Horror is Making a Statement at the 90th Academy Awards with Guillermo Del Toro and Jordan Peele Fil
The nominations for the 90th Academy Awards were announced early this morning and boy did it make a bold statement. Horror is once again recognized by the academy with some fantastic nominations. Guillermo Del Toro's Creature from the Black Lagoon inspired movie 'The Shape of Water' is up for thirteen nominations including “Best Picture”, “Best Director” and “Best Original Screenplay”. Sally Hawkins scored the nomination for "Best Actress" and Octavia Spencer scored the nomination for "Best Supporting Actress". Guillermo Del Toro took to twitter to celebrate with this tweet: "Thank You to the academy and my peers for this moment of joy in a 25 year journey as a storyteller."
And that's not all folks! 'Get Out' was nominated for "Best Picture" with Jordan Peele scoring the nomination for "Best Director"and Daniel Kaluuya scored the nomination for "Best Actor". This is the first time in many years that more than one horror movie has seen a nomination at the Academy Awards. Perhaps the last time a horror movie received a handful or more nominations was in 1974 when 'The Exorcist' was up for a bunch of awards. And it was snubbed for most of them.
It seems that the academy forgot about James McAvoy's performance in M. Night Shyamalan's 'Split'. He was so fantastic in that movie portraying many personalities in that film. Also notably the highest grossing horror film ever, Andy Muschietti's adaptation of Stephen's King's IT, did not get a single nomination. Bill Skarsgård shined as Pennywise the Dancing Clown. But the crowd favorite from that film was Sophia Lillis who played Beverly. Both Sophia and Bill could have been nominated in the "Best Supporting Actors" category.
Perhaps with the box office successes of Andy Muschietti's 'IT' and 'Get Out' along with 'The Shape of Water', the thought of nominating horror will remain the minds of the academy for many years to come.