The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has released its nominations for the 82nd Annual Academy Awards that will be held on Sunday, March 7, 2010 . As expected Avatar was chosen in the best film category. What I did not expect and even stated it in previous post was District 9. I was sure that Star Trek would of been in there and District 9 would of been nominated as an independent. Then again the Academy has its own way of choosing and there are times and this is one of them that we sit there and scratch our heads and say - What were you thinking ?  Not that D9 did not deserve it but I thought and so did many others that Star Trek was the better of the 2 films. Well what do I know. Right.

Out of that list I can not see any other film other then Avatar winning this award, Avatar which  has broken all sorts of records and has crossed a cultural divide to become a success not only domestically but world wide. Not too many films can brag about that. Even if the judges of the awards look at sci fi films as a box office filler that are not worthy of any consideration for the top honors. Avatars innovative approach with 3D coupled with its success should be the obvious choice. That is unless the Oscars want to make a statement of some kind then one of the more artsy ones will get it.

Best Picture

  • Avatar” James Cameron and Jon Landau, Producers
  • The Blind Side” Nominees to be determined
  • District 9” Peter Jackson and Carolynne Cunningham, Producers
  • An Education” Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey, Producers
  • The Hurt Locker” Nominees to be determined
  • Inglourious Basterds” Lawrence Bender, Producer
  • Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” Lee Daniels, Sarah Siegel-Magness and Gary Magness, Producers
  • A Serious Man” Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, Producers
  • Up” Jonas Rivera, Producer
  • Up in the Air” Daniel Dubiecki, Ivan Reitman and Jason Reitman, Producers

Here are the sci fi films sorted out by film rather then catagory and what awards they have been nominated for by the Acadamy. For me this list tells more then the one above.


Lightstorm Entertainment Production (20th Century Fox)

  • Art direction
  • Cinematography
  • Directing
  • Film editing
  • Original score
  • Best picture
  • Sound editing
  • Sound mixing
  • Visual effects

District 9

Block/Hanson Production (Sony Pictures Releasing)

  • Film editing
  • Best picture2
  • Visual effects
  • Adapted screenplay

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Warner Bros. Production (Warner Bros.)

  • Cinematography

Star Trek

Bad Robot Production (Paramount and Spyglass Entertainment)

  • Makeup
  • Sound editing
  • Sound mixing
  • Visual effects

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Don Murphy/Tom DeSanto/di Bonaventura Pictures/Ian Bryce Production (DreamWorksand Paramount in association with Hasbro, Distributed by Paramount)

  • Sound mixing