The Oscars of Sport

We at The Mac Weekly sports section are best known for covering the sports world, but that doesn’t mean we don’t love the arts as well. So, in honor of the 2015 Oscars, we decided to honor the arts with our own flair. Below, you will find our nominees and selections, as voted on by the staff of The Mac Weekly Sports Section, for the All-Time Sports Movie Oscars. Please enjoy.

Best Picture Nominees:

Raging Bull; Remember the Titans; Field of Dreams; Chariots of Fire; Space Jam; The Sandlot; Miracle; Hoosiers; Rocky; A League of Their Own

And the winner is…

Field of Dreams—The overwhelming allure of Kevin Costner interacting with the all-time baseball greats was too much for this section to resist, giving it a narrow victory over Hoosiers and Remember the Titans. We also give a special shout-out to Ray Liotta for an incredible performance as Shoeless Joe Jackson.

Best Actor:

Robert De Niro—Jake Lamotta in Raging Bull; Kevin Costner—Ray Kinsella in Field of Dreams; Denzel Washington—Herman Boone in Remember the Titans; Gene Hackman—Norman Dale in Hoosiers; Kurt Russell—Herb Brooks in Miracle

And the winner is…

Denzel Washington—His resolute performance as Herman Boone, the embattled football coach battling racism within his team and in his community, is truly one of sports cinema’s greatest. We also had to give this movie its dues for opening our eyes to some of our favorites! Don’t forget, it was in Remember the Titans that we first met Ryan Gosling, Donald Faison and Hayden Panettiere. For this, and for our endless love of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” we thank Denzel with this award.

Best Actress:

Hillary Swank—Maggie Fitzgerald in Million Dollar Baby; Geena Davis—Dottie Hinson in A League of Their Own; Lori Petty—Kit Keller in A League of Their Own; Sandra Bullock—Leigh Anne Tuohy in The Blind Side; Susan Saranadon—Annie Savoy in Bull Durham

And the winner is…

Geena Davis—Dottie Hinson, the charismatic catcher and assistant manager for the Rockford Peaches, an all-women’s baseball team, is a character for the ages. She is so beloved by this section that she beat out an actress in an actual Oscar-winning best picture (Swank in Million Dollar Baby) and an Oscar-winning best actress (Bullock in The Blind Side). We salute you, Geena!

Best Supporting Actress:

Hayden Panettiere—Sheryl Yost in Remember the Titans; Rosie O’Donnell—Doris Murphy in A League of Their Own; Drew Barrymore—Lindsey Meeks in Fever Pitch

And the winner is…

Drew Barrymore—Simply put, there are too many Boston Red Sox fans in The Mac Weekly sports section for her not to win for her part in this beloved baseball love story. She expertly portrayed the conflicts of jealousy dealt with by many who love a Red Sox fan, and stole our hearts with her adoption of our beloved Sox as her own. It was a movie changed by fate: the end of the script had to be rewritten when the Red Sox won the World Series in 2004, and Barrymore will forever be a symbol of that fate for many Bostonians.

Best Supporting Actor:

Tom Hanks—Jimmy Dugan in A League of Their Own; Ray Allen—Jesus Shuttlesworth in He Got Game; Ryan Gosling—Alan Bosley in Remember the Titans

And the winner is…

Ray Allen—There is nothing better in a sports movie than a cameo by a famous athlete, and this one takes the cake. The greatest three-point shooter in basketball history graced the big screen here as the son of a convicted murderer and a star basketball prospect trying to decide where he will play in college. His father (played by Denzel Washington) is released from jail for a week and sent by the state’s governor to persuade Allen to choose to attend the governor’s alma mater for college. What follows is, in many opinions, the greatest basketball movie ever conceived, and one of Spike Lee’s best. Ray, take this Oscar, and we’ll see you in the Hall of Fame!

Best Documentary:

When We Were Kings; Hoop Dreams; Through the Fire; Four Days in October

And the winner is:
When We Were Kings—Leon Gast’s masterpiece recording the famous “Rumble in the Jungle” heavyweight title bout between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman was the clear choice here. It gives us a tantalizing buildup to the historic fight, along with fascinating up-close looks at demeanors of the two fighters. This Oscar-winning best documentary feature beat out some of our personal favorites for this particular honor. The Mac Weekly sports section would like to extend an honorary mention to Sebastian Telfair for his incredible story, as told in Through the Fire. If only we could give out two…

Best Soundtrack:

Like Mike; Chariots of Fire; Space Jam; Rocky; Remember the Titans

And the winner is…

Chariots of Fire—We knew we had to choose this all-time classic tune. The theme to this movie about British runners has become such a legendary song that many know it by ear without ever having seen the movie. (If you’re drawing a blank, look it up on Youtube. You’ll probably be pleasantly surprised). This was a much more competitive category than one would have originally expected, but with transcendent soundtracks like Rocky’s “Eye of the Tiger” and Space Jam’s “I Believe I Can Fly” and “Space Jam,” we quickly realized that we had some thinking to do. Swing low, sweet chariots!

Well, that does it for the all-time sports movie Oscars, brought to you by The Mac Weekly sports section. Congratulations to all of our nominees, winners and honorable mentions; you have brought a great deal of joy to sports and cinema fans alike. Be sure to tune in next year for the 2016 sports Oscars, hosted in tandem by Tommy Lasorda and Kendrick Perkins, and enjoy the 2015 Oscars this Sunday.