Oscar Nominations Announced – Great Year for Speculative Fiction

What a year for speculative fiction movies!  As usual, speculative fiction flicks did well in the technical categories, see, e.g., 4 of 5 nominations for best visual effects, but SF also broke into the big categories for a change.  I say a big year for SF, but it might be fairer to say it’s a big year for Mad Max: Fury Road.  The Martian (my review here), Ex Machina, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens (my non-spoiler review here) all got nominations, but Fury Road carried the day, picking up a startling 10 nominations to the 14 of the other 3.  A bunch of those are for technical awards, so the real story is probably the nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Cinematography.  The Martian only picked up 7 nominations, but those include nominations for Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Mad Max Fury Road poster

Fandom gushed over Mad Max: Fury Road as well, and the Hugo Awards voters tend to be peculiarly mainstream in their movie choices, so it’s hard not to see Fury Road as the hands-down favorite.

Full list of nominations here.

Best Picture

“Mad Max: Fury Road”

“The Martian”

Best Actor

Matt Damon, “The Martian”

Pic from Fox.

Pic from Fox.

Best Director

George Miller, “Mad Max: Fury Road”

Best Adapted Screenplay

“The Martian”

Best Original Screenplay

“Ex Machina”

Ex Machina poster

Best Original Score

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

Best Cinematography

“Mad Max: Fury Road”

Best Costume Design

“Mad Max: Fury Road”

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

“Mad Max: Fury Road”

Best Sound Editing

“Mad Max: Fury Road”

“The Martian”

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

Force Awakens 1

Best Sound Mixing

“Mad Max: Fury Road”

“The Martian”

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

Best Film Editing

“Mad Max: Fury Road”

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

Best Production Design

“Mad Max: Fury Road”

“The Martian”

Mad Max What a Day

Best Visual Effects

“Ex Machina”

“Mad Max: Fury Road”

“The Martian”

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

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About H.P.

Blogs on books at Every Day Should Be Tuesday (speculative fiction) and Hillbilly Highways (country noir and nonfiction).
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