Whether it's legitimate or just the perception of insiders, there's no arguing the importance and prestige of the Oscars
to the film industry. It may matter much to many film critics and especially the public at large, but it's still seen as a litmus test and mechanism for change in Hollywood. And occasionally it does do some genuine good. There are films that are made with Awards season in mind that, otherwise, might not be made at all.
That said, the Academy has some old, bad habits that it's still trying to break. One of the biggest ones is its dismissal of genre films. For every omission of someone like Ben Affleck as Best Director for "Argo," there are untold dozens George Romeros and Alfred Hitchcocks who have the utmost respect of their peers but never won the coveted statue. Genre films receive technical awards and, at best, an occasional token nomination. But you can almost see the Academy holding their noses when they put these films on the ballot.
So we decided to take a look at fifteen genre films that we think have been criminally overlooked in the past when it came time to give out gold statuettes.
The phrase "genre films" may invoke some discussion in and of itself. There was a time when it was used in place of calling something a "B movie." In recent years, however, it has come to define any film that follows a set of conventions or appeals to a fandom – for example sci-fi, horror, fantasy, sword and sorcery, and so on. That said, for the purposes of this list, we're going with that particular definition.The Empire Strikes Back
Yet another Romero masterpiece of zombie mayhem that got overlooked. This one is really the only one that may have once been considered as falling into that category of "B film," but it's so well done that I think it's wholly undeserving of such a dismissive title.
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