After years of being ignored, the horror genre is finally getting the recognition it deserves and racking up nominations at the 2018 Academy Awards with The Shape of Water and Get Out leading the way.
Jordan Peele’s socially conscious genre thriller Get Out is nominated for Best Director, Best Picture, Lead Actor (Daniel Ksluuya), and Best Original Screenplay. When Peele heard the news he tweeted, “I just spoke to Daniel. You know when you’re on the phone trying to disguise the sound of an ugly cry? I failed at that.” Who can blame him?
Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water is also in the running for Best Picture and Original Screenplay, as well as a horde of other awards including Lead Actress (Sally Hawkins), Supporting Actor (Richard Jenkins), Supporting Actress (Octavia Spencer), Best Director, Cinematography, Film Editing (Sidney Wolinsky), Sound Editing (Nathan Robitaille, Nelson Ferreira), Sound Mixing (Glen Gauthier, Christian Cooke, Brad Zoern), Production Design (Paul D. Austerberry, Jeffrey A. Melvin, Shane Vieau), Original Score (Alexandre Desplat), and Costume Design (Luis Sequeira). Damn, that’s a long list.
Get Out and The Shape of Water aren’t the only films in the genre to receive nominations at this year’s Oscars hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. War for the Planet of the Apes and Kong: Skull Island are both up for visual effects awards. The Day of the Dead themed animated picture Coco is in the running for Best Original Song and Animated Feature.
Tune in on March 4th for the 90th Academy Awards live on ABC.