When it comes to the Academy Awards, certain genres fare better than others. Drama, romance and war films are the most popular, according to IMDB, with biopics earning a lot of love too as voters seem to think that they carry more artistic and critical significance over sci-fi, action and horror movies.
The latter genre is one of the least recognized at the Oscars, despite it offering some of the greatest contributions to cinema since 1896. One could certainly argue that horror has had one of the most significant impacts on pop culture because of our morbid collective curiosity of things that strike the utmost fear and disgust in us. And because of that fear, horror films and moments often stick with us more than any other.
This year, A Quiet Place and Hereditary have offered up some of these memorable movie moments and as works of art, they have arguably earned a place in the awards conversation. Sadly so far, when it came to the Golden Globes or BAFTA nominations, they have barely been noticed.
So which horror movies have secured the respect and recognition of the Academy membership over the years? Here are some of horror’s past winners that really stand out.