This Day in Oscar History: May 23 (2015)

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Film Preview: Manglehorn (2015)

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Release Date:

June 19, 2015

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Left heartbroken by the woman he loved and lost many years ago, Manglehorn, an eccentric small-town locksmith, tries to start his life over again with the help of a new friend.”

Poster: D

Review: Is Al Pacino trying to get the producers of the Bond films to cast him as Blofeld? This design is entirely ill-fitting for a film like this.

Trailer: C

Review: As nice as it is to see two fine actors working beside one another (Al Pacino and Holly Hunter), the trailer is cumbersome, meandering and disappointing.

Oscar Prospects:

Al Pacino will be discussed and the film could be a sleeper Oscar contender, but I think it will ultimately fail to materialize.

Revisions:

(May 17, 2015) Original

Oscar in Box Office History (Week 21, 2015)

Every week, we’ll take a look back in 5-year intervals in the box office past to explore how Oscar’s nominees were doing at the box office that weekend historically. All data is collected from Box Office Mojo. The first section under each year is the positioning of all Oscar nominees during that weekend at the box office (as well as a section looking at the inflation-adjusted numbers). The third 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. If you have any suggestions for more data you’d like to see, please let us know.

This Year: Potential Oscar Nominees Releasing This Weekend

Tomorrowland (Wide)

Oscar Potential: Original Score, Production Design, Costume Design, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Visual Effects.

When Marnie Was There (Limited)

Oscar Potential: Animated Feature.

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The NEW Friday Face-Off #95

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 (or fewer depending on the week) below. Our first few weeks were to select winners in cases of ties or in years where multiple categories existed for each discipline. After that, we started going 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 (or fewer) face-offs. So, let’s get started.

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This Day in Oscar History: May 22 (2015)

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Poll: Best Film Editing (1999 – 2003)

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Best Film Editing Poll: 1999 – 2003

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Film Preview: The Gift (2015)

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Release Date:

July 31, 2015

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A young married couple’s lives are thrown into a harrowing tailspin when an acquaintance from the husband’s past brings mysterious gifts and a horrifying secret to light after more than 20 years.”

Poster: C+ / B- / C+

Review: (#1-#3) This trio of posters, although they form an effective triptych for the film, aren’t equal with the door open design being the best of the three.

Trailer: B

Review: Seeing Jason Bateman in a rare thriller is interesting, but the trailer plays off of standard tropes making the potential mystery at the center feel like an antiquated concept.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(May 17, 2015) Original

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Oscar Profile #237: Harry Stradling Sr.

Dorian GrayBorn in Newark, New Jersey on September 1, 1901, Harry Stradling was the nephew of Mary Pickford’s cinematographer, Walter Stradling. He came to Hollywood upon graduating high school in 1918 to apprentice under his uncle, but his uncle died suddenly on July 4, 1918 leaving him to seek work through his uncle’s connections. Known throughout his career as Harry Stradling, the Sr. was added to the fourteen-time Oscar nominee and two-time winner posthumously to avoid confusion with his Oscar nominated son, cinematographer Harry Stradling, Jr.

Although Stradling’s career began almost immediately, none of the films he made throughout the 1920s were prestige films. It wasn’t until the1930s when he went to work for Jacques Feyder in France that he developed a sterling reputation for his work on such films as Le Grand Jeu and Carnival in Flanders. Moving to England in the late 1930s, his reputation became enhanced with such films as Knight Without Armor, Pygamlion, The Citadel and Jamaica Inn.

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This Day in Oscar History: May 21 (2015)

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Poll: What Are You Watching? (May 22-24, 2015)

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What Are You Watching? (May 22-24, 2015)

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Film Preview: Black Mass (2015)

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Release Date:

September 18, 2015

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “The true story of Whitey Bulger, the brother of a state senator and the most infamous violent criminal in the history of South Boston, who became an FBI informant to take down a Mafia family invading his turf.”

Poster: C

Review: This isn’t even remotely original and will do exceedingly little to sell the film.

Trailer: B

Review: This tense trailer sets this up as one of Johnny Depp’s most capable and chilling performances in years. It also positions this as a more accessible, more recent crime drama which could appeal to audiences who aren’t really into Depression Era efforts.

Oscar Prospects:

Johnny Depp is in the hunt for another Oscar nomination and unless the film is absolute garbage, he should get it. If the film’s exceptionally good, it could earn several nods including one for Best Picture.

Revisions:

(May 17, 2015) Original

Looking at the Weekend: May 22-24, 2015

Tomorrowland will handily crush the competition.

Individual Commentaries

Wesley Lovell: I’m not interested in the bastardization of one of the 1980’s greatest horror films, so Tomorrowland is my choice.
Peter J. Patrick: Seems like deja-vu all over again with a horror classic remake, a feature-length advertisement for a Disney theme park and a possible treat in the form of a non-Disney animated feature.
Tripp Burton: As summer season picks up, we have some distinctive, original looking fare coming out. And an unnecessary reboot.
Thomas LaTourrette: Tomorrowland might prove more interesting than its previews, but the low-key animated When Marnie Was There sounds like the more interesting movie.

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2015 Tentpole Season Preview: June

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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2015 Oscar Predictions: The Beginning

As is our Cinema Sight tradition, this month, we announce our first, super-early predictions for the Academy Award nominations this year. With less than half the year completed, there are a lot of question marks in the field and while we try our best to anticipate the fickle impressions of Academy voters, these predictions should be taken with a planet-sized grain of salt.

This is always a fun exercise and while we know we aren’t likely to be that accurate by year’s end, it will be interesting to see how things shape up based on the present landscape.

We start out slow with only the major categories.
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This Day in Oscar History: May 20 (2015)

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