Horror and Sci-Fi are definitely being represented at the academy awards this year with Get Out and the Shape of Water up for best picture. But you don’t usually see a lot of wins for movies of that genre and wins are basically nonexistent. This is because the awards are chosen by members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences — which has about 7,000 members. Since they want to uphold the respectable nature of academy, they tend to vote for epic, long form films — especially if they talk about the glamour of Hollywood.
Many are stuck in their ways and don’t see horror of sci-fi as particularly “respectable” genres.
Ever since Metropolis was snubbed at the Academy Awards in favor of more traditional films, genre and sci-fi has been obscured away from the credit they deserve. And ever since the academy expended the amount of best picture nominees. This is great because more genre films get recognized, but it also means that that it spreads the votes out of more movies. Meanwhile, members who vote purely on more traditional movies vote expectedly, so those films usually end up winning.
But fortunately, after the #OscarsSoWhite scandal, the academy added 638 new members, in order to freshen up its perspective a bit. And, it’s already paying off with Films like “Moonlight” winning best picture last year. So hopefully means that less traditional, but just a deserving movies get proper recognition.