This years films and Academy Awards are full of Science!! Let’s not stop there!! #ScienceOscars #ElsevierOscars #IfScientistsWere


The Academy Awards (aka The Oscars) are this Sunday!! This year’s Oscar nominations include a plethora of films that are science themed – “The Imitation Game,” “The Theory of Everything,” and “Still Alice” showcase scientists and research!! In light of the Oscars, and to have some science fun, we are starting another science-based twitter hashtag (like previous #IfScientistsWere)!

#ScienceOscars – making movie titles, movie tag lines, and other Oscar nominations science-related (our science take on the hilarious #MakeAFilmUncomfortable and #ReplaceAMovieTitleWithGoat)! Feel free to tweet using the hashtag #ScienceOscars, write your idea in the comments below, or write it on our Facebook wall!! For ideas, a good starting place is this list of all nominees for Best Picture!

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For those people who might want to have fun and also promote open and equal access to science, feel free to use #ElsevierOscars (An Oscars themed #ElsevierValentines).

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Science goes to Hollywood


The science in movies, even movies with science as a main premise, is often a made-up joke. A recent article in Science by Dov Greenbaum brings up the idea of promoting accurate portrayal of science in film, using the movie ‘the perfect 46‘ as an example.

“Writer-director-producer Brett Ryan Bonowicz begins The Perfect 46 with a disclaimer: “This film is scientifically authentic. It is only one step ahead of present reality.” To Bonowicz’s credit, he seems to have gone to great lengths to make sure that the technology presented in this movie, unlike most thrillers with science in a supporting role, is more science than fiction.”

“Hollywood has shown an interest in making the science in movies more scientifically accurate. Given the impact movies can have on culture and society, scientists should take advantage of this attention. The American Humane Association has long monitored movies and films, noting their approval with the “no animals were harmed” disclaimer in the final credits. Perhaps scientific societies should consider implementing something similar. There are programs to help filmmakers present science (and scientists) more accurately. Should we go further and set up some program to review films and forewarn moviegoers?