Awards Watch – Horror At The Oscars

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Awards analysis is provided by Sean from @MathTeacherMovies.

In celebration of Halloween, it’s always fun to examine the Academy’s relationship with horror and if that relationship will improve this year or will continue to be as strained as it has been in the past. 

The relationship between the Oscars and Horror movies has been a rocky one, mainly because horror movies are more irreverent with their entertainment, which doesn’t cross over well with what can sometimes be considered the elitist Oscar winners. What a shame as it gives the Oscars a further divide from entertainment while also not honoring several great films. 

There are times when the Oscars come close. Black Swan, Get Out, and The Exorcist were all Oscar heavy hitters with their nominations, including some of them getting some solid wins such as screenplay for Get Out and a Best Actress win for Natalie Portman in Black Swan. There is only one true occurrence where a horror movie won Best Picture: The Silence of the Lambs, which is only possible through it being a sensational movie.

This year was a great year for horror movies in terms of financial success and the pop culture zeitgeist, many deserving of Oscar noms, facts that will unfortunately not translate to Oscar success this year.

Smile has seen great financial success and, though it’s a movie that was lacking in its story, it should receive a nomination for makeup. Crimes of the Future was more of a body horror type of movie, but the makeup was also quite good. 

Barbarian was a film that was wildly inventive and should definitely be treasured and honored for that creativity with a screenplay nomination. In terms of larger releases, it has been a while since Peele was back at the Oscars, but he does deserve a screenplay nomination for Nope. 

X and Pearl delivered a great one-two punch this year at the movies and Mia Goth deserves to be honored with a Best Actress nomination for both films, but especially for Pearl. Another performance nomination could go to Rory Kinnear for his many different performances in Men which was a showy, but multifaceted performance. 

It’s very important to stress that it is extremely unlikely that any of these nominations will happen, but it would be great to exist in the alternate world where horror movies are honored more often at the Oscars, but until then…Happy Halloween!

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