It’s Academy Awards season! With that in mind, we decided to present you with our version and we’re calling it the Carcademy Awards. We’re presenting the best cars that have appeared in feature films over the years. Sometimes, no matter how good an actor is, we just can’t take our eyes off the four-wheeled stars.
After narrowing down the many possible honorees, RightTurn has selected the best cars for seven esteemed categories. These cars listed below are being awarded for exceptional film presence and are determined by a set of very specific (albeit made-up) criteria.
And the winners are…
Best Sound in a Vehicle – Ecto 1 (1959 Cadillac Miller Meteor Hearse)
This iconic machine was an important piece in the characterization of the film. The Ecto 1 perfectly captures the group’s persona as fun, loud, and efficient. The hearse is not only able to comfortably carry all the Ghostbusters, but also all of their proton packs and ghost-catchin’ gadgets. And I dare you to find someone who doesn’t picture the Ecto 1 cruising down a busy New York City street when they hear that siren.
Best Costume – Deathmobile (1966 Lincoln Continental)
Animal House was a great movie with or without the Deathmobile. But when Flounder, the fraternity pledge, borrows his brother’s Lincoln Continental near the beginning of the film it was clear that the car would play a major part by the end. And true to foreshadowing form, in the end it helps disband, scatter, disperse, and separate everyone at the annual Homecoming parade.
Best Visual Effects – Pursuit Special (1973 Ford Falcon XB GT Coupe Interceptor)
There are no special effects. But the effect is special. Watching Max get madder as the movie progresses in his Pursuit Special is mesmerizing. The strengths in this performance are evident in that it’s safe enough to keep a dog as co-pilot, but soul-crushing enough to exact revenge on those that murdered his wife and son in this apocalyptic setting where survival is unlikely in the barren wastelands of Australia.
Best Performance in a Supporting Role – The Dude’s 1973 Ford Gran Torino
If ever there was a car that almost outshined the stars of the film, it was The Dude’s Gran Torino in The Big Lebowski. The car gets stolen (perhaps by Larry Sellers?), smashed (by a stranger), crashed (into a dumpster), and set on fire (by nihilists) during the course of the movie. And any car that goes through that kind of abuse deserves our respect.
Best Performance in a Leading Role – The Batmobile
With an incredibly uneventful, but perfect name, the Batmobile has had some modifications over the years since its first movie appearance in 1966. Adam West drove the 1954 Lincoln Futura customized with the bat phone and a turbine. In 1989, the vehicle was reimagined and Michael Keaton’s Batman drove a much-improved Batmobile with bulletproof shields, remote control, shape-shifting capabilities, and what appear to be anti-lock brakes! It performed much of the same duties, but had a sleeker, more iconic look. The Batmobile gives a stunning performance not to be forgotten any time soon.
Best Foreign Car – James Bond’s 1963 Aston Martin DB5
Bond films have been nominated for a total of 14 Academy Awards and have won four times. But one award it has yet to win is for the sweet ride that so many suave men around the world have never driven. Some think the clothes make the man, and that may be true…that is, if you don’t drive an Aston Martin. Special features of this incredible car include a passenger ejector seat, radar, guns, revolving license plate, bulletproof screen, guns, oil slick capabilities, more guns, and a smoke machine.
And now, for the moment you’ve all been waiting for…
Best Vehicle – 1961 Ferrari 250 GT
A car with most of the main character’s name in it gets our vote for the Carcademy Awards Best Vehicle! Ferris Buehler decides to “borrow” his best friend Cameron’s dad’s car to go for a joyride and enjoy the day playing hooky. It’s hard to argue this as being awarded Best Vehicle since no other car has sold for as much at auction. A 1961 Ferrari 250 GT (not the one from the movie) was purchased for an astonishing $10,976,000.00, setting a world record. In a great city with an amazing Ferrari, I think Ferris made the right choice that day.
If there really was an Award for your favorite car in a movie, what would you call it and what car would win? Tell us!