In just a few hours, the telecast of the Oscars (or, as we refer to them, the “Weirdcademy Awards for squares”) will begin. We are happy to steal the Academy’s Thunder by announcing cinema’s weirdest winners of 2015.

In the category of “Weirdest Short Film,” the winner by the narrowest of margins (2 votes) was ‘s portrait of painter Hugh Hayden, “Hugh the Hunter.”

(Please note: ‘s excellent “World of Tomorrow” was not available to us when our 2015 shortlist was composed, and therefore was not eligible for the preceding award).

In the category of “Weirdest Scene,” the Weirdcademy Award goes to The Forbidden Room for the number where a digitally scrambled lounge singer croons about “The Final Derriere.”

In the category of “Weirdest Actress,” the Award goes to Chiara D’Anna as a lesbian submissive, seen here engulfed in a blizzard of moths in The Duke of Burgundy.

Still from The Duke of Burgundy (2104)

In the category of “Weirdest Actor,” the Award goes to Pit Bukowski, in the title role in Der Samurai, for putting on a dress and acting like ‘s grandson.


And with a commanding 40% of the overall vote in a ten movie field, the award for Weirdest Movie of 2015 goes to The Forbidden Room, Guy Maddin‘s telescoping narrative experiment centered around imaginary lost films.

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

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