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Oscar Watch: Will Academy Voters Take Sci-Fi Seriously?

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood December 10, 2009 at 7:30AM

One of the big questions this Oscar season surrounds the chances of such sci-fi genre fare as Avatar, Star Trek and District 9 to land on Oscar's best-picture Top Ten List. I dig into that question here and come up with some surprising answers.
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Thompson on Hollywood

One of the big questions this Oscar season surrounds the chances of such sci-fi genre fare as Avatar, Star Trek and District 9 to land on Oscar's best-picture Top Ten List. I dig into that question here and come up with some surprising answers.

The bottom line is, in order for these films to make it into major Oscar contention, they will have to be among the voters' top choices. And in order for that to happen, they will need to be critically-hailed game-changers that move them out of mere genre status. If Avatar (which I will see Thursday night--here's the Guardian's early preview) becomes a game-changer like Star Wars, it will do fine. District 9 could use some help from critics' groups. And Star Trek will probably have to settle for technical noms, with an outside shot at an adapted screenplay slot (a tough category).

This article is related to: Awards, Directors, Franchises, Genres, Oscars, James Cameron, J.J. Abrams, George Lucas, Star Wars, Star Trek, Sci-fi


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.