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‘The Babadook’ Wins Best Film and Director At Australian Oscars!

Babadook Disappointing

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.”




  • tbaio

    The 1st sentence of this article could not be any more true. It is nice to see horror blend in with equally with the other “more respectable” genres. The last time I saw the same horror treatment here in the US was way back in the early 1990’s with The Silence of the Lambs. I tip my hat to the Aussie audience & film judges.

  • J Jett

    while i think the movie is way over-hyped and while i don’t think it was even close to being the best horror movie of 2014 (it was a decent film) the fact that Essie Davis didn’t win an award for this is outrageous. she was FANTASTIC in this. she’s amazing.

    • AlanMorlock

      Just an honest question, what would you say was the best horror film last year?

  • astronauta69

    well deserved

  • Maxime C

    Well that’s a cool surprise !!

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  • liltrav88888

    while i hate the academy awards some yrs like when the fucking artist won that bullshit silent movie i think there are plenty of good options this yr like boyhood, birdman, american sniper, & whiplash

    • TCM66633

      I agree with that list except for American Sniper, cause that movie was terrible

  • Vicente Garcia

    Tell us how you really feel about the Oscars, Brad…
    To be fair, so many genre films are so terrible each year that 99% of them don’t deserve Oscars. The Babadook would only be nominated in Best Foreign Film too–it’s not an American film.
    Which leads to: most of each years best horror films aren’t from the U.S.! The only horror film of the last decade that I can even think of being Oscar-nominated is THE MIST. (Best Supporting Actress – Marcia Gay Harden, Best Adapted Script)
    Otherwise–Saw, Paranormal Activity, VHS being nominated? Um…no. If we want the Oscars to start taking us seriously, we need to cut the remake/sequel shit and start making some original, scary, well-acted/directed movies.

    • AlanMorlock

      It wouldn’t be up for foreign film as that is specifically Best Foreign Language film. The Babadook is in English.

  • Victor

    I mean honestly to me this movie wasn’t all that, it got to much hype to be fair its kind of mediocre.

  • dirtyghettok

    I loved this intense film with an original ending. It deserves all the hype it is getting.

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