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

Of course they did: Rosemary's Baby: Ruth Gordon won for Best Supporting Actress Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931): "Fredric March’s performance as the title character(s) earned the film a Best Leading ...
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Why aren't the front of Oscar winner envelopes marked with the award they're for?

Actually, it is written on the envelope: and on the card, although with a very small font at the bottom: which makes the mistake even harder to explain. (source)
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Are movies made for Netflix eligible for Academy Awards?

Movies made for anyone, including Netflix, are eligible for Academy Awards, but only if they complete a 7-day release in Los Angeles County. for paid admission in a commercial motion picture ...
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At the Oscars, who decides where everyone sits?

It is usually decided by the academy. Generally, there are some traditional rules followed by the academy, most of which were established by Otto Spoerri. A few guidelines are (borrowed from Quora): ...
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Why was Marisa Tomei nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role instead of Best Actress?

According to Wikipedia, a supporting actor/actress performs a role in a play or a film that "supports" the lead actor/actress. These range from minor roles to principal players and are often ...
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What's that between Matt Damon and Jimmy Kimmel?

People magazine did an article about this "feud" that you can read online. Basically it was a throw away joke that they thought was funny so it became a recurring thing. There are lots more ...
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Which members of the production crew are responsible for the envelopes containing Oscar winners?

There are two envelopes for each category. Two people, Martha Ruiz and Brian Cullinan, count the votes and know the winners in advance. Each has a full set of envelopes containing cards with the ...
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Best picture Oscar winner with least number of total Oscar wins

Here is a list of all the Best Picture winners, listing for each of them the number of: wins: the number of Academy Awards that it won (e.g. Titanic won 11), and misses: the number of Academy Awards ...
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Did any actor ever win an Oscar for their work in a horror movie?

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 ...
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Why was "Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)" eligible for Best Original Song?

Collins cannibalised an unpublished song to make Against All Odds. Although the main melody had been written (with different lyrics), Collins hadn't included it on any of his albums and it's not ...
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Why didn't the 2019 Oscars have a host?

Because so many people declined and Kevin Hart was ready before the controversy blow up and also they wanted to shorten the length. Let's start with the timeline of events: 90th Academy Awards had ...
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Why isn't there an Oscar for TV Series, like with the Golden Globes?

Because Oscars are awards given by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). A Motion Picture in this case refers to Movies/Films and they are (per wiki) to recognize excellence in ...
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What are the rules for eligibility to be included in the "In Memoriam" tribute during the Oscars?

Your main question seems to be "how and who decides the names that are listed" rather than identifying the people who do appear...so I'll answer that. From EW.com (from 2014) So who decides?...
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Why was Dev Patel nominated for Supporting Actor rather than Best Actor?

Dev Patel plays the adult Saroo, so he is only in the movie for the last third or so. He's the main character but he's part of the resolution of the plot. It's a judgment call by the Academy, but ...
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Which members of the production crew are responsible for the envelopes containing Oscar winners?

The production crew plays no part in handing out the envelopes. The envelopes containing the winners are handed out to the presenter(s) by two partners of the accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (...
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Why are the Oscars unimportant for Woody Allen?

Woody Allen has been known to ignore Oscars and never attends them. According to his biographer, Eric Lax; LAX: It's really almost impossible, as he puts it, to judge art, that it's so ...
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Which members of the production crew are responsible for the envelopes containing Oscar winners?

The accounting firm PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers) is in charge of the the ballot, counting and preparing the envelopes to be handed out later. As per the official article, Brian Cullinan and Martha ...
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What rules govern nomination of an animated film for Academy Award for Best Picture?

Are there any special criteria for an animated film to be included in the nominations for Best Picture award? Essentially, there are NO special differences that apply. Any film that meets the ...
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How do the Oscars work?

The nominees and winners are both chosen exclusively by members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS or “The Academy” for short). Production and distribution companies send free ...
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How can one be nominated for an Oscar as "Best Actor" and "Best supporting Actor" in the same Film?

Can an actor be nominated for “Best Actor” and “Best supporting Actor” awards for the same performance? No. From the rules in their current state, under the acting awards (rule six) section: The ...
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First Best Actor Oscar for war movie

Actually, the very first "Best Actor" Oscar ever awarded, which was for the years 1927/28 went to Emil Jannings for his performance in two films, one of which was The Last Command, arguably a "war ...
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Best Actress award announced after Best Actor award?

Was this the first year in Oscar history that Best Actress came after Best Actor? No...this happened in 2012 (84th) and 2015 (87th Oscars) as well. There may be others.. Is there a known plan for ...
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Would Lord of The Rings: Return of The King have met 2024 Oscar diversity standards?

Standard A - 0/3 - FAIL A1 - Lead or significant supporting actors are all white - FAIL A2 - General ensebmle cast still mostly white males - FAIL A3 - Main storyline/subject matter (I think hobbits ...
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Why didn't the 19th Academy Awards award the Best Documentary Feature?

I dug into this with a couple friends this afternoon, and to the best of our ability it would appear there were simply no qualifying films for this year. Here's the list of, at least current, ...
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Was anybody ever denied an Oscar or other award because of the Hollywood blacklist?

People who were denied an Oscar because they were blacklisted. Carl Foreman and Michael Wilson These screenwriters did not receive an Oscar for The Bridge on the River Kwai. Pierre Boulle won the ...
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How many "Oscars" are given out per category

They don't know in advance how many are required: The Academy is not certain how many statuettes it will hand out until the envelopes are opened on the night of the ceremony. Although the number of ...
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Why the disparities in number of nominations?

That's just how it is. Best picture is capped at 10 nominees and the other categories are capped at five, though some of the categories will occasionally have only three. On June 24, 2009, AMPAS ...
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How is a film chosen to be eligible for an Oscar?

The rules can and do vary slightly from year to year. This is according to the 89th Academy Awards guidelines: All eligible motion pictures, unless otherwise noted (see Paragraph 9, below), must ...
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What's that between Matt Damon and Jimmy Kimmel?

As a Coda to Erik's answer: After a while Matt Damon got in on the joke. They'd show clips of him backstage acting all ticked that he was bumped. It sort of snowballed from there. They'd start doing ...
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Have there been any overweight Oscar nominees in the 21st Century?

Note: This is not intended to be an exhaustive list, just a few examples. "Overweight" is a subjective quality, but I would suggest that the late Philip Seymour Hoffman counts. He won Best ...
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