It’s nice to know other countries take the genre more seriously than ere in America. The Academy Awards are a fuckin’ joke, littered with a bunch of pretentious jerks self-congratulating themselves.
The last time our genre was taken seriously was back in 1991 when Silent of the Lambs won the Oscar gold.
THR has exciting news writing that Jennifer Kent’s acclaimed horror film, The Babadook (review, review), has tied with Russell Crowe’s directorial debut, The Water Diviner, for best film at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards, Australia’s pre-eminent film and TV awards, announced in Sydney on Thursday local time.
Kent also took home the AACTA Awards for best direction and best original screenplay for The Babadook(!), one year after her low budget thriller film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
Written and directed by Kent, the film stars Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall, Hayley McElhinney, Barbara West, and Ben Winspear.
“Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia (Essie Davis) is at a loss. She struggles to discipline her “out of control” 6-year-old, Samuel (Noah Wiseman), a son she finds impossible to love. Samuel’s dreams are plagued by a monster he believes is coming to kill them both. When a disturbing storybook called “The Babadook” turns up at their house, Samuel is convinced that the Babadook is the creature he’s been dreaming about.
His hallucinations spiral out of control; he becomes more unpredictable and violent. Amelia, genuinely frightened by her son’s behavior, is forced to medicate him. But when Amelia begins to see glimpses of a sinister presence all around her, it slowly dawns on her that the thing Samuel has been warning her about may be real.”
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