And now, the 2017 Geek Oscar Nominations (UPDATED with the winners)!

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Feb 25, 2017

It's that time of the year again: The Oscars are upon us (they air live on ABC this Sunday night), but for the most part, horror, sci-fi and fantasy will be almost completely overlooked.

Oh sure, there are always awards for special effects, cinematography and makeup, and every year there is one random genre release that gets elevated into the upper award categories (this year it's the thoroughly deserving Arrival), but plenty of other strong releases and performances that just happen to fall into the category of "genre" get ignored.

Of course, there have also been years when a genre film dominated the Oscars, such as The Silence of the Lambs in 1992 or The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King in 2004. But why sit around waiting for one of those every-decade-or-so events? Below you will find the nominees and, as of today, the winners for Syfy Wire's very own Geek Oscars -- awards for all the work done in our favorite genres this year that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences can't be bothered with.

Congratulations to the winners!

Best Sci-Fi Movie

Arrival is the favorite here and the best attempt at a pure sci-fi movie to hit the screen in years. But don't count the power of the Force as Rogue One could make a run at it.

Arrival
Midnight Special
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Star Trek Beyond
10 Cloverfield Lane

WINNER: Arrival

As noted above, Arrival was the best pure science fiction movie of the bunch, as well as the most cerebral and the most moving. A film that will be regarded as a classic in years to come.

Best Superhero Movie

A wildly divisive field this year, but it probably comes down to whether you went for the more somber clashes found in Civil War and BvS or if you wanted something more irreverent like Deadpool.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Captain America: Civil War
Deadpool
Doctor Strange
Suicide Squad

WINNER: Captain America: Civil War

Doctor Strange had the startling visuals and Deadpool had the raunch and breaking of the fourth wall, but Civil War told the best and most engaging story as well as the most emotional. Plus the airport battle sequence was like a a series of comic book splash pages come to life on the screen.

Best Horror Movie

Horror is going strong at the moment and there have been plenty of surprising releases from both studios and indies. For pure creepiness, however, we have to give the edge to the genuinely unsettling The Witch.

The Conjuring 2
Don't Breathe
The Invitation
The Wailing
The Witch

WINNER: The Witch

Horror has come back in a big way recently and no movie was eerier and more frightening than this incredibly well-mounted and slow-burning supernatural period piece.

Best Actor

Chris Evans gave his best performance yet as Cap and Michael Shannon is never bad, but somehow we think this is Ryan Reynolds' award to lose.

Benedict Cumberbatch - Doctor Strange
John Goodman - 10 Cloverfield Lane
Chris Evans - Captain America: Civil War
Ryan Reynolds - Deadpool
Michael Shannon - Midnight Special

WINNER: Ryan Reynolds - Deadpool

Reynolds delivered after all his years of trying to get this movie made, fully inhabiting the Merc with a Mouth with an energized, engaging and hilarious performance. It's the role he was born to play.

Best Actress

It's been nice to see some really powerful performances from women in genre films during the past year, and since Adams was robbed of a "real" Oscar nom this week, she's the frontrunner here.

Amy Adams - Arrival
Alexandra Essoe - Starry Eyes
Vera Farmiga - The Conjuring 2
Anya Taylor-Joy - The Witch
Mary Elizabeth Winstead - 10 Cloverfield Lane

WINNER: Amy Adams - Arrival

We were encouraged to see a lot of great performance from women this year -- genre or otherwise -- but Adams walked away with this prize for her intelligent, complex and heartbreaking work here.

Best Supporting Actor

RDJ brought some much-needed energy and emotion back to Tony Stark in Civil War, but we're thinking Boseman stole the movie as T'Challa. And speaking of scene-stealers, Donnie Yen owned every Rogue One scene he was in.

