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This Day in Oscar History: November 28 (2014)

Here's what happened today in Oscar History.

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2014 Screener Watch: Fox Searchlight

Fox Searchlight has a heavy slate this year with Birdman alone. Throw in Best Actress contender Reese Witherspoon for Wild and they have a pretty good shot at several nominations. Then there's The Grand Budapest Hotel, which is a film of a whole other character.

Birdman

Stars: Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts
Director: Alejandro G. Inarritu
Premise: From IMDb: "A washed-up actor who once played an iconic superhero must overcome his ego and family trouble as he mounts a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim his past glory."
Oscar Chances: Excellent: The film is sure to secure nominations in several categories. Wins might be more difficult, though Original Screenplay seems like the film's bet shot.
Campaign-Proposed Categories:

  • Best Picture (Alejandro G. Inarritu, John Lesher, Arnon Milchan, James W. Skotchdopole)
  • Best Director (Alejandro G. Inarritu)
  • Best Original Screenplay (Alejandro G. Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr., Armando Bo)
  • Best Ensemble (Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts)
  • Best Actor (Michael Keaton)
  • Best Supporting Actor (Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton)
  • Best Supporting Actress (Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts)
  • Best Film Editing (Douglas Crise, Stephen Mirrione)
  • Best Cinematography (Emmanuel Lubezki)
  • Best Production Design (Kevin Thompon, George DeTitta, Jr.)
  • Best Costume Design (Albert Wolsky)
  • Best Sound Mixing (Thomas Varga, Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montano)
  • Best Sound Editing (Martin Hernandez, Aaron Glascock)
  • Best Makeup and Hairstyling (Judy Chin, Jerry Popolis)
  • Best Visual Effects (Ara Khanikian, Ivy Agregan)
  • Best Original Score (Antonio Sanchez)

Rotten Tomatoes:
94% (162 critics; as of 11/27/14)
Metacritic:
89 out of 100 (46 critics; as of 11/27/14)

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Poll: Best Supporting Actress (1956 – 1960)

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Film Preview: Pitch Perfect 2 (2015)

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Release Date:

May 15, 2015

Synopsis:

From IMDb: "Collegiate a cappella group the Barden Bellas enter into an international competition that no American team has ever won."

Poster: B-

Review: A double-pun that's fascinating for fans of the first film, but forgettable for everyone else.

Trailer: B

Review: Excellent voices and plenty of images to conjure up the original, this trailer should do wonders for encouraging fans of the first film to rush right out to the box office in something that feels very Fast & Furious-like.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(November 23, 2014) Original

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Feed the Queue #200

Here are the results of last week's poll.

  1. Filth
  2. The Double
  3. Big Bad Wolves
  4. Force Majeure
  5. The Two Faces of January
  6. White Bird in a Blizzard

Filth wins and goes into my queue.

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Oscar Profile #215: Claudette Colbert

ColbertBorn Emilie Chauchoin on September 13, 1903 in Saint-Mandé, Val-de-Marne, France, the actress Claudette Colbert was one of the great stars of the golden age of Hollywood.

Her family emigrated to the U.S. in 1906, settling in New York where Colbert grew up aspiring to become a painter but was encouraged to go into acting by a high school speech teacher. She made her stage debut at the Provincetown Playhouse in The Widow’s Veil in 1919 and her Broadway debut, third billed, in The Wild Westcotts opening Christmas Eve, 1923.

Acclaim for her performance in The Barker on the Broadway and London stages led to her film debut in Frank Capra’s For the Love of Mike in 1927. She married actor, later director, Norman Foster in 1928. Ernst Lubitsch’s 1931 musical The Smiling Lieutenant opposite Maurice Chevalier made her a star. Capra’s 1934 film, It Happened One Night made her an Oscar winner the same year she had two other box office hits with Imitation of Life and Cleopatra. 1935 brought The Gilded Lily and another Oscar nomination for Private Worlds. It also brought her a divorce from Foster and a marriage to Dr. Joel Pressman to whom she would remain married until his death in 1968.

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This Day in Oscar History: November 27 (2014)

Here's what happened today in Oscar History.

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Poll: What Are You Watching? (Nov. 28-30, 2014)

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Film Preview: Mommy (2014)

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Release Date:

December 12, 2014

Synopsis:

From IMDb: "A widowed single mother, raising her violent son alone, finds new hope when a mysterious neighbor inserts herself into their household."

Poster: C (2)

Review: (#1 & #2) These two designs are almost perfectly identical, the only difference being the scone poster trying to highlight the film's submission to the Academy Awards, which won't necessarily mean much to many.

Trailer: B+

Review: A promising begin gives way quickly to a tedious array of close-up images that don't further the plot or increase the audience's likelihood of wanting to see the film.

Oscar Prospects:

Xavier Dolan's film is Canada's entry to the Oscars, but it may not fit with their traditional selection narrative and may have to be saved by the committee. It could be nominated, but it could just as easily be ignored.

