Another year, another Oscar season where I’m helplessly forced to watch my beloved horror genre be pushed to the wayside by snoody Hollywood A-listers who ignore a genre which gave some of them an early shot. So many young aspiring actors with names like George Clooney and Tom Hanks started out with bit parts in horror movies, but now that they’re hot-shots, all the fun of horror is ignored? C’mon, I’ll give the Best Makeup Oscar winners my respect, but really Les Misérables? Sure, you use some rosy-red rouge or grimy filth to put your characters in perspective, but what about the makeup artists who bring the dead to life, or make us believe someone has just been decapitated!? Where is their award!
God bless Spike TV for trying to bring a yearly horror awards show to the fans, introducing the Sci-Fi and Horror themed Scream Awards, but not even the manliest channel on television could do it right. In 2011 alone the biggest winner on the night was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Let Me In beat both Insidious AND I Saw The Devil for Best Horror Picture, Paranormal Activity 2 was nominated for Best Horror Picture, and Daniel Craig actually had the chance to win something for his role in Cowboys & Aliens. Yup, I wasn’t all that depressed when 2012 rolled around and in a mysterious turn of events the Scream Awards were canceled.
So here Remy and I are, with our own little horror column, wondering what to write about the week after horror yet again exists as the biggest Oscar snub of them all (except for Wreck-It Ralph which was 10x better than Brave!!!!) – and thus the Igor Awards are born. Well, born here at least. Universal has the Eyegore Awards during their Halloween Horror Nights, but ours pay tribute to that hunchbacked sidekick who will forever live in infamy.
Yes, that technically is an Oscar in the graphic above, but Remy and I haven’t come to terms with what the trophy should be yet. Try picturing an Oscar with the head melted down, coloring the drippings red. That’s our Igor statue. So please, join Remy and I as we tackle the major Oscar categories but with a horror spin. Tonight is our night ghouls and ghoulettes – let’s show a little respect to Hollywood’s most terrifying genre.
Side note to all winners – don’t expect an Igor in the mail or anything, since this is our first year our budget is a little strapped – or nonexistent. Hope bragging rights is OK!