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2012 Cucurbita Oscars

The Oscar nominations are now in. Take a look at this year's candidates.



Do you Know? Just what does "OSCARS" stand for?

Orange, Shiny Cucurbitas Are Really Spectacular!

Best Picture:

  • The Artist In this action packed thriller, a down on his luck artist, carves giant pumpkins into true works of art. The best work is displayed in cahracter drawings of politicians. See real giant pumpkin carvings. It's truly an art form.
  • A Separation  Pumpkin growers are avid, if not fanatic gardeners. After spending months tending to their pumpkin patches, it's time to harvest the fruit of hundreds of hours of labor. All goes weell, all Fall long and up to Halloween. Then, after being all but physically attached to her beloved pumpkin, it's time for Jennifer to Toss her carved pumpkin into the compst heap. Ah, the angst of separation.......

Honorable Mention:

  • Moneyball - Forget the casinos, forget Powerball Lottery games. Giant pumpkins and giant pumpkin seeds command a huge price in the maerketplace. In this trhilling , yet light-hearted adventure story, giant pumpkin growers know the worth of their pumpkins, and react in strange and mysterisous ways to protect their own "Moneyball".

Best Action Drama:

  • Rise of the Planet of the Pumpkins Everyone knows pumpkin vines will grow fast and furisous. A decade ago, Hiumankind resued kids and pet form fast grwoing viens that climbvd and spread over anyhting too slow to get out of their way. At the time, everyone declared victory, thinking pumpkin vines had finally been contained within the fence constrcuted to halt thier spread..... until now.

Honorable Mention:

Best Comedy Film:

  • Hugo Jerry aptly names his giant pumpkin Hugo. After sacrificing countless summer events tending to his pumpkin patch, Jerry thinks he has the"big one" that will tip the scale at a whopping 2000 pounds. The trouble is how do you get a one ton pumpkin out of the garden, and to a weighoff to break the world record!? The antics that Jery and his friends go through to get Hugo to the weighoff will leave you in stitches.

Honorable Mention:

Best Animated Movie:

Best Documentary Short Subject:

  • Saving Face Bill hasn't produced a cometitive pumpkin in years. The embarrassement is hard to swallow. After spending the entire winter researching new pumpkin growing techniques and tips, Bill knows it is now or never.

Best Actor in a Leading Role:

  •  George Clooney, "The Descendants"  Good pumpkin genetics is the keyt to unlocking hthe potentialto grow a world record breaker. Afterall, big begets big, and bigger begts even bigger. So tracing the lineage of a giant pumpkin seed is vital. But, how far back must one go.?

Best Actress in a Leading Role:

  • Meryl Streep, "The Iron Lady" Streep puts on a spectacular and unforgettable perfoamcnce as she grow, the "Iron Lady", her hopefully record breaking pumpkin. But,is it storng neough to stand up to the competition!?

Best Horror Flick:

Honorable Mention:

Science Fiction:

  • Real Steel Howard discovers a new fertilzer with a newly discoverd micro-nutrient, and tries it on his pumpkin patch. The fertilizer makes the fruit grow to astronimical weight and as strong as steel. But, it also produces some other frightening side effects.
  • Transformers: Dark of the Pumpkin For years,  people have feared genetically altered seeds and their impact upon our health. Well, our worst fears are suddenly realized when genetically altered pumpkins hit store shelves.


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