Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Should we split the Sci-Fi/Fantasy category?

Every so often, we poll our voters on potential Cosmo Award category changes. And one that keeps coming up is the idea to split the Best Science Fiction/Fantasy Film category into two separate categories: Best Science Fiction Film, and Best Fantasy Film.

There are pros and cons to this, of course.


  • Science fiction and fantasy films are hugely popular among Cosmo voters (most of the top-nominated films of all time have been in these genres), and are the ones voters are most likely to have seen.
  • Separating into two categories allows us to recognize the achievements of more films.
  • Many are fans of one of the genres but not both. Fans of hard-core science fiction sometime find their favorites crowded out by superheroes, and vice versa.


  • The number of categories is already pretty overwhelming.
  • It can be sometimes challenging to decide whether a film like The X-Men belongs in science fiction or in fantasy (though when lines are blurred, it's conceivable a film may get nominated in both).
So ... what to you think? Vote in our poll and feel free to explain your thoughts in the comments.

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