Before the Oscars, They Belonged to Us

It’s nasty fun!Yeah, they were up for an Oscar this year, but some of the nominees have monsters in their closets. A few on the list are respectable (Julie Christie in Don’t Look Now) while others are downright Fangorian (Hal Holbrook in Creepshow).

Mentioned among the departed:
Bob Clark (Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things) and William Tuttle (Young Frankenstein, Mark of the Vampire)

Best Actor:

Michael Clayton

George Clooney
From Dusk Till Dawn (1996), Curdled (1996) (uncredited), Return of the Killer Tomatoes! (1988), Return to Horror High (1987)

Sweeney Todd

Johnny Depp
Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991), A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Eastern Promises

Viggo Mortensen
The Prophecy (1995), Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III (1990) — from David J. Schow’s script to Oscar’s ears, Prison (1988) — Has some good Kane Hodder for your Kane Hodder dollar. David Cronenberg (The Fly) also directed Eastern Promises.

Best Actress:

Away From Her

Julie Christie
Demon Seed (1977), Don’t Look Now (1973)

La Mome

Marion Cotillard (WINNER)
Highlander” (1993) — not horror but noteworthy because it is USA Network and what doesn’t spell genre like USA Network?!

The Savages

Laura Linney
Congo (1995)

Oscars (click for larger image)Best Supporting Actor:

Charlie Wilson’s War

Philip Seymour Hoffman
My Boyfriend’s Back (1993) — Zombie teens, I own this movie on DVD, Edwin Neal has a cameo. Hell yeah.

Into the Wild

Hal Holbrook
The Unholy (1988), Creepshow (1982), The Fog (1980), Rituals (1977). A Win for Hal is a win for Carpenter, Romero, and Mark Twain.

Michael Clayton

Tom Wilkinson
The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)

Best Supporting Actress:

American Gangster

Ruby Dee
The Stand” (1994) — she had a totally respectable career until she did “The Stand” — Mick Garris UGH!

Michael Clayton

Tilda Swindon
Constantine (2005) — One of the only two good things about that film (the other being Stormare as the Devil)

Best Director:

No Country for Old Men

Joel and Ethan Cohen (WINNER!)
Joel helped edit Evil Dead for Sam Raimi.


Jason Reitman
Ghostbusters II (1989) — actor

Original Screenplay:

Michael Clayton

Tony Gilroy
Dolores Claiborne (1995)


Brad Bird
The Simpsons” (executive consultant) Treehouse of Horror VIII, “Amazing Stories“, “Family Dog” (1987)

Oscars (click for larger image)Original Adapted Screenplay:


Christopher Hampton
Mary Reilly (1996) — So. Very. Bad. (Whispers “Mary Reilly”)

Away from Her

Sarah Polley
Dawn of the Dead (2004) — Ew, eXistenZ (1999), “Friday the 13th: The Series,” The Inheritance

Le Scaphandre et le papillon

Ronald Harwood
The Doctor and the Devils (1985)

Best Achievement in Cinematography:

Le Scaphandre et le papillon

Janusz Kaminski
Lost Souls (2000), The Terror Within II (1990), Grim Prairie Tales: Hit the Trail … to Terror (1990), Watchers II (1990), After Midnight (1989), Stripped to Kill II: Live Girls (1989) — added because that title is amazing, Dance of the Damned (1988)

There Will Be Blood

Robert Elswit (WINNER!)
The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992), Trick or Treat (1986)

Best Achievement in Editing:

The Bourne Ultimatum

Christopher Rouse
Past Midnight (1992) — starring Rutger Hauer

Jay Cassidy
Urban Legend (1998), Brainscan (1994), Frankenstein Unbound (1990), Fright Night Part 2 (1988) — I heart Louie, Norman and the Killer (1991), Wolfen (1981) — “Our God is an Indian that turns into a wolf” ATHF

Oscars (click for larger image)Best Achievement in Art Direction:

American Gangster

Authur Max
Se7en (1995)

Beth A. Rubino
The Dark Half (1993) — The Sparrows are still flying . . . Oscar . . . (how BAD is that?)

