Last year was pretty huge for sci-fi at the Oscars. Multiple nominations for “Mad Max” and “The Martian,” including acting, writing, and directing. Plus support for “Ex Machina” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” in various categories (though “Star Wars” only got the usual tech/crafts).
This year has got acclaim for “Arrival,” “Passengers” has Oscar friendly actors and director, “Rogue One” could even potentially continue the “Star Wars” creative upswing. And heck, there’s even a potential “Ex Machina”: “Midnight Special” was also a somewhat under-the-radar spring release with critical acclaim and arty indie cred.
How do you guys think this year will compare to last year in terms of recognition for science fiction?
I suppose Valerian is slotted for next summer.
I really don’t wish to hold my breathe Daniel, as my face is already blue from doing exactly that.
The Space Between Us
Dave Egger’s The Circle (next year?)
Rupture (I LOVE Steven Shainberg)
Some heavy-duty actors as well!
Time to remind the audience that not all Sci-fis happen in SPACE
Blending Sci-fi and fantasy together, I think the only movies with a BP chance at the Oscars are Arrival ( I think it will get a nom), Passengers ( on paper it seems like a sure contender), The Jungle Book (my favorite movie of the year), and then the biggest longshots: Fantastic Beast and Rogue One. Space Between us seems like it could be interesting. Dr. Strange will do good with visual effects. I know it will never happen, but I genuinley do think that Tilda Swinton and benedict Cumberbatch are worthy of nominations. Assasins Creed might do well in tech categories, and unless it totally floors us, that is all we can expect. I don’t think any other scifi fantasy movies have a chance.
Not sure we’re in for quite as much sci-fi love as last time, though I wholly expect Arrival to be a smash with the Academy. Rogue One will, as anticipated, garner a pocketful of tech nods. I don’t, however, buy Passengers as a significant player, beyond maybe Visual Effects – it looks awfully sterile to me.
For the finest in film reviews and awards analysis, please visit me at The Awards Connection!