2000 - X-Men

7.0 / 7.4 64 7.4 X6 7.82

The film received positive reviews. ReelReviews.net's James Berardinelli, an X-Men comic book fan, believed, "the film is effectively paced with a good balance of exposition, character development, and special effects-enhanced action. Neither the plot nor the character relationships are difficult to follow, and the movie avoids the trap of spending too much time explaining things that don't need to be explained. X-Men fandom is likely to be divided over whether the picture is a success or a failure".

Roger Ebert said he "started out liking this movie, while waiting for something really interesting to happen. When nothing did, I still didn't dislike it; I assume the X-Men will further develop their personalities if there is a sequel, and maybe find time to get involved in a story."

Peter Travers of Rolling Stone noted, "Since it's Wolverine's movie, any X-Men or Women who don't hinge directly on his story get short shrift. As Storm, Halle Berry can do neat tricks with weather, but her role is gone with the wind. It sucks that Stewart and McKellen, two superb actors, are underused."

The film was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation. At the Saturn Awards, it won categories for Best Science Fiction Film, direction, writing, costume design, Best Actor and Supporting Actress. Nominations included Performance by a Younger Actor, Supporting Actor, Special Effects and Make-up. Empire readers voted Singer Best Director.


Other sci-fi films of 2000: Unbreakable (6.88 SFMZ final score), Time ranked the film at #4 in its list of top ten superhero movies of all time. While the film received practically no awards, it did receive the following nominations: Saturn Awards Best Action Film, Black Reel Awards Best Film Poster, Bram Stoker Awards Best Screenplay, International Horror Guild's Best Movie Award, Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards Best Score, Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Awards Best Script, and multiple Blockbuster Entertainment Awards.

Pitch Black won the Australian Cinematographers Society Cinematographer of the Year and Golden Tripod Awards. The film received various nominations from other award organizations including: Saturn Awards Best Science Fiction Film; International Horror Guild Best Movie; Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Actor - Horror; and Bram Stoker Awards Best Screenplay.

Titan A.E. won the Moticon Picture Sound Editors Best Sound Editing / Animated Feature Award. The film received various nominations from other award organizations including: Saturn Awards Best Science Fiction Film; Satellite Awards Best Motion Picture / Animated; and Annie Awards Outstanding Achievement / Animated Feature, Effects Animation, & Production Design Awards.

The Cell won the following awards: Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Actress, Favorite Actor, & Favorite Supporting Actor / Science Fiction; MTV Movie Awards Best Dressed, Best Female Performance, & Best Villain; World Stunt Awards Best High Work; and Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Cinematography. The film was also Oscar nominated for Best Make-Up; Saturn nominations for Best Science Fiction Film, Best Actress, Best Costumes, & Best Make-Up; and various other nominations from other award organizations.





2001 - Donnie Darko

7.6 / 6.2 71 8.1 7.91

The film received a largely positive critical response. Us Weekly cited it as one of the outstanding films at Sundance in 2001, describing it as "a heady blend of science fiction, spirituality, and teen angst."

Donnie Darko was nominated for multiple awards including Best Film/Feature at the Sweden Fantastic Film Festival (won), the Catalonian Intl. Film Festival, and the Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival (won). Also nominated for the Best Breakthrough Film at the Online Film Critics Society Awards, the Special Award at the Young Filmmakers Showcase at the ASFFHF (won), and the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival (won).

Richard Kelly was nominated for multiple awards including Best Screenplay at the Sitges film festival (won), the Chlotrudis Awards, and at the San Diego Film Critics Society (won); Best First Feature and Best First Screenplay at the Independent Spirit Awards; Best Director and Best Movie at the Chlotrudis Awards. Jake Gyllenhaal was nominated for Best Male Actor at the Independent Spirit Awards and the Chlotrudis Awards (won).

Donnie Darko ranked in the top five on My Favourite Film, an Australian poll conducted by the ABC. Donnie Darko ranks #9 in FilmFour's 50 Films to See Before You Die. Other awards include #14 on Entertainment Weekly's list of the 50 Best High School Movies, #2 in Empire's "50 Greatest Independent Films of All Time" list., and #53 in Empire's 500 Greatest Movies of All Time 2008 poll.


