Horror at the Oscars

Posted by · 9:53 pm · March 2nd, 2010

Anthony Hopkins in The Silence of the LambsNo, I’m not talking about the news that Martin Short and Neil Patrick Harris will be opening the show with a song and dance, but this nugget from Bloody Disgusting:

While the Academy continues to fail to recognize horror in their prestigious festivities (has it really been 19 years since Silence of the Lambs?), Bloody Disgusting has been tipped off that the 82nd Annual Academy Awards…will feature a segment dedicated solely to our beloved genre. No word on what exactly will happen – at least it won’t feature a singing and dancing Hugh Jackman (I’m still embarrassed for him) – but it will be either an homage via clips or song about horror…If they’re going to work our way into our hearts, we need to see more than District 9 and  Inglourious Basterds getting love…

Hm.  Thoughts?




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  • 1 3-02-2010 at 10:01 pm

    AmericanRequiem said...

    its true, there have been great horror films ignored, and i feel this is where most film lovers start their love for cinema. the shing, the others, on and on, usually having a great central performance can make your horror have lasting effect. Im hoping Shutter Island can break that dry spell next year, if 09 was the year of the woman and or animation, than lets make 2010 the year of horror(shutter island, black swan)

  • 2 3-02-2010 at 10:08 pm

    Jim T said...

    OMG, I know what they mean! Kendrick will win!

  • 3 3-02-2010 at 10:14 pm

    Jim said...

    I don’t think Hugh Jackman embarrassed himself at all…

  • 4 3-02-2010 at 10:34 pm

    Robert Hamer said...

    Wouldn’t this be more appropriate for when a horror film actually gets a Best Picture nomination?

  • 5 3-02-2010 at 11:06 pm

    GIO said...

    i think jackman did a great job hosting, nothing embarrassing at all !!

  • 6 3-02-2010 at 11:43 pm

    JP said...

    Yeah, Jackman was awesome. Did they see him host the Tony’s? Song and dance are things he perfectly comfortable doing. I don’t think he was embarrassed in the least.

  • 7 3-03-2010 at 12:48 am

    Nigel said...

    More boxing films have won Best Picture than horror films. Just saying……

  • 8 3-03-2010 at 1:52 am

    Alex in Movieland said...

    How come they find time for all kinds of silly segment, but NOT for the Original Songs performances…

    who gives a sh!t about a montage… By then I’ll be too horrified by the Blind Side Best Picture clip…

  • 9 3-03-2010 at 2:02 am

    Andy said...

    Jackman was AMAZING!

    Harris & Short… kill me. This years oscars sounds…interesting.

  • 10 3-03-2010 at 5:34 am

    evelyn garver said...

    The Academy’s response depends on how horror is defined. I think the Academy might respond to what the great Guillermo Del Toro calls “mythic horror”, works that call upon our deepest emotions and often use archetypal monsters. Demme created a marvelous sense of menace and a iconic human monster in SILENCE OF THE LAMBS. Right now I think David Fincher has the right sensibility to bring home an Oscar for a horror film. Also, thanks for all the Hugh Jackman love from other commenters. That was a silly insult to a great performer.

  • 11 3-03-2010 at 5:40 am

    Glenn said...

    Of course, the people making this montage will be very loose with the definition of horror. It’ll be more highbrow clucking and less “Halloween”, “Texas Chainsaw Massacre”, “Suspiria” etc. They’ll probably include movies like “Gaslight” rather than “Scream”.

    This is a silly idea. It’s just so pointless. Give us Marion performing “Take It All” instead.

  • 12 3-03-2010 at 6:08 am

    daveylow said...

    Harris has already tweeted he is not on the Oscar show.

  • 13 3-03-2010 at 6:11 am

    Bill M. said...

    Yeah. I love horror films (one of my fav. genre’s) but find it rather needless just as a filler for the show. It isn’t timely and since horrors get snubbed across the board what’s the point. It should provide great entertainment though.

    Yes, I can see Fincher directed a horror-esque Best Picture winner but it would have to skewer much closer to a thriller such as Silence of the Lambs.

  • 14 3-03-2010 at 6:32 am

    Pam said...

    In spite of horror films not being in the race this year, I do think this is rather timely, as horror in general has been kind of on the upswing in recent years. It’s at least as relevant as the “musicals are back” number from last year.

    I watch the Oscars because I love movies, not just the ones up for awards, and I like that the show, at least in recent years, has been more inclusive of the industry in general and not merely the selected honorees. Good on them. I’m looking forward to it.

  • 15 3-03-2010 at 6:36 am

    Justin said...

    There have been only a handful of horror films nominated for Best Pic:

    The Sixth Sense, Silence of the Lambs, Jaws, Clockwork Orange, The Exorcist

    What do they all have in common? They fit into another genre as well that is more academy friendly (drama and crime mostly). If a horror film plans on winning accolades, I think it is key for it to disguise itself in another genre.

  • 16 3-03-2010 at 6:54 am

    Patryk said...

    Lars Von Trier should present along with Willem and Charlotte.

  • 17 3-03-2010 at 7:11 am

    Adam Smith said...

    As someone already pointed out, NPH and Martin Short aren’t doing a routine at the Oscars. Second, there is nothing horrifying about that if it were true. Martin Short, maybe. But a consummate showman like NPH? After he killed at the Tonys and the Emmys? It’s only a matter of time before he’s hosting the Big Show.

  • 18 3-03-2010 at 8:32 am

    Lance said...

    This is one of the most appropriate discussions about the Oscars, this year, that hasn’t been happening – What genres does the Oscars recognize? Box office doesn’t even have a slight influence upon voters (I’m so tired of this unsubstantiated argument) as compared the genre of a picture. “Silence of the Lambs” and “Lord of the Rings” winning were huge wins because they were a genre (Horror and fantasy) that hadn’t been recognized prior to those years. Epics, dramas, war films, westerns, musicals and comedies have all received multiple wins. Of course, overall, Oscar voters favor dramas and period pieces.

    Sci-fi is the only major genre not to receive a win. For “Avatar” to overcome this hurdle would be HUGE.

  • 19 3-03-2010 at 8:35 am

    sosgemini said...

    NPH hostins is about as relevant as Merv Griffin giving a song and dance right before Snow white and Rob Low. Harris is relevant to the Tonys and Emmy’s because he is part of those communities. Let him start carrying movies (instead of his doogie cameos) and then we can start talking about him hosting this ish.

    And Martin Short would have been a good idea, during the 80’s.

  • 20 3-03-2010 at 8:48 am

    Megan said...

    The only thing that I found salient about this read was “Martin Short” and “Neil Patrick Harris.”

    I’m going to go find my planner, and pencil in a date between myself and bullet to the kneecap come Oscar night.

    I can’t take anymore bad/bizarre news.

  • 21 3-03-2010 at 8:50 am

    Lance said...

    Kris and Guy – I have a suggestion for an article. Siskle (sp?) and Ebert used to do the worst nomination out of all the categories. If you haven’t already done this, what would be yours? Maybe do your top 5.

  • 22 3-03-2010 at 10:14 am

    Robert Hamer said...

    Not sure about Kris, but I think I can guess what Guy’s list might look like:

    Helen Mirren – Best Actress
    The Blind Side – Best Picture
    Stanley Tucci – Best Supporting Actor
    Matt Damon – Best Supporting Actor
    Lee Daniels – Best Director

  • 23 3-03-2010 at 2:40 pm

    Michael said...

    there needs to be better horror films created first but once that happens I don’t see why more horror and genre films can’t get a nod or a win every now and again