The Golden Compass

Dennis Gassner
The Hitcher (1986)

Anna Pinnock
Van Helsing (2004), Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988)

There Will Be Blood

Jack Frisk
Eraserhead (1977), Carrie (1976), Phantom of the Paradise (1974) — I wanna set dress for Gerrit Graham, Dead People (1973)

Best Achievement in Costume Design:

La Mome

Marit Allen
The Witches (1990), Little Shop of Horrors (1986), and who could forget Who’s Harry Crumb? (1989)

Sweeney Todd

Collen Atwood
Zombie Prom (2006), The Handmaid’s Tale (1990), The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Someone to Watch Over Me (1987)

Best Achievement in Makeup:

La Mome

Jan Archibald (WINNER!)
Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)


Rick Baker “Monster Maker”
We don’t even need a list

Kazuhiro Tsuji
The Ring Two (2005), The Ring (2002), The Cave (2005), Mighty Joe Young (1998), Sûîto Homu (1989)

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

Ve Neill
Constantine (2005), “The Shining” (1997), Flatliners (1990), The Lost Boys (1987), Beetle Juice (1988), The Dark (1979)

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score:

Michael Clayton

James Newton Howard
Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983) — Duck!, Congo (1995), Flatliners (1990), Waterworld (1995) (HA!), Stir of Echoes (1999), Dreamcatcher (2003)— Again, why did so many future Oscar nominees work on this film?, King Kong (2005), I Am Legend (2007), The Devil’s Advocate (1997), Stir of Echoes (1999), The Sixth Sense (1999)

3:10 to Yuma

Marco Beltrami
The Omen (2006), Underworld: Evolution (2006), Cursed (2005), Dracula II: Ascension (2003), Blade II (2002), Resident Evil (2002), Halloween: Resurrection (2002), Scary Movie 2 (2001), Dracula 2000 (2000), The Watcher (2000/I), Scream 3 (2000), The Faculty (1998), Scream 2 (1997), Nightwatch (1997), Scream (1996/I), Inhumanoid (1996)

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song:


Alan Menken
Little Shop of Horrors (1986) — Bop-shoo-bop lil’ shop of terror.

Best Achievement in Sound:

 (click for larger image)The Bourne Ultimatum

Scott Millan (WINNER)
The Skeleton Key (2005), Dark Water (2005), Virtuosity (1995), Ghost in the Machine (1993), Cast a Deadly Spell (1991)

David Parker (WINNER)
Serial Mom (1994), Amityville: A New Generation (1993), Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992), Tremors II: Aftershocks (1996), Children of the Night (1991) — A movie about vampires that live underwater, staring Karen Black

Kirk Francis (WINNER)
RoboCop 3 (1993), Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend (1985), Dreamscape (1984), Full Moon High (1981), The Psychopath (1975), I Dismember Mama (1974) — And he just won an Oscar, So Evil, My Sister (1974), Naughty Stewardesses (1975) — just for flavor

No Country for Old Men

Skip Lievsay
Parents (1989)

Craig Berkey
I Am Legend (2007), Scary Movie 2 (2001), Alien: Resurrection (1997), Darkman II: The Return of Durant (1994), Full Eclipse (1993)

Greg Orloff
Scary Movie 3 (2003), 28 Days (2000), Idle Hands (1999), I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998), Alien: Resurrection (1997), Trilogy of Terror II (1996), Jacob’s Ladder (1990/I), The Abyss (1989), Scrooged (1988) — What it has ghosts, ¡Three Amigos! (1986) — Oscar nominates the Singing Bush for best actor…


Randy Thom
Starship Troopers (1997), The Frighteners (1996), Spaceballs (1987), Howard the Duck (1986) — Eighth step, enjoy.

Michael Semanick
The Village (2004), Serial Mom (1994), Amityville: A New Generation (1993), Ernest Scared Stupid (1991), Rampage (1988) — Rampage is now out on DVD, it is truly a lost gem. If you can’t come over my house to see it, try to see if you can put it on your Netflix que.

3:10 to Yuma

Doc Kane
The Omen (2006), Cursed (2005), Frankenstein (2004), The Village (2004), Psycho (1998), Dolores Claiborne (1995), Outbreak (1995), Needful Things (1993), Hocus Pocus (1993), Prince of Darkness (1987) — A vote for Doc is a vote for Carpenter

Paul Massey
The Ring Two (2005), Ghost in the Machine (1993), RoboCop 3 (1993), Innocent Blood (1992) — Stars a Don Rickles vampire, I dare you to see it.

David Giammarco
Dead Ringers (1988), The Fly (1986)

Jim Stuebe
The Amityville Horror (2005), Cursed (2005), Scream 3 (2000), Scream 2 (1997), The Craft (1996), Vampire in Brooklyn (1995), Witch Hunt (1994), New Nightmare (1994), Dr. Giggles (1992) — Saw it IN the theaters


Kevin O’Connell
Spider-Man 3 (2007), Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003), Dreamcatcher (2003), Starship Troopers (1997), Congo (1995), Raising Cain (1992)— the Good, the Bad the Lithgow, Misery (1990), “Tales from the Crypt,” The Secret, Brother’s Keeper, and Lover Come Hack to Me, The First Power (1990), Tremors (1990), Child’s Play (1988), A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988), Beetle Juice (1988), Morgan Stewart’s Coming Home (1987) — Beware the Pseudo Romero!, Little Shop of Horrors (1986), Gremlins (1984), Poltergeist (1982)

