Announcing the Oscars for Movie Cars

In celebration of Oscars Week, we’re honoring the proverbial underdogs of the movie world: cars!

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We have Oscar fever here at Esurance — from Angelina’s leg to J-Lo’s “wardrobe malfunction.” You could even say we’ve been in a bit of a tizzy since Sunday’s ceremony. In celebration of Oscars Week, we’re honoring the proverbial underdogs of the movie world: those trusty sidekicks that share the screen — but little of the glory — with their human costars.

What are we talking about? Movie cars*, of course! Without cars, the movie magic just couldn’t happen. So we put together the first-ever Esurance Car Oscars (with a little help from our Facebook fans). Take a look at our winners …

Best chase or racing sequence

The nominees are …

  • 1970 Dodge Charger (The Fast and the Furious)
  • 1990 Chevrolet Lumina NASCAR (Days of Thunder)
  • Racer Motors Mach 5 (Speed Racer)
  • 1968 Ford Mustang GT390 Fastback (Bullitt)

And the Oscar goes to … the 1968 Ford Mustang GT390 Fastback from Bullitt. We admit, Steve McQueen doesn’t exhibit the type of safe driving skills that would earn him a Good Driver discount, but who doesn’t love a good old-fashioned car chase? And being headquartered in San Francisco, we’re partial to any movie that takes place in our ’hood.

Best animated movie cars

The nominees are …

  • Lightning McQueen (Cars)
  • Cruella De Vil’s Panther De Ville (101 Dalmatians)
  • Mater (Cars)
  • Axiom (WALL-E)
  • The Beatles’ Submarine (Yellow Submarine)

And the Oscar goes to … Mater from Cars (according to our Facebook fans). Mater is a faithful friend with a winning on-screen presence to boot. Plus, we love that he hasn’t let fame go to his head (or to his tow hitch).

Best automobile in a lead role

The nominees are …

  • Marty McFly’s 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 (Back to the Future)
  • The Batmobile (Batman)
  • 1972 Ford Gran Torino (Gran Torino)
  • Louise’s 1966 Ford Thunderbird (Thelma & Louise)
  • Paragon Panther (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang)

And the Oscar goes to … Marty McFly’s 1981 DeLorean DMC-12. Back to the Future put the DeLorean on the map (John DeLorean wrote a thank-you note to the movie producers for immortalizing his ill-fated car on the silver screen). And any car that doubles as a time machine is a winner in our book. Anyone know where to get a second-hand flux capacitor?

Best science fiction vehicle

The nominees are …

  • Luke’s SoroSuub X-34 Landspeeder (Star Wars)
  • Eagle 5 (Spaceballs)
  • EVA Pod (2001: A Space Odyssey)
  • Argo ATV (Star Trek)
  • Nostromo (Alien)

And the Oscar goes to … Luke’s landspeeder from Star Wars. When it comes to zipping around Tatooine chasing down wombats, you can’t beat a X-34 landspeeder. We think it’s perfect for discerning interstellar customers out there, with its sleek, open-top design and room for 2 passengers (and droids). Plus, the X-34 gets high marks for efficiency, fun, safety, and reliability.

Best scary automobile

The nominees are …

  • 1958 Plymouth Fury (Christine)
  • 1971 Lincoln Continental Mark III (The Car)
  • 1964 Lincoln Continental (National Lampoon’s Animal House)
  • 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor (Ghostbusters)
  • 1973 Ford Falcon XB GT Coupe (Mad Max)

And the Oscar goes to … the 1958 Plymouth Fury from Christine. We can’t think of another film that made us scared enough to run out and purchase insurance coverage to protect against homicidal self-driving cars. Fortunately, Esurance’s comprehensive policies cover just about everything. Though if you find yourself up against a psychotic car, you may want to look into life insurance as well.

Best art direction

The nominees are …

  • 1972 Bedford CF “Mystery Machine” (Scooby Doo)
  • Milner’s 1932 Ford Coupe (American Graffiti)
  • 1948 Tucker Sedan (Tucker: The Man and His Dream)
  • 1948 Ford De Luxe (Grease)
  • 1974 Dodge Monaco with police package (The Blues Brothers)

And the Oscar goes to … the 1972 Bedford CF “Mystery Machine.” Who can resist the allure of the iconic Mystery Machine … first immortalized in the cartoon, Scooby Doo? Sure, the movies (2002′s Scooby Doo and 2004’s Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed) might not stand the test of time, but the transformation of the trusty old Mystery Machine into a real-life van was about as real as it gets for bringing cartoon cars to life.

Safe and spacious, colorful and comfy, the Mystery Machine is there no matter the weather, no matter the monster. Kind of like Esurance.

Best supporting automobile

The nominees are …

  • The Dude’s 1973 Ford Gran Torino (The Big Lebowski)
  • 1973 Volkswagen Transporter — Type 2 (Little Miss Sunshine)
  • 1976 AMC Pacer (Wayne’s World)
  • 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder SWB (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off)

And the Oscar goes to … the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder SWB. This poor little Ferrari never had a life until Ferris took it for a spin. It’s a shiny little number that got a day out in Chicago and taught teenagers everywhere that you can’t take miles off mom and dad’s car. Oops.

It’s also notoriously expensive to insure. We hope Mr. Frye had full collision coverage to protect him in case his car wound up flying out of a glass-walled garage into woods below at top speed. (Just in case.)

Best foreign automobile

The nominees are …

  • Austin Powers’s Shaguar — Jaguar E-type (Austin Powers)
  • James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 (Goldfinger)
  • 1963 Model 117 Volkswagen Type 1 — Beetle (The Love Bug, et al.)
  • 2003 MINI Cooper S (The Italian Job)
  • 1989 Lotus Esprit Turbo (Pretty Woman)

And the Oscar goes to … visit our Facebook page to find out. And vote for your favorite! We hope you enjoyed the Esurance Movie Car Oscars.

*OK, so not all of these nominees are technically cars. But we have a creative license in our wallet next to our driver’s license and we’re using it!

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