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Sunday Scaries: Are There Any Horror Hopes For Tuesday’s Academy Award Nominations?

The Sunday Scaries are upon us once again! Yes, as the weekend concludes, most of us feel an oncoming sense of anticipatory dread about the week ahead. Anxiety about work manifests itself into a feeling that’s known as the Sunday Scaries. However, we at Awards Radar are here to combat that, by taking back the name. Now, we want you think about a horror-centric piece on the site when you hear the term. So, let us continue on with another installment of the Awards Radar Sunday Scaries! Today, with the Academy Award nominations looming, we’re looking at if any horror films have a chance to be cited…

Unfortunately, 2021 was not a year where scary movies were major Oscar hopefuls. Things like Halloween Kills, Malignant, The Night House, and Spiral: From the Book of Saw, they’re not even going to sniff Academy glory. Now, that doesn’t mean they aren’t great. It simply means they’re not the sort of prestige fare that voters notice. At the same time, I’ve found four options that at least have a shot in hell of hearing their names called on Tuesday morning. Below, you’ll see which ones I’ve settled on. Frankly, if even one make the cut, that’ll be something. Alas. Well, hope springs eternal for genre fans…

Thomasin McKenzie stars as Ellie in Edgar Wright’s LAST NIGHT IN SOHO, a Focus Features release. Credit: Parisa Taghizadeh / Focus Features

These are the titles that at least have an outside shot of an Oscar nomination on Tuesday:

Candyman – A long-shot contender in Best Original Score, Candyman isn’t one to peg your horror hopes on, nomination wise. That being said, seeing it cited in the Original Score long list maybe gives you a bit of hope? Especially considering how the same fate wasn’t presented to something like The Night House, for example, it’s something.

Last Night in Soho – This film is hovering around in a few more categories than you might expect. Best Costume Design and Best Sound are the fields to consider, but there’s a chance that this one doesn’t strike out on Tuesday. If there’s a sneaky outside the box contender for a nomination or two, Last Night in Soho is a trendy one, to be sure.

A Quiet Place Part II – 100% in the conversation for Best Sound, this is the likeliest of the fright flicks to score an Oscar nod. A Quiet Place was cited in a Sound category, so why not A Quiet Place Part II, right? It’s probably about a 50/50 proposition at this point. I personally am not predicting it in my final pre-nominations update, but if/when it misses, it won’t be by much.

Titane – Is it horror? Depends who you ask. But as the movie hopes for a surprise Best Director citation at the Academy Awards, I’m including it. Just like when I ranked the best horror efforts of 2021 (here), it qualifies. Now, will it get nominated? Probably not, but it’s the prestige option of the lot, so just keep Titane in mind.

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Do you think any horror films will be cited by the Academy Awards on Tuesday? Let us know!


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1 year ago

Hi Joey, as well as sound I think A Quiet Place Part Ii should be considered for editing although it will never happen. The way it cuts from each storyline in the final third to build tension and its perfect pacing throughout deserves recognition in my opinion.



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