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What If Oscars Were Given To Movie Websites?


Nomination: Graphics

This is perhaps the most prestigious category in our virtual ceremony. It refers to the way a design uses photos, illustrations and graphic elements to create a pleasing and memorable visual experience.

The Nominees Are…

Law Abiding Citizen
For its use of bold and expressive photos.

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Transformers
For the Transformers models (of course).

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Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (UK official website)
For the icy illustrations.

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Alice in Wonderland
For achieving wonders with illustration and photo manipulation.

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Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
For the tasty illustrations and delicious little elements in the design.

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How to Train Your Dragon
For some red-hot graphics.

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A Town Called Panic
For the funky plasticine illustrations.

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And the Winner Is…

The attention to detail on the Alice in Wonderland website is impressive. A seamless combination of digital illustrations and photographs and plenty of small Wonderland-style graphic elements makes this design eye candy.

Nomination: Interactivity

Many movie websites, especially ones for animated movies and action blockbusters, rely on interactive elements to engage visitors. The following websites of popular movies from 2009 deliver a solid interactive experience and are deserving nominees.

The Nominees Are…

Broken Embraces
For the beautifully executed stack of torn photos, which serves as the navigation menu.

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Halloween 2
For the terrific (and terrifying) 3-D elements.

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District 9
For the interactive panoramic views of District 9.

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Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
For the customizable food rain and lively characters.

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
For the magical image gallery.

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And the Winner Is…

The website for Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs is a joy to explore, mainly because of its interactive features.

Nomination: Dynamic Effects

Movie websites have invariably included at least one trailer on the home page or on a splash page. The trailer usually plays automatically. But a growing trend is to use clips from the movie as a pre-loader or background. In doing so, film websites typically employ Flash animation and motion graphics for maximum visual impact. The following websites feature some excellent dynamic effects of various types.

The Nominees Are…

Halloween 2
For the spooky and shimmering video clips.

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Where the Wild Things Are
For the beautiful and organically integrated video.

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Transformers
For the animated Transformers (showing actual transformations would have been better, though).

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Watchmen
For the incredible dynamic effects.

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Terminator Salvation
For the well-styled video stream.

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Lovely Bones
For the seamless combination of video fragments and images.

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Star Trek
For the fantastic transition effects.

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And the Winner Is…

The navigation on Star Trek’s official website simulates the experience of walking around the spaceship. This effect is excellently implemented and takes the visitor deep into the movie’s atmosphere.

Nomination: Harmony With Movie

Movie websites are of course all about the movies they promote. But screenshots, trailers, photos and images alone may be not enough to convey the atmosphere of a film. A lot more can by done by weaving the story and concept in with the design elements. Each website showcased below does a great job of recreating its movie’s feel and drawing visitors in.

The Nominees Are…

Alice in Wonderland
For the gallymogger details throughout the design.

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Star Trek
For the great use of space-themed material, which everyone loves.

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Drag Me to Hell
For the shiver-inducing fly animation.

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Surrogates
For the futuristic robot features.

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Up in the Air
For the nifty airplane-style elements and icons.

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District 9
For the great use of alien-themed material.

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And the Winner Is…

Our virtual Oscar goes to District 9. The movie’s dismal atmosphere is communicated well on all of the website’s pages. In fact, District 9 offers six distinct “experiences” apart from the official website. Features include interactive panoramic images, stylized graphics and video clips, as well as separate pages for humans and aliens (being faithful to the movie’s spirit).

Nomination: Best Exclusive Content

Thousands of online resources and databases are available where users can find out information about past, current and upcoming movies, watch trailers and book tickets. So, exclusive content is a kind of trump card for official movie websites. Without it, the websites are almost useless. Still, many studios continue to offer a minimum of content, such as trailer, screenshots, synopsis and a couple of posters for downloading. By contrast, all of the nominees for our Best Exclusive Content award offer treats for even the most fastidious of movie fans.

The Nominees Are…

Alice in Wonderland
For the fun facts about the movie.

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Nine
For the screenplay, which is available in PDF format.

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An Education
For the extensive information about the film.

