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Pros: The Sci-Fi thriller surprised many by becoming a critical hit and $100 million audience crowd-pleaser. The unconventional thriller has Oscar winner Peter Jackson as a producer and could benefit from being one of the few truly original films this year
Cons: Arguably the last time a science fiction film was nominated for best picture was "Apollo 13" fourteen years ago (and that categorization is debatable). Before then? "E.T. The Extra-Terrestial" in 1982. Will 10 nominees really make a difference?