Written By: Ken Hulsey
To many of us who follow the entertainment industry, it would seem almost impossible to believe that a sci fi film could ever win an Oscar for best picture of the year.
Way back in 1977, sci fi had what was probably it's best shot, when "Star Wars" was nominated for the coveted award. Unfortunately, the often misunderstood, and often written off as "B" entertainment, genre took yet another shot to the groin, when the film lost to the Woody Allen comedy "Annie Hall."
Do you remember "Annie Hall?".......Do you remember "Star Wars?".........I rest my case.
I what is certain to be an Oscar preview, earlier this month The Producers Guild of America announced their nominees for the top motion picture of the year, and to the surprise of many, three sci fi films maneged to make the cut. Those being "Avatar," "District 9" and, of course, "Star Trek," which to me, was the best movie out of the bunch.
Now here is the question, does "Star Trek" have what it takes to win against such dramas, (normally Academy favorites) as "An Education," "The Hurt Locker" and "Precious?"
Common sense would say, 'no', but there is a growing consensus out there that believes "Trek" has a legit chance.
There are even some conspiracy types who believe that the Academy may give "Star Trek" the prize simply as another way to raise a middle finger at George Lucas, who they seem to despise.
Though, normally the sci fi genre doesn't carry much weight with critics and movie business types, films of a fanciful nature generally make the most money.
In preparation for the upcoming Oscar push, Paramount has created a wonderful new website for those Academy voters to find out more about "Trek".
The site contains the usual studio verbiage plus information on the cast, effects, costume & production design, awards, crew and even screenplay, which you can request a 'hard' copy of.
You can check that out at - For Your Consideration: Star Trek
True, fantasy films can win an Oscar, like "Lord of the Rings" did, but wouldn't it be cool to see a pure sci fi film win?
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