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Director: Peter Hyams
Why: Making a sequel to perhaps the greatest film of all time, "2001: A Space Odyssey," is pretty much a lose, lose proposition. That being said, Peter Hyams (directing the best film of his career) and Visual Effects Supervisor Richard Edlund created a world of space travel that not only complemented the original film, but used the advances in effects to create the most realistic space images we'd seen to date. The fact that it lost to "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" for the visual effects Oscar in 1985 was, frankly, ridiculous. Just as important, "2010" used more real science and technology in demonstrating the complexities of space travel than any film since, well, "2001."