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October 25th, 2014

14 Oscar Winning Horror Movies

Oscar Winning Horror Movies, believe it or not they do exist! Right now there is alot of buzz around the Oscars and not all of it is good. Horror fans have often felt snubbed by the Oscars but now even mainstream film fans are questioning the choices and even the relevance of The Oscars. it is for that reason I am taking a look back at some of the better known Oscar winning horror films.

Fans and critics alike are asking how relevant the Oscars are considering that some of the best films of 2012 were completely ignored. Add to the fact that most the members are so old people question how they can possibly have the latest pulse on film.

The Los Angeles Times did a fantastic piece on the Oscars exposing that of their over 5,700 voting members  nearly 94% are Caucasian and 77% male and that the average age is 62. People under 50 are less then 14% of the membership. So when you wonder why horror movies do not win you should now have your answer. Not many 60 year olds are die hard fans of the new genre of horror.

That said over the year some great horror movies have won Oscar  nods and in an effort to cheer myself and other horror fans up I figured it would be fun to look back at 14 Oscar Winning Horror Movies. These films are in no particular order.

1968’s Rosemarys Baby:

Roman Polanski’s film Rosemay Baby is a truly powerful film and to this day remains one of the greatest horror films of all time. Mia Farrow turned in one of her greatest performances as Rosemary a woman about to have the devils baby whether she is willing or not.

It got two Oscar nods, Best Screenpaly and Best Supporting Actress. It won for Best Supporting Actress. Frankly  its insulting it did not win more nominations then it did.  Rosemary’s Baby should have been one of the biggest Oscar Winning horror movies of all time. Why it was overlooked for more Oscar nods I will never know I am not a 62 year old white male… but I am under 50!

14 Oscar Winning Horror Movies

1973’s The Exorcist:

Right up their with Rosemary’s Baby when it comes to epic horror films is The Exorcist. To this day it gives me the creeps and did I am sure wonders for the growth of Catholic Sunday Services. In The Ecorcist a child is possessed by a mysterious entity and her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her.

This film got a ton of nods including; Best picture, Best director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress and the list goes on. It got 9 nominations in total and won for Best Sound and Best Screenplay. The Exorcist has the distinction of being the first horror movie to be nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award.

Frankly it is quite shocking that Linda Blair did not get recognized for her role. When it comes to performances hers holds up to the test of time.

14 Oscar Winning Horror Movies

1981’s An American Werewolf in London:

I am a huge fan of An American Werewolf in London and the remake An American Werewolf in Paris is also a great bit of filmmaking.  In the film two American tourists in Britain are attacked by a werewolf that none of the locals will admit exists

Legendary FX Man Rick Baker won the Oscar for Best Achievement in Makeup for his work on An American Werewolf in London.

14 Oscar Winning Horror Movies




70 Comments


  1. Momofpoophead

    The oscars should have a best horror film category.


    • Ankit Malasi

      The oscars don’t have categories by genres. There are just too many genres to categorize.
      They once had a “Best Director, Comedy Picture” category in 1928, but that’s it.

      If you want award ceremonies that award the best horror films, check out:
      -Saturn Award for Best Horror or Thriller Film
      -The Scream Awards
      -The Horror category in Empire Awards by the Empire magazine


    • Micah 李 文 Jung

      YES! that would be so cool wouldnt it


    • Micah 李 文 Jung

      YES! that would be so cool wouldnt it


  2. Silence of the Lambs won a best oscar?


    • i hope that was a wow silence of the lambs won a best oscar and not wtf why did silence of the lambs win a best oscar,,,,cuz that movie is a classic and its fucken awesome, the acting was superb the plot couldnt get any better, and thriller or horror its a fucken beautiful movie


      • Ankit Malasi

        @Ellen Choi
        I hope that you do realize that there is no category called “Best Oscar”.
        It’s a typo. He meant to write Best Actor.


    • Carol Frank-Stork Ray

      I’m fairly certain that’s a typo or something stupidly similar (doesn’t anybody proofread these things?). “Silence of the Lambs” walked off with the Big Five: Best picture, actor, actress, director, and screenplay. It was only the second movie of all time to achieve this feat.


  3. Why Gary Oldman is so over looked is beyond me.


  4. vekatesh

    now there is no horrorrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr…………left in hollywood mov


  5. Lee

    The Oscars should have Horror , Sci- Fi ,Dark comedy, catagories……They also should have a separate panel thats qualified to vote on alternate catagories like Horror/Sci fi….. better yet, why doesn’t someone with financial backing create create a Horror/Sci-fi awards show.


