|“||Welcome to the MST3K Little Gold Statue Preview Special, the show where we tell you what to think and you accept it at face value with no back talk.||”|
|— Tom Servo|
Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot open the show with a quick montage of Academy Award nominated films; Quiz Show, Pulp Fiction, Forrest Gump, The Lion King and Maverick. They then welcome viewers to the special explaining that they will provide you with their opinions, despite not having seen any of the nominated films. Luckily, they have acquired a large supply of screeners and will use them to judge the films.
The first category is "Best Make-Up", which they give to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, showing a clip of Victor Frankenstein (Kenneth Branagh) and Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter) from the film. Crow then attempts to interview director Branagh, until Tom lets Crow know that it's just a pre-recorded tape.
"Best Picture" is awarded to Four Weddings and a Funeral and a clip is shown of Carrie (Andie MacDowell) and Charles (Hugh Grant) discussing her various lovers, something Mike Nelson has to explain to the bots, who are disgusted.
"Best Actress" goes to Miranda Richardson for her performance in Tom & Viv, a film Crow thinks is about the love of Tom Bosley and Vivian Vance, which Tom corrects. They show a clip of T. S. Eliot (Willem Dafoe) and his wife Vivienne (Richardson), which the bots take to be about bass fishing. They then compare the film to Deliverance, Thunderbolt and Lightfoot and Harry and Tonto.
The next category is "Best Director", which Crow and Tom have decided to base on looks. After dismissing Woody Allen and Krzysztof Kieślowski, they watch a clip of Forrest Gump director Robert Zemeckis, who leaves no impression whatsoever on them. A clip of "Quentin Tartikoff" is shown and he is also rejected. The bots finally reveal that they have been toying with the audience all along and they have selected the "numptious, scrumptious, yumpdillyumptious" Robert Redford, director of Quiz Show. As the bots gush over Redford, he is shown directing the film's actors, including Christopher McDonald and Ralph Fiennes. The bots then cut to a commercial break.
Coming back from the break, the bots are stuffing themselves with hors d'oeuvres and decide to look at the "Best Picture" category again, with a clip from Forrest Gump showing Forrest (Tom Hanks) talking to his "mama" (Sally Field). Tom mocks her advice, stating that "life is like a crap sandwich, the less bread you got, the more crap you gotta take" among other altruisms, before agreeing with Crow that it will likely win.
Next is "Best Costumes". A clip from Queen Margot featuring Margaret of Valois (Isabelle Adjani) and Catherine de' Medici (Virna Lisi) impresses by being "real foreigny". But a clip from The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert showing Anthony (Hugo Weaving) and Adam (Guy Pierce) in drag changes their minds and they throw their support to Priscilla. They then briefly discuss Honeysuckle Rose and Ladyhawke. Mike then brings in a telephone so the bots can call Gypsy for a "Gypsy Talks to the Stars!" segment, but she's actually in her room making Pop-Tarts.
"Best Song" is up next, with a clip of Elton John performing his song "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" from The Lion King and then a clip of animator Tony Fucile talking about sitting next to "this massive, intense creature", which the bots take to mean John. Crow is ready to call it for the song, but Tom says not to count out "Look What Love Has Done" from Junior and shows a clip of Alex (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and Diana (Emma Thompson) discussing menstruation, which makes Tom gag. They don't have an actual clip of the song, so Tom sings an impromptu version, followed by another, "You Gotta Make Up Your Mind" from The Paper and a commercial break.
Once again returning to the "Best Picture" category, the bots show a clip from Quiz Show of Dan (David Paymer) and Albert (Hank Azaria) talking Charles (Fiennes) into appearing on the game show Twenty-One. They are less than impressed, until they remember Quiz Show was directed by Robert Redford and so they show more clips of him directing while they swoon.
"Best Original Screenplay" starts off with a scene from Red showing Valentine (Irène Jacob) speaking briefly to Joseph (Jean-Louis Trintignant). Tom declares the film "important", therefore "boring", so the bots predict that it will win. They then run a clip of the "Laverne & Shirley-like releationship" in Heavenly Creatures showing Juliet (Kate Winslet) and Pauline (Melanie Lynskey) in an intense phone conversation, interrupted by Juliet's mother, Hilda (Diana Kent). Crow declares it will win, "no question".
A clip from Little Women is then shown, highlighting "Best Actress" nominee as Jo opposite Christian Bale as Laurie. Crow declares it a "chick movie" and asks were the father is. Tom details the plight of Robert March, which leads to a discussion about Civil War myths before segueing into another "Best Actress" nominee, Jessica Lange in a clip as Carly in Blue Sky opposite Tommy Lee Jones as Hank. Her performance (and several others seen previously) leads the Bots to decide it is the Year of the Mental Woman. Tom then announces that they will have a visit from Ed Asner after the commercial break.
Mike returns, pretending to be Ed Asner. Mike is wearing no special makeup or costume, just a name tag that reads "Ed Asner". The bots immediately make him stand in corner, quietly, so they can show a "Best Picture" clip from the film Hoop Dreams, though Crow points out was actually only nominated for "Best Editing".
The bots them move on to the "Best Actor" category with a clip of nominee John Travolta. Tom is insulted on behalf of Gabe Kaplan when Travolta describes his Pulp Fiction castmates as "the best cast [he] ever worked with".
Pulp Fiction is again highlighted, this time for "Best Picture". The bots show a clip of Mia (Uma Thurman) experiencing an "uncomfortable silence" with Vincent (Travolta). The bots are outraged by Mia's "potty mouth" and subsequently declare it to be the "Best Picture".
The bots then wrap things up by saying goodbye to "Ed Asner" (much to Mike's annoyance) and hoping everyone enjoys "the night the stars salute themselves".
After the credits roll, the bots jump back to quickly mention The Shawshank Redemption.
- Trace Beaulieu - Crow T. Robot
- Kevin Murphy - Tom Servo
- Michael J. Nelson - Mike Nelson
- Jim Mallon - Gypsy
Behind the Scenes
- This is the first "in-Universe" special, considered a part of the continuity of the show.
- Although not mentioned, among the VHS tapes on the counter in front of the bots are other nominated films Ed Wood, Nell and Bullets Over Broadway.
The MST3K Little Gold Statue Preview Special was released on DVD as part of the MST3K: Fancy Hollywood Awards Preview Specials collection. The DVD was available when purchasing Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XXXVII directly from Shout! Factory.