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An Open Ballot: The 2020 Thingy Awards


Forget Super Tuesday! Vote for something that really matters… like the best horror movies, actors, actresses, and directors from the genre in 2020! The Scariest Things 2020 Thingy Awards are being made open to our fans to be the jury for our second annual awards!

It was another good year for the horror genre, to close a decade that was very good for the horror genre. To celebrate the best that was for 2019’s crop of horror films, it is now time for the Scariest Things 2020 Thingy awards! This year we are opening it up to all of our readers and fans who would like to participate. You don’t have to have seen all the movies, but if you are a horror movie junkie, and have seen a number of these, we’d love to include your input!

Here is a Link to our 2020 Ballot.

On the ballot, there is a tab marked “Other” for you to add write-in candidates. We’ve added a few more categories this year to help recognize other aspects of the genre. Best Breakout Rising Star, Best TV series. Best Poster. and Best Screenplay. And here are the nominees:

Best Actress in a leading horror movie role:
  • Florence Pugh, Midsommar
  • Lupita Nyong’o, Us
  • Riley Keogh, The Lodge
  • Samara Weaving, Ready or Not
  • Jessica Chastain, It: Chapter 2
  • Maeve Higgins, Extra Ordinary
  • Kate Scoladario, Crawl
Best Actor in a leading horror movie role:
  • Robert Pattinson, The Lighthouse
  • Jeremy Gardner, Sadistic Intentions
  • Miles Robbins, Daniel Isn’t Real
  • Elijah Wood, Come to Daddy
  • Willem Dafoe, The Lighthouse
  • Alex Breaux, Depraved
  • Ewan MacGregor, Doctor Sleep
Best Acrtress in a supporting horror movie role:
  • Emily Tyra, Harpoon
  • Rebecca Romjin, Satanic Panic
  • Nicky Guadagni, Ready or Not
  • Elizabeth Banks, Brightburn
  • Ruby Modine, Satanic Panic
  • Karin Michaelson, Finale
  • Rebecca Ferguson, Doctor Sleep
Best Actor in a supporting horror movie role
  • Patrick Schwarzenegger, Daniel Isn’t Real
  • Barry Pepper: Crawl
  • Will Forte, Extra Ordinary
  • Jack Raynor, Midsommar
  • Bill Hader, It: Chapter 2
  • Stephen McHattie, Come to Daddy
  • Winston Duke: Us
The Fay Wray Award: The Breakout Rising Star
  • Haley Griffith, Satanic Panic
  • Freya Tingley, The Sonata
  • Christopher Rygh, The Head Hunter
  • Taylor Russell, Escape Room
  • Kiersey Clemons, Sweetheart
  • Sierra McCormack, The Vast of Night
  • Jaeden Martell, The Lodge
  • Zachery Byrd, Pledge
The Gateway Award: Best Horror Film for a young or new horror fans
  • Godzilla, King of the Monsters
  • Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
  • Escape Room
  • Head Count
  • Happy Death Day 2U
  • Little Monsters
  • Extra Ordinary
  • Itsy Bitsy
The Abbott and Costello Award: Best Use of Humor in a Horror Film
  • Nekrotronic
  • Ready or Not
  • Harpoon
  • Satanic Panic
  • Us
  • Little Monsters
  • Extra Ordinary
The Best Movie Poster of the Year
  • Killer Sofa
  • The Color out of Space
  • The Wind
  • Daniel Isn’t Real
  • Ready or Not
  • Pet Semetary
  • Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
Best Looking Horror Movie (Cinematography and VFX)
  • Midsommar
  • The Lighthouse
  • The Vast of Night
  • Godzilla, King of the Monsters
  • The Wind
  • The Lodge
  • The Color Out of Space
Best Sounding Movie (Including SFX, Mixing, Score and Soundtrack)
  • The Sonata
  • The Lighthouse
  • The Vast of Night
  • Godzilla, King of the Monster
