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2016 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:

  • Bridge of Spies Everyone knows that to grow a record breaking pumpkin, one has to learn all of the closely guarded secrets to success. An American lawyer is recruited to defend an arrested Soviet pumpkin grower accused of spying on American pumpkin patches.

  • Mad Max/ Pumpkin Road In the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, everyone is fighting to grow the best pumpkin. There are two rebel growers who just might be able to restore order - - - Big Max an experienced grower, and Cucurbita, a woman of action who believes her path to survival may be a rare pumpkin strain found in the desert back near her childhood homeland.

  • The Revanant A frontiersman on a pumpkin growing expedition in the 1820s, fights for survival after being mauled by a pumpkin eating groundhog, and left for dead by members of his own garden club.

Honorable Mention:

  • Brooklyn An Irish immigrant lands in 1950s Brooklyn, where she quickly grows a record pumpkin from seed she smuggled in from the "Old Sod". The past catches up with her. She must choose between two countries. Which country gets the credit? The one where the all important seed originated? Or, the one who's soil it grew from?

Best Action Drama:

  • 45 Years A married couple preparing to celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary receive shattering news that promises to forever change the course of their lives. They learn that a pumpkin plant that they started from seed on their wedding day, has just died. Now what do they do with their summers!?
  • The Big Short Four denizens in the world of giant pumpkin growing predict they will each break the world record. After a long struggle with nature, they each produce a huge pumpkin.... But, come up short of the world record.

Honorable Mention:

  • Creed Former World Heavyweight Pumpkin Growing Champion Rocky Gardener serves as a trainer and mentor to Rookie Grower, the son of his late friend and former rival Big Max Grower.

Best Animated Movie:

  • Boy and the Pumpkin World A little boy goes on an adventurous quest in search of a purple pumpkin. Pumpkins come in all sorts of colors. But, as of yet, no one has grown a purple pumpkin.
  • When Marnie Was There Upon being sent to live with relatives in the countryside; an emotionally distant adolescent girl becomes obsessed with growing obscure varieties of pumpkins.

Best Documentary:

  • The Look of Silence The directors try to answer the question: If a vine breaks in the pumpkin patch, will it make any noise? Scholars have pondered this question for hundreds of years. Watch the film and listen to the answer.

Best Actor in a Leading Role:

  •  Michael Fastgrower, in Steve Jobs Fastgrower does an outstanding job portraying Steve Jobs, chronicling his stellar business success, from the early days of his first computer Big Max, to the revolutionary P-Phone.

Best Actress in a Leading Role:

  • Cinderella Lawrence in Joy Lawrence excels as the title character, who rose to become founder and matriarch of a powerful pumpkin farm dynasty.

Costume Design:

  • Cinderella In this remake of Disney's classical movie, scene designers do an incredible job decorating Cinderella's carriage, with intricate carvings.

Science Fiction:

  • Pumpkin Wars: The Force Awakens Three decades after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, a new threat arises. The First Order attempts to rule all patches, and only a ragtag group of growers can stop them, along with the help of the PDR (Plant Disease Resistance).
  • The Martian During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Casper is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But, Casper has survived. He is stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he draws upon his gardening experience. He figures out how to grow white pumpkins for food, in the Martian soil. Suddenly, his limited diet is not so bad. as it is now heavily fortified with rich and tasty pumpkin.

Lifetime Achievement:

  • Gone with the Frost In Civil War era America, it's pumpkin grower versus pumpkin grower. This classic movie chronicles battle after battle. First, it's insects. Then, plant disease takes its toll. Somehow, the struggle endures up until the final battle.... a killing frost. This award honors not only Scarlet O'Pumpkin, but all civil war era pumpkin growers.

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