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Sunday Scaries: Horror Movie Oscar Snubs This Year

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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 having been announced last month, we’re talking about something truly terrifying. Yes, your most horrific Oscar snubs this year, with a special bent towards the genre!

While horror rarely performs well at the Oscars, it did seem like the Academy this year especially ignored the genre. Only one title arguably came close to a nomination. That being said, there were still some notable snubs, so that is today’s focus. Below you’ll a few fright flicks that voters felt they could snub. Did they make a mistake? You be the judge…

Here are four genre efforts that Oscar ignored with their nominations:


Crimes of the Future – Go figure, at least this made a bakeoff, managing to be among the Academy’s shortlist of contenders in Best Makeup & Hairstyling. David Cronenberg is hardly Oscar catnip, particualrly when he’s doing body horror, but Crimes of the Future coming the closest to a citation this year is, if nothing else, pretty amusing to think about.

Nope – While more science fiction, it’s at least horror adjacent, as well as one of the more upsetting Oscar snubs to many. Nope, much like Us, didn’t hit with the Academy, even while Get Out won Jordan Peele an Academy Award. Is it the content or was it lightning in a bottle for Peele? We shall see in time…

Pearl and X – I’m combining these two, since both were basically looking at long-shot Mia Goth plays, as well as Best Makeup & Hairstyling citations. Pearl likely had a better shot than X, though both deserved more consideration. Especially when combined, they’re underrated technical achievements, alongside tremendous work from Goth. Alas.

What were the most horrifying Oscar snubs to you? Let us know!


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Robert Hamer
9 months ago

Two others I’d add to this list are Mad God and The House; two stop-motion animated horror movies that would have been more than worthy Best Animated Feature nominees.



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