Rilchiam: I totally agree about Goldblum. Even better, I’d say, was Jeremy Irons in Cronenberg’s film Dead Ringers. When Irons won the Best Actor Oscar for Reversal of Fortune three years later, he specifically thanked Cronenberg.
Re the OP, I agree, in general, that science-fiction, fantasy, and horror don’t get the respect they deserve. (FWIW, Psycho was nominated for a couple of awards. You can check IMDb for all the relevant details.) But in general, this is true for everything except dramas. Comedies, in particular, are sorely overlooked. Where were Steve Martin’s acting nominations for Roxanne and All of Me?
And specifically looking at your proposed list, I can’t support most of them. The Matrix nominated for Best Picture in a year that gave us Being John Malkovich, The Insider, Three Kings, American Beauty, The Straight Story, Boys Don’t Cry, Magnolia, The Sixth Sense, Eyes Wide Shut, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Mansfield Park, Felicia’s Journey, The Limey, Existenz, Bringing Out the Dead, Limbo, Mr. Death, The Iron Giant, Run Lola Run, Princess Mononoke, American Movie, All About My Mother, Topsy-Turvy, Election, Titus, the South Park movie, and Fight Club? I think you’d have to be a pretty rabid fan to even consider making a case for The Matrix being in the top ten, let alone the best film of the year.
And Rutger Hauer for an acting award? Here’s who was nominated for Best Actor that year: Jack Lemmon, Missing; Peter O’Toole, My Favorite Year; Dustin Hoffman, Tootsie; Paul Newman, The Verdict; and the winner, Ben Kingsley in Gandhi. The supporting-actor lineup is a little more forgiving; you have to keep James Mason, The Verdict; Robert Preston, Victor/Victoria; John Lithgow, The World According to Garp; and the winner, Lou Gossett Jr. from An Officer and a Gentleman. I can see dumping Charles Durning from Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and putting Rutger Hauer in there, but you’d have to disregard John Gielgud in Gandhi, Kevin Kline in Sophie’s Choice, and half the cast of both Tootsie and Diner. However you look at it, the competition is stiff.
The one from your list I can see is Solaris, but in 1972 it was competing with Cabaret, Deliverance, The Ruling Class, Sleuth, Sounder, Jeremiah Johnson, The Candidate, and The Godfather, for crying out loud.
There is a larger point being made by the OP, and I think it’s valid. Speculative films, such as Kubrick’s 2001, generally gain in prominence over time. Blade Runner was dismissed at the time, but the last two decades have shown just how influential it really is. Similarly, horror movies occupy a cinematic ghetto, but the ones that last over the years, like Tod Browning’s Freaks or Tourneur’s original Cat People from 1942, gain their reputation by the simple fact of their longevity. Dramas, on the other hand, are potent right away.
So it’s a valid point. I just don’t think it’s going to change anytime soon.