With movie awards season in full swing, we wanted to take a look at some of the biggest and best tree performances over the course of film history. And, as the official green partner of the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (Jan. 30 at 8 p.m. ET on TBS and TNT), these are a few award winners we’re confident in selecting!
Best Action Performance
Groot from “Guardians of the Galaxy”
Though he’s not from Earth, Marvel Comic’s Groot has arboreal features that were brought to the silver screen in 2014’s “Guardians of the Galaxy.” His speaking skills are limited — he pretty much only says “I am Groot” — his fighting abilities are not!
Best Horror Scene
The Gnarled Tree from “Poltergeist”
While ghosts, ax murderers and vampires get a lot of horror film credits, trees have played in a couple noteworthy roles — remember the creepy Tree of the Dead from “Sleepy Hollow” that houses the heads of the Horseman’s victims? Despite this, 1982’s horror gem “Poltergeist” takes the crown for trees in the genre. Amid an array of supernatural phenomena plaguing a family, a possessed tree in the backyard scoops a kid out of his bed and attempts to eat him. Now, that’s freaky!
The Apple Tree from “The Wizard of Oz”
Forgetting she wasn’t in Kansas anymore, a very hungry Dorothy attempts to take an apple from a well-spoken tree and immediately regrets it. Combining a sharp tongue and husky growl, the Apple Tree vividly captured the essence of rotten fruit in this movie classic. The role required some athletic skill, too — after the Scarecrow fires an insult about worms in his apples, the Apple Tree winds up and throws at fastball, knocking the Scarecrow over.
Grandmother Willow from “Pocahontas”
Speaking of sharp tongues, no other tree in film history could crack a one-liner like Grandmother Willow in Disney’s “Pocahontas.” With a quirky charm and centuries-old wisdom, Grandmother Willow blended humor with sage advice to help Pocahontas paint with all the colors of the wind. She also showed off her singing chops in the song “Listen with Your Heart.”
Best Ensemble Cast
The Ents from “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers”
There’s no better ensemble cast than the Ents of Middle-earth in the second film of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Led by long-winded Treebeard, the group of forest guardians attack Isengard, home to the wizard Saruman who has decimated the surrounding forest. With rocks and stone and a pair of hobbits, Treebeard and the Ents attack the tower, avenge the loss of their tree friends and end Saruman’s assault on the forest they call home.
Have other favorites? Please share with us in the comments!