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Monday 3 March 2014, 15:24

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So the Oscar winners have been announced - I called most of them in advance - but did you?

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    Comment number 14.

    I'm sure a lot of people will disagree with me on this subject, but may I suggest that Gravity is not Sci Fi. There's a tendancy to call anything set in space Sci Fi which is probably because when the term was first coined, human beings travelling into space was indeed science fiction. It may justifiably be called 'Space fiction', but then again why the need to coin a specific term? The exact same story set instead at sea, with a ship instead of space station and characters adrift in a stormy sea would not be called Sci Fi or Sea Fiction.

    Which leads me into the question of what defines Sci Fi, is it merely the setting, the backdrop for the story or as I prefer to believe, is it the subject matter of the story itself?

    Would Blade Runner still be Sci Fi if it was set in the present instead of the future? Yes.

    Would Captain Philips set in space become Sci Fi? No.

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    Comment number 2.

    What do you mean did we get it right? We always get it right – we are the paying masses. It’s the Academy that gets it wrong!

    From my perspective it was one of the most satisfying Oscar results. I thought ,as usual, that ‘Gravity’ was over-egged, and I have no idea why ‘Her’ got anywhere near winning anything (great idea; terrible implementation), but other than that I’ve no complaints.

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    Comment number 3.

    @ Tom Waits
    Sorry my mistake. Both DiCaprio and Adams received five nominations so far.

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    Comment number 4.

    My mate put a bet on based on Kermode's predictions and lost because of the Act of Killing not winning. You owe him £180 Kermode so get your wallet out!!!

    Show me the money!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Comment number 5.

    I did managed to get all the major categories right. Last year, I thought it would be Chiwetel Ejiofor that would win Best Actor, but after Dallas Buyer's Club came out, I knew it would be Mr. McConaughey's time to win.


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