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for the the films below.
Time for the semi-finals of the Movie Franchise Playoffs! Here is how the bracket looks after the quarterfinals:
Godfather versus Indiana Jones
: Fan Vote
Godfather: 2 Indiana Jones: 5
: Individual Awards
Godfather: Academy Awards- Wins: 2
(Best Actor, Best Actor in a Supporting Role) Nominations: 8
(Best Actor in a Supporting Role x7, Best Actress in a Supporting Role), Golden Globes- Wins: 1
(Best Motion Picture Actor), Nominations: 6
(Best Motion Picture Actor x3, Best Supporting Actor x2, Most Promising Newcomer)
Indiana Jones: Academy Awards- Wins: 0 Nominations: 0 Golden Globes- Wins: 0 Nominations: 1
(Best Supporting Actor)
Godfather Totals: Wins-3 Nominations- 14 Indiana Jones Totals: Wins- 0 Nominations- 1
Godfather- "Leave the gun. Take the cannoli." "I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse." "If not, it's all-out war, we go to the mattresses." "I know it was you, Fredo. You broke my heart. You broke my heart!" "Just when I thought I was out... they pull me back in."
Indiana Jones- "Snakes. Why'd it have to be snakes?" "I don't know, I'm making this up as I go!" "I hate snakes, Jock! I hate 'em!" "Prepare to meet Kali... in Hell!"
Both franchises have some great quotes, but the Godfather is to movie quotes what Indy is to bullwhips. The impact Godfather quotes have had on other movies, tv shows, and general everyday conversation gives it the edge over Indiana Jones. Sorry Indy, it was only business. I always liked you.
Lord of the Rings versus Star Wars
LOTR: 4 Star Wars: 3
LOTR: Academy Awards- Wins: 0 Nominations: 1
(Best Actor in a Supporting Role) Golden Globes- Wins: 0 Nominations: 0
Star Wars: Academy Awards- Wins: 0 Nominations: 1
(Best Actor in a Supporting Role) Golden Globes- Wins: 0 Nominations: 1
(Best Supporting Actor)
LOTR Totals: Wins- 0 Nominations- 1 Star Wars Totals: Wins- 0 Nominations: 2
LOTR: "My precioussssss." "YOU SHALL NOT PASS!" "One ring to rule them all..." "Come on, Mr. Frodo. I can't carry it for you... but I can carry you!" "What's taters, precious?"
Star Wars: "I know" "I am your father." "That's no moon." "These are not the droids you're looking for." "Use the Force, Luke." "May the Force be with you, always." "Who's scruffy-looking?" "Never tell me the odds."
This is by far the toughest matchup. What Star Wars lacks in pure epicness of quotes they make up for with a barrage of memorable one-liners. On the other hand Star Wars' iconic lines are matched by LOTR's depth as all three movies contain memorable lines. If ever you find yourself on the brink of a massive battle, some quotes from Gandalf or Aragorn may be what you're looking for. Ultimately, quoteability is determined by which franchise is most ingrained in the lexicon of pop culture. Victorious, Star Wars is.
Series Winner: Star Wars
Finals: Godfather versus Star Wars
Game 1: Film-based Awards
Godfather: Academy Awards- Wins: 7 (Best Picture x2, Best Writing/Screenplay x2, Best Director, Best Art Direction, Best Music) Nominations: 12 (Best Picture, Best Director x2, Best Costume Design x2, Best Sound, Best Film Editing x2, Best Music x2, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction) Golden Globes- Wins: 4 (Best Motion Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Original Score) Nominations: 9 (Best Motion Picture x2, Best Screenplay x2, Best Original Score x2, Best Director x2, Best Original Song)
Star Wars: Academy Awards- Wins: 8 (Best Music/Original Score, Best Effects, Best Film Editing, Best Sound, Best Costume Design, Best Art Direction, Special Achievement Award Sound Effects, Special Achievement Award Visual Effects) Nominations: 5 (Best Music/Original Score, Best Picture, Best Director, Best Writing/Screenplay, Best Achievement in Makeup Golden Globes- Wins: 1 (Best Musical Score) Nominations: 3 (Best Musical Score, Best Motion Picture-Drama, Best Director-Motion Picture)
Godfather Totals: Wins- 11 Nominations- 21 Star Wars Totals: Wins- 9 Nominations- 8
Game 2: Cultural Impact
There is not really a wholly objective way to examine cultural impact, but in this case there is not much of a debate. In terms of cinematic history and impact on the film industry, Godfather is considered one of, if not the most influential franchises of all time. When it comes to cultural impact though, Star Wars is in its own galaxy. The merchandise, tv shows, subsequent sequels and prequels, books, comics, etc have created a following and dedication to Star Wars which quite simply doesn't exist for the Godfather franchise.
Winner: Star Wars
Game 3: Rankings in AFI Top 100 Films
Godfather: Godfather- 2, Godfather Part II- 32 Star Wars: Star Wars IV- 13
Released in 2007, the American Film Institute's Top 100 Films used "a jury of 1,500 film artists, critics and historians" to rank the top 100 films of all time. The Godfather franchise is the only franchise to have more than one entry on the AFI Top 100. Not only does it have two, but it has two in the top 40 films...of all time! When it comes to movie franchises, The Godfather franchise is simply in a league of its own.
The Godfathers' path to the title: (NSFW)