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Up in the Air
For the precise “departure” and “landing” info.

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Watchmen
For the incredible character profiles.

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The Wolfman
For the fascinating insight into werewolf legends and mystery.

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And the Winner Is…

Besides its comprehensive overview of the movie and a number of videos and photos, The Wolfman website offers a good amount of information in the Features section about the mysterious events depicted in the movie and the horror legacy of Universal Studios. Both the content and presentation are wonderful.

Nomination: Typography

Typography greatly affects the user experience. Everyone loves beautiful typography, and we just couldn’t leave this element out of our categories. In most cases, a movie website’s attention to typography amounts to choosing an appropriate font family. On some websites, though, you’ll find some really nice work with styling and arranging.

The Nominees Are…

Halloween 2

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Watchmen
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Nine

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How to Train Your Dragon

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Inglourious Basterds

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Where the Wild Things Are

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Broken Embraces

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And the Winner Is…

The Inglourious Basterds website is practically the only design here that expands the work of the film’s art through typography. Both the selection and arrangement of type here evoke the spirit of the film and make the website easy and enjoyable to read.

Nomination: Fun Games

Games, fan kits and other activities of the sort can be found on movie websites from various genres, from family comedy to horror. This entertainment engages visitors, in turn further promoting the film. Truly unique and engaging activities have made it into this category.

The Nominees Are…

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
For its five ways to play with food, one of which is in 3-D!

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Fantastic Mr. Fox
For the lovely game interface design.

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Transformers
For the fan kit and fan art sections.

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Sherlock Holmes
For the clever test of deduction.

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Surrogates
For the virtual surrogate creator.

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District 9
For the “non-human” support.

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How to Train Your Dragon
For its wide range of craft activities.

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Avatar
For letting you create your own avatar (not as beautiful as the movie’s, though).

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And the Winner Is…

The website for How To Train Your Dragon offers seven online games and fifteen activities to print out and play. Good enjoyment for the whole family.

Nomination: Cross-Media Interaction

The increasingly popular mobile Web and social networks just can’t be ignored by movie companies. Many movies are represented on Twitter, Facebook and other social networks and bookmarking services. Many movie websites have social media panels and widgets that let users get updates and share information about the movies on their own websites and social network pages.

iPhone and iPod apps have become common promotional tools as well. Some movies even have community websites that bring people together around certain topics discussed in a film. The deepest and most versatile social media integration is exemplified by the following websites.

The Nominees Are…

Alice in Wonderland
For the wonderful mobile applications.

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Star Trek
For the complete collection of social network links.

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Pandorum
For the deep media interaction (widget, social networks, iPhone game, etc.).

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District 9
For the earthling and non-human communities.

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Avatar
For providing numerous ways to spread word about the movie.

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The Twilight Saga: New Moon
For attending to all kinds of Twilight fans (take the TwilightMOMs community for instance!).

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And the Winner Is…

With 5 official streams on major social networks, over 15 community websites and 4 items in the App Store, The Twilight Saga: New Moon is the clear winner in this category.

Nomination: Best HTML Website

Many movie websites use Flash when HTML, CSS and a couple of good JavaScript effects would do. The four websites below break from this convention and prove that good movie website design does not necessarily have to include Flash.

The Cove

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Music by Prudence

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Food Inc.

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When You’re Strange

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And the Winner Is…

The website for Music By Prudence fully deserves this award. The website was created by New-York based design duet Bartlett de Boer, which explains the idea for this design this way: “Together with our client, we decided on a Flash-like site, to be supported by WordPress’ content management system. We combined bold typography, huge background images and a smart jQuery application that creates a dynamic effect, presenting all the info in semi-transparent sections. This was one of the most exciting projects we’ve worked on so far.” No doubt, the Music By Prudence website is a credit to Matt Mulleneweg’s brainchild, WordPress, too.

Nomination: Best Flash Website

Movie websites usually contain a massive amount of media content, which is why Flash is the most popular platform on which to build them. While many websites either overuse animations and dynamic effects or don’t justify their use of Flash at all, some Flash movie websites deliver attractive, entertaining and informative experiences quite well. Below are six movie websites that are worthy of our imaginary Best Flash Website Oscar.