Other sci-fi films of 2001: A.I. Artificial Intelligence (7.01 SFMZ final score), won Saturn Awards for Best Science Fiction Film, Best Special Effects, Best Writing, Best Music, and Best Performance by a Younger Actor. John Williams won the BMI Film Music Award and the film won the National Board of Review's Top Ten Films Award.

Other award wins include: Venice Film Festival's Digital Award, Young Artist Best Performance Award, Mainichi Film Concours Best Foreign Language Film Award, World Soundtrack Public Choice Award, and a Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Award. The film also received numerous nominations including the Grammy, BAFTA, and others.

Vanilla Sky, award wins include: Saturn Best Actor award, Boston Society of Film Critics Best Supporting Actress, Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Song, and Chicago Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress.

The film also received a number of nominations from other award organization including Golden Globes Best Original Song, Grammy Awards Best Song for a Motion Picture, Oscar Best Music, Satellite Awards Best Original Song, AFI Awards Featured Actor of the Year, Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress, ALMA Awards Outstanding Actress / Motion Picture, Motion Picture Sound Editors Best Sound Editing, Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance / Female Actor / Supporting Role, multiple Saturn Awards, and others.

K-PAX received a Saturn nomination for Best Actor and Image Awards nomination for Outstanding Actress.





2002 - Minority Report

8.0 / 6.8 80 7.7 X4 7.89

Minority Report received critical acclaim. Rotten Tomatoe's listed it among the best reviewed films of 2002. Most critics gave the film's handling of its central theme (free will vs. determinism) positive reviews, and many ranked it as the film's main strength. The movie has inspired significant discussion and analysis.

Entertainment Weekly praised the film's visuals, and Variety complimented the cast's performances. Online magazine Salon expressed excitement over the atypically hard edge of the movie. Slate says, "it has been a long time since a Spielberg film felt so nimble, so unfettered, so free of self-cannibalizing."

The film earned nominations for many awards, including Best Sound Editing at the Academy Awards, and Best Visual Effects at the BAFTAs. It was nominated for eleven Saturn Awards including Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Music, and won four: Best Science Fiction Film, Best Direction, Best Writing and Supporting Actress .

It also won the BMI Film Music Award, the Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress, and the Empire Awards for Best Actor, Best Director and Best British Actress. Ebert listed Minority Report as the best film of 2002, as did online film reviewer James Berardinelli. The film was also included in top ten lists by critic Richard Roeper, and both reviewers at USA Today. Minority Report was nominated for AFI's Top 10 Science Fiction Films list.


Other sci-fi films of 2002: 28 Days Later (7.83 SFMZ final score) won the following awards: Saturn Awards Best Horror Film; Black Reel Best Breakthrough Performance; Empire Best British Film Award; Fangoria Best Screenplay & Best Film; European Film Awards Best Cinematographer; Fantasporto Grand Prize / European Fantasy; Narcisse Award Best Feature; and Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Best Screenplay & Best Wide-Release. The film also received various nominations from other award organizations.

Equilibrium (7.02 SFMZ final score) was nominated for the American Choreography American Choreography Award and the Phoenix Film Critics Society Overlooked Film of the Year Award.

Treasure Planet won the Motion Picture Sound Editors Best Sound Editing / Animated Features Award. The film received nominations from other award organiztions including: Oscar Best Animated Feature; Saturn Best Animated Film; and Casting Society of America Best Casting for Animated Voice Over, Feature Film. The Annie Awards nominated the film for Outstanding Character Animation, Character Design, Directing, Effects Animation, Production Design, and Voice Acting in an Animated Feature.

Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones won the Saturn awards for Best Costumes and Best Special Effects. Other award wins include: BMI Film Music Award; Bogey Platin Award; MTV Movie Awards Best Fight, Best Action Sequence, & Best Virtual Performance; Visual Effects Society Awards Best Matte Painting / Motion Picture; and Empire Scene of the Year Award. The film was also Oscar nominated for Best Visual Effects along with various nominations from other award organizations.





2003 - X2 (X-Men 2)

7.4 / 7.4 68 7.6 X1 7.92

The film received very positive reviews. Roger Ebert wrote "the storyline did not live up to its potential" and was critical of plot holes. He was impressed, however, by how Singer was able to handle so many characters in one film, giving X2 three out of four stars.

Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times wrote that it was rare for a sequel to be better than its predecessor. Turan observed that the film carried emotional themes that are present in the world today and commented that "the acting was better than usual for a superhero film".

