Stranger Things Represents the Horror Genre with Golden Globe Awards Nominations

by John Evans

Horror movies and television shows aren’t often represented during end of year awards seasons. Oftentimes, the content of the horror genre doesn’t fit the narrow set of qualities that judges look for when selecting the winners of their most prestigious awards.

Enter Stranger Things, the Netflix 80’s throwback that took the television-viewing nation by storm this summer! From the minds of the Duffer Brothers, the show blended a perfect mix of monsters, horror, science fiction and action, with clever homages to 1980’s filmmaking sprinkled throughout. As fans spent the summer falling in love with its characters and its contagious nostalgia, members of the Hollywood Foreign Press were considering the series for some Golden Globe Awards. Stranger Things has been nominated for “Best Television Series- Drama,” and Winona Ryder has been nominated for “Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series- Drama.” After starring in such spooky hits as Beetlejuice and Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Ryder has not been as active in the world of acting in recent years. She chose an excellent project to return with, and her hard work and talent is being recognized by fans and critics alike.

The only other work that has been nominated, which even remotely relates to the horror genre, is Nocturnal Animals, which contains more suspense and thriller elements than elements of traditional horror. It is nominated for “Best Screenplay,” while Tom Ford has been nominated for “Best Director- Motion Picture,” and Aaron Taylor-Johnson has been nominated for “Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture.”

Hopefully more judges will consider horror stories for end of year awards as fans and critics begin to take the genre more and more seriously. Never mind “best horror film of the year”… The Witch was one of the best films of the year, featuring directing and acting that could rival anything else that can be found on the nominations list.

The 74th Golden Globe Awards will air on Sunday, January 9th, 2017 on NBC. For a full list of nominees, click this link.  Stay tuned to Horror News Network for word on any other nominations or awards Stranger Things might receive in the coming months.

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