We are on a journey to discover the sci-fi and fantasy movies that won the Oscar Award, from 1929 until today in the five main categories (Best Picture, director, actor, actress and screenplay).

The Story so far:
1933 – Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
1942 – Here Comes Mister Jordan
1957 – The Red Balloon
1965 – Mary Poppins
1969 – Charly
1974 – The Exorcist
1991 – Misery & Ghost
2004 – The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

The 77th Academy Awards ceremony took place on Sunday, February 27, 2005 at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland, awarding movies released in 2004.

Writing (Original Screenplay): Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – Screenplay by Charlie Kaufman; Story by Charlie Kaufman, Michael Gondry, & Pierre Bismuth.

Finally one for science fiction! I was starting to worry there…

Joel Barish, heartbroken that his partner Clementine underwent a procedure to erase him from her memory, decides to do the same. However, as he watches his memories of her fade away, he realizes that he still loves her, and may be too late to correct his mistake.

The movie is based on the following quote from an Alexander Pope poem, “How happy is the blameless vestal’s lot! The world forgetting, by the world forgot. Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind! Each pray’r accepted, and each wish resign’d.”

The idea of erasing painful memories is rather tempting. Soem may argue that no matter how ugly a memory is, is fundamental in the shaping of your character – wouldn’t you want to know exactly why you are the way you are? We know that our memories tend to fade and mellow with time, perhaps this natural event is all we need to cope. Either way, I like the idea that there is another sci-fi movie out there which raises interesting moral dilemmas.

And now I’m going to leave you with the tought that Nicholas Cage had been considered to play the role of Joel.