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Horror movies with the most Oscar nominations and wins

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In looking back at horror movies previously nominated for an Oscar, there are many more recognized by the Academy than you might think. Unfortunately, not many horror movies WIN an Oscar, but they have been nominated for a variety of awards since 1932. Which horror movie do you think has been nominated the most, or won the most Oscars? Check out my list and see if your guesses were right!

First, let's look at the last horror movie that received an Oscar nod and actually won an award. It was five years ago, in 2008, and the horror movie nominated was Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, starring Johnny Depp. It was nominated for three Oscars, but only won one.

2008: Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
It won an Oscar for the category of Best Achievement in Art Direction, and it was also nominated for two Oscars: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Johnny Depp) and Best Achievement in Costume Design.

The first horror movie to be nominated for an Oscar, was in 1932: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. It won an Academy award for Best Actor in a Leading Role and it was also nominated for Best Cinematography and Best Writing, Adaptation.

Now, here is a list of the horror movies that have had the most Oscar nominations, throughout the years:

1943: Phantom of the Opera
It won for Best Art Direction-Interior Decoration, Color and Best Cinematography, Color. It was also nominated for Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture and Best Sound, Recording.

1956: The Bad Seed
This movie received four Oscar nominations for Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Actress in a Supporting Role and Best Cinematography, Black-and-White. It unfortunately did not win for any of these categories.

1960: Psycho (how could this movie NOT be nominated)
Considered one of the best horror movies of all time and a cult-classic, Psycho was nominated in four categories - Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White, Best Cinematography, Black-and-White and Best Director - and DID NOT win one Oscar. And how could Anthony Perkins not be nominated for Best Actor in a Lead Role!?

1962: What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
This 1962 classic won an Oscar for Best Costume Design, Black-and-White and was also nominated in four other categories (but did not win for those), including Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Cinematography, Black-and-White and Best Sound.

1973: The Exorcist (did you guess that this film has had THE MOST Oscar nominations? If so, you were right!)
In all, The Exorcist was nominated for an Oscar in 10 different categories. It won for two - Best Sound and Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium. Other nominations included Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best Cinematography, Best Director, Best Film Editing, Best Picture.

1975: Jaws
It's no surprise that Jaws won three of its four nominated categories (Best Film Editing, Best Music, Original Score and Best Sound). It was also nominated for Best Picture (it should have probably won that Oscar too).

1986: Aliens
Aliens was the next highest-nominated horror movie, with a total a seven nominations in the categories of Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing (won an Oscar), Best Effects, Visual Effects (won for this too), and then Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best Film Editing, Best Music, Original Score and Best Sound - categories it was nominated in, but did not win.

1991: The Silence of the Lambs
Also nominated for seven Oscars, The Silence of the Lambs hit the jackpot winning a total of five Academy awards in the categories of Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Director, Best Picture and Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium. It was also nominated (but did not win) in the categories of Best Film Editing and Best Sound.

1992: Dracula
Bram Stoker's Dracula (one of my all-time favorite films), was nominated for an Oscar in four categories and won in three - Best Costume Design, Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing and Best Makeup. It was also nominated for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration and surprisingly, did not win for this category.

1999: The Sixth Sense
Yes, the infamous "I see dead people" movie was nominated for several Oscars (but didn't win any - can you say ROBBED) in the categories of Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Director, Best Picture and Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen.

2006: King Kong
Being nominated for its visual effects and art direction was no shocker. It won for three of its four nominations including Best Achievement in Sound, Best Achievement in Sound Editing and Best Achievement in Visual Effects. It was also nominated for Best Achievement in Art Direction. I felt Naomi Watts deserved an Oscar nod too, for her stellar performance, but I guess no one agreed with me :)

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