In just a few hours, the telecast of the Oscars (or, as we refer to them, the “Weirdcademy Awards for squares”) will begin. We’re happy to steal the Academy’s Thunder by announcing the winners of 2012 weirdest movies.

In the category of “Weirdest Short Film,” the Weirdcademy Award goes to Andrew Huang for “Solipsist.”

In the category of “Weirdest Scene,” the Weirdcademy Award goes to Holy Motors for the intermission where Denis Lavant strides through a church playing R.L. Burnside’s “Let My Baby Ride” with a full accordion band.

In the category of “Weirdest Actress,” the award goes to Quvenzhané Wallis in Beasts of the Southern Wild for her role as Hushpuppy, the 6-year old pre-orphan who sees prehistoric monsters on the bayou.

Still from Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

In the category of “Weirdest Actor,” the Award goes to for playing Merde, the fashion model-abducting leprechaun, and ten more roles in Holy Motors.

Still from Holy Motors (2012)

And in the category of “Weirdest Feature Film,” the award goes to Holy Motors, the movie where Mr. Oscar tools around Paris taking on the role of a leprechaun, accordionist, a chimp’s hubby, and more.

The full voting results can be viewed here (here for short film nominees).

Thanks to all members of the Weirdcademy, and see you again next year!


    1. “Weird” and “outstanding” aren’t incompatible. Quvenzhané played a very weird role of a six-year old girl who owned her own house, swam out to a brothel on an oil rig, and imagined prehistoric monsters converging on the bayou, and she played it outstandingly.

  1. nothing weird about age and owning “house” (shelter) and child imagination … maybe situations that You mentioned are little bit weird but not Quve acting. What is weird about that movie and characters is that there are many human living beings in the world, living their lives in difficult situations and this shouldn’t be.
    Only one weird thing about Hushpuppy; it’s her unusual sensitiveness to the others creatures heart beating.

    1. I see your point, so long as you think her character was really not weird and don’t think that “weird” was an insult to her performance. To be precise, we could rephrase the category as “Best Female Performance in a Weird Movie” rather than “Weirdest Actress”—but the phrase “Weirdest Actress” has a lot more zing to it.

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