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  • FilmGuy619
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    Since October is just around the corner, which means Halloween is coming soon, I figured in the spirit of Halloween, I’d create a poll for the most Oscar-worthy performance in a genre that usually gets as overlooked as the comedy genre: horror films. My vote goes to Mia Farrow for Rosemary’s Baby, but how about you guys?

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    Troy
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    This is right up my alley.  I actually started an award that solely recognizes the horror genre.  I have established a committee of over 50 members who are bloggers, writers, directors, actors, etc.. in the horror genre.    Check out http://www.frightmeterawards.com to check out our winners/nominees from 2007 (when I established it) to the present. 

    Anyway, my vote goes to the highly underrated Angela Bettis in “May.”  Brilliant, devestating performance that was definitely Oscar worthy. 

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    babypook
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    There’s a thread like this buried somewhere.

    From the above I’ll go with…Ooo this is tough….the OTT Gary with his hideous cackle? The eventual, maniacal Jack? The ethereal Mia?

    I’ll go off the menu and say Jeff Goldblum, for Cronenberg’s, The Fly. He is spectacular. And I was afraid. Very afraid. Lol

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    BamaEd
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    Of the choices listed, it was easy for me with Anthony Perkins.

    I’m guessing the ladies from Carrie weren’t listed since they were nominated?

    Off the grid, maybe Ted Levine & Brooke Smith from The Silence of the Lambs. 

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    Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    #162179

    Natalie Portman for Black Swan.

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    babypook
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    Of the choices listed, it was easy for me with Anthony Perkins.

    I’m guessing the ladies from Carrie weren’t listed since they were nominated?

    Off the grid, maybe Ted Levine & Brooke Smith from The Silence of the Lambs. 

     

    Almost voted for him. Now there’s a guy who wouldnt hurt a fly…..

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    ETPhoneHome
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    Perkins was so damn chilling in that role, and he is really what makes the movie stand out. I also can’t imagine him as any other character. Where I don’t associate Nicholson with The Shining, Norman Bates and Anthony Perkins are synonymous to me.

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    Troy
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    If you guys want to check out a recent horror performance that deserved some major recognition, check out Gretchen Lodge in “Lovely Molly.”

    Also, I personally think Isabelle Fuhrman should be on the list above for “Orphan” instead of Vera Farmiga (who was great, but Fuhrman was brilliant!) 

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    KyleBailey
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    Perkins and Nicholson. Both outstanding and robbed of a nomination. 

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    Entertain-me
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    #162184

    1. Ellen Burstyn, The Exorcist
    2. Anthony Perkins, Psycho 

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    Curious that no actuall Oscar winners in horror (from Frederic March to Kathy Bates and Anthony Hopkins) are listed.

    Also, no David Cronenberg citations, so I give mine a 3-way tie to Walken (DEAD ZONE), Goldblum (THE FLY) and Irons (DEAD RINGERS), all of whom I’d take over most of the list provided. 

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    babypook
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    Curious that no actuall Oscar winners in horror (from Frederic March to Kathy Bates and Anthony Hopkins) are listed.

    Also, no David Cronenberg citations, so I give mine a 3-way tie to Walken (DEAD ZONE), Goldblum (THE FLY) and Irons (DEAD RINGERS), all of whom I’d take over most of the list provided. 

     

    Yes! These three are spectacular!

    Actually, one could go back and find merit in many of the perfs from early Cronenberg. Such twisted films, groundbreaking, and challenging: can pick anyone from

    Shivers

    Rabid

    The Brood

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    Videodrome

     

     

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    GraemeONeil
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    #162187

    I know it’s wrong, but I love Courteney Cox in Scream 2.

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    Eddy Q
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    Best performance in a horror movie when the Oscars didn’t even exist: Max Schreck in Nosferatu. Hugely influential perf.

    I’m convinced the only reason Piper Laurie didn’t win the Oscar for Carrie was because voters outside the acting branch didn’t bother to watch the movie. She had a classic narrative of a comeback role after a 15-year absence since The Hustler. Not to mention the badass-mom role is usually catnip for this category (Jo Van Fleet in East of Eden, Shelley Winters in A Patch of Blue, Mo’Nique in Precious, Melissa Leo in The Fighter). She’s so convicing in this role, wisely not taking it too seriously psychologically and going full out (let’s be honest, the role barely makes sense), yet still registering Margaret’s fear and paranoia of her daughter’s sexual development. Sorry Beatrice Straight.

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    Tye-Grr
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    I know it’s wrong, but I love Courteney Cox in Scream 2.

    It’s not wrong at all. I stand beside you on this.

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