Congratulations to spooky family favorites Frankenweenie and ParaNorman on their nominations for best animated feature film.
Other genre nominations include Django Unchained which brought in an impressive number of nods including best picture, supporting actor, cinematography, sound editing, and original screenplay. Hitchcock was nominated for best makeup and hairstyling, while Snow White and the Huntsman received two nominations, for visual effects and costume design.
Typically, the Academy shows horror love in the categories of visual effects, sound, music and art direction, but very rarely do we see a best picture nomination.
The Exorcist was nominated in 1973 for best picture, and a number of other categories, and won for best sound and best writing. Jaws was nominated in 1975 for best picture and won for best music, best sound and best film editing.
The only “horror” film to win an Oscar for best picture was Silence of the Lambs in 1991. It took home five Oscars in total. But, if you want to go a little broader in the definition of “horror,” Hitchcock’s noir thriller Rebecca should actually be considered the first to win for best picture, in 1940.
Read all of our Frankenweenie coverage here and ParaNorman coverage here.