Mystery Science Theater 3000

Season 3 Episode 21

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians

Aired Unknown Dec 21, 1991 on Comedy Central



  • Allusions

    • Tom: Go play with your Golden Globe award...that we bought for you.

      This joke line said by Tom(as Momar to Girmar) is a reference to the 1982 Golden Globe that Pia Zadora, who played Girmar, won for "New Star of the Year in a Motion Picture" for Butterfly. There is a great deal of controversy concerning this win: firstly, it was not Pia Zadora's first movie(this film was made 18 years earlier); Secondly, it is argued that the award was "bought" for her. Zadora's husband at the time, Meshulam Riklis, gave an expensive party and luncheon to voting members before they had voted; Thirdly, the movie was not technically released in time for Zadora to be eligible that year.

      All of this may not have been as much of a problem, if she had produced a good performance. However, the performance gained Ms. Zadora the 1982 Razzie Award for "Worst Actress". These types of reviews combined with the genuine talent she "beat", such as Kathleen Turner for Body Heat, have led it to be generally accepted that it was not a fair competition.

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