Forget Avatar. Forget The Hurt Locker. Forget the rest of the best pic noms.
Agora leaves them all behind.
This movie won't have the best special effects, or costumes, or editing, or music, or acting, or even dialogue. It has a straightforward plot anyone can predict even if they didn't know how history played out. But that's just moviecraft.
The genius of this movie is how it traces the development of a beautiful idea using actual human ingenuity and historical events to illustrate a point. What point? Go watch it!
It is by far the best movie of 2009, one of the best "sci-fi" movies (by using actual scientific inquiry, something we rarely see in scifi, TBH), and perhaps much, much more.
This movie should, IMHO, be shown in high schools across the nation.