It’s no secret that our beloved horror movies are often snubbed at the Academy Awards. The genre as a whole just doesn’t get all that much respect in the world of cinema, which is why it’s so important for us fans to support and spread the word on the movies we love. Quite frankly, if aren’t doing it, nobody’s going to do it.
That said, there are a handful of horror movies that have defied tradition over the years and actually managed to snag themselves those little golden statues. With the 87th Academy Awards heading our way this Sunday night, today we shine the spotlight on 10 of those movies, which make all of us horror fans proud!
Though the Academy Awards ceremony wasn’t televised until 1953, it actually began way back in 1929, held at a private dinner party. Just a few years after being established, horror scored a win at the ceremony, with Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde becoming the first horror film to scoop up an Oscar in 1932. It was Fredric March’s performance as the title character(s) that earned the film a Best Leading Actor statue, and it was also nominated for Best Cinematography and Best Adapted Screenplay.
Rosemary’s Baby seemed poised and ready to become the first horror film nominated for Best Picture, but it did not receive such an honor at the 1969 ceremony. It was, however, nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay, and Ruth Gordon won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role as Rosemary’s whacky neighbor Minnie. Oddly enough, Mia Farrow was not even nominated for her performance, which many consider to be a big time Oscar snub.
At the 1974 Academy Awards, The Exorcist was nominated in a whopping 10 categories, including Best Leading Actress (Ellen Burstyn), Best Supporting Actress (Linda Blair), Best Supporting Actor (Jason Miller) and Best Director (William Friedkin). It also scored a nomination for Best Picture, making it the very first horror movie to achieve such an illustrious honor. Unfortunately, the film didn’t win any of those awards, but it did scoop up statues for Best Sound and Best Adapted Screenplay.
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