Best Horror Movie Ever Oscar Nominated

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The 95th Academy Awards have taken place with “Everything Everywhere All at Once” crowned as Best Picture this year. The nominations for the Best Picture Oscar 2023 are dominated by popular films throughout 2022. Starting from “Top Gun: Maverick” to “Avatar: The Way of Water”.

But there are also popular films that are still absent from the Oscars every year, namely horror films. Even though there are many of the best horror films that were released in 2022.

At least there are several titles that according to Cultura could be nominated. Mia Goth’s appearance in “Pearl” should be nominated for Best Actress. Then “Nope” also met the standards for Best Visual Effects and Best Sound nominations. “Bodies Bodies Bodies” with its script which is full of social commentary also has the quality of an original script.

Not always absent, it turns out that there are still the best horror films recorded in Oscar history. Here are a series of horror films that have been nominated for an Oscar, some of which have even won awards!

The Exorcist (1973)
“The Exorcist” is the best horror film and is claimed to be the ‘most terrifying horror film’ ever released. Having been banned from showing the trailer for the public until it was banned from several international cinemas, the popularity of this horror film caught the attention of The Academy at its 46th award ceremony.

“The Exorcist” became the first horror film to be nominated for an Oscar. Unmitigated, this film received 10 nominations including Best Picture. Then managed to bring home the awards for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Sound.

This film about an exorcism ritual indeed presents a horror script that still makes sense. Where in this horror film the ritual of expulsion according to the rules of the Catholic religion cannot be done haphazardly. There are discussions and observations that must be made first by a priest. “The Exorcist” shows the quality of the quality horror script and the effort it shows.

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Jaws (1975)
“Jaws” is a monster horror film that records a lot of history. This iconic film from Steven Spielberg is a summer blockbuster. It became the first film to achieve the first $100 million in ticket sales ever recorded by the box office.

This film starring a great white shark remains popular even though the shark only appears in the last act of the film. Released in the summer, “Jaws” has made many people suddenly paranoid about swimming at the beach at that time.

“Jaws” is a horror film that relies on many elements in technical filmmaking to create ‘horror’. Therefore, this film was nominated for many technical categories, starting from Best Editing, Best Original Score, Best Sound, to Best Picture. “Jaws” won all of these categories except Best Picture.

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
“The Silence of the Lambs” is a horror film that belongs to the psychological suspense subgenre, with a crime drama script. Making this film not too thick with horror to be rejected by The Academy for the 64th Oscar nomination. “The Silence of the Lambs” became the first, and still only, horror film to ever win the Best Picture Oscar.

Showing impressive acting qualities as protagonist and antagonist, Anthony Hopkins was named Best Actor, as well as Best Actress for Jodie Foster. This film also took home the Best Director award for Jonathan Demme, and Best Adapted Screenplay. The five awards this film received are the five most prestigious awards at the Oscars.

The Sixth Sense (1999)
“The Sixth Sense” is a supernatural horror film from M. Night Shyamalan which won a place at the 2000 Oscar. Starred by Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, and Toni Collette, the three of them indeed display qualities that give emotion to this melancholic horror film. Coincidentally, “The Sixth Sense” has been nominated for 6 Academy Awards. Starting from Best Original Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, even Best Picture. But this film did not bring home any awards.

Apart from a memorable acting performance, “The Sixth Sense” also had a plot twist that shocked film fans at the time. That’s why this film deserves a nomination for the Best Original Screenplay category.

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Black Swans (2010)
“Black Swan” is the most iconic psychological horror film of the 2000s. Tells the story of an innocent ballerina named Nina, who has big ambitions to become the best dancer and succeeds in becoming the main ballerina of “Swan Lake” by Tchaikovsky. This film, directed by Darren Aronofsky, received 5 Oscar nominations, starting from Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Actress and Best Picture.

Even though it didn’t win many awardsaan, Natalie Portman’s performance as Nina won her her first Oscar. Portman was named Best Actress at the 2011 Oscars.

Get Out (2017)
Jordan Peele became one of the directors who raised the good name of horror films with his horror debut, “Get Out”. Not only horror films in general, especially for the black horror genre which has long been forgotten by Hollywood.

“Get Out” starring Daniel Kaluuya tells the story of a black photographer who gets nervous when he has to spend the weekend at his white girlfriend’s family residence. Not only presenting tense psychological horror scenarios, starting from the quality of the acting, cinematography, to the content of social issues in this film, this film fulfills all the qualities to get a slot at the Oscars.


“Get Out” was nominated for the Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Actor categories for Daniel Kaluuya’s performance. Jordan Peele won an Oscar for the Best Original Screenplay category.

Peele became the first black director to win in the category, as well as being one of only three directors to receive three prestigious nominations for his debut film.