Friday, February 28, 2014

Watching the Oscars... Why?

In space, no one can hear you ... shit your pants.

There once was a time when horror, sci-fi, and fantasy films were locks for make-up and visual effects nominations at the Academy Awards. Hell, Rick Baker even nabbed a statue for The Wolfman a couple years ago. Horror flicks, especially in the 1970s, have often nabbed awards for original scores, too (Jaws, The Omen for example).

But this year, nada. Well, Star Trek Into Darkness and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug are up for a couple awards, but that's pretty much it.

Unless you count Gravity. I admit, I have not seen the Sandra Bullock-George Clooney space drama. Who has that kind of time? (OK, the last movie I went to was I, Frankenstein. So maybe I could have made a better choice.) The thing is, I used to be one of those "film guys" who would watch the Oscars like it was the Super Bowl and did my best to see every Best Picture nominee. I still enjoy quality non-genre movies, but the combination of the lack of time and an increased focus on the horror genre has kept me away from seeing those movies. Instead, I hit up all the remakes, sequels, and odd indie fare that I can squeeze into my schedule. And I will continue to argue that there is just as much social value in the horror genre as there is in Lee Daniel's The Butler or 12 Years a Slave. 

86th Academy Awards air Sunday, March 2 at  7 p.m. Eastern time.

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