Revisions:

(November 23, 2014) Original

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Looking at the Weekend: Nov. 28-30, 2014

Although the first film was a surprise hit, Horrible Bosses 2 is sure to share the same fate as a lot of comedy sequels. Penguins of Madgascar has plenty of funny for families over the Thanksgiving weekend, so it should come out on top.

Individual Commentaries

Wesley Lovell: There's a lot of good things to see this weekend and I'd honestly recommend all of them.
Peter J. Patrick: Oscar season takes a major leap forward with the release of The Imitation Game.
Tripp Burton: Thanksgiving isn't the high point of the studio season it used to be, but there's at least one Oscar front-runner sneaking out to limited cities this weekend.
Thomas LaTourrette: I am really looking forward to The Imitation Game. It could be not only a good movie, but a strong Oscar competitor.

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This Day in Oscar History: November 26 (2014)

Here's what happened today in Oscar History.

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2014 Screener Watch: Roadside Attractions

From Roadside Attractions, comes three films that haven't been very present in the awards conversation and may generate few nominations if any.

The Homesman

Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Hilary Swank, Barry Corbin, David Dencik, William Fichtner, Evan Jones, John Lithgow, Tim Blake Nelson, Jesse Plemons, James Spader, Grace Gummer, Miranda Otto, Sonja Richter, Hailee Steinfeld, Meryl Streep
Director: Tommy Lee Jones
Premise: From IMDb: "Three women who have been driven mad by pioneer life are to be transported across the country by covered wagon by the pious, independent-minded Mary Bee Cuddy, who in turn employs low-life drifter George Briggs to assist her."
Oscar Chances: Uncertain: The film has its supporters, but it doesn't seem to get the level of acclaim and discussion most films in limited release need to break through. Hilary Swank could be a nominee in a light year for the lead actress race, but the rest of the film is likely to go unnoticed.
Campaign-Proposed Categories:

  • Best Picture (Peter Brant, Brian Kennedy, Luc Besson)
  • Best Director (Tommy Lee Jones)
  • Best Adapted Screenplay (Tommy Lee Jones, Kieran Fitzgerald, Wesley A. Oliver)
  • Best Actor (Tommy Lee Jones)
  • Best Actress (Hilary Swank)
  • Best Supporting Actor (Barry Corbin, David Dencik, William Fichtner, Evan Jones, John Lithgow, Tim Blake Nelson, Jesse Plemons, James Spader)
  • Best Supporting Actress (Grace Gummer, Miranda Otto, Sonja Richter, Hailee Steinfeld)
  • Best Cinematography (Rodrigo Prieto)
  • Best Production Design (Merideth Boswell, Wendy Ozols-Barnes)
  • Best Film Editing (Roberto Silvi)
  • Best Costume Design (Lahly Poore-Ericson)
  • Best Sound Editing (David Bach)
  • Best Sound Mixing (Jose Antonio Garcia, David Bach, Richard Beggs, Jim Schultz)
  • Best Makeup and Hairstyling (Vivian Baker, Cydney Cornell)
  • Best Original Score (Marco Beltrami)

Rotten Tomatoes:
79% (94 critics; as of 11/25/14)
Metacritic:
68 out of 100 (37 critics; as of 11/25/14)

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Revisionist Oscar: 1996, Part 19

You can read more about this project in the article at this link. Below is our nineteenth poll, covering Best Sound (Mixing). As a refresher, here is where we obtain the titles/performances will be included in the polls that will be conducted:
Four-Source Categories:

  • The actual Oscar nominees in the selected category.
  • The Top Ten eligible films at the U.S. box office.
  • The ten highest-rated eligible films according to Rotten Tomatoes
  • The precursor nominees and winners in the selected category.

Two-Source Categories:

  • The actual Oscar nominees in the seleted category.
  • The precursor nominees and winners in the selected category.

Best Sound (Mixing)

We're using Survey Monkey for these polls. You get to rank all of the appropriate titles/performances how you see fit, but preferably in order of preference.

Revisionist Oscar: 1996, Part 19 Poll

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Film Preview: Song of the Sea (2014)

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Release Date:

December 19, 2014

Synopsis:

From IMDb: "Saoirse is a child who is the last of the selkies, women in Irish and Scottish legends who transform from seals into people. She escapes from her grandmother's home to journey to the sea and free fairy creatures trapped in the modern world."

Poster: B-

Review: Detailed and colorful, the gorgeous designs from the trailer seem to have been left off this poster design, which is a shame.

Trailer: A-

Review: Those images are just gorgeous in spite of containing a lot of animation I'm not usually a fan of. There's no doubt the movie will be captivating visually. The story on the other hand isn't very compelling from the look of this trailer.

Oscar Prospects:

This is one of the year's prime Best Animated Feature competitors. Whether it gets the nomination against fellow GKids entry The Tale of the Princess Kaguya depends a lot on the landscape going into the Oscars.

Revisions:

(November 23, 2014) Original

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Eye on Warner Archive: Nov. 18, 2014

Here are some highlights of the recent releases to the Warner Archive Collection. DVD's and Blu-rays are manufactured on demand. They also have a streaming service. Before you visit Warner Archive to check out their selection, check out the selections below an a few of my thoughts.

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