  6. Iam_Sparticus

    Sloppily written article. It lists Aliens, but it descibes Alien which actually both of them won Oscars for visual effects. I think Aliens was the the first horror film to have a best actress nod with Sigourney.


  7. Quinnton

    This guy has absolutely NO taste in movies if he thinks Sweeney Todd wasn’t the shit and that a beetlejuice sequel is a good idea


    • Ankit Malasi

      So, you are the ultimate authority in movies? Anyone who doesn’t agree with your options has NO taste, and anyone who agrees with you has good taste?

      Personally, I haven’t seen BeetleJuice, and have no interest in seeing it either. I have seen Sweeney Todd and actually like it because it was quite different from other horror/thriller films I had seen, although I could predict the ending from far off.


  8. Lime Blake

    Silence of the Lambs is a horror movie? Last I checked, it was a crime thriller.


    • Iam_Sparticus

      Some films are cross genre films like the Alien films that crossover scifi and horror. Silence crosses over to horror because of the cannibalism and serial killer elements.


  9. T P

    I can’t believe he missed the first horror movie of all to garner an Academy Award. The actor Fredric March won for his portrayal of the dual roles Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in the 1931 film.


  10. Richard Lake

    Seems to me that those in charge of the Oscars are almost embarrassed by the horror genre. Sure they get nominated occasionally in the ‘big categories’, but tend only to win the technical ones (effects, sound, editing, etc). Maybe this will change when the snob factor is overcome.
    I also think it’s a bit of a stretch to include Silence of the Lambs in this list. While there may be horrific crimes committed within the film, I don’t think they make it horror. Still just a crime thriller – a bloody good one though!


    • nicolekruex

      Embarresed by how much money horror films make compared to the budgets they command? Because given a choice? Horror is the safest investment in film…. and has a much high fan rate then any other genre.


  11. Capitalist's Diary

    Se7en should have won an Oscar.


  12. Capitalist's Diary

    Se7en should have won an Oscar.


  13. Capitalist's Diary

    Se7en should have won an Oscar.


  14. Capitalist's Diary

    …and maybe the first Saw and Let Me In


  15. Gusti Hafizh Aldi Darwis

    You forgot to add the 1931 version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, in which the actor portrayed those two character (Fredric March) won an Oscar for Best Actor. Which makes him the ONLY actor who ever won an Oscar for potraying a true monster.


  16. Riley

    I…I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone say that they actually liked An American Werewolf in Paris let along think it is anywhere as good as An American Werewolf in London…that just doesn’t seem right.


  17. Riley

    I…I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone say that they actually liked An American Werewolf in Paris let along think it is anywhere as good as An American Werewolf in London…that just doesn’t seem right.


  18. Riley

    I…I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone say that they actually liked An American Werewolf in Paris let along think it is anywhere as good as An American Werewolf in London…that just doesn’t seem right.


  19. Riley

    I…I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone say that they actually liked An American Werewolf in Paris let along think it is anywhere as good as An American Werewolf in London…that just doesn’t seem right.


  20. Riley

    I…I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone say that they actually liked An American Werewolf in Paris let along think it is anywhere as good as An American Werewolf in London…that just doesn’t seem right.


  21. Riley

    I…I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone say that they actually liked An American Werewolf in Paris let along think it is anywhere as good as An American Werewolf in London…that just doesn’t seem right.


  22. Riley

    I…I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone say that they actually liked An American Werewolf in Paris let along think it is anywhere as good as An American Werewolf in London…that just doesn’t seem right.


  23. Riley

    I…I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone say that they actually liked An American Werewolf in Paris let along think it is anywhere as good as An American Werewolf in London…that just doesn’t seem right.


  24. Riley

    I…I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone say that they actually liked An American Werewolf in Paris let along think it is anywhere as good as An American Werewolf in London…that just doesn’t seem right.


  25. Riley

    I…I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone say that they actually liked An American Werewolf in Paris let along think it is anywhere as good as An American Werewolf in London…that just doesn’t seem right.


  26. Tim

    Glad someone remembered Fredric March for Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Also, probably the main reason why Linda Blair didn’t win was because her “demon” voice in the movie was dubbed by actress Mercedes McCambridge..


  27. Jeremy Christensen

    I hate to be “that guy” but come on. There, their, they’re. Learn the difference. At least give your articles a quick read-through before posting them. This article is just sloppy.