Peter Travers of Rolling Stone wrote that Hugh Jackman heavily improved his performance, concluding "X2 is a summer firecracker. It's also a tribute to outcasts, teens, gays, minorities, even Dixie Chicks." Empire called X2 the best comic book movie of all time in 2006, while Wizard named the film's ending as the twenty-second greatest cliffhanger of all time.

In May 2007, Rotten Tomatoes listed X2 as the fifth greatest comic book film of all time. X2 won the Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction Film. In addition, Bryan Singer (Direction), Dan Harris and Michael Dougherty (Writing), and John Ottman (Music) all received nominations.

It also received nominations with its costumes, makeup, special effects and DVD release, coming to a total of eight nominations. The Political Film Society honored X2 in categories of Human Rights and Peace, while the film was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation.


Other sci-fi films of 2003: The Matrix Reloaded (7.35 SFMZ final score) won two VES awards - Best Single Visual Effect and Outstanding Visual Effects. Other award wins include: BMI Film Music Award, Teen Choice Best Movie Awards, and a World Stunt Taurus Award.

The film also received nominations from other award organizations including: BET Awards Best Actor; Black Reel Awards Best Supporting Actress; Motion Picture Sound Editors Best Sound Editing; MTV Movie Awards Best Fight, Sexiest Hero, & Best Kiss; World Stunt Awards Best Fight & Best Stunt Coordination; multiple Teen Choice Awards; and various other nominations from other award organizations.

The Matrix Revolutions won the BMI Film Music Award. The film also received nominations from other award organizations including: Saturn Best Science Fiction Film, Best Special Effects, and Best Costumes; BET Awards Best Actor; Black Reel Awards Best Supporting Actress; Image Awards Outstanding Actor & Supporting Actress / Motion Picture; Phoenix Film Critics Society Best Visual Effects; and Visual Effects Society Awards Outstanding Visual Effects; and multiple Teen Choice Awards.

Terminator 3 won the ASCAP Top Box Office Films Award. The film also nominations including: Saturn Awards Best Science Fiction Film, Best Special Effects, and Best Make-Up; MTV Movie Awards Best Action Sequence and Sexiest She-Villain; Satellite Awards Best Visual Effects; Phoenix Film Critics Society Best Visual Effects; Visual Effects Society Awards Outstanding Visual Effects Photography / Motion Picture; Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actor; Motion Picture Sound Editors Best Sound Editing; and various other nominations from other award organizations.





2004 - Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

8.4 / 8.0 89 8.4 X1 9.11

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind was met with overwhelming acclaim. A. O. Scott of The New York Times praised the film for being "cerebral, formally and conceptually complicated, dense with literary allusions and as unabashedly romantic as any movie you’ll ever see." In issue 201 of Empire, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind was voted #83 in their 201 Greatest Movies of All Time poll as voted for by readers.

That same year, Winslet's performance as Clementine was included in Premiere magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time at #81. Time Out New York ranked the film as the third-best of the decade. Entertainment Weekly put it on its end-of-the-decade, "best-of" list. Slant Magazine placed the film at number 87 on their list of the best films of the 2000s. Paste Magazine named it one of the 50 Best Movies of the Decade, ranking it at number 5.

The Onion's AV Club rated Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind as the number one film of the 2000s. It has been calculated to be the tied-for-second most critically acclaimed film of the 2000s by virtue of its number of appearances on prominent 'films of the decade' lists. In 2013, the Writers Guild of America ranked the film at #24 on its list of "101 Greatest Screenplays."

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind won the 2004 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and it was nominated twice on American Film Institute lists: 100 Movies - Nominated, and AFI'S Top 10 - Nominated Science Fiction Film.


Other sci-fi films of 2004: Spider-Man 2 (8.01 SFMZ final score) won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, and was nominated for Best Sound Mixing. The film won Saturn Awards for Best Actor, Best Director, Best Fantasy Film, Best Special Effects, and Best Writer, while being nominated for Best Supporting Actor and Best Music.

Spider-Man 2 was nominated for two British Academy Film Awards for Special Visual Effects and Sound. The film topped Rotten Tomatoes's list of the best-reviewed comic book films of all time. In 2007, Entertainment Weekly named it the No. 21 greatest action film of all time.

