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This Day in Oscar History: December 20 (2014)

Here's what happened today in Oscar History.

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Film Preview: The Divergent Series: Insurgent (2015)

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Release Date:

March 20, 2015

Synopsis:

From IMDb: "Beatrice Prior must confront her inner demons and continue her fight against a powerful alliance which threatens to tear her society apart."

Poster: B- / C / C+ (7)

Review: (#1) The first design is a head-trip of mind-bending proportions. It doesn't say a damned thing about the film itself, but it's somewhat fun to look at. (#2) Then you have a design ripped right out of the first trailer and it's as unspectacular and unexciting as the poster was, possibly even less so.

(#3-#10) These seven character posters are distinct only in their differing poses. Apart from that, you probably couldn't tell these people apart, which does little for the certain accusations of sameness that will surely emerge.

Trailer: C+

Review: The toughest part of selling the first film was setting up the concept without giving away the plot. The problem here is that they've tried so very hard to avoid revealing the plot that they've created a modestly exciting, but ultimately boring teaser that doesn't even remotely dig into anything fans of the franchise are looking forward to.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(December 14, 2014) Original

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Oscar in Box Office History (Week 51, 2014)

Every week, we'll take a look back 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years into the box office past to explore how Oscar's nominees were doing at the box office that weekend historically. All data is taken from Box Office Mojo. The first section under each year is the positioning of all Oscar nominees during that weekend at the box office. The second section is an alphabetical list of those films and the categories in which they were nominated. And to start each week off, we'll be looking at the films releasing over the weekend that have the best chance of getting Oscar nominations and specifying the categories where we think they have the best chance at this stage of the game. Please let us know if you like our new feature or if you want to see more information and we'll see what we can do!

This Year: Potential Oscar Nominees Releasing This Weekend

Annie (Wide)

Oscar Potential: Original Song.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (Wide)

Oscar Potential: Original Score, Original Song, Film Editing, Cinematography, Production Design, Costume Design, Makeup & Hairstyling, Sound Mixing, Sound Effects, Visual Effects.

Mr. Turner (Limited)

Oscar Potential: Picture, Director, Actor (Timothy Spall), Original Screenplay.

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87th Oscars: Foreign Language Film Shortlist

The Academy has revealed their final shortlist. From here, only five films will be selected by the Academy for Best Foreign Language Film.

Before I get to my initial (brief) thoughts on which five of these will get nominated for Oscar, let's look at some of the acclaimed films I had thought might make it to this round of voting: "Two Days, One Night" from Belgium (starring Oscar contender Marion Cotillard); Brazil's "The Way He Looks" about a blind, gay teenager trying to come to terms with his sexuality; "Mommy" from Canada, a film that has generated a lot of buzz from director Xavier Dolan; French biopic "Saint Laurent" about famed clothing designer Yves Saint Laurent; the canine drama of "White God" from Hungary; Israel's late-breaking contender "Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem"; The Latvian animated feature dealing with depression "Rocks in My Pockets"; "Norte, The End of History" from The Philippines, director Lav Diaz's 4-hour epic; Switzerland's gay historical drama "The Circle"; "Winter Sleep" from Palme d'Or-winning director Nuri Bilge Ceylan.

Now, which films will carry over to Oscar? "Ida" and "Force Majeure" seem like locks. "Timbuktu" and "Leviathan" are also strong contenders. "Wild Tales" and "Tangerines" have had some precursor love. "Corn Island," "Accused" and "The Liberator" could be spoilers.

9 FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILMS ADVANCE IN OSCAR® RACE

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The NEW Friday Face-Off #72

We started over at the beginning of August 2013, but with a new, more streamlined methodology to collecting votes. Just choose one selection in each of the ten categories below. Our first few weeks will be to select winners in cases of ties or in years where multiple categories existed for each discipline. After that, we'll go into the full face-off contest where each winner will then move on to a second round to face off against others.

Here is this week's ten face-offs. So, let's get started.

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This Day in Oscar History: December 19 (2014)

Here's what happened today in Oscar History.

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Poll: Best Supporting Actress (1971 – 1975)

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Film Preview: Goodbye World (2014)

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Release Date:

April 4, 2014

Synopsis:

From IMDb: "When a mysterious terrorist attack causes chaos in the cities, a group of friends take refuge in their countryside cabin. But the challenges of living in a post-apocalyptic world soon take their toll on relationships within the group."

