Genre Films Have Historic Representation At 2018 Oscars
In the Oscars of my mind, mother! has already swept every category. But because dreams are not reality I woke up to zero nods to Aronofsky’s much maligned flick, but was extremely happy by the representation that the Awards show has finally given, once again, to our beloved little misunderstood genre.
This morning the Academy voters graced us with their arbitrary list of award nominations for the slate of 2017 films. Horror fans across the world have been waiting on pins and needles to see if Get Out, which has already been overlooked by other major awards, would be included in the running for the nights top honors. And, as they say in Twin Peaks: it is happening again!
Jordan Peele’s laser sharp social horror film Get Out has been nominated for four of the highest honors: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Actor for Daniel Kaluuya. Not since 2010’s horror adjacent Black Swan has a genre picture nabbed Picture, Director, and Actor nominations but it’s been almost two decades since the last undeniable horror picture was this well represented at the Oscars with M. Night Shyamalan’s The Sixth Sense.
Of course alongside Get Out we have Guillermo Del Toro’s gorgeous fantasy folk horror film The Shape Of Water which walked away with a whopping THIRTEEN nominations in almost all major categories. I know that many in the horror community haven’t necessarily distanced themselves from calling Shape a horror movie, which to an extent I agree with, but if we can firmly point to the original run of Universal and Hammer monster films as horror then we cannot exclude Shape even though what it lacks in shocks it makes up for in heart. You wouldn’t call Bride of Frankenstein a mere fantasy film, would you?
Aside from the excitement that Get Out and Shape garnered we also wanted to just highlight a few other historic nominations. First, Rachel Morrison was given a nomination for Cinematography for her work on Mudbound. This is the first time a woman has ever been nominated in this category which is groundbreaking and heartbreaking at the same time. Women shoot some of the greatest film and television out there and it took The Academy 90 fucking years to nominate one? This fact alone nullifies all of these awards, but it’s just...ugh. Let’s keep trying to make this a better, more diverse and well represented world, how ‘bout it, huh? Secondly though, for the first time in my life, the Best Director category is not demographically skewed to straight white men. Of the five directors nominated, only two are white men. That’s amazing. I just want Jordan Peele, Greta Gerwig, and Guillermo Del Toro just to all do a jumping high five at the ceremony JUST BECAUSE.
Let’s rejoice! Two HUGE genre films just walked away with the biggest nominations from the biggest film awards show in the world. Throw all the minor quibbles you have with the films out the door and just focus on that for a second: two horror-adjacent movies were nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars. This has literally never happened. So chin up horror lovers, the rest of the world is slowly but surely coming around to our side.