Martorell, 23/04/2021. Year after year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science’s awards keep moviegoers around the world at the edge of their seats for a night of golden Hollywood style. With a new edition of the Oscars just around the corner (25 April), after being postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s time to highlight those tireless companions of every self-respecting movie star - the cars.
What would Doc and Marty McFly be without their DeLorean in Back to the Future, and how would Batman get around without his Batmobile? That’s why, in honour of the upcoming Oscars, SEAT has prepared some unique awards for the appearances of its models in the world motion picture history.
The best cameo appearance. This category doesn’t exist at the Oscars, but we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to recognise those SEATs that have sneaked onto the big screen like Stan Lee in Marvel films. Whether to one side of the frame or speeding across the screen, the following SEAT cars are in the running for best cameo:
Best car in a supporting role. Cars are more than just a means of transport, they provide character and context. In films, it is often these attributes that condition the setting: for example, it would be unusual to see the latest generation Leon in a film set in the 1960s. For their importance in setting the scene or for their use by a supporting character, these are the nominees for the award for best supporting role in films and series:
Best car in a leading role. But beyond appearing as a background extra, sometimes the cars are one with the protagonist and accompany him or her during the action. It is common to associate the character of the vehicle with that of the protagonist, to lend more credibility to the actor’s performance and identify the values of one in the other. The following SEAT cars are in the running for the Best Leading Role award:
Lifetime Achievement Award. Without a doubt, the model that most deserves this honorary award is the SEAT Ibiza. Throughout its 37-year history and after five generations, the most popular compact car has accumulated more than 500 screen appearances. In addition to the previously mentioned films and series, we must add Sin identidad (2006), Adiós, pequeña (1987), Live Flesh (1997), Stories from the Kronen (1995), Polly Blue Eyes (2005) or Hotel Paradies (series, 1990), among others.
A Bond Girl’s car
SEAT’s relationship with cinema goes even further than its appearances in films. Few people know that Ursula Andress, the legendary ‘Bond Girl’ who accompanied 007 in Dr. No (1962), bought the first SEAT 133 when it went on sale in 1974. The actress, who at the time was living in Ibiza, was the ambassador of this model and drove it around the island on many occasions.