The horror movies the Academy forgot

For your consideration: five movies that should have made the cut

Oscar statuettes backstage at the 95th Annual Academy Awards
There were no horror films nominated for Best Picture at the 2024 Academy Awards
(Image credit: Al Seib / A.M.P.A.S. / Getty Images)

There were no horror films nominated for Best Picture at the 2024 Academy Awards, which comes as little surprise. Only six horror films have ever received a Best Picture nod, including Steven Spielberg's 1976 shark classic "Jaws." In fact, horror films rarely score Oscar nominations in any category. This year there was just one: The Chilean horror-comedy "El Conde," which imagines former dictator Augusto Pinochet as an immortal vampire, is up for Best Cinematography. 

Horror movies are frequently box office successes whose earnings dramatically exceed production costs. This year, ten of the 50 highest-grossing films worldwide were horror pictures, including the latest installment in the Evil Dead franchise, "Evil Dead Rise."

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