The Horror Honeys: Horror on the Red Carpet

Horror on the Red Carpet

A Horror Honey's Special Event Response

Once a year, the glitterati of Hollywood gather to celebrate the biggest night in movies - an evening of glamour, overpriced fashion, judgement, grinning, backslapping, overlong speeches, insincere couples, and un-funny hosts.

The Honey's gathered this week to discuss the Academy on Episode 6 of our podcast - but more specifically, we discussed the role of horror in the Academy's history.

True to Oscar form, this was our longest podcast EVER - For those of you who don't have the patience to listen to the whole thing, here is a list of Horror on the Red Carpet starting from the beginning- this ain't no "Smashed out in 5 minutes 'Top Films'" list.

2014 - Although not technically a horror film, Gravity was all over this year's Oscar list - this sci-fi chiller gave enough of the Honey's goosebumps to have it be included on this list.  Gravity moonwalked away from this year's awards with Oscars for Directing, Cinematography, Film Editing, Original Score, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Visual Effects - phew

2013 - This year at the Academy, Honey favorite's ParaNorman and Frankenweenie were both nominated for Best Animated Feature. Sadly, they both lost out to a crappy Disney film, but we were thrilled to see them on the list.  Hitchcock was nominated for Best Makeup - Anthony Hopkins' fat suit and double chin lost out to a musical that year.

2012 - Nicolas Winding Refn's revenge film Drive was nominated for Sound Editing

2010 -- Though not specifically classed as a horror film, Black Swan IS a horror film.  This beauty landed five nominations: Best Picture, Director, Actress, Editing, and Cinematography, and netted one win for Best Actress.  Rick Baker knows how to turn out a wolf - The Wolfman was nominated and won for Best Makeup.

2009 -- The stunning and emotionally draining District 9 was nominated for Best Picture, Adapted Screenplay, Editing, and Visual Effects - but failed to pick up any trophies.

2008 -- Dark comedy In Bruges was nominated for best original screenplay, and the utterly gorgeous Hellboy 2: The Golden Army was nominated for Best Makeup. 

2007 -- Sweeney Todd was nominated for Best Actor, Art Direction, and Costume Design, walking away with the award for Best Art Direction.
2006 -- The fantastically beautiful Pan's Labyrinth was nominated for Best Original Screenplay, Best Score, and Best Foreign Feature, and won awards for Best Cinematography, Art Direction, and Makeup. Adorable animated feature Monster House won the Best Animated Feature award this year.
2005 -- Peter Jackson's much lamented King Kong remake won for Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, and Visual Effects and was also nominated for Art Direction. Honey favorite Corpse Bride was nominated for Best Animated Feature, but lost to the LOVELY surprise nomination of Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit.
2004 -- A remake disappointment (at least to us) The Phantom of the Opera walked away with three nominations in Art Direction, Cinematography, Original Song, but alas, no wins. The Village earned a Score nomination and barely deserved that. I, Robot (yes, that's sci-fi) also had a nomination for Visual Effects.
2003 -- The Time Machine (yes, another Sci-Fi nomination) was nominated for Best Makeup

2002 -- Eternal mindfuck Memento was nominated for Best Original Screenplay, and Editing but didn't win in any of those categories.  For the little monsters, Monsters Inc., won for Best Song, but lost Score and Sound Editing and Best Animated Feature.
2001 --  Shadow of the Vampire was nominated for Best Supporting Actor (Willem Dafoe) and Best Makeup.  The Cell was also nominated for Best Makeup, and Hollow Man gained a nomination for Best Visual Effects.  Sadly for all of these films, no wins this year.

2000 --  While most of the Honeys make a face (you know the one), supernatural sigh fest The Sixth Sense earned six nominations: Best Picture, Director, Supporting Actress, Supporting Actor, Original Screenplay, Editing, but came out with zero wins .  Sleepy Hollow earned nominations for Cinematography and Costuming and a grabbed a win for Art Direction. The remake of The Mummy was also nominated for Sound.

1999 -- No nominations.

1998 --  Starship Troopers was nominated for Best Visual Effects for good reason this year.

