’s a perfect way to kill two birds with oen stone. You’re welcome, Academy.