Poster: B

Review: An apocalyptic vision without tying itself to the relationship narrative at the heart of the film. It's anticlimactic without even watching the film.

Trailer: B- / C

Review: (#1) The initial trailer moves through events too quickly and establishes the film as something of an unoriginal, survivalist relationship drama set at the end of civilization. It might be interesting, but ultimately wasteful. (#2) Eliminating most references to the "end of the world" at the heart of the world, this trailer goes full-on interpersonal drama avoiding anything that might suggest there's conflict outside the house. At least the first trailer tried to suggest that much.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(December 14, 2014) Original

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Feed the Queue #202

Here are the results of last week's poll.

  1. Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
  2. Sleuth (1972)
  3. Ace in the Hole (1951)
  4. Mirage (1965)
  5. The Turning Point (1977)
  6. Working Girl (1988)

Since Sleuth, still doesn't appear to be on Netflix, Anatomy of a Murder wins and goes into my queue.

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OscarProfile #217: Harvey Weinstein

harveyBorn March 19, 1952 in Flushing, Queens, New York, New York, Harvey Weinstein is the best known film producer of the modern era. He is especially skilled at getting his films and the a actors in his films nominated for Oscars, for which there have been numerous wins over the years. Usually billed as a film’s executive producer, he himself has only been nominated for Oscars twice as the film’s producer for 1998’s Shakespeare in Love, which won and 2002’s Gangs of New York which lost to Chicago, a film he was an executive producer of.

Harvey and his younger brother Bob got their start in the 1970s producing rock concerts which they later filmed and released as documentaries in the late 1970s. They named their film production company Miramax after their parents, Mariam and Max. Their first commercial success was 1982’s The Policeman’s Other Ball. In addition to the films produced by the Weinsteins, Miramax successfully branched out as the distribution company for such films as the 1988 documentary The Thin Blue Line, Steven Soderbergh’s 1989 breakout hit sex, lies, and videotape and the 1990 art-house hits, The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Lover and Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!. When Weinstein sued the Motion Picture Association of America over the latter two film’s X rating, the MPAA yielded to a new rating, NC-17 which effectively allowed the films to be released to theaters that wouldn’t otherwise have allowed their showing.

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This Day in Oscar History: December 18 (2014)

Here's what happened today in Oscar History.

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Poll: What Are You Watching? (Dec. 19-21, 2014)

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Film Preview: Test (2014)

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Release Date:

June 6, 2014

Synopsis:

From IMDb: "San Francisco, 1985: Frankie confronts the challenges of being an understudy in a modern dance company as he embarks on a budding relationship with Todd, a veteran dancer in the same company and the bad boy to Frankie's innocent. As Frankie and Todd's friendship deepens, they navigate a world of risk - it's the early years of the epidemic - but also a world of hope, humor, visual beauty and musical relief."

Poster: C+ / C / C

Review: (#1-#3) The lovers-in-bed motif is shared between the three designs and while there's more detail in the second and third, the simpler first design is best.

Trailer: B-

Review: Apart from being an interesting examination of a dark period in gay history and the AIDS crisis, this trailer doesn't exactly generate a level of excitement or intrigue that might make it a more palatable option.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(December 14, 2014) Original

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Looking at the Weekend: Dec. 19-21, 2014

Sensing weakness, studios have done two bits of counter-programming for the final chapter of Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy. That won't likely matter as Jackson is bound to top the list once again.

Individual Commentaries

Wesley Lovell: I'm excited to finally get to the end of The Hobbit trilogy. Little else outside of Mr. Turnerlooks interesting.
Peter J. Patrick: This week's releases run the gamut from highly anticipated awards magnet Mr. Turner to an ill-conceived updated version of the depression era musical, Annie.
Tripp Burton: How many weeks can I say it? The wide releases all look bland, but there is gold to be found in limited release.
Thomas LaTourrette: It will be nice to see the final movie of the Hobbit trilogy, but the series has felt padded out. Hopefully, it will be a stronger film than the first two. Mr. Turner sounds worthwhile both for the cinematography and for the performance of Timothy Spall.

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2015 Spring Season Preview: January

The end of the year brings the most combative environment for films trying to become Oscar winners. The next four months will be an interesting proving round.

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