Poll: Remaking Best Picture, 1998

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Remaking Best Picture, 1998

In 1997, I began offering up Oscar Hopefuls, a list of contenders for each category at the Oscars. Today, we start a new series of polls that attempts to rebuild various categories based on what films were nominated, which were hopeful for nominations, and which were honored by precursor groups. Our first series will be for Best Picture. From 1997 forward, we’ll present a list of contenders from which you can select five or ten (depending on the year and the rules) to make up the Best Picture slate. There will be an “Other” option, but you can only use this once and you’ll have to specify your other in the comments. We start where we always start: Best Picture.

Cinema Sight Asks: Which Hopefuls Should Have Been Nominated for Best Picture (choose up to 5)?

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Film Preview: American Assassin (2017)

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(April 23, 2017) Original

Release Date:

September 15, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A story centered on counterterrorism agent Mitch Rapp.”

Poster Rating: B-

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Review: This slightly-redacted poster design is different, but lacks life in many ways. Interesting will cut it in the interim, but a better design needs to be forthcoming.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: There are some compelling elements in the trailer that suggest a film with some potential. However, it also looks like a film that borrows too heavily from well-worn tropes making it seem inauthentic or unoriginal.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

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Oscar Preview: Who’ll Be Back? – Part 6

On our message board, the UAADB (Unofficial Academy Award Discussion Board), we have an annual tradition where we look at the year’s Oscar nominees in certain categories and try to decide if the individual will make a return to the Oscars at some point in the near future. There’s also a bonus round for predicting what non-nominated talent who was a major competitor during the given year will soon become an Oscar nominee.

I’m turning that concept into a 7-week feature for Cinema Sight. In addition to the acting and directing categories that our posters typically cite, I’m going to throw in Animated Feature brining the category count to six plus an additional week for the bonus round.

In our penultimate week, let’s look at Best Director.

Best Director

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Oscar Profile #337: Jonathan Demme

Born February 22, 1944 in Baldwin, N.Y., (Robert) Jonathan Demme was the son of Robert Demme, a public relations manager and his wife, Dorothy. The family later moved to Florida, where he graduated from Southwest Miami High School and the University of Florida.

Demme had an early job as a film critic for a shopping guide in Coral Gables. Producer Joseph E. Levine, was vacationing in Miami when he read Demme’s review of Zulu. He was so impressed, he hired him to handle publicity for his Avco Embassy films. In 1971, he went to work for Roger Corman and soon began his film career as a director of exploitation films for Corman. Among them were Black Mama White Mama, Caged Heat and Crazy Mama. His first critically acclaimed film was 1977’s Citizens Band, which did better at the box-office when rereleased as Handle with Care. It earned an Oscar nomination for Best Film Editing.

1979’s Last Embrace starring Roy Scheider and Janet Margolin earned strong notices, while 1980’s Melvin and Howard earned the National Society of Film Critics Award as Best Film of the Year. It also earned Mary Steenburgen a slew of awards, including the Oscar, for Best Supporting Actress. His successes later in the decade included Swing Shift starring Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell and Oscar nominated Christine Lahti; Something Wild starring Jeff Daniels, Melanie Griffith and Ray Liotta and Married to the Mob starring Michelle Pfeiffer, Matthew Modine and Oscar nominee Dean Stockwell. It was, however, 1991’s The Silence of the Lambs that provided Demme with the opportunity of his career.

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This Day in Oscar History: April 27 (2017)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

Born

Died

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Poll: What Are You Watching? (Apr. 28-30, 2017)

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What Are You Watching? (Apr. 28-30, 2017)

Cinema Sight Asks: What are you watching? (Apr. 28-30, 2017)

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Film Preview: Wakefield (2017)

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(April 23, 2017) Original

Release Date:

May 19, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A man’s nervous breakdown causes him to leave his wife and live in his attic for several months.”

Poster Rating: –


Review: There was no poster immediately available for my review. Should one become available in the future, this section will be updated.

Trailer Rating: B-

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Review: It’s a different story, one that’s set up decently in this trailer. Yet, it still seems like a somewhat selfish endeavor with only a couple of really fascinating bits (including the glass-dropping segment). The film looks like it could be interesting or worthless, but never picks one direction to go with it.

Oscar Prospects:

Bryan Cranston could be up for consideration for another Oscar, but the May release may be too early to be remembered late in the year.

Trailer #1

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2017 Summer Season Preview: May

Here we look at the upcoming month’s offerings.

May 5, 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2

Premise: From IMDb: “Set to the backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ continues the team’s adventures as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage.”
Box Office Prospects: $375 M
Expectations: Excellent. The original film made $333 million at the box office, the sequel has more hype, more name recognition, and therefore every opportunity to surpass its original tally.
Oscar Prospects: Good. The first film earned two Oscar nominations, though it was expected to pick up more. I suspect that it will make another appearance this year, but perhaps only in one category this time out.
Cinema Sight Preview: See my preview of this title here.

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Looking at the Weekend: Apr. 28-30, 2017

Emma Watson has a chance to make a splash on the big screen for the second time this year with her lead role in an adaptation of the popular futuristic novel The Circle. Apart from the third week of The Fate of the Furious, there isn’t much competing against The Circle. Fellow release How to Be a Latin Lover isn’t the kind of movie that tops box office charts.

Our Highest Rated Films: The Circle
Our Best Awards Ratings: The Circle (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Below Her Mouth
Grey Lady
The King’s Case Note
The Promise (Expanding) (Read our Looking at the Weekend commentary here.)

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This Day in Oscar History: April 26 (2017)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

Born

Died

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Trailer Watch: The Wizard of Lies (2017) Updated

New Trailer (#2)

The Wizard of Lies, updated

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The DVD Report #513

Woman of the Year is one of the best Criterion Collection Blu-ray releases ever. Not only do we get George Stevens’ classic 1942 film, the first of nine films over a twenty-six-year period starring Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, we get loads of significant extras.

The extras include a new on-camera interview with George Stevens Jr., a 1967 audio interview with George Stevens, a new interview with George Stevens biographer Marilyn Ann Moss, an appropriately titled 20-minute documentary on Katharine Hepburn called Woman of the Century, and two of the best feature-length film show biz documentaries of all time, 1984’s George Stevens: A Filmmaker’s Journey by George Stevens Jr. and 1986’s The Spencer Tracy Legacy: A Tribute by Katharine Hepburn.

The film itself won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay and a much-deserved nomination for Hepburn. Oddly enough, neither Hepburn nor Tracy received a nomination for any of their other collaborations until their last, 1967’s Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, for which Tracy was nominated posthumously and Hepburn finally won her elusive second Oscar.

Women at preview audiences found Hepburn’s feminist character too smug so they re-filmed the ending which made her character more human by having her made vulnerable by not knowing how to fry an egg. For a time, more modern women scoffed at that, as women being successful in the kitchen as well as the office have become commonplace. Maybe it’s time to relax and just enjoy the film for what it is, one of the smartest comedies ever made.

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This Day in Oscar History: April 25 (2017)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

Born

Died

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Poll: Now That You’ve Seen “Born in China”

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Now That You’ve Seen Born in China…?

Cinema Sight Asks: Now that you've seen "Born in China," which DisneyNature documentary is best?

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Trailer Watch: The Beguiled (2017) Updated

New Trailer (#2)

The Beguiled, updated

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