2018 Oscar Nominations Sci-Fi & Fantasy

2018 Oscar Nominations Sci-Fi & FantasyThe nominations for the 90th Academy Awards were published and yes science fiction and fantasy movies are nominated. Then which are the Sci-Fi Movies that are nominated for the 2018 Oscars?

Let us start with “Get out” which received five nominations for the categories of Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Director, and Original Screenplay. In truth the, film was not regarded as a sci-fi film but rather as a Mystery, Thriller, and Horror film during promotions, the Sci-Fi elements are seen at the end of the movie.

“Blade Runner 2049” received five nominations for Best Production Design, Cinematography, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Visual Effects. “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” has four nominations for Best Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Original Score and Visual Effects.  These are the sci-fi movies with a strong presence (multiple nominations) at the Oscars. If we take Get Out from the list, since technically it is not officially categorized as a Sci-Fi film, we are left with “Blade Runner 2049” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”. Doesn’t seem like a lot, right?

Fortunately, the Sci-Fi genre is completely dominating the visual effects category and all nominated movies are great in their own way. But for me, the winner of this category is “War for the Planet of the Apes”. It is amazing how the filmmakers were able to use motion capture in a way that it elevated the quality of the film. Of course, it has to be noted that without good acting performances it wouldn’t have become such a great movie.

Surprisingly this year we see the Horror Fantasy genre strongly represented by Guillermo del Toro’s “Shape of Water”. The film has 13 nominations this year. The story of how the film was made, the difficulties they faced, and the old school techniques they used to create an incredible story, cinematography, costumes and the score is amazing.

Another unexpected nomination was “Logan” nominated for best-adapted screenplay. It is surprising because comic book movies don’t receive much love at the Oscars. “Logan” becomes the first sci-fi superhero movie with an Oscar-nominated script. “Logan” was a great movie that deserved more movie nominations same as Wonder Woman which was not nominated at all.

And don’t get me started on “Lego Batman” which was not included in the animated feature film category. I have not seen all the films in this category but I believe it is a strong contender next to “Coco”. I have not seen “The Breadwinner and “Loving Vincent” yet so maybe I’ll change my mind later but as of now “Coco”  is my favorite of this category.

The Nominations

For those who are wondering which sci-fi or fantasy films got nominated for what category here is the list of 2018 Oscars nominees:

Best Picture

Get Out

The Shape of Water

Actor in a Leading Role

“Get Out,” Daniel Kaluuya

Actress in a Leading Role

“The Shape of Water,” Sally Hawkins

Actor in a Supporting Role

“The Shape of Water,” Richard Jenkins

Actress in a Supporting Role

“The Shape of Water,” Octavia Spencer

Animated Feature Film

The Boss Baby,” Tom McGrath, Ramsey Ann Naito

The Breadwinner,” Nora Twomey, Anthony Leo

Coco,” Lee Unkrich, Darla K. Anderson

“Ferdinand,” Carlos Saldanha

Loving Vincent,” Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman, Sean Bobbitt, Ivan Mactaggart, Hugh Welchman


Blade Runner 2049,” Roger Deakins

The Shape of Water,” Dan Laustsen

Costume Design

Beauty and the Beast,” Jacqueline Durran

The Shape of Water,” Luis Sequeira


Get Out,” Jordan Peele

The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro

Film Editing

“The Shape of Water,”  Sidney Wolinsky

Original Score

The Shape of Water,” Alexandre Desplat

Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” John Williams

Original Song

Remember Me” from “Coco,” Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez

Production Design

Beauty and the Beast,” Sarah Greenwood; Katie Spencer

Blade Runner 2049,” Dennis Gassner, Alessandra Querzola

The Shape of Water,” Paul D. Austerberry, Jeffrey A. Melvin, Shane Vieau

Animated Short

“Dear Basketball,” Glen Keane, Kobe Bryant

“Garden Party,” Victor Caire, Gabriel Grapperon

“Lou,” Dave Mullins, Dana Murray

“Negative Space,” Max Porter, Ru Kuwahata

“Revolting Rhymes,” Jakob Schuh, Jan Lachauer

Sound Editing

Blade Runner 2049,” Mark Mangini, Theo Green

The Shape of Water,” Nathan Robitaille, Nelson Ferreira

Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Ren Klyce, Matthew Wood

Sound Mixing

Blade Runner 2049,” Mac Ruth, Ron Bartlett, Doug Hephill

The Shape of Water,” Glen Gauthier, Christian Cooke, Brad Zoern

Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Stuart Wilson, Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick

