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‘A Quiet Place’ is one horror movie that could make a splash at the Oscars. (via @quietplacemovie on Twitter)

Oscar Watch: 4 horror movies that could make a splash at the Academy Awards

At the 90th Academy Awards in March, one film made a significant impact that could have far-reaching implications. Jordan Peele’s Get Out was nominated for Best Picture, as well as a handful of other big awards. Peele himself became the first black man to win for Best Original Screenplay.

Get Out is one of six horror films — or at least horror by the Academy’s standards — to be nominated for Best Picture. The other five are: The Exorcist, Jaws, The Silence of the Lambs, The Sixth Sense and Black Swan. Since 1996’s Scream, Get Out and Black Swan are the only two films in the genre to be nominated for an Oscar.

This year so far has put forth some potential horror contenders; and with Get Out’s substantial win, 2018 horror films have the same chances. Here are the four horror films to keep an eye on this year:

A Quiet Place

John Krasinski took the cinema world by storm when he wrote, directed, produced and starred in A Quiet Place. The film could get him his first Oscar nomination for Best Director. It’s unlikely he will get an acting nod, but his on-and-off-screen wife, Emily Blunt, could for her female-empowering role. Expect this film to land more in the technical awards, but don’t be surprised if it’s in the more well-known categories.


People haven’t stopped talking about Ari Aster’s Hereditary since its nation-wide release in June. The same happened with Peele’s Get Out, and that was released in February. Hereditary’s unexpected twists and approach to the horror genre is enough to get it nominated in the biggest categories, including Best Picture. It could find its way into the Best Original Screenplay and Best Actress (Toni Collette) categories.  


John Carpenter’s 1978 Halloween was nominated for zero Oscars, which is an absolute shame. The reboot of the series allows for a second chance, which is symbolic of Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) in the movie. Though Carpenter didn’t direct the sequel — it disregards all the other sequels in the series — he did help compose the music. That could land him a nomination. Halloween is a little too mainstream to land any major awards, but anticipate some nominations in the technical categories, such as Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing.


Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name) made the decision to remake the unsettling Italian film Suspiria, which came out in 1977. With a score by Thom Yorke weird enough to make your skin crawl, the film could land a nomination in the Best Original Score category. But that won’t be the extent of the film’s possibilities. The film will likely land a nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Director. The film, which is about a dance school, stars Tilda Swinton and Dakota Johnson. Both could see nominations for their dynamic performances.


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