The nominees for Spike TV's 2011 Scream Awards are up. You can vote here.
One thing I like about the Scream Awards is that they pit the best of film against the best of TV. So not only do you have to decide if "The Walking Dead" is better than "True Blood" (yes) but you have to decide if "The Walking Dead" is overall better than "Super 8" (I don't know about that). And then you have to decide if "Super 8" is better than the final installment of the Harry Potter series (shoot me, but I haven't seen HP 7-2).
Other categories do break it down more. "Thor" and "X-Men: The First Class" are up for best comic movie.
As it pertains to us, nominees for best horror movie are: "I Saw the Devil," "Insidious," "Let Me In," "Paranormal Activity 2," and "Piranha 3D."
Nominees for best horror actress are: Sarah Way Callies ("The Walking Dead"), Neve Campbell ("Scream 4"), Anna Paquin ("True Blood"), Chloe Grace Moretz ("Let Me In"), and Rose Byrne ("Insidious").
Up for best horror actor are: Michael C. Hall ("Dexter"), Andrew Lincoln ("The Walking Dead"), Stephen Moyer ("True Blood"), Alex Skarsgard ("True Blood"), and Patrick Wilson ("Insidious").
Laurie Holden from "The Walking Dead" is up for best supporting actress but so is Helen Mirren for her performance in "Red." Has a 65-year-old woman ever looked as hot as Helen Mirren holding a machine gun? No.
No horror actors are in the best supporting category, so I'd have to throw my vote in for Alan Rickman in HP 7-2.
Elle Fanning ("Super 8") is nominated in the breakout female performance category and Jon Bernthal ("The Walking Dead") and Joe Manganiello ("True Blood") are up for male breakout performance.
Kristen Bell and Anna Paquin are best cameo co-nominees for showing up in "Scream 4" as is Richard Dreyfuss for the opening scene of "Piranha 3D."
The "True Blood" cast represent horror in the best ensemble nominations. "Saw 3D: The Final Chapter" and "Piranha 3D" take three of the five most memorable mutilations nominations. It's good that horror films dominate that category because horror is shut out of the best fight scene set. The train crash from "Super 8" is a "holy shit scene of the year" nominee.
Horror also dominates the independent film of the year nominations. "Another Earth," "I Saw the Devil," "Hatchet II," "Monsters," and (one of the most messed up movies I've seen in some time) "Rubber" got the nods for that award.
"Piranha 3D" is the lone horror representative in the best 3D movie category. Sadly, there are no horror movies among the best f/x nominees.
The best comic book or graphic novel category might have the toughest competition. Nominees are "American Vampire," "Chew," "Daytripper," "Locke & Key," and "The Walking Dead."
Joe Hill, Robert Kirkman and Mike Mignola are all up for best comic book writer. Add in Ed Brubaker and Grant Morrison and you have another tough category.
Charlie Adlard ("The Walking Dead"), Duncan Fegredo ("Hellboy") and Bernie Wrightson ("Doc Macabre") are in the best comic artist set.
Voting is now open, with the awards being presented on Oct. 18.