Simon Kinberg, Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer and Mark Huffam, producers
Known for his bravura, ultra-rich visuals and high-pitched narratives, this might be Ridley Scott’s most matter-of-fact film to date, which is ironic given its science fiction moorings. The filmmaker has referred to “The Martian” more as “science fact,” and it is indeed a procedural on survival in a hostile environment, and the resilience of can-do spirit against all odds. With an A-list cast anchored by Matt Damon’s reassuring title character and top-notch production values, this early October release is tough to overlook despite its seemingly fading prospects.
Factoid: With a worldwide take of $598 million, this might be the most brainy blockbuster of the year.
The build-up: Golden Globe win for best comedy
Noms: PGA for outstanding producer; AFI’s 10 best Movies of the Year