Live Poll: Favorite Oscar-Nominated Best Picture Science Fiction Movie?

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Which of these Oscar-nominated Best Picture movies with elements of the science fiction genre is your favorite?

See the partial list of Oscar-winning Best Picture Science Fiction movies here: https://www.imdb.com/list/ls045853035/

Poll: https://www.imdb.com/poll/e2i6WtKPO0o/
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I don't remember Button's condition having to do with something medical or was given a rational explanation, seems like something that "just happened" like the time loop in "Groundhog Day".
Maybe it has a sci-fi basis by default, because there's no "fantasy" archetypes used either... but wouldn't it be a fantasy film by default as well?
Sorry to make both the questions and the answers :)
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Why do we celebrate National Science Fiction Day on January 2?

Hint: The book In Memory Yet Green ... provides the answer.
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I only became aware of the reason yesterday because I read "NATIONAL SCIENCE FICTION DAY. National Science Fiction Day is celebrated annually on January 2nd by millions of science fiction fans across the United States. The date of January 2 was chosen for National Science Fiction Day as it corresponds with the birth date of famed science fiction writer Isaac Asimov." prior to the post.

It did initially strike me as a bit odd that his birth date was chosen. not so much that I disagree with the choice. But, I perceived Asimov more as a first among equals with over other top contemporaries or earlier writers. All of these top five could have been in the running 1.Isaac Asimov 2.Philip K. Dick 3.Arthur C. Clarke 4.H. G. Wells. 5.Robert A. Heinlein

I first thought it would have gone to whoever is considered the "father of science fiction", but I guess there multiple contenders for the title with H. G. Wells, Jules Verne, Mary Shelley and even Hugo Gernsback sometimes garnering the label. This confusion and Asimov status and popularity probably to his birth date being used.
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"To me a film about a man aging backwards just screams science fiction."

Then you should add a lot of stories about Merlin to the science fiction genre.  According to several versions, the sorcerer was born as an old man and ages backwards.

"Merlyn from "The Once and Future King" by T. H. White. He remembers the future, and as such serves as partial excuse for the book's Anchronism Stew. More recent adaptations of Arthurian legend often use this detail in some form. Pay enough attention to The Sword in the Stone and a pretty powerful effect of this comes into play when Wart (Arthur) meets Merlyn for the first time. After Merlyn has figured out that it really is the first time they've met, tears come to his eyes for no apparent reason. It's not elaborated on as such, but if you think about it, Merlyn just realized that from his perspective, this is the very last time he and Arthur will ever see each other."

For other characters who age backwards, see: https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/MerlinSickness


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"but I guess there multiple contenders for the title with H. G. Wells, Jules Verne, Mary Shelley and even Hugo Gernsback sometimes garnering the label."

Some give this title to the ancient satirist Lucian of Samosata (c. 125-180). His satirical novel "A True Story" is the first known work to include travels in outer space, alien lifeforms, and interplanetary warfare (between rival space empires). Some see this a classic example of science fiction. See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_True_Story

Lucian is the same writer who wrote the original version of "The Sorcerer's Apprentice", which was updated and modernized in 1797 by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sorcerer%27s_Apprentice#Similar_stories
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In celebration of National Science Fiction Day observed annually on January 2nd:

Which of these Oscar-nominated Best Picture movies with elements of the science fiction genre is your favorite?
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Great poll idea!  But honestly I'm not crazy about any of these movies!  :)
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I like the Clockwork Orange for its exploration of a totalitarian society, which uses mind-control techniques in order to control and "reform" its criminals. It poses some interesting question on ethics, and on whether the ends justify the means.

"A New Hope" is not that great of a film when it comes to the story. But it does a decent job at introducing the main setting of the series and offers a then-groundbreaking aesthetic of a spacefaring civilization whose creations seem to have aged and decayed. 

E. T. is sugary-sweet and lacks real substance. I am not particularly interested in the other films on the list. 
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I would have opted Interstellar, But in this list Avatar is my best bet.
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The best sci-fi film ever is 2001: A Space Odyssey   The options provided can't match up to that.
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Which science fiction genre movie options do you suggest would come close to 2001: A Space Odyssey, that were both not listed in the poll and  were Oscar-nominated in the Best Picture category?
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