The Horror Honeys: This Year's Oscars? The Potential to Be... Meh.

This Year's Oscars? The Potential to Be... Meh.

A Revenge Honey Oscar Predictions List by Linnie

The holiday season is over, but for your Revenge Honey, the REAL reason to celebrate is about to begin: awards season! Every year from January to March, my schedule is organized around the major awards shows: The Golden Globes, The Screen Actor's Guild Awards, The Independent Spirit Awards, and of course, the Oscars. Out of all of those, the Globes are the awards I take the least seriously, since they are chosen by the Hollywood Foreign Press and are more a popularity contest than anything (though I won't miss them this year, since it is the last year Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are hosting). The Spirits are my favorite, because obviously, they reward low budget films that the majority of the major award show voters never even see.

But the Oscars? They matter the most, because when a small film manages to sneak into the nomination pool, it means more publicity, more press, and more money for the movie's creative team. Oscar nominations for sci-fi, horror, and fantasy films are especially important because they go a long way to legitimizing genres that are often ignored by mainstream audiences. When one of these genres gets nominated, it's an exciting step forward for those of us that work, live, and breathe in the industry. So which stands of chancing of making it to the big show when nominations are announced at the end of January?

Sadly... probably none of them.

This was a decidedly lackluster year at the movies across the board, with fringe genres suffering the most. There are possibilities for a few exciting moments: two female best director nominees (Ava DuVernay for Selma and Angelina Jolie for Unbroken, though mediocre reviews are lowering Jolie's chances), all first-time nominees in the Best Actor category, and actor JK Simmons and director Wes Anderson finally getting nominations they've longed deserved. But otherwise? A collection of winners that have all but been decided means that there will be little to no excitement on Oscar night this year. However, here are the films & actors from the genres of horror (I'm going wide with the definition here), sci-fi, and fantasy that I think are most likely to make an appearance on Oscar nom morning.

(Note: My Oscar predictions are based on the number of nominations each film has scored so far from other outlets, critical reviews, and upward/downward trending buzz)

Best Actors & Actresses:
Rosamund Pike for Gone Girl
Jake Gyllenhaal for Nightcrawler
Steve Carrell for Foxcatcher
Michael Keaton for Birdman
Emma Stone for Birdman
Rene Russo for Nightcrawler (long shot)
Mark Ruffalo for Foxcatcher (long shot)

Best Director
David Fincher for Gone Girl
Alejandro González Iñárritu for Birdman

Best Adapted Screenplay
Gillian Flynn for Gone Girl

Best Original Screenplay
Alejandro González Iñárritu, et. al for Birdman
Jim Jarmusch for Only Lovers Left Alive (long shot)

Best Score
Hans Zimmer for Interstellar
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross for Gone Girl

Best Foreign Film
Force Majeure (Sweden)

Best Picture
Gone Girl