This morning, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominees for the 91st Annual Oscars. Boring! What we've really been waiting for is the announcement of the 2019 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards, which have been revived in recognition of the past year's biggest and best achievements in the world of Horror.
"We've got one more resurrection to hit you with: 2019 sees the birth of Vol. 2 of The Fangoria Chainsaw Awards, in which you the readers get to choose the best of last year's horror movies and the people who made them! 2018 gave us an embarrassment of horror riches, and the rise of original streaming content necessitated the creation of a whole new category! Choosing between these amazing nominees will not be easy. "
Voting will be open for one week; the winners (yes, winners - none of that "and the Chainsaw goes to..." nonsense here) will be announced in Fango #3! Some of the biggest and best horror favorites are being recognized this year, including Halloween, Mandy and even Anna and the Apocalypse. We're sure at least one of your favorites got nominated in one of the 16 categories. And you even get to write in your pick for best kill.
For Best Wide-Release horror movie of 2018, the usual suspects are accounted for, and there are no big surprises. Halloween leads the pack, getting nominated not only for Best Movie, but also for Best Actor (James Jude Courtney / Nick Castle as Mike Myers) and Best Actress (Jamie Lee Curtis as Lorie Strode), though David Gordon Green got snubbed in the director category. Hereditary was also nominated in quite a few of the categories, along with Overlord, A Quiet Place and the biggest surprise, Upgrade.
The Chainsaw Awards is also recognizing Best Limited-Release movies, which appears to be the more exciting category. Mandy and Anna and the Apocalypse appear to be the two favoirtes, with Revenge, Suspiria and Terrifier also getting recognized. Fangoria is also recognizing the Best Streaming Premiere Horror Movies as well, but we think Bird Box might have this category tied up.
Perhaps the biggest snub here is that John Carpenter was not nominated for his new Halloween score. There are a few other noteworthy snubs, but only the biggest horror fans will have too much to complain about when picking out their favorites, which you can all vote for right now. Follow this link to fill out the ballot and make yourself heard in Fangoria's 2019 Chainsaw Awards.