This is it. We’ve winnowed a total of 392 films down to two, and of those two, we voted on the greatest science fiction film ever. The result: Star Wars (1977) wins by a single vote in the week with the largest voter turnout to date. We’ve got the complete statistics for the entire group, as well as a new poll to decide the format of our upcoming Greatest Science Fiction Television Poll here as well.
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It all comes down to this. 390 titles have been eliminated, leaving us to vote on these final two films. The complete elimination bracket can be seen here. Which will claim the title of the greatest science fiction film of all time? Last week saw no single vote wins, and no statistical upsets. Next week we reveal the winner, the complete statistics for the entire run of the contest, and start a poll for how we manage the TV tournament.
We are down to the final four. Vote in round seven here, and come back next week for the final round. The complete elimination bracket can be seen here. We had two statistical upsets last week, with Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) overcoming Gattaca (1997) and 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) overcoming The Terminator (1984).
Our rounds are now getting shorter. Vote in round six here, and come back next week for round 7. The complete elimination bracket can be seen here. We hit three statistical upsets last week, with 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) defeating Ghostbusters (1984), The Empire Strikes Back (1980) defeating Moon (2009) and Blade Runner (1982) defeating Serenity (2005).
We are now finished with multipart rounds. From this point on, each week constitutes and entire round. Round five is determined here. The complete elimination bracket can be seen here. Last week saw three statistical upsets, as The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951) bested Galaxy Quest (1999), Aliens (1986) beat The Incredibles (2004) and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) defeated Forbidden Planet (1956). We nearly had a fourth statistical upset too, as Moon (2009) edged out Dr. Strangelove (1964) by a single vote.
Round 4 begins here. The complete elimination bracket can be seen here. Last week saw two statistical upsets, as Dr. Strangelove (1964) beat out Return of the Jedi (1983) and Pitch Black (2000) beat out Primer (2004). We are getting down to the grind here: this round is only two weeks, and rounds 5 and up are a single week each.
Round 3 ends here. The complete elimination bracket can be seen here. Last week had no statistical upsets, but that’s partly because there was a tie between When Worlds Collide (1951) and Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984). The tie was broken by using the round one rankings, so although it was close to an upset, there wasn’t one. All other victories from week 35 came as a result of a minimum 6% spread in the voting.
The latest in our series of Greatest Science Fiction Film Tournament podcasts is now available here. Unlike previous podcasts, this one is a “pitch” program, in which Alex expounds on the virtues of Cowboy Bebop: The Movie, making a case for me to watch it. Largely because of this different format, the podcast is actually shorter than the movie itself for the first time in this series.
Round 3 continues here. The complete elimination bracket can be seen here. There was one statistical upset this week as Watchmen (2009) edged out Metropolis (1927) by a single vote. There was also a tie between Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) and Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), so we used the round one results as the tie breaking factor and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) has advanced to the next round.