1997 -- The Ghost and the Darkness (hey, it's about killer lions) won for Sound Effects Editing. Honey favorite Fargo was nominated for Best Picture, Director, Actress, Supporting Actor, Original Screenplay, Editing, Cinematography, and Sound.  Fargo took away Oscars for Best Actress, and Best Original Screenplay.  Honey golf clap. 

1996 --  An odd year for horror nominations, 12 Monkeys was nominated for Best Supporting Actor (Brad Pitt), and Costume Design.  Nominated for Best Editing, Se7en lost out to another space suspense movie Apollo 13.

1995 -- It's not a horror film, but Tim Burton's Ed Wood deserves mention here. It won for Best Supporting Actor (Martin Landau) and Best Makeup (Rick Baker of course). Neil Jordan's Interview with the Vampire received two nominations for Best Art Direction and Score, but didn't win either category.  Mary Shelley's Frankenstein was also nominated for Best Makeup.

1994 -- Jurassic Park won for Best Sound, Sound Effects Editing, and Visual Effects. The Nightmare Before Christmas was also a Visual Effects nominee this year. The horror comedy Addams Family Values nailed a nomination for Art Direction which makes all of the Honey's sigh a little

1993 -- Bram Stoker's Dracula came in strong with three wins in Costume Design, Sound Effects Editing and Makeup with an extra nomination in Art Direction. Comedy horror Death Becomes Her wins Visual Effects over Alien 3. Yes, you read that correctly...Alien 3 was an Oscar nominee.

1992 -- 1992 was a BIG year for horror.  Jonathan Demme's The Silence of the Lambs does something only two films had done before: sweep all the big categories! Silence of the Lambs took away trophies for Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, and Screenplay.  Silence of the Lambs was also nominated for Best Sound (lost to Terminator 2 - not mad) and Best Editing.  Martin Scorsese's 'Cape Fear' also landed acting nominations for Robert De Niro and Juliette Lewis.  The Addams Family was nominated for Best Art Direction, Costume Design.  Terminator 2 came away with nominations (and wins) for Best Makeup, Sound, Sound Editing, and Best Visual Effects, other nominations included Best Cinematography and Editing.

1991 --  Romance, comedy, and horror: Ghost won for Supporting Actress and Original Screenplay, and was also nominated for Best Picture, Best Editing, and Best Score. Our beloved Kathy Bates won Best Actress for her wonderfully obsessive performance in Misery.  Flatliners was nominated for Sound Effects Editing.

1990 -- No nominations.

1989 -- Inspiring generations of young 90's goths, Beetlejuice wins for Best Makeup this year.

1988 --  You can call it a "domestic thriller" all you want, but Fatal Attraction totally counts and can probably even be classed as a "horror honey problem." Nominated for Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Director, Adapted Screenplay, and Editing, it sadly took away no wins. The Witches of Eastwick earned nominations for Best Sound and Best Score, and also won neither (although that cherry scene still makes us cringe something fierce).  Predator was nominated for Best Visual Effects but didn't get to the choppah on time.

1987 -- Recently inducted into our Scream Queen Hall of Fame: the amazingly badass Sigourney Weaver was nominated for Best Actress for Aliens.  It may not seem like a big deal, but this nomination was important - the Academy recognized that now that the 80's had hit, that women wanted more and that they could be recognized for their roles in action/horror films, and not have to sacrifice her femininity to do it.  Badass fist bump.  James Cameron's sequel also won for Sound Effects Editing and Visual Effects, and walked away with consolation nominations for Art Direction, Editing, Sound, and Score.  David Cronenberg's The Fly won for Best Makeup (eww the barf scene); Poltergeist 2: The Other Side and Little Shop of Horrors were also nominated for Best Visual Effects; Little Shop also lost out on a Best Song nomination.

1986 -- No nominations.

1985 -- No nominations.

1984 -- Ghostbusters is nominated twice for Best Visual Effects and Best Song (LOL oh, the memories of school Halloween dances)
1983 -- Poltergeist was nominated for Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Effects Editing, and Best Score this year, but lost out to E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.  We're not sure how we feel about that one, but everyone agreed that Poltergeist is still creepy as fuck.

