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Jan 24 2012 12:00pm

SFF Has Strong Showing in the 2012 Oscar Nominations

The nominations for the 84th Academy Awards have just been released, and there are a lot of films with science fiction or fantasy content up for major awards. Traditionally, we’re all used to seeing our favorite genre films dominate the sound categories or visual effects. Sure, Star Wars was nominated for best picture in 1978, and Sigourney Weaver was nominated for best actress 1987 for Aliens, but it wasn’t until the Peter Jackson sweep of the Oscars in 2003 for Return of the King, that fantasy films really took over the Oscars.

Now, with the 2012 nominations released, it looks like genre films are here to stay permanently.

Famously, Woody Allen’s Annie Hall beat Star Wars in 1978 for best picture. And it’s been awhile since Woody was up for this many awards. This year, he’s up for a ton with his time-travel comedy Midnight in Paris. If you don’t think it’s science fiction, check out our review! (Time travel IS the plot)  It is a shame  however that Harry Potter didn’t squeeze out a best supporting actor nomination for Alan Rickman, nor best adpated screenplay. But the excellent Hugo and the mind-bending Tree of Life are both nominated in the big categories, which is great news.

Also we have a small quibble with WHICH Muppet song was nominated for best song. (We think it should have been “Life’s a Happy Song” and not “Man or Muppet.”)

Anyway, here’s the SFF Oscar list!

Best Picture

Midnight in Paris

Hugo

The Tree of Life

Best Director

Martin Scorsese (Hugo)

Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris)

Terrence Malick (The Tree of  Life)

Art Direction

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2

Hugo

Midnight In Paris

Cinematography

Hugo

The Tree of Life

Costume Design

Hugo

Editing

Hugo

Music (score)

The Adventures of Tintin

Hugo

Music (song)

The Muppets

Short Film (animated)

The Fantastic Flying Books Of Mr Morris Lessmore

Short Film (live action)

Time Freak

Sound Editing

Hugo

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Sound Mixing

Hugo

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Visual Effects

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2

Hugo

Real Steel

Rise Of The Planet of The Apes

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Writing (Adapted)

Hugo

Writing (Original)

Midnight In Paris

What got left out? Who will win each category? Who should win? Tell us below!


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8 comments
Keith DeCandido
1. krad
I guess Tree of Life is technically a genre film. I guess. If you really stretch it. But why go to that much effort for such a craptastic film?

---Keith R.A. DeCandido, who saw Tree of Life for free and felt overcharged
Majicou
2. Majicou
I was a little surprised not to see Tintin in the Animated Feature category, but I guess the Academy thinks motion capture is cheating. At the Golden Globes, it felt like the animated movie category was "Tintin and we needed four other movies."

Man, I want to see Bret McKenzie give an acceptance speech.
Majicou
4. clebooks
In what way is 'Hugo' sf or fantasy?
Anthony Pero
5. anthonypero
Hugo has at the heart of it's story, an Automaton, and it is set in the 1930s. It's definitely sf/f.
Majicou
6. clebooks
No, the automaton is very real, and was capable of executing actions comparable to what is shown in the film. A similar automaton is on display at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.
Majicou
7. tereshkova2001
I can't call The Muppets science fiction. Wonderful, fun, full of fannish delight, yes, but not sci-fi.
Anthony Pero
8. anthonypero
Fantasy then? Puppets being taken as real people? Frogs that talk? Pigs that fly (in airplanes?)

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