The Nominees Are…

Alice in Wonderland

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How to Train Your Dragon

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Inglourious Basterds

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Lovely Bones

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Surrogates

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Up in the Air

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And the Winner Is…

Inglourious Basterds! An attention to detail at all levels of the website, nifty yet unobtrusive effects and plenty of information make this Flash movie website stand out gloriously from the others.

Red Carpet Stars

Some movie websites that did not win our imaginary Oscars are still worth being showcased. Most of these, though not all, are done in a minimalist style, containing some basic information and a minimum of Flash effects. They are quite easy to navigate and their interfaces are visually appealing. Despite not being nominated here, they deserve some serious Hollywood buzz.

City Island
A lovely combination of photographs and sketches makes the website for City Island special.

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Mid-August Lunch
This is more an interactive movie poster than a website. The page contains practically no information about the film itself, referring visitors instead to the studio website. Still, it features an original theme that we just couldn’t pass up.

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Invictus
Like the films of maestro Clint Eastwood’s oeuvre, the website for Invictus tries to show the present through the prism of timeless values. How else to explain the use of Flash for this elegant and contemporary design, which could have been done with plain HTML and jQuery?

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The Hurt Locker
Grungy typeface, sandy colors and good still images make this website a worthy online counterpart to the movie.

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Green Zone
Some really great styling in the navigation menu.

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Funny cartoons and a graph paper texture contribute to the theme for this movie website.

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The Square
The content here is contained in a stylized grid, which doesn’t in the least impair readability and usability. Dark colors and bold grungy textures make for a true “website noir.”

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Kick-Ass
Plenty of games are integrated smoothly in the content here, resulting in a kick-ass movie website!

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Shutter Island
The website for this brilliant movie is another black pearl in our collection. The focus here is on the dark island landscape, complemented by little polished details.

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Brooklyn’s Finest
This is one of the few websites that have a good splash page. Overall, the website for Brooklyn’s Finest has some great photos and unobtrusive Flash effects. The city line shown as a film negative is the cherry on top.

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The Road
The website for this impressive film, based on the Pulitzer prize-winning novel by Cormac McCarthy, is lean as can be. The minimalist design builds mainly on still images from the movie. The quotes from the novel that appear while the page loads (an feature also seen on the Inglourious Basterds website) contributes to this information-rich website.

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Hot Tub Time Machine
The headshots that appear when you mouse over the menu items would make anyone smile. The short introduction is a nice touch, too. The Hot Tub Time Machine website certainly won’t leave you cold.

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Moon
This website is notable for its atmospheric, pseudo-3D background images. The graphics are enriched by transparent elements with frames that mimic a plating effect.

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Lbs.
This website has what you could call a camouflage design: it looks like pure HTML but is fully Flash. But don’t let that annoy you. The website loads relatively quickly and is easy to use. Also, the panorama on the main page is adorable.

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The Secret in Their Eyes
When the subject matter is secrets, a dark laconic design is the way to go.

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Precious
The website for the Oscar-winning film (really!) Precious shows great use of video to get visitors involved in the story.

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Valentine’s Day
The website for Valentine’s Day has a social network-ish look and feel, mainly because the background photos look like the profile pictures on a social network.

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Please Give
Although this is only a “Coming soon” page, showing a trailer, press notes and a Facebook link, the typography merits its inclusion on this list.

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  • mitesh September 19, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    I know that there is a cut-off date for the Academy to consider potential movies to be nominated in the upcoming Oscars. I’m wondering if there is a similar deadline for Musicians/Artists to release an album and/or send in their work to be reviewed by the Grammy committee. (Also, is it called a “committee” or is there a proper name for the group of people who decide the winners?) Just curious. ALSO can you give me your sources?