Visual Effects

Blade Runner 2049,” John Nelson, Paul Lambert, Richard R. Hoover, Gerd Nefzer

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Jonathan Fawkner, Dan Sudick

Kong: Skull Island,” Stephen Rosenbaum, Jeff White, Scott Benza, Mike Meinardus

Star Wars: The Last Jedi,”  Ben Morris, Mike Mulholland, Chris Corbould, Neal Scanlan

War for the Planet of the Apes,” Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett, Joel Whist

Adapted Screenplay

Logan,” Scott Frank & James Mangold and Michael Green

Original Screenplay

Get Out,” Jordan Peele

The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor

Final Thoughts

The 90th Academy Awards will be aired on March 4th on the ABC Television Network and hosted by Jimmy Kimmel who returns after hosting last year’s ceremony. Regarding the nominees, there are some surprises but there are also disappointments this year. There are some films in Animated Feature Films and Animated short categories that I have not seen yet but hope to get the chance to see them before the event.

What do you think of these nominations? Have you seen any of these movies already? What are your thoughts on them? Feel free to leave your comments. I would love to hear from you.

Sources: The Academy Awards and IMDb

8 thoughts on “2018 Oscar Nominations Sci-Fi & Fantasy

  1. I have not seen “Get out” yet but I want to see it before the Oscars. There is always some movies that get overlooked like Wonder Woman and Lego Batman. I see the Oscars as a platform for movies to be known but I also pay attention to other awards and film festivals. There are actors and actresses that give good performances in their field but don’t get nominated yet they still excel in their career and are remembered.

    1. Hi John,

      I agree with your views. Feel free to come back and let me know your thoughts on “Get out”. I hope you see it before the Oscars 🙂

  2. “Man, I really really need to go see The Shape of Water. I always appreciate how your reviews are a kick in the pants for me to get back on the movie and TV bandwagon, thanks for the great leg up on this year’s Oscar nominations!”

    1. Hi Penelope,

      If you have a chance to see it, take it. It had a limited release in the U.S. in the December 2017, after performing well at film festivals and getting nominated for many awards it is playing in multiple theaters in the U.S. and Mexico. It did not have an international release in the beginning. Many friends of mine who lives in the Caribbean and South America did not see it in theaters last year, I hope they are considering it now it’s nominated.

  3. Hello Dira,
    I am very happy that the sci-fi fantasy genre is so well represented at this year’s Oscars.
    All the movies deserve it starting with the scary ‘Get Out’, the dramatic ‘Logan’, and ending up with ‘Guardians of the Galaxy vol.2’ and the haunting ‘Shape of Water’.
    Guillermo del Torro certainly is undoubtedly the contemporary master of the fantasy genre and I think that the movie will blow everyone away.
    However, I also think that those movies are lucky that ‘Black Panther’ is not in the contest because it would blow them away! 🙂

    1. Hi Asen,

      I am not so sure about that for important categories like best picture, best actor or best supporting actor because it is a comic book film (and these have not been taken seriously by the academy). Remember the Dark Knight got a posthumous Award for Heath Ledger best supporting actor, would he have been alive I don’t think they would have nominated him. Logan is the first comic book based movie to be nominated in the category of adapted screenplay so maybe comic book films will receive more recognition in the future.
      Loving everything I have seen so far of Black Panther. Even then I think there are some movies they overlooked.
      I am a fan of Guillermo and his movies are simply a piece of art.
      Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

  4. Thank you for posting this for all of us! We don’t have the television to watch this, so it is so wonderful to come to your site and get it all at one quick glance! I really do appreciate you taking the time to put all of this together!

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