Hellboy (6.99 SFMZ final score) won the following awards: Saturn Awards Best Make-Up; Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Best Make-Up; and Imagen Awards Best Director. The film also received various nominations including: Saturn Awards Best Costumes & Best Fantasy Film; Bram Stoker Awards Best Screenplay; International Horror Guild Awards Best Movie; Visual Effects Society Awards Outstanding Performance / Animated Character / Live Action Motion Picture; Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Best Screenplay & Best Wide-Release; and others.

I, Robot (6.97 SFMZ final score) won the ASCAP Top Box Office Films Award. The film was also nominated for the following awards: Oscar Best Visual Effects; Saturn Awards Best Science Fiction Film & Best Visual Effects; Black Reel Awards Best Film / Drama; Motion Picture Sound Editors Best Sound Editing; Visual Effects Society Awards Outstanding Created Environment / Live Action Motion Picture; BET Awards Best Actor; Teen Choice Awards Movie of the Summer; and Image Awards Outstanding Actor / Motion Picture.





2005 - Serenity

7.1 / 7.8 74 7.9 X1 7.97

Serenity received mostly positive reviews from film critics. Ebert and Roeper gave the film a "Two Thumbs Up" rating, and again Roger Ebert at the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film three out of four stars, commenting that "the film is made of dubious but energetic special effects, breathless velocity, much imagination, some sly verbal wit and a little political satire".

The San Francisco Chronicle called it "a triumph", while The New York Times described it as a modest but superior science fiction film. Science fiction author Orson Scott Card called Serenity "the best science fiction film ever", further stating "If Ender's Game can't be this kind of movie, and this good a movie, then I want it never to be made."

Serenity earned numerous awards including Film of the year awards from Film 2005 and FilmFocus. IGN Film's Best Sci-Fi, Best Story and Best Trailer awards and runner up to Batman Begins for the Overall Best Movie. It won the 7th annual "User Tomato Awards" for Best Sci-Fi Movie of 2005 at Rotten Tomatoes and the Nebula Award for Best Script for 2005.

Also, 2006 Viewers Choice Spacey Award for favorite movie and voted as the Best Film of the year by the writers for Box Office Prophets and it came 12th Best film of the year in the website's readers poll. It won Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form at the 2006 Hugo Awards and the 2006 Prometheus Special Award. At the SyFy Genre Awards, it earned Best Movie Runner-Up, Best Actor/Movie Runner-Up, Best Actress/Movie Runner-Up, and SFX magazine's best sci-fi movie of all time.


Other sci-fi films of 2005: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (7.65 SFMZ final score) won the following awards: Saturn Awards Best Science Fiction Film & Best Music; Empire Awards Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy & Scene of the Year; People's Choice Awards Favorite Movie; Hollywood Film Festival Movie of the Year; MTV Movie Awards Best Villain, Best Fight, & Best Hero; Mainichi Film Concours Best Foreign Film; Teen Choice Awards Best Action Movie, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Bad Guy, & Best Rumble; and Satellite Awards Outstanding Sound & Outstanding Art Direction.

War of the Worlds (6.82 SFMZ final score) won the following awards: BMI Film Music Award; Las Vegas Film Critics Society Sierra Award; Saturn Awards Best Performance /Younger Actor, Hollywood Film Festival Awards Visual Effects of the Year; World Soundtrack Awards Best Original Soundtrack & Soundtrack Composer; Visual Effects Society Awards Best Single Visual Effect of the Year, Outstanding Compositing, and Outstanding Models / Miniatures; Motion Picture Sound Editors Best Sound Effects & Best Sound Editing; and COFCA Award Best Sound Design.

The Island (6.69 SFMZ final score) won the Hollywood Film Festival Make-Up of the Year Award, along with nominations for Saturn Awards Best Science Fiction Film, Motion Picture Sound Editors Best Sound Editing, and Teen Choice Awards Choice Summer Movie.

Fantastic Four is practically void of any viewer or critic praise, but it did receive some recognition from award organizations. Winning zero awards, it did receive nominations for the following: Saturn Awards Best Science Fiction Film; Image Awards Outstanding Directing; MTV Movie Awards Best Hero & Best On-Screen Team; and Imagen Foundation Awards Best Actress. The film also received various other nominations including Teen Choice Awards and Black Reel Awards.





