Should there be a 'sci-fi' category at the Oscars?
|INTERVIEWS - FILM|
Roger Christian chats to Shadowlocked about the Oscars' continual snubbing of science-fiction fare...
Shadowlocked's long-time friend, production designer and director Roger Christian (the man who made the prototype light-sabre for Star Wars and concocted the Nostromo interior for Alien) brought up a subject with me recently that I thought might be worth a chat in Shadowlocked's pending new podcast. But since our podcast system won't be ready until after the Oscars take place this coming Sunday, I decided to have a quick VOIP chat with Roger on the subject. Which is...
Should the Oscars have a special category for science-fiction films? As you'll hear in the chat, it's a thorny subject - on the one hand, the possibility of a sci-fi statuette would obviate the chance for a film like Avatar (a favourite of Roger's) to win 'Best Picture' award. And on the other hand, the largest contingency of Academy voters are Caucasian males over 65, and demographically perhaps least likely to appreciate story over style where a once-disreputable genre such as science-fiction is concerned. And if Kubrick's 2001 couldn't win, and if Avatar was overlooked for the anaemic Hurt Locker, can things ever change..? Here's Roger (himself a member of the Academy and eligible to vote in the Academy Awards) and I discussing it (apologies for sound issues due to Gremlin-infested recording session):
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