February 8, 2016 at 8:22 am #216157
I was honored to recently receive a request to, following my “Frightening Females at the Oscars” thread, put together a similar post, this time for the scariest men who’ve been honored by the Academy.
In delving into Oscar history, I found it notable just how few male villains from the horror genre have been recognized at the Oscars – not many Ruth Gordons or Piper Lauries to be found. You do have the likes of Jason Miller and Haley Joel Osment, nominated for horror films, but neither performance could be labeled as scary.
With that said, I have included the few Oscar-nominated/winning horror villains on this list (sorry, no Anthony Perkins), and also included a couple of turns which, while not found in horror pictures, are certainly plenty frightening.
Who is your favorite “frightening fella” at the Oscars?February 8, 2016 at 8:33 am #216159
Of those options, it would be Hopkins for Silence of the Lambs.
Outside of the options, I’d go for someone like Stanley Tucci in The Lovely Bones. Not a horror film, but it is one scary character, embodied so disturbingly well by Tucci.February 8, 2016 at 8:38 am #216160
Good grief these guys are scary….eliminated Willem Dafoe because, I’ve never been a fan of his face-making turn.
gach it’s so close I think I’ll have to ponder it before I respond.
It’s a choice from half of those listed. Perkins in Psycho is pretty scary as well. Then, there’s the People Under the Stairs…February 8, 2016 at 10:14 am #216161
I was very torn between Fiennes, Hopkins and Bardem. All three are truly terrifying and more than deserved the wins in their respective years. I went with Bardem, just because of how perfectly chilling he is in that role, but I couldn’t fault anyone for choosing either of the other two.February 8, 2016 at 11:11 am #216162
I voted for Anthony Hopkins, but I would like to acknowledge Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight who is, in my opinion, the most terrifying superhero villain ever put to screen.February 8, 2016 at 2:44 pm #216163
Heath Ledger. No contest.February 9, 2016 at 1:08 am #216164
Steve Carell? Seriously? Steve Carell? He should have won a Razzie for this. Even if people like his performance, he has no buisness being among the poll choices.February 9, 2016 at 3:38 am #216165
Anthony Hopkins, The Silence of the LambsFebruary 9, 2016 at 4:28 am #216166
I really love to see you list Laurence Olivier in Marathon Man in this. A very underrated and villainous performance from LO. and the “Is it safe?” scene from the movie is terrifying. I’m going with Sir Hopkins thoughFebruary 9, 2016 at 4:33 am #216167
One more thing. I’m still wondering till now, why the heck the academy chose Tommy Lee Jones in The Fugitive over harrowing portrayal of Amon Goeth by Ralph Fiennes? One of the worst oscar snubs ever in my opinionFebruary 9, 2016 at 12:11 pm #216168
One more thing. I’m still wondering till now, why the heck the academy chose Tommy Lee Jones in The Fugitive over harrowing portrayal of Amon Goeth by Ralph Fiennes? One of the worst oscar snubs ever in my opinion
Agreed. It was seen as both a makeup win for Jones having lost for “JFK” and a consolation prize for “The Fugitive,” which didn’t have a chance in any other category.February 9, 2016 at 12:19 pm #216169
Wanted to vote for Heath, but since he’s not a poll option, I’ll go with Dr. Lecter as well.February 12, 2016 at 10:37 am #216170
I went off the grid for this one and went with Jeff Goldblum in Cronenberg’s The Fly. Science fiction, and a perf from him worthy of an Oscar nod.
Sympathetic, credible, and he scared me to death by the end.February 12, 2016 at 11:27 am #216171
Today, Goldblum probably would’ve garnered that Oscar nom – and he actually did finish runner-up at NSFC and placed third at NYFCC back in ’86.February 12, 2016 at 11:50 am #216172
Today, Goldblum probably would’ve garnered that Oscar nom – and he actually did finish runner-up at NSFC and placed third at NYFCC back in ’86.
I’d like to think so. Thirty years is about right for some kind of ‘generational’ change, or certainly enough time for a collective, purging bowel movement.
But with that chilling clinic of a perf from Sir Hopkins, nobody would have likely beaten him to the podium.
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