Our nerdy little genre looks pretty legit today, as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences made its 82nd annual Academy Award nominations. While you can see the full list of nods on Cinematical, I've taken the time to single out the science-fiction/fantasy films that are in the running at the upcoming Oscar ceremony. The winners will be announced on Sunday, March 2nd.

Some of them are the typical tech award nominations, which we've come to expect for spectacle movies, but there are also a lot of surprises this year, like the Original Screenplay nomination for Up or that the exemplary District 9 is in the running for Best Picture, beating out ill-received obvious Oscar-bait like Nine and Invictus.

You can see all of the sci-fi/fantasy Academy Award nominees after the jump.




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- Best Picture, Art Direction, Cinematography, Directing, Film Editing, Music (Original Score), Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Visual Effects


District 9 -Best Picture, Film Editing, Visual Effects, Writing (Adapted Screenplay)


Up - Best Picture, Best Animated Feature Film, Music (Original Score), Sound Editing, Writing (Original Screenplay)


Coraline - Best Animated Feature Film


The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus - Art Direction, Costume Design


Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - Cinematography


Star Trek - Make-Up, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Visual Effects


Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen - Sound Mixing
CATEGORIES Movies, Sci-Fi