Chadwick Boseman - Captain America: Civil War
Robert Downey Jr. - Captain America: Civil War
Joel Edgerton - Midnight Special
Ralph Ineson - The Witch
Donnie Yen - Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

WINNER: Robert Downey Jr. - Captain America: Civil War

This was Downey's best overall performance as Stark since the first Iron Man, and his genuinely anguished conflict with Cap provided Civil War with emotional heft and gravitas.

Best Supporting Actress

Again, a pretty strong field for women this year, with Gadot making a good impression as Wonder Woman and Margot Robbie walking off with Suicide Squad.

Gal Gadot - Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Eva Green - Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children
Kate McKinnon - Ghostbusters
Margot Robbie - Suicide Squad
Lulu Wilson - Ouija: Origin of Evil

WINNER: Margot Robbie - Suicide Squad

Robbie's crazy-like-a-fox yet sexy Harley Quinn was one of the few clear bright spots in the troubled Suicide Squad production. She snatched away every scene she was in and gave the movie an energy that was lacking when she wasn't around.

Best Director

A very tough call here as each director had a unique challenge and pulled it off marvelously. This one is seriously too close to determine a favorite.

Robert Eggers - The Witch
Tim Miller - Deadpool
Anthony and Joe Russo - Captain America: Civil War
Denis Villeneuve - Arrival
James Wan - The Conjuring 2

WINNER: Denis Villeneuve - Arrival

With its haunting tone, beautifully realized visuals and emotional power, Arrival was a tremendous genre debut for Villeneuve after several striking films like Prisoners and Sicario.

Best Original Screenplay

Josh Campbell, Matthew Stucken and Damien Chazelle - 10 Cloverfield Lane
Robert Eggers - The Witch
Na Hong-jin - The Wailing
Jeff Nichols - Midnight Special
Jeremy Saulnier - Green Room

WINNER: Robert Eggers - The Witch

Eggers' script for The Witch was a true original in every way, right down to its period English dialogue, the manifestations of the title entity and the film's intriguing subtexts about female power and nature.

Best Adapted Screenplay

Eric Heisserer - Arrival
Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely - Captain America: Civil War
Patrick Ness - A Monster Calls
Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick - Deadpool
J.K. Rowling - Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

WINNER: Eric Heisserer - Arrival

Heisserer did a remarkable job taking Ted Chiang's relatively brief story (around 30 pages or so) and expanding it without losing its impact or making it seem unnecessarily padded.

Best Foreign Film

Baskin
Train to Busan
Under the Shadow
The Untamed
The Wailing

WINNER: The Wailing

This epic horror film was equal parts terrifying, mystifying, weirdly funny and just plain odd, but it was never predictable and always gripping over its two-and-a-half hour running time.

Best Score

Michael Giacchino - Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Henry Jackman - Captain America: Civil War
Jóhann Jóhannsson - Arrival
Mark Korven - The Witch
Thomas Newman - Passengers

WINNER: Jóhann Jóhannsson - Arrival

Jóhannsson's stirring score made use of vocals, experimental piano loops and strings to create an emotionally rich and often somber backdrop for the otherworldly events playing out on screen.

Best Visual FX

Arrival
Doctor Strange
Passengers
Rogue One
Star Trek Beyond

WINNER: Doctor Strange

This was a close one for sure -- we have to give the stunning work in the otherwise flawed Passengers a special shout-out -- but Doctor Strange offered up some of the most unique visuals of the year as it introduced multiple realities and bizarre new entities into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Best Costumes

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
The Witch
X-Men: Apocalypse

WINNER: The Witch

Despite the more colorful and eye-catching apparel in some of the other nominees, the wardrobe in The Witch reflected the thorough attention to realism and detail that permeated the entire film and made it seem as if you were looking into the 17th century.

Best Makeup

Doctor Strange
The Huntsman: Winter's War
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Star Trek Beyond
X-Men: Apocalypse

WINNER: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

The film itself was not especially memorable, but the makeup was a combination of striking period work and rather creepy zombie and gore effects.