  • The Wind
  • Us
  • Brightburn
Best International Horror Film
  • Finale (Denmark)
  • Nekrotronic (Australia)
  • Extra Ordinary (Ireland)
  • Black Circle (Sweden/Mexico)
  • The Lake Vampire (Venezuela)
  • Dachra (Tunisia)
  • Queen of Spades: The Dark Rite (Russia)
The Bloodbath Award: The Best use of exploitation or gore in a horror movie in 2019.
  • Bliss
  • Come to Daddy
  • Porno
  • Ready or Not
  • Finale
  • Brightburn
  • Satanic Panic
The Best Screenplay in 2019 Horror
  • The Vast of Night, James Montague and Craig Sanger
  • The Lighthouse, Robbert Eggers and Max Eggers
  • Us, Jordan Peele
  • Midsommar, Ari Aster
  • Depraved, Larry Fessenden
  • Come to Daddy, Toby Harvard
  • Satanic Panic, Grady Hendrix
Best Monster of 2019
  • The alligators in Crawl
  • The giant spider of Itsy Bitsy
  • Pennywise in It: Chapter 2
  • The Sea Monster in Sweetheart
  • King Ghidorah in Godzilla, King of the Monsters
  • Mothra in Godzilla, King of the Monsters
  • The Pale Lady in Scary Stories to tell in the Dark
The Best Horror TV Series 2019
  • American Horror Story: 1984, FX
  • Los Espookys, HBO
  • The Terror: Infamy, AMC
  • What we Do in the Shadows, FX
  • Typewriter, Netflix
  • The Swamp Thing, DC Universe
  • Stranger Things: Season 3: Netflix
  • NOS4A2, AMC
Best Horror Short
  • The Darlings, dir. Liz Tabish
  • Finley, Dir Zachary Thurman
  • Five Course Meal, dir James Cadden
  • Alien 40th Anniversary: Ore, dir The Spear Sisters
  • Nose Nose Nose Eyes! (South Korea), dir. Jiwon Moon
  • Vinyl Destination, dir. Daniel Cummings
  • We Found a Monkey’s Paw, dir. Aaron Pagniano
  • The Hide Behind, dir. Parker Finn
  • My First Time (Israel), dir. Asaf Livni
The Best Horror Moment of the Year
  • The discovery of whether Le Bail’s curse is for real, in Ready or Not.
  • Danica does an intestinal divination, in Satanic Panic.
  • The alligators get the jump on the looters in Crawl.
  • The Chinese restaurant scene in It: Chapter 2.
  • The Tyler Family gets ambushed by their doppelgangers in Us.
  • The pledges get branded in Pledge.
  • Christian in the bear suit at the end of Midsommar.
  • The rise of King Ghidorah in Godzilla, King of the Monsters.
The Best Horror Director of 2019
  • Ari Aster, Midsommar
  • Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, Ready or Not
  • Jordan Peele, Us
  • Robert Eggers, The Lighthouse
  • Chelsea Stardust, Satanic Panic
  • Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz, The Lodge
  • Alexandre Aja, Crawl
The Best Horror Feature – Independent/Limited Release
  • Extra Ordinary
  • Come to Daddy
  • Daniel Isn’t Real
  • The Lodge
  • Pledge
  • The Sonata
  • Sweetheart
  • Satanic Panic
The Best Horror Feature – Wide Studio Release
  • It: Chapter 2
  • Midsommar
  • The Lighthouse
  • Crawl
  • Ready or Not
  • Doctor Sleep
  • Us
  • The Color Out of Space

So, if you have an opinion on these films, go to our ballot and share your thoughts with us! And if you feel like you haven’t seen enough of the movies to make an educated selection, think of this as your guide to 2019 horror movies. Almost all of the feature films are now out and available. (Extra Ordinary and The Lodge are in theater runs right now.)

The Scariest Things will be announcing the winners on March 8, and we will post our recording soon afterwards. For those who wish to join us, have fun, and thanks for being part of the TST community!

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