Greg P. Russell
Prom Night (2008), Dreamcatcher (2003), Starship Troopers (1997), Captain Ron (1992) — RUSSELL!!!!, Tremors (1990), A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Child (1989), “Tales from the Crypt.” Lover Come Hack to Me, 976-EVIL (1989), Lucky Stiff (1988) — helmed by Mr. Bates, Anthony Perkins, Twice Dead (1988), Pumpkinhead (1988), Vampire at Midnight (1988), Maniac Cop (1988), Prime Evil (1988), The Hidden (1987), My Demon Lover (1987), My Little Pony: The Movie (1986) (my lil’ pony, my lil’ pony), Zorro, the Gay Blade (1981) (Oscar loves ZORRO THE GAY BLADE), The Hand (1981)

Peter J. Devlin: “Swamp Thing” (1990) TV series

Oscars (click for larger image)Best Achievement in Sound Editing:

The Bourne Ultimatum

Karen M. Baker (WINNER)
Van Helsing (2004), Urban Legend (1998), The Devil’s Advocate (1997)

Per Hallberg (WINNER)
Urban Legend (1998), Godzilla (1998), Uncle Buck (1989) — Staple of TBS


Randy Thom
Starship Troopers (1997), The Frighteners (1996), Howard the Duck (1986) — Ah, the classics.


Mike Hopkins
The Frighteners (1996), Braindead (1992), Horror Hospital (1973), Doomwatch (1972)

Best Achievement in Visual Effects:

The Golden Compass

Michael L. Fink (WINNER)
Constantine (2005), Thir13en Ghosts (2001) — I am obsessed with this film because it reminds me of Spencer’s Gifts during Halloween, RoboCop 2 (1990), Tango & Cash (1989) — because I can LIST it maybe next year the editor of Road House will be up for something, The Blob (1988), The Seventh Sign (1988), The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984) — Not gore, but good genre faire.

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

John Knoll
Deep Blue Sea (1999), The Abyss (1989) and Photoshop

Hal T. Hickel
Van Helsing (2004), Dreamcatcher (2003)

John Frazier
The Haunting (1999), The Hills Have Eyes (1977) — Berryman was the best effect.


Scott Farrar:
The Haunting (1999), The Mummy (1999), Congo (1995), Wolf (1994) — Jack Nicholson a werewolf? Brilliant! And yet they screwed it up, one of the worse werewolf movie ever.

Scott Benza
Deep Blue Sea (1999)

Russell Earl
Deep Rising (1998) — with Kevin J. O’Connor who is now in an Oscar award winning film, There Will Be Blood


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  • Foywonder

    Grizzly 2 was never completed. Production ran out of money and never got finished. I’m sure the footage they did shoot exists out there somewhere, but we’ll probaby never see it.

    In regards to the Saturn nominations, I think if you made a genre movie last year and it grossed more than $30 million it got nominated.

    Personally, I’ve never given a damn about the Saturn awards and, frankly, have always considered them something of a joke after they gave Dean Devlin a lifetime achievement award two weeks after Godzilla opened. Not like he’d really done enough to earn such an honor, but to do so after that movie opened… Are you kidding me?

  • Gus Bjork

    Clooney should get credit for Grizzly 2 with Charlie Sheen and Laura Dern shouldn’t he? Never saw the film (is this available anywhere?) but Clooney has a great quote about making it.

  • PelusaMG

    Erm… How about let’s not start sucking each other’s dick period!

    My wife would be most upset to find me with a mouthful of sausage!!!

  • thedudeabides

    “Let’s not start sucking each other’s dicks just yet.”

    -Winston Wolf

  • PelusaMG

    I agree with you 100% BB… I love visiting this site (too many times a day to count). It is truly one of the web’s gems with tonnes of personality – Keep up the good work ladies, gentlemen; guys and ghouls!

  • Blockbuster

    Brothers! Brothers! Let us all get along! There is one reason and one reason alone that we are here even looking at this site. That reason is the love of all things Horror. Terminal, you made a valid argument for your opinion (as always…and to be honest, I do look forward to what you have to say as a general rule…) and Creepy, you’re about as good natured as you can be. I read your first comment to Terminal and immediately laughed. Now boys (or ghouls, if that is the case) back to your coroners! Sorry…I had to throw that one in…it’s really fucking late.

    By the way…on a side note…Creepy, Butane and all the rest…you guys rock! This site has come a long way since Creature Corner and Horror Channel and it’s better than it has ever been before. I know this is probably not the best place to post this, but I’m pretty sure that there are people watching this thread right now. This place is EXTREMELY fun, and I read it almost everyday. The articles on here are always a fun read (and I even had fun with this particular one, even if there was NON horror related rhetoric put into it…) and I finally feel at home at this place. On behalf of all who feel the same way that I do…

    Thank you. We love you guys.

