This Day in Oscar History: May 28 (2017)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Trailer Watch: The Mummy (2017) Updated

New Trailer (#4)

The Mummy, updated

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This Day in Oscar History: May 27 (2017)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Trailer Watch: War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) Updated

New Trailer (#3) / New Poster (#3)

War for the Planet of the Apes, updated

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Oscar in Box Office History (Week 21, 2017)

Every week, we’ll take a look back in 5-year intervals at the box office past to explore how Oscar’s nominees were doing at the box office each 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 shots 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

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (Wide)

Oscar Potential: Production Design, Costume Design, Makeup & Hairstyling, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Visual Effects.

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The NEW Friday Face-Off #200

We are currently working on the losers bracket.

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 26 (2017)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Poll: Remaking Best Picture, 2002

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Remaking Best Picture, 2002

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 (select up to 5)?

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Film Preview: The Glass Castle (2017)

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Release Date:

August 11, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A young girl comes of age in a dysfunctional family of nonconformist nomads with a mother who’s an eccentric artist and an alcoholic father who would stir the children’s imagination with hope as a distraction to their poverty. ”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: The vast sky taking up the plurality of the poster’s design is an overused gimmick that adds little to the film’s meaning and with a foreground image that does little heavy lifting, it’s a passable, but inconsequential design.

Trailer Rating: B

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Review: There’s some intense acting in the film and the design work looks impressive, but this feels like a film we’ve seen many times before and that doesn’t bolster its potential for a broad audience.

Oscar Prospects:

Another prior Oscar nominee is on deck. This time, she re-teams with her Short Term 12 director Dustin Cretton. This period family drama has all the earmarks of an Oscar contender, down to its star-studded cast and fierce dramatics. Larson gave her best performance in Short Term 12, not in Room, so with Cretton involved it could be a slam-dunk nomination for her. Woody Harrelson and Naomi Watts could also be solid players, but an Oscar contender doesn’t release in August, especially not early August, so unless the film gets major traction from the festivals, it may not be a big contender.

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Oscar Profile #341: William Hurt

Born March 20, 1950 in Washington, D.C. William Hurt’s mother Claire worked for Time, Inc. and his father Alfred worked for the State Dept. After their divorce, his mother married Henry Luce II and young William lived abroad in Lahore, Mogadishu and Khartoum where he father was stationed.

Educated at Tufts University and Julliard, Hurt began his career on the stage in the 1970s. On TV late in the decade, he made his film debut as the star of Ken Russell’s 1980 film, Altered States opposite Blair Brown. He then starred in Peter Yates’ 1981 film, Eyewitness with Sigourney Weaver, Christopher Plummer and James Woods. His next film, that same year, Lawrence Kasdan’s Body Heat opposite Kathleen Turner made him a star.

In December 1981, Hurt starred opposite Sally Field in a live TV broadcast of All the Way Home directed by Delbert Mann. He returned to the screen as part of the ensemble in Kasdan’s 1983 film, The Big Chill in which his co-stars included Glenn Close, Kevin Kline, Mary Kay Place, Jeff Goldblum, JoBeth Williams, Tom Berenger and Meg Tilly. The film was a Best Picture Oscar nominee.

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This Day in Oscar History: May 25 (2017)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Poll: What Are You Watching? (May 26-28, 2017)

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What Are You Watching? (May 26-28, 2017)

Cinema Sight Asks: What are you watching? (May 26-28, 2017)

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Film Preview: Battle of the Sexes (2017)

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(May 21, 2017) Original

Release Date:

September 22, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “The true story of the 1973 tennis match between World number one Billie Jean King and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs.”

Poster Rating: C+

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Review: An overly minimal design that has one nice central image, and a lot of ugly-colored blank space.

Trailer Rating: B

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Review: While they’ve chosen wisely in terms of actors, the film feels a bit formulaic, though there are plenty of hints at some atypical elements, which could certainly make it worth while.

Oscar Prospects:

Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris directed the Oscar-nominated Little Miss Sunshine. That alone should make this a prime Oscar contender. That the film stars last year’s Oscar winner Emma Stone and prior Oscar nominee Steve Carell should give anyone the sense that this could be a big Oscar player. Biopics are additionally popular, but the late-September release date does make one wonder if it will be a major player or a minor one. I suspect a handful of nominations, especially for Stone and Carell, but the film may not make big waves like Little Miss Sunshine did.

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2017 Summer Season Preview: June

Here we look at the upcoming month’s offerings.

June 2, 2017

Captain Underpants

Premise: From IMDb: “Two overly imaginative pranksters named George and Harold, hypnotize their principal into thinking he’s a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dimwitted superhero named Captain Underpants.”
Box Office Prospects: $85 M
Expectations: Uncertain. DreamWorks has a strange history with audiences. Even movies that are trashed by critics still do well and some that aren’t do poorly. It’s almost a crap-shoot whether it will succeed or not. After The Boss Baby,. It’s possible that parents will take their kids to see anything animated if given an option, which could help the film, but the impending release of Pixar’s Cars 3 could depress attendance afte rthe first two weekends.
Oscar Prospects: None.
Cinema Sight Preview: See my preview of this title here.

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Looking at the Weekend: May 26-28, 2017

When you have a venerable franchise against a movie that no one seems to be clamoring for, the venerable franchise should win. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales maybe the latest in a series that’s grown long in the tooth, but its main competition is Baywatch, a film that hopes to tap into the audience that made 21 Jump Street a surprise hit. The difference here is critics. They have been consistently negative on both films and, for Baywatch, that’s not a good sign since Jump Street did fairly well with critics.

Our Highest Rated Films: Pirates of the Caribbean (sort of)
Our Best Awards Ratings: Baywatch (Razzies)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Buena Vista Social Club: Adios
The Here After
Long Strange Trip – The Untold Story of The Grateful Dead

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