Up until a couple weeks ago, I didn’t even know there was such a thing as the Scream Awards.  I saw a commercial on Spike TV, noticing not only lots of prominent celebrities, but also a crowd full of costumed people who looked as though they were attending a Halloween party – and some of their costumes were really good.

That’s all I needed to see to convince me to set the DVR to record it.

What I found was a unique awards show which I really enjoyed.

I’m not a big fan of horror flicks.  I can stand the gore, but I don’t enjoy it.  I don’t like being startled, nor do I like to watch things that are too creepy.  If you think I’m missing out on some great entertainment and can’t understand why I stray away from that genre, this is definitely the awards show for you.

If you’re like me and you can look past some of those things, there’s still plenty to enjoy about the Scream Awards.

First and foremost, I have to applaud Spike TV for their efforts.  Not only did they get a ton of famous people there (Johnny Depp, Morgan Freeman, Harrison Ford, William Shatner, Tobey Maguire, Megan Fox, JJ Abrams, Quinton Tarantino and Olivia Munn among others), but they did a really great job of producing the event.  The set / stage was amazing.  I’ve tried to find a good picture of it, but so far this is the best I’ve found:

Set / Stage of SCREAM Awards 2009

Set / Stage of SCREAM Awards 2009

It’s hard to tell, but they have a stairway that some presenters come down, complete with a fiery banister.  They have a huge crazy rabbit head poking through the stage with a mussel on.  Another portion of the stage has steps going up above portions of the crowd for presentations which allow the fans to feel like they’re part of the action.  Flames shoot up from various parts of the set – not only on the stage, but from other random portions of the venue.

Through my research, I can’t figure out who won awards in previous years, or even if the event was televised, but I’d like to be able to watch those events just to see how the awards show has evolved.  Not only do I want to see the different production / design elements, but I really would like to know who won some of the awards, because that’s a really fun part of it too.  Morgan Freeman was the presenter for their version of “Movie of the Year”, and he mentioned that Dark Knight won the award last year – an awards show which I expect was dominated by the Batman flick just as this year’s awards show was dominated by True Blood and Twilight.  Even though I expected those two vampire-based entities to do well at the awards, it was still fun to see who the nominees were in the different categories (especially since they have TV shows and Movies intermixed amongst the categories unlike the Golden Globes)… and in some cases, it was just interesting to see that a category existed.  Here are some of the more interesting ones:

Best Horror Movie (“Drag Me To Hell”); Best Horror Actor (Stephen Moyer from True Blood) and Actress (Anna Paquin from True Blood)

Best Sci-Fi Movie (“Star Trek”); Actor (Chris Pine – Star Trek); Actress (Megan Fox – Transformers 2)

Best Fantasy Film (“Twilight”); Actor / Actress (Robert Pattinson / Kristen Stewart from Twilight)

Best Cameo (Winona Ryder – Star Trek)

Best Sequel (Harry Potter beat Punisher / X-Men / Transformers / Terminator / Underworld)

Best Villain (Alexander Skarsgard from True Blood)

Best Superhero (Hugh Jackman from Wolverine)

Best Comic Book Movie (Watchmen)

Best Comic Book (Green Lantern)

Best Comic Book Writer (Geoff Johns)

Best Comic Book Artist (Steve McNiven – Wolverine: Old Man Logan)

Most Memorable Mutilation (Pendulum Trap – Saw V)

Fight-To-The-Death Scene of the Year (Kirk vs Spock – Star Trek)

Holy Sh!t Scene of the Year (Death Eaters Attack London – Harry Potter 6)

Most Anticipated Science Fiction Film (Iron Man 2)

Most Anticipated Fantasy Film (Alice in Wonderland)

Breakout Movie of the Year (Zombieland)

Not only were the awards unique and the set / design / production cool, but they also made it a worthwhile watch by giving sneak peeks for a couple different upcoming movies and television shows, most notably the new “Alice In Wonderland” by Tim Burton, Leonardo DiCaprio’s “Shutter Island”, and of course clips from the Twilight sequel “New Moon”.

I’d highly suggest checking out the Scream Awards 2009 and any other years awards ceremony you can find.  It was a fun watch for those of us who get bored of the Oscars / Golden Globes.

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