2006 - Children of Men

8.0 / 7.4 84 7.9 X1 8.10

The film received very positive reviews. Entertainment Weekly ranked the film seventh on its end-of-the-decade, top ten list, saying, "Alfonso Cuarón's dystopian 2006 film reminded us that adrenaline-juicing action sequences can work best when the future looks just as grimy as today." Peter Travers of Rolling Stone ranked it number 2 on his list of best films of the decade. According to Metacritic, Children of Men is considered the eleventh-greatest film of the 2000s.

The screenwriters of Children of Men were awarded the 19th annual USC Scripter Award for the screen adaptation of the novel. The film was also nominated in the category of Best Adapted Screenplay at the 79th Academy Awards. Children of Men also received Academy Award nominations for Best Cinematography and Best Film Editing.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts nominated Children of Men for Best Visual Effects and honored the film with awards for Best Cinematography and Best Production Design at the 60th British Academy Film Awards. Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki won the feature film award for Best Cinematography at the 21st American Society of Cinematographers Awards.

The Australian Cinematographers Society also awarded Lubezki the 2007 International Award for Cinematography for Children of Men. The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films bestowed the Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction Film on Children of Men, and it received the nomination for Best Dramatic Presentation by the members of the World Science Fiction Convention.


Other sci-fi films of 2006: The Host (7.69 SFMZ final score) won the following awards: Fantasporto Best Director; Catalonian International Film Festival Best Special Effects & Orient Express Award; Hawaii International Film Festival Best Feature; Grand Bell Awards Best Director & Best Editing; Asian Film Awards Best Actor, Best Cinematographer, Best Film, & Best Visual Effects; Baek Sang Art Awards Best Film & Best New Actress; Asia-Pacific Film Festival Best Editing & Best Sound; Blue Dragon Awards Best Film & Best Visual Effects; and other wins & nominations.

The Fountain (7.22 SFMZ final score) won the following awards: Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Original Score & Best Cinematography; Directors Guild of Canada Awards Sound Editing; Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Original Score; World Soundtrack Awards Best Original Soundtrack; and Hamptons International Film Festival Feature Film Prize. The film also received a number of other nominations including the Golden Globes Best Original Score.

A Scanner Darkly (7.06 SFMZ final score) won the Online Film Critics Society Best Animation Award and the Austin Film Critics Association Award. The film also received the following nominations: Saturn Awards Best Animated Film; Hugo Awards Best Dramatic Presentation; Prism Awards Best Feature Film; Chlotrudis Awards Best Screenplay; New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Animated Film; and Toronto Film Critics Association Best Animated Film.

Deja Vu, this film's lone award win is the Nielsen/EDI Gold Reel Award. It was also nominated for the following: Saturn Awards Best Science Fiction Film, Black Reel Awards Best Breakthrough Performance, World Soundtrack Awards Soundtrack Composer of the Year, World Stunt Awards Best Fire Stunt & Best Work With a Vehicle.





2007 - Transformers

5.8 / 8.2 61 7.1 X2 8.17

I must admit I'm scratching my head on this one. I would never personally pick Transformers over Sunshine or 28 Days Later as the best sci-fi film of 2007. But the theme of this article is not about my personal opinion, otherwise this list would just become a "My Favorite of the Year" list. This article's theme is to consistently judge films on universal praise collected by all corners of the film community.

And stacked up to other sci-fi films of 2007, Transformers leads the rest of the bunch when it comes to universal praise. While the film received mixed reviews in the critic's corner, it was viewer and award organization praise that garnered it the best sci-fi film of the year. Transformers won a number of awards including: the MTV Movie Awards Best Movie; Saturn Awards Best Special Effects & Best Science Fiction Film; BMI Film Music Award; COLA Team of the Year; Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards Best Visual Effects; and Visual Effects Society Awards Best Single Visual Effect.

The film also received a large number of award nominations: Academy Awards Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, & Best Visual Effects; People's Choice Awards Favorite Movie & Favorite Song; MTV Movie Awards Best Male Performance & Breakthrough Performance; Empire Awards Best Newcomer & Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy; BET Awards Best Actor; Cinema Audio Society Outstanding Sound Mixing; Hollywood Film Festival Visual Effects Supervisor of the Year; Motion Picture Sound Editors Best Sound Editing (2 noms); National Movie Awards Best Action/Adventure, Best Female Performance, & Best Male Performance; Satellite Awards Best Visual Effects; multiple Visual Effects Society Awards; and several Teen and Kid's Choice Awards.


