Monday, March 3, 2014

The NBA Oscars

Photo via A.M.P.A.S.

With the 86th Academy Awards now under Hollywood's belt, let's take a look at who would win "The NBA Oscars:"

 Best Visual Effects: Steel (1997)

Shaquille O'Neal stars in this superhero flick as DC Comic's John Henry Irons, but the super-suit and explosions appealed to few, as the film tanked big in the box office.

Best Supporting Actor: Ray Allen (He Got Game (1998))

Denzel Washington stars in this Spike Lee sports-drama that earned multiple film festival award nominations and $21.5 million box office. Ray Allen's acting debut in this supporting role achieved raving critical success, playing a highly-touted basketball prospect who is the son of a convicted murderer (Washington).

 Best Actor: Kevin Durant (Thunderstruck (2012))

Three-time NBA scoring champ Kevin Durant stars in this family comedy about a less-than-talented Oklahoma City Thunder fan who magically "steals" the talent of his hometown superstar. Durant plays himself while lightheartedly adding a laugh or two in this "feel-good" film.

Best Picture: Space Jam (1996)

This classic Warner Bros. flick starring Bugs Bunny and a guy named Michael Jordan was a smash hit among younger generations in the '90's. It tells the story of the His Airness helping out Bugs and the rest of the Looney Tunes escape the clutches of the evil Nerdlucks. It also stars former NBA players Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, Shawn Bradley, Larry Johnson, Muggsy Bogues, former NBA coach Del Harris, and notable actors Bill Murray and Danny DeVito. The film has grossed $230 million all-time.

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