Ghouls and goblins… Fanboys and freaks… Not to mention, huge stars including Halle Berry, Kristen Stewart, James Cameron, Megan Fox, Mickey Rourke and Michael J. Fox… They all were out in full force for Spike TV’s 5th Annual “SCREAM 2010” awards on Saturday night at the Greek Theatre nestled deep in the woods of LA’s Griffith Park.
More than just a frightfest, this still young event has become an awards show for the Comic-Con crowd - honoring sci-fi fare like nomination-leading film “Inception” and TV’s “Lost,” as well as the more expected genre nominees like “A Nightmare on Elm Street” and “Zombieland.”
The atmosphere was nothing short of inspired. Fans were all dressed up as their favorite characters. The elaborate “Inception”-designed stage was accented by a giant replica of the film’s famous spinning top. A giant full moon (at times becoming a circular saw or the “Back to the Future” watchtower clock) dominated the backdrop. The presenter platforms were circled by gargoyles spitting fire from their mouths and the trophy ladies were dressed as Natalie Portman’s character in the upcoming “Black Swan.”
The evening began with Halle Berry in a shiny mini-dress, introducing the night’s most nominated project, “Inception.” Director Christopher Nolan was on hand to accept on behalf of the dream-bending film’s six wins for the night.
In true Comic-Con fashion, some of the most anticipated films of the upcoming year used the night to introduce first looks at footage.
Neve Campbell, David Arquette, Emma Roberts and Wes Craven were on hand to world premiere the first footage of “Scream 4,” which drew a huge fan reaction.
Other first look world premieres included: “Paranormal Activity 2,” Rainn Wilson on hand to present “Super,” AMC’s new original series “The Walking Dead,” Anthony Hopkins on hand to present “The Rite,” new footage from “Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows,” and new scenes from the upcoming DVD release of “Avatar.”
The biggest crowd reaction of the night came when Bill Murray came out in a Ghostbusters costume (accompanied by Ray Parker Jr.‘s famous theme song) to accept on behalf of “Zombieland” for its win for Best Horror Film. “It’s all I had that was clean,” he declared to an ecstatic crowd.
Reunions were also a big theme for the evening. David Spade introduced Christopher Lloyd and Michael J. Fox, who were on hand to promote the 25th anniversary re-release of the “Back to the Future” trilogy. The film’s famous DeLorean even made an appearance.
Several members of the cast of “Lost” were on hand, accompanied on stage by actual remnants of Oceanic Flight 815. Jimmy Kimmel introduced Henry Ian Cusick, Jorge Garcia, Malcolm David Kelly, Ian Somerhalder, Harold Perrineau, and Executive Producers Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof. Jorge spoke for the group, calling the evening, “the proverbial nail in the coffin” for the cult ABC show.
Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively were there to hype up the “Most Anticipated Movie” winner — the live action “Green Lantern.” Ryan emerged in a giant lantern, while the crowd cheered enthusiastically, waving green flashing rings which were handed out beforehand. Although rumors swirled that footage would debut, no such first look occurred.
Other highlights of the night included James Cameron introducing a special award to Sigourney Weaver (who emerged from a giant “Alien” egg)… a music video from Break.com featuring Seth Green, Stan Lee and Katee Sackhoff called “Geek & Gamer Gurls,” set to the tune of Katy Perry’s “California Gurls”… And the best line of the night, which came courtesy of Sarah Silverman: “I just met Megan Fox backstage and she should totally be in Eli Roth’s next movie…. But even if she’s not, I hope she gets tortured and decapitated anyways.”
The night also included a performance from M.I.A.
“Inception” nabbed 15 nominations in 14 categories, one for every year the critically hailed project was in development, including nods for “The Ultimate Scream,” “Best Ensemble,” and “Fight Scene of the Year.” “Kick-Ass” was nominated in 13 categories for a total of 17 nominations, “Iron Man 2” garnered 13 nominations.
HBO’s “True Blood” had the most nominations of any television series with 10.
The two-hour pre-taped extravaganza will premiere on Spike TV on Tuesday, October 19 (9:00–11:00 PM, ET/PT).
The full list of winners announced during the taping, below (several other categories were pre-announced and will be rolled into the actual broadcast):
Mickey Rourke as Ivan Vanko in “Iron Man 2”
BEST COMIC BOOK WRITER:
HOLY SH-T SCENE OF THE YEAR:
“Twisted Sex,” from “True Blood”
BEST COMIC BOOK OR GRAPHIC NOVEL:
“The Walking Dead”
BEST FANTASY ACTRESS:
Kristen Stewart, “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse”
BEST HORROR ACTOR:
Alexander Skarsgard, “True Blood”
BEST HORROR ACTRESS:
Anna Paquin, “True Blood”
BEST WORST MOVIE:
MOST MEMORABLE MUTILATION:
“The Human Centipede” (first sequence)
BEST FANTASY MOVIE:
“The Twilight Saga: Eclipse”
BEST HORROR MOVIE:
BEST TV SHOW:
BEST 3-D FILM:
James Cameron, “Avatar”
MOST ANTICIPATED MOVIE:
BEST HEROINE (honorary):
The 2010 COMIC-CON ICON (honorary):
Ray Bradbury (who was not present)