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March 05, 2010


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A Clockwork Orange, Star Wars, ET

Jacqui Lipton

Damn - that was quick!
All correct answers. Obviously this question was WAY too easy. (Sorry.)

Tim Zinnecker

Additional reading here:

Jacqui, perhaps we should solicit input from readers on what other sci-fi films deserved a Best Picture nomination.

I'll suggest JURASSIC PARK. The first time you see it on the big screen leaves an indelible impression. (Query how many folks are in therapy because of a Port-A-Potty phobia! But that's a discussion for another day.)

Jacqui Lipton

One of my students had suggested that Raiders of the Lost Ark should have qualified. It was nominated for Best Picture, but I'm not sure it was appropriately characterized as "sci fi".

Jacqui Lipton

BTW, if people want another challenge today (given that my first Q wasn't very hard apparently), how about:

"Walt Disney was nominated for the most academy awards of anyone in the history of the awards. Who is the living person with the most nominations?"

Tim Zinnecker

RAIDERS is my all-time favorite movie! The first fifteen minutes are some of the most entertaining in the history of film! (Recall Alfred Molina, anyone?)

As for your alternative question, two "educated guesses" come to mind. Actress Meryl Streep, and musician John Williams. I'm assuming fashion designer Edith Head is no longer with us.

Jacqui Lipton

Argh - you got me on that one too. It's John Williams.
Clearly I'm a rank amateur compared to the rest of you movie buffs!

Colin Miller

Here are some of my picks for science fiction films that should have been nominated:

Dark City
Children of Men
Twelve Monkeys
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Back to the Future !/II
Terminator I/II
Donnie Darko
The Abyss

Jacqueline Lipton

I am completely with you re Dark City and Twelve Monkeys, and maybe even The Abyss.
What about Blade Runner?

Colin Miller

I was thinking about adding Blade Runner, but I greatly prefer the director's cut over the theatrical release, which is why I left it off. Thinking about it, I guess that the same applies to The Abyss as well. The opposite, though, applies to Donnie Darko, where the theatrical version was much better.

Jacqueline Lipton

But are you saying you liked the director's cut of The Abyss better or the theatrical version? I only liked some parts of the director's cut better - I thought the end was a little silly frankly.

Colin Miller

I prefer the director's cut on The Abyss but don't love the ending in either the DC or the theatrical version. It's the changes in the rest of the movie that give the DC the edge in my mind. The Abyss is definitely an imperfect movie, but in a year when Driving Miss Daisy won the Oscar for Best Picture, I easily could have seen it nominated.

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