This Sunday is the Academy Awards, the best in film as decided by people who make films. It’s a very grown-up affair with most of the nominated movies rated R, like Wolf of Wall Street and 12 Years a Slave. It begs the question, which movies and actors do KIDS think were the best of 2013?
With nearly 24,000 votes cast, here are the winners of the Eighth Annual KidsPickFlicks PICK Awards:
PICK Movie of the Year: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. The Hunger Games could be called the Franchise on Fire. Katniss and Peeta’s forced return to the Games with its cliffhanger ending was youth’s most thrilling, horrifying and hopeful film of the year.
PICK Actress of the Year: Sophie Nelisse, The Book Thief. This 14-year-old didn’t come up through Disney or Nickelodeon, she seemed to come out of nowhere to deliver the most mesmerizing performance of any young actress in 2013.
PICK Actor of the Year: Ty Simpkins, Iron Man 3. Ty’s skilled performance turned 10-year-old Harley Keener into the perfect assistant – and comic foil – for Iron Man.
PICK Scene Stealer: Kamil McFadden, Grown Ups 2. With his character Bumpty, Kamil stole the focus away from comedy greats like Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Maya Rudolph and David Spade – that’s saying something.
PICK Concert Documentary: Mindless Behavior: All Around the World. Justin Bieber’s Believe tried to convince us he hasn’t changed. One Direction’s This Is Us showed us how the band came together and bonded. But Mindless Behavior’s doc showed that every inch of success from these four artists is hard earned.
PICK Superhero Movie: The Wolverine. With four superhero movies this year, it’s fascinating to learn kids liked the hairy guy best.
PICK Villain: Loki, Thor: The Dark World. In a year with vicious and unexpected bad guys, Tom Hiddleston’s trickster is by far the most interesting.
PICK Hero (Nonsuperhero): Katniss Everdeen. Katniss’ sense of right and wrong triumphs her desire to live a simple life. Parents, this is a cause for celebration.
PICK Debut: Olaf, Frozen. In filling Olaf with childlike wonder, Josh Gad created the warmest snowman the world has ever known.
PICK Song: “Let it Go,” Frozen. Elsa's chuck-it-all song is so fantastic that two artists performed it in the movie, the covers are pouring out of YouTube, and it inspired a sing-along version of the movie to be released!
ICK Movie: The Lone Ranger. The “ICK” of the Year is the film kids found the most disappointing. Johnny Depp as Tonto gave kids high hopes, but ultimately, they felt the film was a hi-ho bummer.
Here are three films to see with your family in the theater:
Son of God. The film wonderfully depicts how Jesus, preaching love and understanding, ends up brutally crucified (which is difficult to watch, so think ages 14+).
The Lego Movie. Everything is Awesome. For all ages. For real.
Pompeii. This film aims to represent the era and the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in the most historical way, but keep in mind, that includes the violence of the time as well.
Learn what kids think about these movies at KidsPickFlicks.com, where all kids are movie critics!