  28. Jeremy Christensen

    I hate to be “that guy” but come on. There, their, they’re. Learn the difference. At least give your articles a quick read-through before posting them. This article is just sloppy.


  29. Connor Bruce

    Rosemary’s Baby was a good film, but it wasn’t a great film, I certainly wouldn’t say that it was overlooked. I am not sure I’d consider Aliens a horror (Alien certainly) but it is certainly a classic.

    I couldn’t stand Dracula, it was terrible as indeed is any film by Tim Burton (aside from Batman, he’s the most overrated film maker ever) and I totally agree about musicals.

    Sweeney Todd though, was NOT based on a true story!


  30. Connor Bruce

    Rosemary’s Baby was a good film, but it wasn’t a great film, I certainly wouldn’t say that it was overlooked. I am not sure I’d consider Aliens a horror (Alien certainly) but it is certainly a classic.

    I couldn’t stand Dracula, it was terrible as indeed is any film by Tim Burton (aside from Batman, he’s the most overrated film maker ever) and I totally agree about musicals.

    Sweeney Todd though, was NOT based on a true story!


  31. Connor Bruce

    Rosemary’s Baby was a good film, but it wasn’t a great film, I certainly wouldn’t say that it was overlooked. I am not sure I’d consider Aliens a horror (Alien certainly) but it is certainly a classic.

    I couldn’t stand Dracula, it was terrible as indeed is any film by Tim Burton (aside from Batman, he’s the most overrated film maker ever) and I totally agree about musicals.

    Sweeney Todd though, was NOT based on a true story!


  32. Connor Bruce

    Rosemary’s Baby was a good film, but it wasn’t a great film, I certainly wouldn’t say that it was overlooked. I am not sure I’d consider Aliens a horror (Alien certainly) but it is certainly a classic.

    I couldn’t stand Dracula, it was terrible as indeed is any film by Tim Burton (aside from Batman, he’s the most overrated film maker ever) and I totally agree about musicals.

    Sweeney Todd though, was NOT based on a true story!


  33. Connor Bruce

    Rosemary’s Baby was a good film, but it wasn’t a great film, I certainly wouldn’t say that it was overlooked. I am not sure I’d consider Aliens a horror (Alien certainly) but it is certainly a classic.

    I couldn’t stand Dracula, it was terrible as indeed is any film by Tim Burton (aside from Batman, he’s the most overrated film maker ever) and I totally agree about musicals.

    Sweeney Todd though, was NOT based on a true story!


  34. Connor Bruce

    Rosemary’s Baby was a good film, but it wasn’t a great film, I certainly wouldn’t say that it was overlooked. I am not sure I’d consider Aliens a horror (Alien certainly) but it is certainly a classic.

    I couldn’t stand Dracula, it was terrible as indeed is any film by Tim Burton (aside from Batman, he’s the most overrated film maker ever) and I totally agree about musicals.

    Sweeney Todd though, was NOT based on a true story!


  35. Connor Bruce

    Rosemary’s Baby was a good film, but it wasn’t a great film, I certainly wouldn’t say that it was overlooked. I am not sure I’d consider Aliens a horror (Alien certainly) but it is certainly a classic.

    I couldn’t stand Dracula, it was terrible as indeed is any film by Tim Burton (aside from Batman, he’s the most overrated film maker ever) and I totally agree about musicals.

    Sweeney Todd though, was NOT based on a true story!


  36. Connor Bruce

    Rosemary’s Baby was a good film, but it wasn’t a great film, I certainly wouldn’t say that it was overlooked. I am not sure I’d consider Aliens a horror (Alien certainly) but it is certainly a classic.

    I couldn’t stand Dracula, it was terrible as indeed is any film by Tim Burton (aside from Batman, he’s the most overrated film maker ever) and I totally agree about musicals.

    Sweeney Todd though, was NOT based on a true story!


  37. Connor Bruce

    Rosemary’s Baby was a good film, but it wasn’t a great film, I certainly wouldn’t say that it was overlooked. I am not sure I’d consider Aliens a horror (Alien certainly) but it is certainly a classic.

    I couldn’t stand Dracula, it was terrible as indeed is any film by Tim Burton (aside from Batman, he’s the most overrated film maker ever) and I totally agree about musicals.

    Sweeney Todd though, was NOT based on a true story!


    • Mike Jacobson

      I agree on Dracula. So much potential in pulling material from the novel, but the film just wasn’t scary at all. It was an attempt to be uber-artistic and to create sympathy for the Dracula character as some kind of heartbroken lover. The love story elements didn’t drive the novel as much as the film and don’t even get me fookin’ started on how awful Keanu Reeves was.

