Article by Cameron Hatheway.
Oh how the tables have turned! While Sci-Fi and Fantasy films normally do well at the box offices while garnering critical acclaim amongst fans, they’re usually snubbed during awards season. However, things seem to be slightly changing with the list of nominees at two recent award shows. There are few hidden gems that almost seem as if they snuck-in with the rest of the bunch.
Over at the BAFTA Awards, EX MACHINA has received numerous award nominations in the following categories: BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS (Alicia Vikander), OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM, OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER (Alex Garland), ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY (Alex Garland), and SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS (Mark Ardington, Sara Bennett, Paul Norris, Andrew Whitehurst).
THE MARTIAN has also received numerous award nominations: BEST ACTOR (Matt Damon), DIRECTOR (Ridley Scott), EDITING (Pietro Scalia), PRODUCTION DESIGN (Arthur Max, Celia Bobak), SOUND (Paul Massey, Mac Ruth, Oliver Tarney, Mark Taylor), and SPECIAL EFFECTS (Chris Lawrence, Tim Ledbury, Richard Stammers, Steven Warner).
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD also received a few nominations (too few, if you ask me!): CINEMATOGRAPHY (John Seale), EDITING (Margaret Sixel), PRODUCTION DESIGN (Colin Gibson, Lisa Thompson), COSTUME DESIGN (Jenny Beavan), MAKE UP & HAIR (Lesley Vanderwalt, Damian Martin), SOUND (Scott Hecker, Chris Jenkins, Mark Mangini, Ben Osmo, Gregg Rudloff, David White), and SPECIAL EFFECTS (Andrew Jackson, Dan Oliver, Tom Wood, Andy Williams).
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS even slipped-in with a few: PRODUCTION DESIGN (Rick Carter, Darren Gilford, Lee Sandales), SOUND (David Acord, Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio, Matthew Wood, Stuart Wilson), SPECIAL EFFECTS (Chris Corbould, Roger Guyett, Paul Kavanagh, Neal Scanlan), and John Williams getting a nomination for MUSIC. If you’re a composer and you see Williams being nominated in your category, you might as well just give up at that point, stay home, and watch the awards on television (or the ‘telly’ as they say over there).
ANT-MAN had one nomination for SPECIAL EFFECTS (Jake Morrison, Greg Steele, Dan Sudick, Alex Wuttke), but it was so small you could barely see it.
Over at the Golden Globes, the red-headed stepchild of awards shows, MAD MAX: FURY ROAD got nominations for BEST PICTURE and BEST DIRECTOR (George Miller), while THE MARTIAN got nominations for BEST FILM, MUSICAL OR COMEDY (What?!), BEST ACTOR, MUSICAL OR COMEDY (Matt Damon), and BEST DIRECTOR. I’ll tell you what, seeing Matt Damon struggling to survive on another planet was hilarious!
Several Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror themed shows also received nominations (GAME OF THRONES, MR. ROBOT, AMERICAN HORROR STORY: HOTEL), but television is a different, more accepting beast when it comes to award shows. No one blinks an eye if it’s Jon Snow versus a Wildling giant, but to nominate MAD MAX: FURY ROAD for BEST PICTURE? Don’t you know that film is sacred?!
While it’s nice seeing some recognition from other awards shows, all eyes are on what Oscar thinks, with the Academy Award nominations being announced Thursday, January 14th, 2016. My guess? MAD MAX: FURY ROAD pulls a LORD OF THE RINGS: RETURN OF THE KING and sweeps the entire thing.