Which Oscar-Nominated Films Have the Most Geek Cred?

A point-by-point breakdown showing which films have the most nerd appeal.

You might be an Oscar-nominated actor or actress. You might even have an Academy Award on your shelf. Still, that and seven bucks will get you nothing but an overpriced soda at Comic Con (unless of course that trophy is made of kryptonite, Adamantium or dilithium crystals).

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We’re judging this year’s nominees for cinema’s most prestigious prize—the Best Picture Oscar—on the only criteria that matters: geek cred. You can chuck your Shakespeare in the Park costumes out the window, Bub…that stuff ain’t gonna help you here.

How do we decide which flicks are the coolest? Glad you asked. Our formula is outlined below:

10 Which Oscar Nominated Films Have the Most Geek Cred? For each and any role in a film based on a Tolkien book, a Star Trek film or a Marvel film. Or if you were on Game of Thrones and your son (who you aren’t convinced is actually your son) killed you while you were on the can, because he was mad that you had sex with his ex-girlfriend.

9 2 Which Oscar Nominated Films Have the Most Geek Cred?For the lead role on CBS’s upcoming TV series Supergirl. Of course, Marvel has led the way with a female-fronted TV show with Agent Carter (and women pretty much run Agents of SHIELD), but we’re glad DC is following suit with Supergirl. And yep, Radio.com is a CBS-owned website. Go, team!

8 Which Oscar Nominated Films Have the Most Geek Cred? For a role in the 2002 Silence of the Lambs prequel Red Dragon. Weird, we know, but this will make sense shortly.

7 Which Oscar Nominated Films Have the Most Geek Cred?This one’s more for the film geeks than the geek-geeks. Seven points goes for a role in a film by Tim Burton or David Lynch, or any film directed by, written by, or costarring Quentin Tarantino. Or a role in Ghostbusters or Zombieland.

6 Which Oscar Nominated Films Have the Most Geek Cred?For spies and detectives. For instance, a role in Kingsmen: The Secret Service, the TV show Alias, any 007 film, any iteration of Sherlock Holmes or a major role in a DC film or TV show (other than Supergirl).

5 2 Which Oscar Nominated Films Have the Most Geek Cred?For a role in Pirates of the Caribbean, a Harry Potter film or the recent Planet of the Apes reboot. But if you were in the Marky Mark Planet of the Apes remix, you lose five points. Also, five points for Alien or Aliens, but you lose five if you were in any of the later Alien films.

4 Which Oscar Nominated Films Have the Most Geek Cred?For a role in a Chronicles of Narnia film. Calm down, when you were a kid, you read them, too. It’s a good gateway drug to geekdom.

3 Which Oscar Nominated Films Have the Most Geek Cred?For a role in a Hangover film. Or for hosting a web series called Between Two Ferns. But if you’ve done both, you only get three points. Sorry, rules are rules.

2 Which Oscar Nominated Films Have the Most Geek Cred?For any involvement with a Star Wars prequel (but four points for any involvement in any other parts of the Star Wars universe).

1 1 Which Oscar Nominated Films Have the Most Geek Cred?For a guest spot on a cool TV show, but five points if it was The Simpsons.

-02For a role in a really bad movie (we’re looking at you Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow) but….

-15For any involvement in the 1998 film The Avengers, which had no Marvel characters in it. What the hell?

 

Brace yourself. Here we go.

 

Read the full list of films on Radio.com

 

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