I was wondering how it is possible that Jack Nicholson wasn't nominated for his acting in The Shining.

Did any actor ever win an Oscar for their work in a horror movie?

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    And to be fair to the Academy, the Best Actor nominations list for 1981 is fairly credible! You could put Nicholson in it, you could not put him in it... Commented Jan 24, 2017 at 22:34
  • Yes, is credible, in fact in my question i wrote that it was an opinion-based thought, but who edited my question deleted that part eheh Commented Jan 25, 2017 at 8:44

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Of course they did:

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    Seems debateable whether some of these are horror films. (But on the other hand, what constitutes any particular genre? Lines are blurry.) Commented Jan 24, 2017 at 22:37
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    I consider Silence of the Lambs, Misery and Black Sawn as a Thriller, but great answer anyway ;) Commented Jan 25, 2017 at 8:41
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    I usually defer to IMDb for genres, since although it may not be a perfect classification, it's at least well-known and generally accepted one. Rosemary's Baby is Drama/ Horror, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931) is Horror /Sci-fi, Silence of the Lambs is Crime/Drama/Thriller, Black Swan is Drama/Thriller, and Misery is Crime/Drama/Thriller. So according to IMDb, only the first two movies on the list count. Commented Jan 26, 2017 at 4:11
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    Black Swan is nowhere near being a horror movie. Some psycho elements - yes.
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    Commented Jan 26, 2017 at 11:59
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    Since we're on a Q&A site about movies, I've asked a question about the difference between the horror genre and the thriller genre. Commented Jan 26, 2017 at 17:26

Ruth Gordon won Best Supporting Actress in Rosemary's Baby.

This article lists 14 horror films "noticed" by the Academy, including Misery and Silence of the Lambs. Whether these two can be classified as horrors is arguable, but if so, you can also add Kathy Bates, Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins to the list.


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