UPDATED TO INCLUDE THE 2018 NOMINATIONS

*Interested in what other awards shows have honored horror films? Check out my Golden Globes post here.*

The Academy Awards just announced their list of 2018 nominations, and it is so nice to see The Shape of Water and Get Out get some love!

I’m a huge film buff (I love movies in general, not just horror movies) and I enjoy watching the Academy Awards every year. I strive to see all the Best pictures, even if I don’t agree with the choices. Despite my love and respect for the Academy Awards, I am disappointed that many excellent films are completely overlooked by the Academy. Especially horror films.

I shouldn’t be surprised. The Academy has a lot of issues. The Academy is a notoriously conservative body, reluctant to reward risks or give credit to inventive and brave filmmaking. Lately, it seems like the more popular a film is, the worst its chances are for receiving any kind of recognition from the Academy, though there are notable exceptions. Why does the Academy pick certain films over others? I have no idea.

And while horror is criminally underrated and underappreciated as a genre, while turning out well-made and culturally resonate films, there have been several films that the Academy has lauded for achievements in directing, acting, cinematography, and other facets of filmmaking.

Perhaps the recognition of The Shape of Water and Get Out marks the turning of the tide. Let’s hope that the more and more high-quality, compelling horror movies are made, the more recognition is paid to this underrated genre.

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