  • Uncle Creepy

    No, it was not written by a relative of anyone here, Terminal. And no one shut you out of anything. You’re the one saying “Discussion closed.” It was written by someone who wanted to try and contribute something cool to the site. Nothing more. Hell, we weren’t planning to cover the Oscars in any way shape or form. Hence the lack of research. That article landed in our “Inbox” this morning, and we said “You know what? That’s pretty cool.”

    Was it the best article ever? Maybe not, but at least they tried and we appreciated it. As a site written with the fans in mind, we would like to give anyone their fair shot should they offer. You could have simply added to her list. I’m sure that list could turn HUGE, and again, that’s what the “Comments” box is for. Better yet, next year you can write an Oscar wrap-up if you like.

    Sorry if you took offense to my remarks. There was no malice intended. Again, just ribbing you. As always we see things differently.

  • Terminal

    I feel no further obligation to explain or clarify myself. I gave a valid criticism to an article on the site. That’s what the comments are here for, I assume, and I was told to shut up, the topic was completely dodged, and the snide comments were padded with smileys to avoid actual confrontation and couched to look sarcastic and playful.

    If Creepy’s convinced himself that I’m the resident negative member bashing everything then so be it, but I gave valid arguments and simply observed an article I thought was sub-par and was shut out from discussion rather than be subjected to a well thought out explanation.

    I assume the writer is related to someone here or else I wouldn’t be given such bitter retort from Creepy and Creeepy alone. The article was incomplete. Discussion closed.

  • Uncle Creepy

    That depends on what your definition of “professional” is. If you’re having fun here then we are doing our job. We try to service every fan because you guys are our peers, and we try to do so on a fun, opinionated, and engaging level. This is your home too and we want you all to get the most out of it. We don’t want to be a stuffy everything by-the-letter resource. At the end of the day this is very much a business, run by folks who love horror with strong personalities. We don’t by any means think we’re the best out there. There’s some pretty stiff competition who have our deepest respect, however, if we are reaching some folks and they’re digging what we do, then God bless!

  • Blockbuster

    You know Terminal…Creepy’s right…I Dismember Mama? Come on! By the way…Creepy is this supposed to be a PROFESSIONAL site? I thought it was more for fun…

  • PelusaMG

    Oi you two – stop waving your handbags around… some of us are trying to get some sleep!

  • Uncle Creepy

    Wasn’t about “showing” you, dude. Just ribbin’ ya! Lighten up, Mr. Serious Guy. This article was meant as a brief and fun look back, not a concise encyclopedic entry in the annals of Oscar/Horror history. It was provided by someone who wanted to take a crack at sharpening the old writing skills. We encourage people to write, and if they cook up something cool enough, ya never know, we may just run it. Case in point.

    Besides, all that matters is someone who worked on I Dismember Mama is now an Oscar winner! YAY!

  • Terminal

    No you didn’t, TDA! I had some coffee. Damn, it’s good.

  • Terminal

    Wow Creepy, you really showed me, thanks for competently discussing the article like a professional. NOW all is right with the world.

  • thedudeabides

    I drank a glass of fruit punch.

  • Uncle Creepy

    And no day is “complete” without you complaining about something.

    See? All is right with the world! 😉

  • Terminal

    Ahem, sorry Creepy, but I think this list SHOULD and COULD be better researched. And as of now it’s incomplete. Of course it’s not supposed to be an extensive list, but this is for one year.

    It’s easy to look up the IMDB credits and see who’s been in what, and frankly there were many nominees that were NOT included in this list that should have, and inclusions that were listed that really shouldn’t have been.

    A list of ALL nominees from every year won’t be 100 percent complete.
    A list of ALL nominees from this year should be 100 percent complete.

    Especially with the internet at your fingers. It’s simply a matter of going to,, and going from there. Easy Squeezy. This doesn’t seem to be a list of favorites, it seems to just be a list of people who were in horror movies nominated for Oscars this year, so I think it bears an obligation to be complete.

  • Uncle Creepy

    Terminal. Shut up. Thanks. LOL 😉

    This list includes genre related work. No list no matter how researched would be 100% complete.

    That’s why these lil’ comment boxes were created.

  • Terminal

    This list REALLY stretched with some of the choices, I have to say.

    I mean Congo isn’t horror. Highlander isn’t horror. And Tilda Swinton was still at the very height of her career when she stole the show in “Constantine” so that can’t really count in this list. Brad Bird? Really? He did a horror episode of The Simpsons but I thought movies equated in this.

    And what about Cate Blanchett in “The Gift”? That was technically horror, and she knocked it out of the park. And don’t forget Casey Affleck in “Soul Survivors,” and Ellen Page in “Hard Candy.”

    Good idea, but a little more research does a body good.