Ten Sci-Fi and Fantasy Oscar Snubs Comments - Mania.com


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SarcasticCaveman 2/21/2013 2:30:27 PM

 I am pretty sure that Kevin Smith probably does like Star Wars more than LOTR, however.

karas1 2/21/2013 3:19:12 PM

Kaziklu, I don't know if I count as somebody you know, but Blade Runner is one of my favorite films.  It's a little slow in places but it is so very intense in others.  I think it's wonderful.

I love all three LOTR movies and I thought The Hobbit was a lot of fun. 

It's been decades since I've seen Dark City and I don't remember that much about it but I do remember that I liked it.  I should see it again.

violator14 2/21/2013 4:57:47 PM

Hey what about Avengers!

I think the main reason Avengers is not taken seriously is cuz of how ridiculous Captain America looks......

hanso 2/21/2013 4:59:00 PM

 He looks like a pipi head.

VermithraxPejorative 2/21/2013 6:09:23 PM

Of that list, Moon is definitely one of my all-time Favorites! Sam Rockwell kicks so much butt with his astounding performance, and the whole isolation/loneliness factor is well thought out and executed! Moon just did it "right" for me, and I have probably watched it some 20 times since I got the DVD and STILL love every moment! One of the best, for sure, and definitely worthy of an Oscar nod, or two, or three.....

Dark City is another. I guess I like meticulously paced, thought provoking Sci-Fi over simple "action" flicks. Dark City falls into that catagory rather well! Rufus Sewell nailed the part very well, and the final "reveal" was amazing!

One I would add to that list is the under-appreciated, completely astounding, and always over-looked 1971 masterpiece, The Andromeda Strain. This is MY most favorite film of all. No other movie has ever or will ever affect me, or grip me like this astonishing film did/does! Since I saw it for the first time on TV WAYYYYY back in the mid-70's, I must have watched it at LEAST 80 times or more by now! I can put that DVD in any time and just enjoy the hell out of it! I have TWO extra unopened DVD copies I keep safely tucked away for future "disasters" in case something happens to this one!

Miner49er 2/21/2013 6:20:57 PM

No District 9 on the list?

keithdaniel 2/21/2013 7:08:56 PM

Kaziklu, sorry you didn't like Blade Runner but you're foolishly wrong to say that the movie is only loved by a small number of people.  Why don't you open your eyes and visit some of the websites that are dedicated to it? I think it's also fair to say that most on this site either love or at least like the movie as well.  It's also widely acclaimed now, more now than ever and that's extremely rare for any movie to get that sort of achievement especially many years after it came out and having flopped commercially!  Another thing to add yet would be to say that BR was given not one but two updated versions including the Director's Cut and the Final Cut, the latter of which had not only a bit of extra footage but had corrected continuity as well as having improved FX added to it.  Aside from the Star Wars Special Editions and ST:TMP, I can't think of any others or certainly many others that have had that done and doubt it would've happened if not for the huge following that it obtained over the years.  It's considered a classic for a good reason.  It's a moody yet spectacularily visual, sci-fi film noir that asked questions about life like what it means to be human as well as who is and isn't and whether it mattered.  Adding to that arguably one of the most unique and greatest soundtracks ever heard.  It also should've been nominated for best cinematography given that it's certainly one of the greatest visually stunning movies ever and why it wasn't nominated for that must be one of the most baffling mysteries in Oscar history!  BR no doubt was way, way ahead of it's time and the reasons for that were only truly understood many years later, although not everyone thinks so, which they're certainly entitled to but is beyond my understanding!       

I agree that 2001: A Space Odyssey should've made the list and there's another glaring ommision as well and IMO may be the biggest one...The Empire Strikes Back!!!  Michael, HELLO, how can you miss out on that one as well as my other fellow maniacs?!!  When Empire came out it received only mixed reviews, imagine that from a movie that would later be seen by many fans and critics alike as being not only the best of the Star Wars series but one of the greatest sequels and movies of all-time.  IMO, that Oscar snub was at least as big as Blade Runner's.  In the category of visual FX, Tron should've been nominated and wasn't because at the time the Academy I believe stated that the use of computers disqualified it from contention (imagine that given how many films have been nominated in that category because of CGI!)

Kara, I have to disagree with you about the Harry Potter films, Star Trek 2, and partially on about why the Oscars went to having more nominations for Best Picture.

Most of the Harry Potter films weren't just about good vs evil, they were also about how HP matures as he grows up in that environment and how he deals with change like when people he knows gets killed or when his environment becomes more hostile towards him and how he deals with magic.  That series was also so wonderfully written and directed to say the least that I think at least several of them should've been nominated for best picture.

For me, the best of the Star Trek movie series was ST:2.  I loved the idea of Khan returning to haunt an aging, self doubting, and tired Admiral Kirk.  It was the shot in the arm that the series needed even though I'm among the relative few here and likely elsewhere who also enjoyed St: The Motion Picture.  I also think that Ricardo Mantabon should've been nominated as well, he was excellent and very memorable in his best role.

After the tremendous criticism that the Oscars took (and rightfully so I might add!) for not having nominated The Dark Knight in the best picture and director categories, the year after is when they started having more nominations in that category and I doubt it's a coincidence that they did so for any other reason alone!

A few more snubs I might add would be Ed Harris from The Abyss.  After having watched it again not too long ago, I think he was terrific and gave a performance that was on par with Sigorney Weaver from Aliens a few years before.  Another would be Excalibur, which I think should've been nominated for best picture, director, cinematography and several acting Oscars and why it wasn't is another great mystery. 

One movie on this list that I disagree with would be Dark City.  I liked it but didn't think it was a four star classic by any means.

Given not only the number of snubs but also given who and what was snubbed shouldn't surprise many as to why the Oscars have lost so much credibility over the years.  I would also add that the average Oscar voter adopting a snotty "we take ourselves seriously" mentality doesn't help. 

keithdaniel 2/21/2013 7:11:44 PM

District 9 was nominated for 4 Oscars including best picture.

vitieddie 2/21/2013 8:00:00 PM

Dark City rates almost as high as Matrix for me ... loved it ... it was one of the first dvds I added to my collection.

I don't thnik Avengers was snubbed ... it didn't have enough to warrant a best pic nom ... and Capt A was fine ... his costume resembled the comics the most ...

Tevii 2/21/2013 9:27:41 PM

 I agree with most comments, but I'll never agree that The Dark Knight was a good movie. It was okay at best. And it's boring as hell on any attempts at repeat viewing. TDKR was a plotholes riddled movie, but at least it entertained me. 

Pledger deserved the Oscar, his performance was excellent, and completely under-used in a slow boring 20 minute too long movie, with a pointless two face arc. Ledgers death is the only reason it achieved critical acknowledgment

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