Other sci-fi films of 2007: I am Legend (7.61 SFMZ final score) won the following awards: ASCAP Award Top Box Office Films; Saturn Awards Best Actor; MTV Movie Awards Best Male Performance & Best International Movie (MTV Russia); World Soundtrack Awards Soundtrack Composer of the Year; and Teen Awards Choice Movie Actor & Choice Movie - Horror. The film also received several award nominations including Saturn Awards Best Science Fiction Film, MTV Movie Awards Best Movie, Satellite Awards Best Sound, National Movie Awards Best Action/Adventure, and others.

Sunshine (7.27 SFMZ final score), it's lone award won is the British Independent Film Award's Best Technical Achievement. The film also received the following award nominations: Saturn Awards Best Science Fiction Film; British Independent Film Award Best Actor; Empire Awards Best British Film & Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy; Evening Standard British Film Awards Best Film Score; Irish Film Awards Best Lead Actor; London Critics Circle Film Awards Best British Director; and a Satellite Award.

28 Weeks Later (7.26 SFMZ final score) won the Empire Best Horror Award and the Málaga Spanish Film Festival Iglesia Award. The film also received the following award nominations: BET Awards Best Actor; British Independent Film Awards Best Cinematography & Most Promising Newcomer; Evening Standard British Film Awards Best Technical Achievement; and Neuchâtel International Fantasy Film Festival Best Feature Film.

Another sci-fi film of 2007 to note is Evangelion 1.0, which received high but very limited praise from viewers, less than 13K votes from IMDB (7.7) and RT viewers (8.1) combined. Additionally, neither Rotten Tomatoes nor Metacric carry a critic's rating for the film, though it did win a few Asian region awards including the Japanese Academy Best Animation Film Award.





2008 - The Dark Knight

8.5 / 8.8 82 9.0 X2 9.30

Most notable among the nominations were Heath Ledger's almost complete sweep of over twenty awards for acting, including the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actor, the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture, and the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. The Dark Knight also received nominations from the Writers Guild of America (for Best Adapted Screenplay), the Producers Guild of America, and the Directors Guild of America, as well as a slew of other guild award nominations and wins.

It was nominated for Best Film at the Critics Choice Awards and was named one of the top ten films of 2008 by the American Film Institute. The Dark Knight was nominated for eight Academy Awards for the 81st Ceremony, breaking the previous record of seven held by Dick Tracy for the most nominations received by a film based on a comic book, comic strip, or graphic novel. The Dark Knight won two awards: Best Supporting Actor for Heath Ledger and Best Sound Editing.

It was additionally nominated for six others, these being Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Sound Mixing, Best Visual Effects, Best Makeup, and Best Film Editing. Heath Ledger was the first posthumous winner of the Best Supporting Actor award, and only the second posthumous acting winner ever. In addition, Ledger's win marked the first win in any of the major Oscar categories for a superhero-based film.

For those who would argue Batman is not science fiction, it was nominated for twelve Saturn Awards, the most recognized Science Fiction award organization in the film industry. The film won five of the Saturn awards including Best Film. It also had a nomination in Japan for the 2009 Seiun Awards under the Science Fiction category.


2008 was in general the year of the superhero for sci-fi box office choices. However, it was not a superhero film, but a little robot, WALL-E, that was a very strong runner up to The Dark Knight with a 9.06 SFMZ final score. The film won several Best Animated Film awards including: The Oscars, AFI, BAFTA, Saturn Awards, COFCA, DFWFCA, Satellite Awards, Washington DC FCA, Toronto FCA, Austin Film Critics, SDFCS, PFCS, Boston SFC Awards, FFCC, VES, KCFCC, Golden Globes, NBR, New York FCC, Sierra Awards, OFCS, Chicago FCA, Hollywood Film Awards, SEFCA, and BSFC. WALL-E also won a number of other award categories along with too many nominations to list here.

Iron Man (8.77 SFMZ final score) won numerous awards including: AFI Award Movie of the Year; Saturn Awards Best Science Fiction Film, Best Director, & Best Actor; Hollywood Film Festival Best Visual Effects; Sierra Award Best Visual Effects; MTV Movie Award Best Summer Movie; COFCA Award Best Actor; Satellite Awards Best Film Editing; and IFTA Award Best Actor. The also received several nominations from various other award organizations.

