Sci-fi at the Oscars

The nominations are in, but just how well is the genre poised to do at the upcoming Academy Awards?

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Oscar season isn’t exactly a time of the year avidly looked upon by sci-fi fans. But, if this year’s nominations are anything to go by, it seems that this might all be changing.

Following the Academy’s decision to expand the Best Picture category to ten candidates, this sector has seen two genre features creep onto the list. Not surprisingly, Avatar is top of the pile and also – depending on who you talk to – frontrunner to pick up the gong. More interestingly is District 9, which is also up for the same award. Yes, it is probably the biggest long shot out of the lot, but it would be a pretty awesome upset if Neill Blomkamp waltzed off with this accolade, don’t you think?

In addition to this, District 9 is up for awards in the Best Adapted Screenplay, Film Editing (along with Avatar) and Visual Effects (ditto Avatar) categories. Avatar is up for a few more, though, with noms in the following categories: Best Director, Art Direction, Cinematography, Original Score, Sound Editing and Achievement In Sound Mixing. As a pleasing side note, Star Trek was recognised in some smaller categories, as were Sherlock Holmes, The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus, Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince, Coraline and Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen.

Being those awarding chaps that we are at SciFiNow, below is a breakdown on who is faring best at the 82nd Academy Awards.

Avatar: 9

District 9: 4

Star Trek: 4

Sherlock Holmes: 2

The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus: 2

Coraline: 1

Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince: 1

Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen: 1

So fellow web riders, what sci-fi/horror/fantasy films do you think were ignored by the Academy? Or, which do you think were not deserved of a nomination? Have a natter on the comments board below…