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2003 Cucurbita Oscars

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Best Picture:

  • My Big Fat Greek Pumpkin When Toula Portokalos decides she no longer wants to grow regular Jack O'Lanterns and turns to giant pumpkin growing. She falls in love with a genetic seed that is not Greek. She must find a way to reconcile her choices with her pumpkin associations's expectations.
  • Gangs of New York In mid-nineteenth century New York, gangs of Irish pumpkin growers face off against bands of local anti-pumpkin growing citizens in a bloody turf war. The film tells the story of a young man seeking revenge against the powerful gang leader who vandalized his pumpkins.
  • Behind Enemy Lines Chris is caught spying in his neighbor's pumpkin patch. And, his way back over the fence is blocked! Will Chris' wife come and rescue him, knowing she won't see him until the gardening season is over anyway?

Honorable Mention:

  • Nowhere in Africa Plenty of report s and stories exist of pumpkins being grown in Africa. But, can anyone find them?

Best Action Drama:

  • Talk to Her When Marco's pumpkin stops growing and goes dormant, he begins to talk to her in hopes that the fruit will start growing again. After all, everyone knows talking to your pumpkins is theraputic for the pumpkin and the grower. Will his efforts be fruitful?
  • Unfaithful Edward and Connie Sumner have the perfect life growing and tending to their pumpkin patch. But when Connie's chance encounter with a handsome fellow stranger erupts into a full-blown love affair, will desire become obsession? Will she be torn from the patch or remain faithful to her crop?

Honorable Mention:

  • The Pumpkin Hunter To save a very large pumpkin from poachers, Steve and his wife Terri set out on a death defying journey through Australia's Outback to save the pumpkin.

Best Comedy Film:

  • 24 Hour Party People When the weighoffs, are over the The GPC members kick back in a big way.
  • 40 Days and 40 Nights Young Matt Sullivan breaks up with his girlfriend and vows to spend the next 40 days and nights living in his pumpkin patch. Then he meets Erica, who he just knows is the woman for man. He want to keep his promise to his pumpkins, but.....

Honorable Mention:

  • Big Trouble Comedic chaos follows the lives of a dedicated pumpkin grower and his unhappy housewife when they attempt to extract a giant pumpkin from the garden.

Best Documentary Short Subject:

  • Spellbound Ever wonder why giant pumpkin growing is so addicting? This documentary unveils how once you grow 'em, your addicted for life `.
  • I'll Wait for the Next One A twenty-nine-year-old man makes an unconventional attempt to grow a giant pumpkin. He is encouraged by the results in his first attempt, and looks forward to next season.

Best Actor in a Leading Role:

  • Pumpkin Loaf in Formula 51. Pumpkin Loaf plays a master chemist and genius behind formulating a "wonder" fertilizer.
  • Keanu Leaves in Sweet November. Keanu tries in vain to protect his pumpkin plants from killing November frosts.

Best Actress in a Leading Role:

  • Nicole Kidman in "The Hours". Nicole puts on perhaps her best ever performance, detailing the endless hours she spent nurturing her, errrr, pumpkins.
  • Penelope Pumpkins in "40 Days and 40 Nights" She'll do what it takes to make sure her pumpkins are the biggest.

Best Horror Flick:

  • Catch Me If You Can Far atop a hill near Napa Valley, the annual giant pumpkin weighoff is about to begin. Anticipation is running high as three or four growers are bragging about bringing in a new world record. Suddenly, an earthquake shakes the festival grounds. The giant pumpkins being to tumble out of control towards the town in the valley below. Without trees or obstacles in their way, can anything keep them from squashing the town?
  • The Sum of All Fears 27,000 varieties of insects. Where is the insecticide? Will insecticides work against all those insects? This film is a chilling portrayal of what could happen if insecticides fail and mass destruction descend upon the planet.

Honorable Mention:

  • Halloween: Resurrection
  • Igby Goes Down Sadly, the title says it all.

Science Fiction:

  • Pumpkin Wars: Attack of the Clones Madman Marc is at it again. Only this time, he is making an army of pumpkin clones to battle for the world record. But now, he isn't stopping there. His diabolical plan is to have his clones take the top ten prizes in every pumpkin weighoff in the world. With great genetics, is any grower capable of stopping him andhis clones?
  • Signs Everything that farmer Graham Hess assumed about pumpkins is changed when he discovers a message- - an intricate pattern of circles and lines carved into his crop. As the shocking secrets of the circles is revealed, it dramatically affects the lives and faiths of all pumpkin growers.

Best Romantic Film:

  • Life or Something Like It Lannie Kerrigan thinks her life is perfect.... until she falls in love with pumpkin growing. Lannie takes a hard look at her life with the realization that tending "the patch" is what life is really all about.


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