jack wrote:Saw? Hostel? Think The Thing as a best picture contender as it should have been. King Kong in 1933 deserved a best picture nomination even though it was largly considered an exploitation horror film.
I completely agree that horror has been largely overlooked by the Academy. It still boggles the mind that Hellraiser failed to earn both make-up and original score nominations.
Reading this, I had to think some of it is meant as a joke. It is obvious why a movie like Saw or Hostel would not merit consideration. And while the makeup in Hellraiser was effective, it was too gruesome for many viewers. This the line that is straddled in successful horror movies. How is the technique used to serve the film? Much of the time, horror movies are made just to shock. Maybe that is what makes it so difficult for the Academy. They may ignore the genre so frequently so they can avoid making the judgment on what can be accepted as art versus what is technically-advanced shlock.