Hellboy II: The Golden Army (7.56 SFMZ final score), besides winning the Saturn Awards Best Horror Film, it was awarded multiple Fangoria Awards including Best Wide-Release Film, Best Make-Up, Best Actor, and Best Supporting Actor. The film also received a number of nominations from various other award organizations.

The much anticipated reboot / sequel (take your pick what it's considered) The Incredible Hulk was much less appreciated by the critics and viewers. The film received little award recognition other than three nomination including the Saturn Awards Best Science Fiction Film.





2009 - Star Trek

8.1 / 8.2 83 8.0 X1 8.63

Star Trek received highly positive reviews from film critics. Rotten Tomatoe's consensus: "Star Trek reignites a classic franchise with action, humor, a strong story, and brilliant visuals, and will please traditional Trekkies and new fans alike."

The film garnered numerous accolades after its release. In 2010, it was nominated for four Academy Awards at the 82nd Academy Awards, for Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Visual Effects, and Best Makeup. Star Trek won in the category for Best Makeup, making it the first Star Trek film to receive an Academy Award. The film was nominated for three Empire Awards, to which it won for Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy. In October 2009, Star Trek won the Hollywood Award for Best Movie, and attained six Scream Awards and the 2009 Scream Awards Ceremony.

The film attained a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture. Star Trek was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media.

At the 36th People's Choice Awards, the film received four nominations – Zoe Saldana for Favorite Breakout Movie Actress, while Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto were nominated for Favorite Breakout Movie Actor. The film was nominated for five Teen Choice Awards. In addition, Star Trek was nominated for five Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards and was named one of the top-ten films of 2009 by the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures.


Not only did 2009 offer a variety of entertaining sci-fi, it marks the year the sci-fi genre championed all genres at the box office all time with Avatar (not inflation adjusted), placing the sci-fi genre firmly at center stage of box office draw. Avatar was also a strong runner-up to Star Trek regarding SFMZ's best of the year 2009 with a final score of 8.51.

Avatar won several Best / Sci-Fi Film awards including: BAFTA, Golden Globes, Saturn Awards, MTV Movie Awards, BET Awards, BFCA Critics Choice Awards, Empire Awards, Japanese Academy Awards, Environmental Media Awards, Nikkan SFA, ASCAP Awards, Rembrandt Awards, and Teen Choice Awards. The film also won several awards in other categories including: The Oscars Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, & Best Visual Effects; ADG Best Production Design; BAFTA Best Production Design & Best Special Visual Effects; VES Best Single Visual Effect; Australian FIA Best Actor; Venice FF Most Creative 3D; multiple Saturn Awards; and others.

Another stand out sci-fi film of 2009, Duncan Jone's Moon, which earned a respectable SFMZ final score of 8.26. The film won Best Film awards from: Saturn Awards (International), Austin FC Awards, KCFCCA, and NBR Awards.

Moon also won several awards in other categories including: BMI Film Music Award; Los Angeles AFCA Award Best Production Design; BSFCA Best New Filmmaker; Bradbury Award; Golden Reel Award Best Sound Editing; VES Award Outstanding Compositing; PFCS Breakout / Camera; BFCA Best Makeup; and CFCA Most Promising Filmmaker. Additionally, the film received numerous nominations including: The Oscars Best Film Editing, Best Visual Effects, Best Film, & Best Writing; Saturn Awards Best Director, Best Make-Up, Best Production Design, Best Special Effects, & Best Writing; multiple BAFTA awards; Golden Globes Best Screenplay; and many more.

Arguably just as impressive is the low budget sci-fi film, District 9. It earned 200 million worldwide at the box office. Certainly not in the stratosphere like Avatar's 2.8 billion, but considering District 9's 30 million dollar budget, a shoe string budget compared to today's blockbusters, it enjoyed it's share of success. District 9 earned a SFMZ final score of 7.73.

The film won Best Film awards from: Hugo Awards, British IFA, London CCFA, Espoo Ciné IFF, Edinburgh IFF, and NBR Awards. District 9 also won several awards in other categories including: BAFTA Outstanding British Director; Gérardmer FF Critics Award & Special Jury Prize; Silver Hitchcock Award; Golden Athena Award; London CCFA Breakthrough Filmmaker; Golden Space Needle Award Best Actor; Sitges Best Film, Best Production Design, Best Actor, & Best Screenplay PFCS Award Overlooked Film; and WGGB Best First Screenplay. The film also recieved several nominations from other award organizations including BAFTA, Saturn Awards, and others.



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