This Day in Oscar History: September 23 (2017)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Film Preview: The Florida Project (2017)

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(September 17, 2017) Original

Release Date:

October 6, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Set over one summer, the film follows precocious 6-year-old Moonee as she courts mischief and adventure with her ragtag playmates and bonds with her rebellious but caring mother, all while living in the shadows of Disney World.”

Poster Rating: C+

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Review: Reminds me a bit of the poster design for Short Term 12. It somewhat highlights the joys of youth and pulls images from the trailer to create linking familiarity.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: Straight forward dramas are a dime a dozen and it’s hard to sell a film like this without making it feel a touch hokey. The trailer tries going for the acclaim angle hoping to set it apart in a crowded marketplace. That may not work.

Oscar Prospects:

There’s chatter that Willem Dafoe turns in an Oscar-caliber performance, which could catapult this film into the Oscar race, but unlikely anywhere other than Best Supporting Actor. Dafoe could also win thanks to a longevity that few actors can truly lay claim to.

Trailer #1

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Oscar in Box Office History (Week 38, 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

The Lego Ninjago Movie (Wide)

Oscar Potential: Animated Feature.

Battle of the Sexes (Limited)

Oscar Potential: Picture, Director, Actor (Steve Carell), Actress (Emma Stone), Original Screenplay, Editing.

Stronger (Limited)

Oscar Potential: Actor (Jake Gyllenhaal).

Victoria and Abdul (Limited)

Oscar Potential: Actress (Judi Dench), Production Design, Costume Design.

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The NEW Friday Face-Off #217

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: September 22 (2017)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Poll: Remaking Best Actor, 1999

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Remaking Best Actor, 1999

In our second pass of the Oscar nominees from 1997 through 2016, we take a look at the nominees for Best Actor. Each week, we’ll present a list of contenders from which you can select five to make up the Best Actor 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. No on to the game: Best Actor.

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

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Film Preview: Red Sparrow (2018)

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(September 17, 2017) Original

Release Date:

March 2, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A sexy Russian spy falls for a CIA officer and considers becoming a double agent.”

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: C+

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Review: That it looks like a non-heroic version of the Black Widow character from Avengers: Age of Ultron doesn’t make it seem any less interesting, just less original and less necessary.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

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Oscar Profile #358: Christopher Walken

Born March 31, 1943 in Astoria, Queens, the son of a bakery owner and his wife, Ronald Walken, named by his mother after her favorite actor, Ronald Colman, and his brothers Kenneth and Glenn were child actors on television and in the theatre in the 1950s.

Initially billed as Ronnie, the actor changed his first name in 1964 to Christopher. His breakthrough role came in the 1963 Off-Broadway revival of Best Foot Forward opposite Liza Minnelli. His Broadway credits include featured roles in 1958’s The Visit in support of Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne; 1964’s High Spirits in support of Beatrice Lillie, Tammy Grimes and Edward Woodward and 1965’s Baker Street in support of Fritz Weaver and Inga Swenson. He was more prominently featured as the young King of France in 1966’s The Lion in Winter in support of Robert Preston and Rosemary Harris.

Walken’s breakthrough screen role came in 1971’s The Anderson Tapes in support of Sean Connery. He had important roles in 1966’s Next Stop, Greenwich Village and 1977’s The Sentinel, Annie Hall and Roseland. His role in 1978’s The Deer Hunter brought him an Oscar and lasting fame. He continued in major films for the next ten years, among which were The Last Embrace, Heaven’s Gate, The Dogs of War, Pennies from Heaven, Brainstorm, The Dead Zone, A View to a Kill, At Close Range, The Milago Beanfield War and Biloxi Blues. In 1991, he was nominated for an Emmy for his performance in Sarah, Plain and Tall opposite Glenn Close, a role he reprised in 1993’s Skylark and again in 1999’s Winter’s End.

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This Day in Oscar History: September 21 (2017)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Poll: What Are You Watching? (Sep. 22-24, 2017)

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What Are You Watching? (Sep. 22-24, 2017)

Cinema Sight Asks: What are you watching? (Sep. 22-24, 2017)

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Trailer Watch: The Shape of Water (2017) Updated

New Trailer (#2) / New Poster (#2)

The Shape of Water, updated

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2017 Oscar Season Preview: October

Here we look at the upcoming month’s offerings.

October 6, 2017

Blade Runner 2049

Premise: From IMDb: “Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.”
Box Office Prospects: $150 M
Expectations: Good. Although the original film made less than $100 million at the box office back in 1982 (adjusted for inflation), the film has earned a reputation as one of the big cult hits of the 1980s. As such, there will be plenty of interest in it from old and young audiences, which could make it a solid success.
Oscar Prospects: Uncertain. The original film has since become a classic. The sequel might also, but the Academy has seldom shown an interest in recognizing such productions. It could show up in a few tech categories, but unless it’s among the cream of the crop, it’s not going to get much chance above the line.
Cinema Sight Preview: See my preview of this title here.

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Looking at the Weekend: Sep. 22-24, 2017

While Kingsman: The Secret Service was a surprise hit, its opening weekend was roughly $20 million off the weekend opener of the previous Lego animation entry. The Lego Ninjago Movie isn’t likely to perform to The Lego Batman Movie‘s $53 million opening and Kingsman: The Golden Circle is sure to top its predecessor’s $36 million, but will that be enough to get Kingsman on top of Lego. With little family fare at the box office and Kingsman‘s R rating, I suspect that Lego will win the weekend, but not by a wide margin.

Our Highest Rated Films: Battle of the Sexes, Stronger
Our Best Awards Ratings: Battle of the Sexes (Oscars), Victoria and Abdul (Oscars), Stronger (Oscars), The Lego Ninjago Movie (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Brad’s Status (Expanding) (Read our previous Looking at the Weekend commentary here.)
Bobbi Jean
Ribbons
Unrest
Zoology

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This Day in Oscar History: September 20 (2017)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Trailer Watch: Marshall (2017) Updated

New Trailer (#2) / New Poster (#1)

Marshall, updated

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