‘Blade Runner,’ Best Art Direction

Despite initially underperforming at the box office, Blade Runner is now among the most cherished sci-fi films of all time, along with the films mentioned above.

‘A Scanner Darkly,’ Best Supporting Actor

The best move here is for Robert Downey Jr., who portrays the frightening yet helpless Jim Barris. While there are valid arguments for both Best Animated Feature and Best Adapted Screenplay, it is Robert Downey Jr. who makes the most sense.

‘Them!’ Best Director

The ultimate gigantic ant movie, which was a contender for the Best Special Effects Oscar in the 1950s, is also one of the best modern expressions of nuclear apprehension following World War II.

‘Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence,’ Best Animated Film

Whether you love it or hate it, the Best Animated Feature nomination for this sequel to the massively popular anime Ghost in the Shell was stolen from it.

‘Gattaca,’ Best Picture

How about a science fiction film that is directed and performed as if it were the most important thing in the world if the huge ants and killer cyborgs are too much for the Academy?

‘Ex Machina,’ Best Actress

Gattaca was the Ex Machina of its day because it was a sophisticated, understated sci-fi drama from a first-time director, and Ex Machina should serve as a reminder of how far we still have to go.

‘The Thing,’ Best Original Score

Gattaca was the Ex Machina of its day because it was a sophisticated, understated sci-fi drama from a first-time director, and Ex Machina should serve as a reminder of how far we still have to go.

‘Forbidden Planet,’ Best Original Score

Gattaca was the Ex Machina of its day because it was a sophisticated, understated sci-fi drama from a first-time director, and Ex Machina should serve as a reminder of how far we still have to go.

‘The Matrix,’ Best Picture

We now arrive at The Matrix. A movie that closely resembled The Matrix and was released more than ten years ago, Inception, is now in contention for Best Picture. Both movies are excellent, but only one is the best.

‘Children of Men,’ Best Picture

So maybe all that makes the Academy's worst sin easier to forgive. Yes, it's Children of Men, which is on its way to receiving the same "masterpiece" evaluation as The Thing has over the past few years.