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Life After Avatar: Fantasies Whose Time Has Come

On January 18, 2010, James Cameron won the “Best Picture: Drama” Golden Globe for his sci-fi epic Avatar. Cameron claimed backstage that no sci-fi movie since E.T. has gotten so much respect from the Globes. It’s true that not many sci-fi/fantasy films have won Best Picture . . . giving weight to his frequent assertion that Avatar would change the way genre film was perceived by Hollywood. The question is: if the genre really has been changed, what next?