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Episode Guide: MST3K’s Academy of Robots’ Choice Awards Special

Original air date: March 19, 1998

Middle third missing

• Because Al Gore is such a prominent part of this special, and because I can’t see how a political argument WON’T erupt if I just leave the comments open, all comments in this post will go to moderation and will not be posted unless they are on topic. So please be patient for your comment to appear.
• For some reason the middle section of this special is not on YouTube. I have to assume some rights holder for a movie in that section had YouTube remove it.
• This arrived just as Season 9 had begun, in the week between the debut of 901- THE PROJECTED MAN and 902- THE PHANTOM PLANET.
• I really think there’s a lot going on with this special. Not only is it the realization of the promise of 1995′s “Little Gold Statue” special, it’s also pretty clear that we are seeing the birth of RiffTrax here. Or, rather, the birth of the first germ of the idea that would eventually lead to RiffTrax.
• Movie clips: “Mrs. Brown,” “Wings of a Dove,” “Good Will Hunting,” “As Good As It Gets,” “Amistad,” “Titanic,” “Jackie Brown,” “Boogie Nights,” “Deconstructing Harry,” “L.A. Confidential” and “Starship Troopers.”
• Classic riff: “I’m gonna sink this bitch.” (Ultimately, RiffTrax would do a full riff of “Titanic,” and this riff was recalled.)

20 comments to Episode Guide: MST3K’s Academy of Robots’ Choice Awards Special

  • 1
    thedumpster says:

    Are all of these “special/non-official MST3K” episodes that have been posted the last few Tuesdays be listed in the episode guide by any chance?


  • 2
    Colossus Prime says:

    I don’t think we’re going to get any argument over the best riff on this one. Kevin’s delivery of, “I’m gonna sink this bitch,” is perfect.

    I do love Mike’s constant attempts to further play on the, “Good Will Hunting,” naming convention. Also love their choice of “Starship Troopers” as the best movie, always makes me laugh.


  • 3
    Sampo says:

    The Dumpster: Yes, a new page for the episode guide will be created soon.


  • 4
    Lucas D. says:

    My favorite part has to be when Mike supplements Minnie Driver’s hideous laugh with a sinister “Mwuh huh huh ha ha HA!!” and spooks the bots.


  • 5
    Bat Masterson says:

    “Tyrone Tanic” has had me in stitches to this very day.


  • 6
    Katana says:

    “For some reason” is really simple: Titanic. When I uploaded the original part 2 a year ago, it managed to be viewable for a few days, then the copyright barge came down to it. I’ve tried it uploading three times, once even to a different account, and it just get the auto-block. So that’s why.

    By far my favorite of the specials they did like these. The movies being high budget and serious just makes it all the better. Also, I love the crew in their tuxedos, that was a cute touch.


  • 7
    Thad says:

    @Katana: Yeah, I hear James Cameron doesn’t have much of a sense of humor about himself. He had them nix Sacha Baron Cohen’s bit in the Avatar sketch at this year’s Oscars, from what I understand.


  • 8
    Laura says:

    “We’re not insects! We’re peel-and-eat shrimp!”
    Love that line!


  • 9
    kismetgirl88 says:

    GOOD mike looks good in Tux. Wow.


  • 10
    fireballil says:

    Pretty good show. My favorite part was the Amistad clip where the following appeared:

    Anthony Hopkins as the Lucky Charms leprechaun
    Morgan Freeman as Abraham Lincoln
    ‘Dijonnaise Monsoon’ as the guy on the giant ball from the Janet Jackson video
    ‘screen cipher’ Matthew McConaughey as Mrs. Beasley from Family Affair.

    That has me laughing every time. I also loved the Mrs. Brown section. Mike’s line about ‘Oh, like you rule the whole country…’ is gold.


  • 11
    H says:

    Ha ha ha!

    That’s all I have to say about this one. Very well done.


  • 12
    MPSh says:

    Wow! Nice cartoony zip out and zip in, Mike…


  • 13
    starman15317 says:

    I love this one! Titanic is the funniest segment (“I’m gonna sink this bitch” haha) I love the inclusion of Starship Troopers. It SHOULD have been nomminated Grin. And Jackie Brown is included, even though it was nomminated once. My least favorite Tarantino movie, except for Death Proof, but it’s still pretty good


  • 14
    Rob says:

    Am I the only one who’s always a little bit sickened by the slurping and mashing noises made during any scene with food? Good call on posting these little “lost” bits of MST Sci-Fi era goodness.


  • 15
    Finnias 'Critter' Jones says:

    Best rock & roll related MST riff EVER, via Tom Servo: “Helena ‘Bonzo’ Bonham Carter.”

    And I like Mike’s suggestion of “Good Hugh Moore Ice Cream.”

    Also, re. “Booger Nights” — Mike: “Actually it’s about porn.” Servo: “Hmm? I call it maize.”

    And I unabashedly love Verhoeven’s “Starship Troopers” – glad they gave it the nod as the best film from that year. I assume its intentional parodic tone prevented it from being skewered later by RiffTrax (though I’d still love them to do it).

    Clever how Mike acknowledges his comedic debt to Bob Newhart during his one-sided telephone conversation with “Al Gore” —
    “That was filthy!”


  • 16
    Mela says:

    This has one of the most spot-on references in “Deconstructing Harry”: “Now we’re just watching Woody’s home movies!” That’s certainly how it felt.

    Leave it to Cameron to keep anyone from giving his hokey “babies” the mockings they so richly deserve. Every single thing I hear about him, it makes me hate him even more.


  • 17
    Lucas D. says:

    14: Yeah, they’re pretty gross, but I laugh at them anyway because of Kevin’s gassy noises. That man is an undisputed master of the phony belch.

    Oh, and I loved the Woody Allen clip; it does seem like the sort of thing Woody might be doing on a Friday evening if, say, Soon-Yi has too much homework to do.


  • 18
    MiqelDotCom says:

    Glad you posted these, it’s like a mini episode! The writing and jokes between clips is excellent for the most part. The Brains skewering Hollywood is music to my ears Smile


  • 19
    Ian Lueck says:

    This was one of the best things the MST team ever produced, next to The Movie. I love how long the full title of the special is, too.

    Some random favorite lines off the top of my head:
    “You know, if you get winded from making out, you need more exercise.”
    “Wrong way! You’re going the WRONG way!”
    “It’s my Superfly ‘fro pick!”
    “I’m gonna sink this bitch.”
    “Are you ready to go back to Titanic?”/”Or are you gonna cough up the money?!”
    “FULL STEAM AHEAD- you know what movie I’m talking about! Mrs. Brown!” (Mike looks confused)


  • 20
    incrediblehorriblemrlimpet says:


    *Mike, after instantly transitioning from jumpsuit to tux, enthusiastically commands the music to queue up with a, “Hit it!”, Crow responds with an annoyed look and “…no”.
    *Mike, right in the middle of belting out his intensely sung “Al Gore’s Academy Awards Special” intro is cut short by Crow advising him that he’s frightening Al Gore’s daughters. Mike’s apologetic look is hilarious.
    *Crow, gluttonously as Minnie Driver during the slurpy Good Will Hunting eating scene: “Let me just put some more steak in my mouth!”