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  • dealy October 8, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    I will be getting a new bedroom in a few months and it is about medium size and I would like the decorating theme to be Alice in Wonderland. The Disneys movie and the scene where alice is in the Golden Afternoon Garden. You know, with the big flowers and mushrooms etc… I have a loft bed and they might build one of those ebcesses windowd where it goes out and theres a window seat. I also have a dresser that is raw wood so I can paint it or stain it. My bed is a light pine wood but I cannot stain or paint it…. sooo…. any ideas to decorate my room? Any I can start now before my room is built?

  • nyyankees1123 October 13, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    I love old disney movies. One of my all time favorite movies is Alice in wonderland. I have to admite its soo trippy….like the whole time the characters in the movie is on some kind of drug. idk. Any idea why this movie is soo different?

  • aamir October 18, 2013 at 10:17 am

    I have to give a tour and give trivia questions and i need trivia questions that are not to baby easy but not super hard just fun easy ones about anything. They need to be appropriate for 13 to 15 year olds just questions they would know like anything about music or movies or life i just need at least ten . thanks !!

  • evangldbrg October 30, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    I am a 23 year old student with depression and anxiety disorder. My question is is it normal to surf the internet for long periods of time? Whenever I intend to check my email or work on an assignment, I end up looking at websites for hours at a time and I barely notice that time has passed. I read news articles, blogs, wikipedia, yahoo answers, internet movie database, youtube, and just about everything else. Everytime I tell myself I am about to quit, I tell myself “just one more link.” I don’t know why I fill my head with all of this useless, random trivia (what were the oscar nominations in 2003, who were nancy drew ghost writers, the average age of marriage in the US vs other countries, famous left handed people, movies with talking animals, list of song titles that are also movies, etc) because I only forget it an hour later. I miss sleep & neglect responsibilities because of this. Does anyone have a sugestion of how to quit surfing w/o giving up my pc(I need it for school work).

  • kiltakblog November 8, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    The best answer will be given to whoever names me the most of the awards.

    Whichever choice gets the most votes will be the one I choose in the bet.

    http://www.oscar.com/nominees/

    Here is the website with the nominees.

  • Blake November 9, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Ok so my friend has decided that were gonna have an alice in wonderland costume party. Its her 13 bday so its special. Please dont say its childish cause were gonna mix it up a little. Anyways we need costumes like the mad hatter and cat costumes. Good ones not the sexy ones but just good costumes. Please help she is turning into a teenager and it has to be really good so if u know where i can find them please answer this question. Thanks in advance!

  • Bryant B November 16, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    Just bought Alice and Wonderland for the wii and played it for about 2 minutes and got stuck lol. I’m not very gamey but it looked fun so I tried it. Please help. I’m stuck at the very first gate.

  • HASTHEANSWERS November 17, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Im having an Alice In Wonderland themed 17th birthday party.
    I was wondering if anyone had suggestions for what to do.
    Im getting a slip n slide [not rlly AIW themed but im a kid at heart]
    Any other ideas?

  • John November 20, 2013 at 5:44 am

    My sister wants to decorate her bedroom with a teenage “Alice in Wonderland” theme. She wants to know if you could give her advice on the room color, what type of furniture to buy, where to buy it, etc. She doesn’t want it to look tacky she wants it to look cool and whimsical.

  • mitesh November 24, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    I am throwing my 14 year old an Alice in Wonderland birthday party and when searching for party ideas I keep coming up with paper lanterns. I am just simply having a case of ‘cant remember’ and have no idea where in the movie or why paper lanterns are an Alice in Wonderland decoration. TIA for your help.

  • Bryan J November 24, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    I have my hair styled somewhat like Victoria Beckham, but a little shorter. Homecoming is on Friday and I wanted to do something a little different with my hair. Any ideas?

  • evangldbrg November 25, 2013 at 8:00 am

    I want to have an Alice In Wonderland themed Quinceañera, but I haven’t seen any dresses that would fit in to the theme. Has anyone seen any good dresses?

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    website please

  • lucasg615 December 1, 2013 at 1:43 am

    How does the original Alice in Wonderland book by Lewis Carroll differ from the 1999 movie adaption?

    This is NOT the cartoon by Disney.
    It’s NOT the Johnny Depp movie either.