Why? Because it was such a good horror film that the term “horror film” didn’t fit. It was the return of the young Roman Polanski who made Repulsion. It was one of the very few “horror films” (if we must use that term) to work in adult terms — truly sophisticated, psychologically layered and all of the spooky stuff done in-camera. I don’t care about the Gold Derby odds or the campaigning or any of that stuff. By the light of the Godz it deserved a Best Picture nomination. Period.