If you, like me, have been holed up in your garage fashioning imaginary awards to bestow upon IT , then I have good news! In a year filled with top-notch horror cinema, Warner Brothers believes that Andy Muschietti’s film has earned itself a chance for an Oscar nomination. We here at Nightmare on Film Street couldn’t agree more.
After its Earth-shattering performance at the box office, IT is ready to be considered for a bevy of awards this season. In an announcement on their website, Warner Brothers has listed the film among its other award contenders such as Dunkirk, Blade Runner 2049, The Lego Batman Movie and Wonder Woman. I believe the film has a real shot at earning nominations for Best Costume Design and Best Production Design, but don’t sleep on the amazing cinematography from Chung-Hoon Chung and the fabulous makeup effects. Click HERE for a full list of the awards Warner Brothers is submitting the film for consideration.
Horror films generally don’t fare too well during awards season, so it’s refreshing to see a major studio support a film like this. There is the occasional outlier that everyone likes to bring up like Silence of the Lambs or Misery, but these are definitely the exception to the rule. According to an article from SARussell from Stories for Ghosts, only 36 horror films have been nominated for an Academy Award in its 89 years history. Of those 36, only 19 have actually won. With Jordan Peele’s Get Out (presumably) joining IT for consideration, this year’s awards may see that number increase.
We have covered IT extensively here at NOFS and we want to know what you think! Do you feel like IT has a chance at an Oscar? Do you think the film deserves consideration? Let us know in the comment section below or hit us up on Twitter.