In honor of Halloween, let’s look back at those horror films that have been honored by Oscar with wins or nominations. True the motion picture academy has only occasionally embraced one of the most successful film genres. But a handful of performances that made our blood run cold proved to be red-hot with Oscar voters.
The first frightfest to scare up an Oscar was “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” (1932). Fredric March tied for Best Actor (with “The Champ” star Wallace Beery) for his chilling portrayal of a scientist whose experiments turn him into a raving lunatic. The most recent was “Black Swan” (2010). Natalie Portman won Best Actress for her performance as a ballerina whose obsession with “Swan Lake” drives her insane.
Below, take a tour of the 13 spine-chillers that scared up Oscar nominations.
Photo: Anthony Perkins in “Psycho.” Credit: Universal