The Shape of Water and Other Genre Films Scored Some Big Wins at the Oscars

By | March 5, 2018

Last night was the latest round of the Academy Awards, and not only were women and minorities well represented this year, so was sci fi and fantasy. Taking home best picture for the night was Guillermo del Toro’s acclaimed sci fi romance The Shape of Water. That one had received thirteen total nominations and it also won for Best Director, Best Original Score and Best Production Design. The horror film Get Out earned its writer / director Jordan Peele a statue for best original screenplay, the first time an African-American has earned that award. These are rare wins for genre films in the non-technical categories. Also winning on the night was Blade Runner 2049 which took home awards for Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects. You can see the full rundown of the awards at this link.

On the other end of the spectrum, the Razzies typically have plenty of sci fi films among their nominations, and this year was no different. Films that received a nomination from those anti-awards included The Mummy, Transformers: The Last Knight, and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Winning Worst Picture was The Emoji Movie, a film in which sci fi legend Patrick Stewart voiced a talking poop character. Winning Worst Actor was Tom Cruise for his lead in The Mummy. You can see all of the nominations and dubious winners at this link.

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