One of the highest peaks for any movie is an Oscar award. Every year, many movie fans and celebrities gather to celebrate the select few deemed worthy of the award.
However, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, aka The Oscars board, has regularly excluded several genres from their awards consideration, including comedy and horror. This exclusion has cost several excellent movies in these genres to miss their films and performance awards.
In the 90-plus years that the Academy has existed, only 18 horror movies have been awarded an Oscar. Unfortunately, their awards were given for the technical aspects of the movie, not the performance and film quality.
An example is the Oscar for Bram Stoker’s “Dracula,” which was given for costume design, editing of sound effects, and make-up.
Many fans think these four popular and very successful horror movies should have been awarded an Oscar for their outstanding performances.
‘The Others’ Released In 2001
“The Others” has become a renowned and beloved horror film to many lovers of the genre and film fanatics in general.
Released 20 years ago, it had such a subtle and intense impact on the psychology of many who watched it that it has significantly impacted the horror film industry.
Written and directed by Alejandro Amenabar, it revolved around Grace (played by Nicole Kidman) and her two children. They moved into a new home in Jersey and soon began to experience events that convinced them the house was haunted.
Many film critics and fans have praised the cast’s performances, the atmosphere, and especially the double plot twist at the movie’s end. However, it wasn’t enough for the Oscar Academy, and it didn’t receive a nomination or award.
The film still went on to win some Saturn awards and several Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations for Kidman’s performance. Still, many fans of the film have expressed in the years since that it was more than deserving of recognition by the Oscars, especially for Kidman’s performance and Amenabar’s work.
‘The Changeling’ Released In 1980
One of the greatest films in the Horror film genre was “The Changeling,” which was produced by Peter Medak and starred the late George C.Scott as the main character, John Russell.
In the film, Russell was a bereaved music composer. He moved to Seattle to move on from the death of his family and became involved in the mystery of the child murdered in the mansion he rented. Since then, the film has been considered a cult classic and a major influence on horror films produced after it.
Many fans of Scott have stated that they consider his performance in “The Changeling” to be his greatest ever. However, when the Oscars rolled around, they disagreed with the general opinion and failed to recognize the movie.
It was still greatly awarded and won the Genie Award for Best Motion Picture. It was also nominated for two Saturn Awards and recognized by many critics in the film industry for its excellence.
Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Psycho’ Released in 1960
One of the most outrageous movie skips by the Oscars was Alfred Hitchcock’s horror masterpiece “Psycho,” which was released in 1960 and starred Janet Leigh as a thief on the run and Anthony Perkins as a disturbed murderer.
Many film reviews and horror movie lovers have said that “Psycho” was a timeless and unrivaled horror movie that can be considered a legend that no filmmaker has been able to recreate or imitate.
However, as impressive as the film’s performance was, it failed to win any actual awards at the Oscars. It did nominate Hitchcock for the award of Best Director and Leigh for Best Supporting Actress. Ultimately, the two lost the honors to Billy Wilder and Elizabeth Taylor.
Regardless of the snub, the film was still widely recognized. In 1992, it was deemed that “Psycho” was “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the Library Of Congress and chosen to be preserved in the National Film Registry.
Stephen Kings ‘The Shining’ Released In 1980
Many of Stephen Kings’ films have gone on to become award-winning projects. However, “The Shining,” which has been unarguably called one of his greatest works ever, failed to attain that recognition from the Oscars.
The film, released in 1980, revolved around the experiences of Wendy and Danny Torrance at the Overlook hotel when the sanity of their husband and father, Jack Torrance, deteriorated and made him go on a murdering rampage.
The film had iconic and unforgettable scenes that have since been a regular feature in modern pop culture. Despite the film’s excellence and popular acclaim by film critics and horror movie lovers, it only got a few nominations at the Saturn Awards and won one for Best Supporting Actor.
In 2018, The Library of Congress recognized “The Shining” as a “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” film and chose it to be preserved in the US National Film Registry.