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Horror movie performances that were Oscar-worthy?

Since it's getting close to Halloween and awards season, I thought I'd throw this out there.

Kathy Bates, of course won for Misery, and Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins for SOTL (which I'd put in the suspense/thriller category), but performances in horror films usually go unnoticed by Academy Award voters. What are some performances in horror films that you think were Oscar worthy?

I'll start with a few brilliant pieces of acting in horror films....

Mia Farrow- Rosemary's Baby
Max Von Sydow-The Exorcist
Ellen Burstyn- The Exorcist
Sissy Spacek-Carrie
Piper Laurie -Carrie
Boris Karloff-Frankenstein
Deborah Kerr-The Innocents
Gary Oldman- Bram Stoker's Dracula
Jobeth Williams- Poltergeist
Jack Nicholson-The Shining
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George C. Scott - The Changeling
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Jeff Goldblum- The Fly
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Brad Dourif- Exorcist 3
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Bill Paxton - Frailty
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Corey Feldman - Friday the 13th The Final Chapter
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barbara hershey in THE ENTITY?

catherine deneuve in REPULSION?

charlotte gainsbourg in ANTICHRIST?
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David Warner in The Omen

Sherman Howard in Day of the Dead

Donald Sutherland in Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Robert Shaw in Jaws

Stephen Geoffreys in Fright Night
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Old 10-13-11, 07:05 AM
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Karloff - The Mummy
Lugosi - Dracula
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Jason Miller - The Exorcist (The movie contains alot of great performances but to me his is the best)
Klaus Kinski - Nosferatu
Roman Polanski - The Tenant
Julie Harris - The Haunting
Margot Kidder - Sisters
Jeremy Irons - Dead Ringers
Lina Leandersson - Let the Right One In
Michael Rooker - Henry
Anthony Perkins - Psycho
Deborah Kerr - The Innocents
James Woods - Videodrome
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Old 10-13-11, 10:39 AM
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+1 on Tony Perkins in Psycho.

I still find his performance to be brilliant and one of my all time favorites. The stuttering, the hand movements, the tensing of his jaw.
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I've always thought Michael Keaton deserved a win for his performance in Beetlejuice.

Although not quite horror it's definitely Halloween themed.
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Jeremy Irons - Dead Ringers
One of the most disturbing movies I've ever seen. It's been over a decade since I've seen it and if I start thinking about it, I can't stop and get creeped out all over again.
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Dead Ringers is one of my favorites, I've seen it a dozen times at least. And pretty much everyone involved in film back when it came out was shocked that Irons wasn't nominated for an Oscar (he even kind of stuck it to the Academy a couple years later when he won for Reversal of Fortune by thanking Cronenberg and received a round of understanding applause).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsXFl...ailpage#t=113s
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I remain impressed with Bill Mosely's performance in The Devil's Rejects, and consider it award worthy. While some horror films like Exorcist or even Let The Right One In are classy enough that it isn't unimaginable they might garner Oscar nominations, I am confident a picture as sleasy as DR ever could.


Holy shit at 44secs in!
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Originally Posted by Crocker Jarmen View Post
I remain impressed with Bill Mosely's performance in The Devil's Rejects, and consider it award worthy. While some horror films like Exorcist or even Let The Right One In are classy enough that it isn't unimaginable they might garner Oscar nominations, I am confident a picture as sleasy as DR ever could.




Holy shit at 44secs in!

Man, I LOVE Bill Mosely is The Devil's Reject. One of the best horror performances I have seen.
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Piper Laurie -Carrie

FYI, she did get nominated.
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Christopher Walken - The Dead Zone
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George C. Scott - The Changeling
Good choice.

Rutger Hauer in The Hitcher is one of the best performances I have seen, horror or otherwise.
Likewise, the late Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu's phenomenal work in Spoorlos.
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James Woods - Videodrome
Morgan Freeman (or Brad Pitt or Kevin Spacey) - Seven
Sigourney Weaver - Alien
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Fredric March - Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
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Fredric March - Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
So Oscar-worthy, in fact, that the Academy members in 1932 actually voted him one.
(Tied with Wallace Beery for THE CHAMP, though.)
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Kathy Bates in "Dolores Claiborne".
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