2017 Oscar nominations for Sci-Fi & Fantasy

2017 Oscar nominations for Sci-Fi & FantasyArrival arrived at the 2017 Oscars, and so did Science Fiction & Fantasy.

Over the years the Science Fiction (sci-fi) and Fantasy genres has been present at the Oscars, which is no secret.

What stands out to me this particular year is the type of unconventional sci-fi movies that are nominated, their popularity and the categories wherein they were nominated.

The nominations

If you were wondering which Sci-Fi & Fantasy (including animation) movies were nominated for the 2017 Oscar here is the list per category:

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

OCTAVIA SPENCER – HIDDEN FIGURES

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

 KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS

 MOANA

 MY LIFE AS A ZUCCHINI

THE RED TURTLE

 ZOOTOPIA

CINEMATOGRAPHY

 ARRIVAL

COSTUME DESIGN

 FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM

DIRECTING

FILM EDITING

MAKEUP AND HAIR STYLING

 STAR TREK BEYOND

 SUICIDE SQUAD

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)

 PASSENGERS

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)

 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING from Trolls

 HOW FAR I’LL GO from Moana

BEST PICTURE

 ARRIVAL

 HIDDEN FIGURES

PRODUCTION DESIGN

SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)

SOUND EDITING

SOUND MIXING

VISUAL EFFECTS

 DOCTOR STRANGE

 THE JUNGLE BOOK

 KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS

 ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY

WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)

WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)

 THE LOBSTER

Unusual Sci Fi Films nominated

Films like Arrival, Hidden Figures, Passengers and the Lobsters are not your usual Science Fiction films.

Arrival instead of being the typical alien invasion action movie surprised many with its story line which makes you sit back and rethink about humanity and the consequences of our actions.

Hidden Figures is not exactly a science fiction movie but the story is important and inspirational to the genre. Two words: human computers.

Passengers rather than focusing on the dangers in space, its main story is the romantic relationship between the 2 passengers on the ship.

The Lobster has combined science fiction and romance focusing more on relationship than science fiction. The story takes place in a near future (funny how most of things looks the same as now).

One thing that stands out from these movies is the focus on human connection which is sadly something that has deteriorated the last few years (especially by social media). We don’t talk and listen to each other anymore.

These movies also show the dangers of what could happened if there is no communication, the consequences of the choices we make (Arrival) or what the consequences could be if you don’t speak up (Hidden Figures). I’m really happy to see these movies doing well and that people accept them.

I remember a few years back when we used to go to the restaurant with a group of friends and talk to each other and making jokes. Today everybody is looking at their phones not really paying attention to the conversation or rather texting each other (while being in the same room). Hopefully people understand the message and take action: communicate (talk and listen) in your circles.

Science Fiction and Humanity

The unconventional combination of Science Fiction and Humanity (in Arrival, Hidden Figures, Passengers and the Lobster) were Humanity is the core of the movie and not Science Fiction.

The change was probably caused by current happenings in the world showing people being intolerant, not communicating with each other, being judgmental, etc. Or could the diversity issue widely discussed during last years Oscars pushed artists to create better stories with diversity in mind?

Final Thoughts

Whatever the reason for the change these movies contribute in giving the audiences essential topics to reflect on their humanity: the relationship with yourself and your relationship with others, stand up for your cause and speak up, and most importantly together we are stronger (no matter where you came from or what you believe in).

What do you think of these nominations? Have you seen one of these movies already? Feel free to leave your comments.



16 thoughts on “2017 Oscar nominations for Sci-Fi & Fantasy

  1. I’m so happy that so many sci fi movies have been nominated for Oscars. I think they are getting better and better along the years and always bring some serious thinking for those who watch it.

  2. I am an avid science fiction lover and ever since CGI has become so life-like, science fiction movies and series are extraordinarily real by today’s standards. This site is full of great information and I can’t wait to see some of these movies. The amount of visual stimulation and realism in blockbuster movies like Cloud Atlas, Interstellar, the Martian, and Oblivion, has proven the level of CGI creativity is now limitless. But this does not mean CGI is a constant. Netflix has original sci-fi series like the OA that are in 4k now, which does not necessarily merit on CGI but shows that even current sci-fi movies and series do not need a lot of CGI to be considered effective to the viewer. Thanks again for providing this information. I look forward to reading more from this site.

    Best wishes,
    Mike

    1. Interesting point of view Mike! I see what you mean and I agree with you. As long as they use it effectively we will see more good films.

  3. Very interesting site. I really enjoyed reading your comments about humanity and communication. It opened me up to a different way of looking at Sci Fi and these movies in particular. I will try to see some of these movies and think about your comments.

    1. Hi Michelle,

      Thanks for taking time to read my page.
      If I may I would like to give you a suggestion: start with Arrival or Hidden Figures. I hope you enjoy them!

  4. wow, you must be a movie lover!
    I love the way you talk about the movies.
    The thing that you say about these movies are in the deeper inner side of thought in human.
    I would check these movies out when I am free.

    Great post!

  5. Hey Dira,

    I have to admit that if I had to vote, I’d definitely do it for Arrival.
    The directing, the acting and the cinematography are truly wonderful.
    The movie goes a bit slowly but it delivers a great message and the story is fantastic and super engaging.
    I liked The Lobster as well. A very bizarre, yet original movie with some strong performances as well.
    Passengers left me a bit disappointed if I have to be honest.
    It has great visuals but the story is a bit poor and I didn’t like the ending.
    Arrival is the best sci-fi movie that I have seen in a while so this is my favorite 🙂

  6. I was a bit disappointed from passenger too, nice acting and direction, but i don’t know something was missing in the end was a bit ” already seen”… i haven’t seen arrival but from the way you present it seems really really interesting thank you!!, and hidden figures seems quite good too… me and girlfriend are gonna have a nice couple of cinema night!

  7. Science fiction with a focus on humanity is a winner! I’m very excited about the sci -fi movies that are up for Oscars and looking forward to some wins. I enjoyed your focus on the story line and the connection to human interaction which does seem to be lost in the fast paced world we live in.

  8. Personally, I loved “The red Turtle. It was an excellent movie! The imagery was epic. What do you think are the top best things about “The Red Turtle”?

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