1982 -- A big year for makeup artists everywhere, Rick Baker's still unequalled werewolf transformation from An American Werewolf in London.  His first nomination and first win.  BRAVO. 

1981 -- Altered States was nominated for Best Sound and Best Score but came away with no wins. 

1980 -- Ridley Scott's Alien wins for Best Visual Effects loses out on their Art Direction nomination - the consensus amongst the Honeys was that Hollywood just wasn't ready for Alien, or H. R. Geiger just yet. The wonderfully creepy score for The Amityville Horror was nominated, but didn't win their category.

1979 -- This year, Irwin Allen's The Swarm was nominated for Best Costume Design...which we all thought was pretty funny. 

1978 -- While some may say that Close Encounters of the Third Kind doesn't count as horror...but it's definitely sci-fi and aliens are fucking scary.  Close Encounters had nominations this year for Best Director, Supporting Actress, Original Score (John Williams is the Man), Sound Mixing, Sound, Editing, Editing, Visual Effects, Cinematography, and Art Direction - walking away with trophies for Cinematography and Sound Editing. 
1977 -- Carrie's nominations in 1977 make us very happy - well deserved nominations for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress for Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie, two of our favorites.  Piper Laurie's performance was definitely Oscar worthy, so we're calling Hollywood politics on that one!
The King Kong remake was nominated for Best Cinematography and Sound, but walked away with a special award for Carlo Rambaldi's effects work. Supernatural Honey favorite, The Omen, was nominated for Best Song and Best Score, and took away a win for Best Score.  

1976 --   We were stoked to see Monster Honey's favorite Jaws, win for Best Sound, Best Editing, and Best Score, and it's nomination for Best Picture is an extra slice of awesome as horror films rarely made it into the top categories at this point in Oscar history.

1975 --  Horror themed Mel Brooks comedy Young Frankenstein is nominated for Best Screenplay and Best Sound, but takes no wins - even though Gene Wilder's "Puttin' on the Ritz" rendition was SPECTACULAR. The fantastically bizarre Phantom of the Paradise was also nominated for Best Musical Adaptation, which is sadly (?) a category that doesn't exist anymore.

1974 -- he year that makes us all go SQUEEE - William Friedkin's The Exorcist is nominated for Best Picture, Director, Actress, Cinematography, Editing, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, and Art Direction - taking home Oscars for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Sound, The Exorcist made a big impact on the Academy this year despite the fact that it only took home two golden dudes.  Golf claps all around.

1973 -- This year, Deliverance creeped everyone out, netting nominations for Best picture, Director, and Editing, but winning none.  Cue the mournful banjo's.

1972 -- Stanley Kubrick's classic tale of a fucked up dude with a penchant for bowler hats and rape A Clockwork Orange  was nominated for Best Picture, Director, Adapted screenplay and Editing but took none of those categories.

1971 -- No nominations.

1970 -- No nominations

1969 -- Honey favorite, Rosemary's Baby, garnered nominations for Best Supporting Actress, Adapted Screenplay, and winning Ruth Gordon her Supporting Actress Oscar.  2001: A Space Odyssey was nominated for Best Director, Original Screenplay, Art Direction, but only took away one win for Best Visual Effects.

1968 -- No nominations.

1967 -- No nominations.

1966 -- No nominations.

1965 -- No nominations.

1964 -- Hitchcock's The Birds was nominated for Best Visual Effects, but considering it was up against the expensively epic Cleopatra...well, that's how the birdseed crumbles.

1963 -- Whatever happened to Baby Jane was nominated for some big awards this year, including Best Actress, Actor, Sound Recording, and winning for Best Costuming (Black & White).

1962 -- No nominations.

1961 -- The first major showing for the horror genre at the Oscars came in 1961 at the 33rd Academy Awards.  Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, scored four nominations for Best Director, Supporting Actress (Janet Leigh), Art Direction, and Cinematography.  While the Academy thought enough of the film to nominate it, Psycho is easily one of the most important films made in the horror genre.