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    Horror At The Oscars: 10 Spooky Films We Forgot Received

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    The Academy Awards are lurking just around the shadowy corner. With the ceremony happening next Sunday, this got me reflecting. As a horror fan, I’ve always been fascinated with how the Golden Daddy has treated my favorite genre over the past century. Historically, the Academy has turned their noses up to the horror genre. Which is fine, because honestly, what do they know. I mean, these are the people who gave Best Picture to Green Book. That said, I am intrigued by which horror titles they’ve recognized over the years.

    Everyone remembers that heavy horror hitters like The Exorcist, Rosemary’s Baby, Get Out and Jaws have received love from the event. These radical exceptions to the rule have always been exciting moments in Horror History. Then there are the obvious and audacious genre snubs that still have the horror community hot and bothered. I’m talking about Toni Collette’s turn in Hereditary, Lupita Nyong’o in Us, and so on.

    Today I’m breaking out the shovel to dig up ten horror titles that received Oscar nominations, which I had completely forgotten about. These genre projects deserve all the statues in the room, and I’m glad they were shown the respect they deserve.

    The Sixth Sense

    M. Night Shyamalan’s breakout chiller The Sixth Sense took audiences by surprise in 1999. The scary supernatural horror film was such a phenomenon that it ended up receiving a whopping six Oscar nominations. While it didn’t win any, the classic received nods for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Film Editing. Way to go team.


    Stephen King adaptations don’t get the love they deserve where the Oscars are concerned. This was luckily not true in the case of Kathy Bates, who won Best Actress for her terrifying turn as Annie Wilkes in 1990’s Misery. This was the only nomination and win for the film. Well deserved. Bates has since gone on to be nominated three more times.

    The Fly

    David Cronenberg’s 1986 remake of The Fly definitely freaked everyone out, and we loved it. This nasty, heart-breaking and technically genius sci-fi/body horror mash-up was a box office and critical darling. And when it came time to awards season, SFX gurus Chris Walas and Stephan Dupuis took home the Oscar for Best Makeup. They also received a BAFTA nomination for their work on the film.


    It’s pretty insane that Alien only received two nominations at the Oscars after its release. Alien received a nod for Best Art Direction at the hands of Michael Seymour, Leslie Dilley, Roger Christian, and Ian Whittaker. It was also nominated for Best Visual Effects. Alien won in this category, with H.R. Giger, Carlo Rambaldi, Brian Johnson, Nick Allder and Denys Ayling all taking home statues.

    Sleepy Hollow

    My personal favorite movie of all time, Sleepy Hollow is a Rocco spectacle of gothic gorgeousness. This cornucopia of Tim Burton beauty did not go unnoticed at the 2000 Academy Awards. Sleepy Hollow was nominated for Best Cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki and Best Costume Design at the hands of Hollywood icon Colleen Atwood. It would also win for Best Art Direction, giving Rick Heinrichs and Peter Young statues.

    Bram Stoker’s Dracula

    Francis Ford Coppola’s 1992 Dracula adaption starring Gary Oldman and Winona Ryder was high camp, beautiful, and worth celebrating. This vision of madness received four Oscar nods and took home a whopping three statues. Eiko Ishioka won for Best Costume Design, Tom McCarthy and David Stone won for Best Sound Effects Editing. Best Makeup was awarded to Greg Cannom, Michèle Burke, and Matthew W. Mungle. Thomas E. Sanders and Garrett Lewis were also nominated for Best Art Direction. I have to add that Annie Lennox’s incredible “Love Song For A Vampire” was fully snubbed in the Best Original Song category. I do not approve.

    The Omen

    One of the more surprising additions to this list, The Omen received two Academy Award noms for composer Jerry Goldsmith. Best Original Score would win Goldsmith the gold, while his Best Original Song “Ave Satani” was also recognized. His score was also nominated for Best Album of Original Score at the Grammys. Werk, Jerry.


    James Cameron’s Alien sequel wasn’t just Oscar-nominated, it SWEPT. Aliens was recognized in seven whole categories, winning two statues. Sigourney Weaver was nominated for Best Actress, while the film was also recognized for Best Art Direction, Best Film Editing, Best Original Score, and Best Sound. Aliens took home the gold for Best Sound Effects Editing by Don Sharpe and Best Visual Effects by Robert Skotak, Stan Winston, John Richardson and Suzanne M. Benson.

    An American Werewolf In London

    The 1981 horror-comedy An American Werewolf In London took home the gold for Best Makeup for effects master Rick Baker. No surprise here, considering the monster movie is still the standard for practical effects in horror. Definitely a historic moment for the genre. The film would also win Best Horror Film and Best Makeup at the Saturn Awards in 1982.

    What Ever Happened To Baby Jane

    The now infamous 1962 horror film What Ever Happened To Baby Jane stars Bette Davis and Joan Crawford in two of their best-remembered performances. The film also happened to get nominated for five Oscars, including Best Actress for Davis, Best Supporting Actor for Victor Buono, Best Cinematography, and Best Sound. The film won the statue for Best Costume Design for Norma Koch. Ryan Murphy’s Feud does a fascinating job depicting the making of the film, and is well worth a watch.

    Lastly, what are some horror films that have gotten Oscar nominations that we just don’t talk enough about anymore? Let me know on Twitter via @joshkorngut. I’m always around to chat all things Oscar horror!

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