      A Dracula film that follows in the footsteps of Horror of Dracula, with Christopher Lee, is what we need to revive the character. Now THAT was a good flick.


    • Mike Jacobson

      I agree on Dracula. So much potential in pulling material from the novel, but the film just wasn’t scary at all. It was an attempt to be uber-artistic and to create sympathy for the Dracula character as some kind of heartbroken lover. The love story elements didn’t drive the novel as much as the film and don’t even get me fookin’ started on how awful Keanu Reeves was.

      A Dracula film that follows in the footsteps of Horror of Dracula, with Christopher Lee, is what we need to revive the character. Now THAT was a good flick.


    • nicolekruex

      Not a great film compared to what though? Films of 2013? Or films from that era? Rosemary’s Baby was incredible, especially for when it was shot. And as far as Aliens? Define horror… a group of people in a situation where something scary attacks and kills them. Yep, sounds like horror to me, even if it’s set in space. I loved Dracula, but that’s subject to personal taste… I wouldn’t classify it a horror film though. Not even kind of.


      • Connor Bruce

        I meant compared to films of all time. Compared to films of 2013 Rosemary’s Baby would be a near masterpiece! I had heard so much about it before I watched it for the first time, and I was a bit disappointed, it was good, but not great. If you include Aliens, you may as well include Planet of the Apes too. That was a group of people trapped in a situation where something scary attacks and kills them, there’s nothing scarier than talking apes riding horses and carrying guns.


  38. nicolekruex

    Half of the films listed aren’t horror movies. =/


  39. nicolekruex

    Half of the films listed aren’t horror movies. =/


  40. GT

    BETTE DAVIS IN “HUSH HUSH SWEET CHARLOTTE” WAS GREAT


  41. Murphy Minielly

    You forgot to include The Sixth sense. The movie is horror gold. I see dead people. That’s one of horror films greatest lines and scenes of all time. The movie got 6 Oscar nominations including best picture, director, supporting actress and supporting actor.


  42. Murphy Minielly

    You forgot to include The Sixth sense. The movie is horror gold. I see dead people. That’s one of horror films greatest lines and scenes of all time. The movie got 6 Oscar nominations including best picture, director, supporting actress and supporting actor.


  43. Murphy Minielly

    You forgot to include The Sixth sense. The movie is horror gold. I see dead people. That’s one of horror films greatest lines and scenes of all time. The movie got 6 Oscar nominations including best picture, director, supporting actress and supporting actor.


  44. Murphy Minielly

    You forgot to include The Sixth sense. The movie is horror gold. I see dead people. That’s one of horror films greatest lines and scenes of all time. The movie got 6 Oscar nominations including best picture, director, supporting actress and supporting actor.


  45. Murphy Minielly

    You forgot to include The Sixth sense. The movie is horror gold. I see dead people. That’s one of horror films greatest lines and scenes of all time. The movie got 6 Oscar nominations including best picture, director, supporting actress and supporting actor.


  46. Murphy Minielly

    You forgot to include The Sixth sense. The movie is horror gold. I see dead people. That’s one of horror films greatest lines and scenes of all time. The movie got 6 Oscar nominations including best picture, director, supporting actress and supporting actor.


  47. Micah 李 文 Jung

    people forget Alien and Aliens I think thats Horror slash science Fiction?


  48. TheOct8pus

    I didn’t know Silence of The Lambs won Best Oscar!! Wow….I didn’t even know such a category existed!


  49. J.M.E

    ORGY OF THE DEAD should be on that list.
    … Or not…
    …..ehhhh, what the hell, some Hollywood dimwit with no clue on how to make a good film will probably “re-imagine” it soon, anyway. Fuck it, i’m gonna smoke a joint and watch “BLOOD SUCKING FREAKS” now. ‘nite, folks


  50. J.M.E

    …Oh, and the scariest movie I have ever seen?……Water world.
    Christ on a cracker, I came THIS close to turning into a brain-dead zombie after seeing this pile just ONCE….


  51. J.M.E

    All humor and wry sarcasm aside, to all you guys chatting here with me, check out Ingmar Bergman’s Seventh Seal.
    Think about the plot, and tell me your not at least a little awed by the situation Antonius Block (Max Von Sydow) is put into. The “silence of God” can be deafening. Think i’ll forget Blood sucking Freaks and brush up on my chess game…


  52. J.M.E

    Just in case…



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