Fringe and Avatar on the radar

So “Avatar” only came away with three Oscars and Fringe has been renewed for a third season.

Already pundits and Time magazine are trying to explain why “Avatar” didn’t win “Best Picture”. Supposedly, science fiction just can’t seem to get a break from the Academy, they say.

Funny — “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” didn’t seem to have any problems in 2003. After all, Peter Jackson would have had to commit high treason or some other capital crime to avoid getting that award.

I didn’t see “The Hurt Locker”. I’m not interested in anti-war propaganda (nor pro-war propaganda), although I think it’s interesting that numerous Iraq- and Afghanistan-experienced soldiers have decried the movie’s completely inaccurate portrayal of how bomb removal specialists operate.

Maybe science fiction won a “Best Movie” award after all.

Technically, “The Lord of the Rings” is a fantasy story, not a science fiction story — but who in Hollywood really knows the difference? There was probably as much science and technology that went into producing the LoTR film trilogy as any major science fiction franchise.

For what it’s worth, I would also include “Ben Hur”, “Around The World In 80 Days”, and “Gladiator” in the list of Science Fiction and Fantasy movies that won “Best Picture”. You don’t have to agree with me. I’m just saying I would include those movies in the genre category.

I don’t care if “Avatar” got best picture. If James Cameron produces two more movies within the next 4 years, the third one may prove to be as much a shoe-in as “The Return of the King” was.

I’m much more pleased to read that Fringe has been renewed for a third season. I’m glad to see that Fox hasn’t forgotten that it is supposedly an experimental channel.

Besides, genre television shows seem to be the favored mascots of networks this week. Maybe that will change next week.

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