Horror at the Oscars 2011 – Part Two


Rick Baker. Friend of apes. Maker of monsters. Seven time Oscar winner. And that lucky number seven was for The Wolfman, shared with fellow EFX maestro Dave Elsey. Their on-stage speech was great, but the extended Thank You Cam was even better. Both Baker and Elsey thanked Jack Pierce and Dick Smith for inspiring them. Though there were grumblings online that the Academy clip showed the CG transformation rather then the make-up. It is always a treat to see our own getting the gold.

oscar - Horror at the Oscars 2011 - Part TwoIn the best original music category, Trent Reznor won for The Social Network. But who could forget his rivethead contributions to Class of 1999, Se7en, and Tetsuo: The Bullet Man? And Danny Boyle’s nominated 127 Hours didn’t win for Best Picture, but we will always love him “best” for his bloody crazies in the 28 Days series.

Rounding out the highlights in horror cred are nods to Jason X, Wishmaster, Brainscan, The Deep and A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Child. But a special silver skull goes out to The Kids Are All Right’s Jeffrey Levy-Hinte who produced one of the greatest horror films of the past decade, Larry Fessenden’s Wendigo. I hope one day to see Larry grace the stage of the Oscars to get one of his own. I know he can do it, and I hope it is for a genre film.

And now for Part 2 of Horror at the Oscars … enjoy the show and remember: you don’t have to go to Texas for a chainsaw massacre.

Please Note: This is NOT going to be an all-inclusive list of every genre project these stars have worked on. Just some highlights. Feel free to add your own highlights for them in our comments section below.

Best Make-up FX

Rick Baker The Wolfman
Horror cred: An American Werewolf in London, Cursed, Hellboy, The Haunted Mansion, The Ring, Ghosts, The Frighteners, Wolf, Body Bags, Ratboy, Thriller, Videodrome, The Funhouse, The Howling, It Lives Again, The Fury, King Kong, Squirm, Schlock, Modern Vampires, The Food of the Gods, The Exorcist, The Thing with Two Heads, The Devil’s Advocate, It’s Alive, “Werewolf”

Dave Elsey The Wolfman
Horror cred: Death Machine, Waxworks, Hellraiser, Little Shop of Horrors (1986), Living Doll, Alien³, Candyman

Adrien Morot, Barney’s Version

Horror cred: A Flesh Offering, Carny, Humans, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, Decoys 2: Alien Seduction, The Woods, The Covenant, Decoys, Evil Breed: The Legend of Samhain, Relative Fear, Brainscan, Stalked, Slashers, Species II, Breeders, Screamers, “The Hunger”

Edouard F. Henriques, The Way Back
Horror cred: The Cell, The Vanishing, Cat People, Dead & Buried, Prophecy, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Deep

Gregory Funk
Horror cred: Blade II, Trauma, Heartstopper, Night of the Living Dead (1990), Wishmaster, Bloodsucking Pharaohs in Pittsburgh, Phantoms, “ X-Files”

Yolanda Toussieng
Horror cred: Flatliners, Beetlejuice

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score

WINNER: The Social Network, Trent Reznor
Horror cred: Tetsuo: The Bullet Man, Dr. Psycho – Die Bösen, die Bullen, meine Frau und ich, The Hitcher, Doom, Constantine, Resident Evil, se7en, Class of 1999

Atticus Ross
(If you can call it that) Horror cred: Twilight


Inception, Hans Zimmer
Horror cred: The Ring, Paperhouse, Jason X, Scream 2

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song

WINNER: We Belong Together from Toy Story 3, Randy Newman
Horror cred: April Fool’s Day


I See the Light from Tangled, Alan Menken
Horror cred: Little Shop of Horrors

Best Motion Picture of the Year

WINNER: The King’s Speech, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Gareth Unwin


Black Swan
Mike Medavoy
Horror cred: Black Swan, Shutter Island

Brian Oliver
Horror cred: Black Swan

Scott Franklin
Horror cred: Black Swan

The Kids Are All Right, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte
Horror cred: Wendigo

127 Hours, Christian Colson
Horror cred: The Descent, The Descent: Part 2

Danny Boyle
Horror cred: Sunshine, 28 Days Later, 28 Weeks Later

The Social Network, Scott Rudin
Horror cred: The Village, Addams Family Values, The Addams Family, Flatliners

Michael De Luca
Horror cred: Drive Angry 3D, Blade 2, Lost Souls, Blade, Dark City, In the Mouth of Maddness, Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare, A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Child, The Lawnmower Man (short), “Freddy’s Nightmares”

True Grit, Scott Rudin
Horror cred: The Village, Addams Family Values, The Addams Family, Flatliners

Joel Coen
Horror cred: The Evil Dead

Winter’s Bone, Anne Rosellini
Horror cred: Cthulhu

Alix Madigan-Yorkin
Horror cred: Case 39

Best Short Film, Live Action

WINNER: God of Love, Luke Matheny


The Confession, Tanel Toom
Horror cred: The Second Coming

Na Wewe, Ivan Goldschmidt
Horror cred: Mascara

Wish 143, Samantha Waite
Horror cred: Hello Darkness

Heather Buckley

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