Horror films don’t tend to get recognized very often at the Oscars. We all know this, but that doesn’t mean we have to be happy about it.
While there is the occasional horror classic one can point to as an Oscar darling – The Exorcist, The Silence of the Lambs – such films tend to be few and far between, as unfair as that might seem to those who love fright flicks.
Thankfully, at Sunday’s Oscars ceremony, one of the best horror films of 2017 was recognized, that being Get Out. Also taking home statues was The Shape of Water, which while not strictly a horror film, certainly contains horror, fantasy, and sci-fi elements.
While it came into the night with multiple nominations, Get Out sadly only won one Oscar. Thankfully, it was one of the biggest awards the show has to offer.
Writer/director Jordan Peele won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, and seemed just about surprised as anyone, later tweeting out: “I just won an Oscar. WTF?” Anyone who saw Get Out can attest that he deserved the award though.
Get Out emerged victorious over other acclaimed nominees The Shape of Water, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, The Big Sick, and Lady Bird in the category. Peele is the first African-American to ever win the award.
As for The Shape of Water, it picked up wins for Best Production Design, Best Original Score, Best Director (Guillermo Del Toro), and Best Picture of the year. As a huge Del Toro fan, this show made me quite happy.