When the Academy rolls out its nominees and hands out its gongs, it gives an income boost to those titles still playing in cinemas (usually outside the US) or releasing on to other platforms.
At the other end of spectrum, there are awards for which nomination or even a win are likely to add not many if any extra dollars to the filmmakers’ bank accounts. Some such awards are just too small or too local to register. Some are of reasonable size and for the enjoyment of fans and aficionados.
Among the many gongfests around the world which fall into that latter category is Fangoria’s Chainsaw Awards. Worth nothing to winners except kudos, but much-loved among the horror film-loving community.
After a couple of skeletally thin year’s for NZ nominations, this year’s nomination list offers plenty of opportunity to show some love for local and locally-made fare.
Krampus and Ash vs Evil Dead (pictured, top) lead the way, collecting three nominations apiece.
For Best Make-Up/Creature FX, Weta Workshop (Krampus) is nominated against Roger Murray and Main Reactor for Deathgasm. Murray won the gong in 2014, with
Jane O’Kane, for Evil Dead.
In the Best TV Supporting Actress category, Ash vs Evil Dead’s Dana DeLorenzo goes up against Lucy Lawless, nominated for her turn in Salem.
Picking up two nods is Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi What We Do in the Shadows, up for Best Screenplay and Best Limited Release/D2V. From across the ditch, Joel Edgerton’s The Gift. Last year, Jennifer Kent’s The Babadook won four awards.
The Chainsaw Awards are proudly vox pop so get stuck in here to show some love for your fellow filmmakers’ work.