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Oscar-Winning Horror and Suspense Movies


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The Exorcist (1973)
Max von Sydow and Linda Blair in 'The Exorcist'.

Max von Sydow and Linda Blair in 'The Exorcist'.

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The Exorcist is probably the "purest" horror movie to receive widespread Academy Awards acclaim, racking up 10 nominations -- including Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Director and Best Supporting Actor and Actress. It won only two lesser awards but still stands as one of the primary examples of the artistry (and Oscar legitimacy) of horror cinema.

The Exorcist (1973)
Best Sound: Robert Knudson, Chris Newman
Best Adapted Screenplay: William Peter Blatty
Also nominated for Best Picture, Best Actress (Ellen Burstyn), Best Director (William Friedkin), Best Supporting Actor (Jason Miller), Best Supporting Actress (Linda Blair), Best Cinematography (Owen Roizman), Best Art Direction (Bill Malley and Jerry Wunderlich) and Best Editing (John C. Broderick, Bud S. Smith, Evan A. Lottman and Norman Gay).

Jaws (1975):
Best Editing: Verna Fields
Best Original Score: John Williams
Best Sound: Robert L. Hoyt, Roger Heman Jr., Earl Madery, John R. Carter
Also nominated for Best Picture.

King Kong (1976)
Special Achievement Award for Visual Effects: Carlo Rambaldi, Glen Robinson, Frank Van der Veer
Also nominated for Best Cinematography (Richard H. Kline) and Best Sound (Harry W. Tetrick, William L. McCaughey, Aaron Rochin and Jack Solomon).

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