Horror at the Oscars

Well it’s finally that time all movie buffs wait for every year; Oscar Sunday. And while many are fine tuning their predictions for the evening’s show, I’m wondering when a horror movie will take home the Best Picture trophy. Now, depending on how you view it, a horror movie has won an Academy Award already. In 1992, The Silence of the Lambs won best picture and Anthony Hopkins took home Best Actor as well for his role as Hannibal Lector in the film. While Hopkins’ portrayal of the deranged Lector is one of the most truly terrifying characters I have ever seen in my life, I have always thought of The Silence of the Lambs as more of a thriller rather than a full on horror film.

This year at the 84th Annual Academy Awards, no horror movies have been nominated for Best Picture or Best Screenplay. Perhaps this is because many horror movies appear to be lacking in depth, something that movies goers or the Academy look for when determining a film’s Oscar-worthiness. I know that when I watch a horror movie I’m not really looking for something that is emotionally moving, but rather something that is going to shock and scare me a little bit.

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Perhaps in the future horror directors and writers will start thinking about story lines that will hopefully garner them some Oscar buzz.

What horror movies do you think should have been nominated for Academy Awards?