The Academy has announced the 114 eligible Original Score contenders for this year's Oscars. The big exclusion on this list that many had hoped would be ruled eligible is Inside Llewyn Davis. I suspected it wouldn't be, but this pretty much confirms that. Frozen was also a no-show thanks to its predominant song score (which may have also killed Llewyn's chances. Most of the other major Oscar contenders are on this list with the exceptions of American Hustle and The Wolf of Wall Street, films which likely relied more heavily on songs "from a bygone era" to fill the void.
Below is the full press release:
114 Original Scores in 2013 Oscar® Race
Best Cinematography Poll: 1927/28 - 1931/32
July 12, 2013
From IMDb: "An elderly couple fight against local authorities in rural New Brunswick to build their final home."
Poster: C+ / C
Review: Both designs have that Hallmark Hall of Fame quality, but the first design is a little more colorfully creative. The second design is just bland and unfeeling in spite of the smiling actors.
Review: How did Lifetime Television NOT pick this up for their own slate. That's precisely what the film looks like. A theatrical release was probably an unwise decision for a film that looks this tepid and unoriginal.
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Here are the results of last week's poll.
- Seven Days in May
- The Americanization of Emily
- The Night of the Iguana
- The Unsinkable Molly Brown
Seven Days in May wins and goes into my queue.
Born December 9, 1902 in Cleveland, Ohio to Jennie and Walter Hamilton, Margaret Hamilton expressed an early interest in acting but yielded to her parents’ wish that she get an education and dutifully went to college and taught school until the acting bug took hold. She never gave up her love of children and animals, however, even serving on the Beverly Hills School Board for a time and supporting numerous animal rights causes throughout her life.
Hamilton made her Broadway debut in 1932’s Another Language. She was the only one of the cast members to reprise her stage role on screen when it was made into a film the following year with Helen Hayes and Robert Montgomery.
Never under contract with any studio, Hamilton freelanced for $1,000 per week, making more than 120 film and TV appearances, not including her public service announcements and long-running commercial character of Cora, the general store owner who only sold Maxwell House Coffee.
First observation was that Harvey Weinstein plied the HFPA for all it's worth. So many nods for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and a surprise nomination for Philomena in screenplay. Second observation was that The Wolf of Wall Street continues its explicable disappearance from the precursor race. It may still make an appearance, but not showing in Best Screenplay is telling. Third observation was that The Wind Rises got a nod in Foreign Language Film, but not Animated. My guess is that the Globes still have a rule that prohibits films from appearing on multiple Best Picture slates, thus why they permitted Frozen to have a completely clear way to the Best Animated Feature award. These observations were brought to you by the pre-live nominations announcement preceding the live nominations announcement on morning shows.
Note: The live stream died after Aziz Ansari announced (Zoe Saldana was still to come) and never went live again, so I had to update from other sources. Poor job, ustream. I've never really liked your services in the years I've seen live streaming of anything.
New Observations on full list. The Wolf of Wall Street was seen, not that I realized it was a comedy, but received far fewer nominations than expected. Philomena was classified as a Drama while American Hustle is considered Comedy? That's weird. Most of the names we expected to see are on the list, I'm trying to think of exceptions, but all I can come up with was no Octavia Spencer. Labor Day got a little love, but did get a nod for Kate Winslet. Otherwise, I can't exactly say I'm surprised by any of these. Alexander Payne and Paul Greengrass stay alive with these nominations, but Martin Scorsese should have been a given for these guys. Maybe Wall Street isn't really as good as its partisans claim?
Here's what happened today in Oscar History.
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Although it took 10 nominations from this group, 12 Years a Slave went home empty-handed as Spike Jonze's Her was the only multi-prize winner taking Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay and Best Score.
Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave leads a hefty pack of nominations for the San Diego Film Critics nominations. Short Term 12 continues to impress as one of the least seen Oscar season contenders out there. The Academy won't give it any respect, but these awards might at least give them a chance to consider it. (NOTE: These nominations were announced on 12/10/13)
(10) 12 Years a Slave
(7) Gravity, Her
(5) Inside Llewyn Davis, Short Term 12
(3) Blue Jasmine, Captain Phillips, Prisoners
A Coen Bros. film I'm actually interested in seeing? I must have come down with a deadly virus or something.
