It is a well-known fact that Science fiction/Fantasy movies receive little love when it comes to awards. The Academy tends to ignore them, in favour of “serious” movies; movies which explore the depths of human emotion and present real-life struggles by relatable people. But don’t good sci-fi movies do the same, with more visual appeal, and aplomb?
Let’s take examples, shall we? The ‘Interstellar‘, in spite of being such an ambitious project was mostly snubbed by the Academy. Apart from technical categories, the Academy didn’t see it fit to nominate the movie for any other awards. A Best Director nomination for Christopher Nolan is so long overdue that it is turning out to be the Martin Scorcese story all over again.
But then, ‘Interstellar’ doesn’t even count in the best science fictional movies made. Not by a mile. I am talking about the movies which are right there on top, with the Citizen Kanes and the Casablancas of the film industry.
We have had classic oldies like Fritz Lang’s Metropolis; made in 1927, it was a film so far ahead of its time that no one seemed to realize its importance back then. It is now hailed as a masterpiece, and one of the best works of the German auteur.
2001: A Space Odyssey