Here Are Some Of The Horror Movies That Deserve Oscars — And The Ones That Actually Got Them

    “It’s interesting what they decide is lowbrow.”

    On today's episode of BuzzFeed Daily, we broke down the top pop culture headlines AND discussed why the Oscars keep ignoring the horror genre. You can listen below or scroll down to read more about the interview!

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    So let's dive right into it! Recently we talked to BuzzFeed’s Nora Dominick about the biggest horror movie Oscar snubs and why the genre consistently gets overlooked. Here's some of what we learned:

    BuzzFeed Daily: So you recently asked the BuzzFeed community which horror movie performances they think deserved an Oscar. Now I'm sure Toni Collette in Hereditary had to come up more than a few times. But did you notice any other popular favorites?

    Toni Collette in Hereditary, Lupita Nyong'o in Us, Florence Pugh in Midsommar

    BuzzFeed Daily: What about really obscure picks? Were there any people who suggested something that was sort of outside the box that hadn't occurred to you before?

    Barry Keoghan in The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    BuzzFeed Daily: In general, the Academy is pretty notorious for ignoring not only acting performances but directing screenwriting, visual effects, etc. According to an article by Insider from earlier this year, only 18 horror movies have won Oscars in the awards show's nearly 100-year history. What is it about the horror genre that makes it so unlikely to earn that recognition?

    ND: I think it's still a genre that people don't think is prestige enough for the Academy. I think that voting board is still very picky. I think we see the same thing with big blockbuster movies, like action movies and that kind of thing. But horror is an interesting one because you're able to tell some really complex stories within that genre. But somehow, people still can't get past the fact that, like, it's a horror movie.

    BuzzFeed Daily: To this day, The Silence of the Lambs is the only horror movie to win a Best Picture Oscar. Jonathan Demme, Anthony Hopkins, Jodie Foster, and Ted Tally also won for Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay, respectively, making it the third movie ever to win the "Big 5" Awards. Why do you think that movie in particular managed to pull that off?

    Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs

    BuzzFeed Daily: To be fair, the Academy doesn't always ignore horror performances. We mentioned The Silence of the Lambs. Can you tell us about some other horror actors that did win Oscars or even just earned nominations?

    Kathy Bates as Annie Wilkes in Misery

    BuzzFeed Daily: So for the few horror movies that do break through, what is it about them that grabs the academy's attention? Do you think there's a theme when it comes to the kind of movies they're willing to recognize?

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