Inside Llewyn Davis
Stars: Oscar Isaac, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund, F. Murray Abraham, Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan
Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Premise: From IMDb: "A week in the life of a young singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961."
Oscar Chances: Good: It's a competitive year, so the Coens' ability to get acting nominations may be thwarted, though John Goodman is probably the best opportunity as Oscar Isaac has six or seven other very strong competitors in Best Actor. The film should easily nab a Best Picture nomination, as well as one for Best Original Screenplay, the creative categories are also a likely get.
- Best Picture (Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen)
- Best Director (Joel Coen, Ethan Coen)
- Best Original Screenplay (Joel Coen, Ethan Coen)
- Best Actor (Oscar Isaac)
- Best Supporting Actor (John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund, F. Murray Abraham, Justin Timberlake)
- Best Supporting Actress (Carey Mulligan)
- Best Cinematography (Bruno Delbonnel)
- Best Film Editing (Roderick Jaynes)
- Best Art Direction (Jess Gonchor, Susan Bode Tyson)
- Best Costume Design (Mary Zophres)
- Best Makeup & Hair (Nicki Ledermann, Michael Kriston)
- Best Sound Mixing (Peter F. Kurland, Skip Lievsay, Greg Orloff)
- Best Sound Editing (Skip Lievsay)
- Best Original Song ("Please, Mr. Kennedy" - Ed Rush, George Comarty, T Bone Burnett, Justin Timberlake, Joel Coen, Ethan Coen)
Of all the films I could have gotten for screeners, I had to get one I'd already seen. Ah well.
Despicable Me 2
Stars: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Benjamin Bratt, Miranda Cosgrove, Russell Brand, Ken Jeong, Steve Coogan, Elsie Fisher, Dana Gaier, Moises Arias, Nasim Pedrad, Kristen Schaal
Director: Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin
Premise: From IMDb: "Gru is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to help deal with a powerful new super criminal."
Oscar Chances: Good: There were a lot of duds this year in Animated Feature, but Despicable Me 2 got good reviews and did spectacularly at the box office. A nomination is assured. A win is unlikely.
- Best Animated Feature (Chris Melendandri, Janet Healy)
- Best Director (Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin)
- Best Adapted Screenplay (Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio)
- Best Film Editing (Gregory Perler)
- Best Production Design (Yarrow Cheney, Eric Guillon)
- Best Sound Mixing (Christopher Scarabosio, Gary Rizzo, Tom Johnson)
- Best Sound Editing (Dennis Leonard)
- Best Visual Effects (Bruno Chauffard, Nicolas Brack, Milo Riccarand)
- Best Original Score (Heitor Pereira)
- Best Original Song ("Happy" - Pharrell Williams)
What Are You Watching? (Dec. 13-15, 2013)
June 28, 2013
From IMDb: "On the eve of his wedding, a successful writer travels across the country to meet up with ex-lovers in an attempt to make amends for past relationship transgressions."
Review: One of the few times a set of character insets could work and yet the design still doesn't evoke anything but bland malaise. Having seen the trailer, the hotel room setting makes sense, but it makes this look like a film that it probably isn't.
Review: What happens in this trailer is mildly appealing, but only because of the actors involved, not because of the predictable, pedantic script on display. These characters lack emotional weight and the trailer is so weakly crafted that you don't really end up caring what is going on.
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For a full list of rules, click here: 2013 Oscar Season Box Office Predictions Game Rules.
Submit Your Predictions for This Week
- Top Ten Films at the U.S. Box Office of the week in order from most money to least.
- Individual monetary predictions for each film.
- Final box office tally for all new wide releases.
- # of Weeks each new wide release will spend at #1.
- # of Weeks each new wide release will spend in the top 10.
This Week's New Wide Releases
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (3,900 screens)
Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas (2,100 screens)
Box Office Prediction Increments
- $50 million or higher - $5 million increments
- $25 million to $49 million - $1 million increments
- $5 million to $24.5 million - $500,000 increments
- $4.9 million or lower - $100,000 increments
Last Week's Results
There is no question about what will top the box office. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug should do so handily. The big question is whether the somewhat poorly received first film will keep many fans away expecting it to be worse. Critics have already chimed in that this one is back on track, if a bit long, so it might still do well.
Wesley Lovell: I'm a Tolkien fan, so I've already got my tickets to The Hobbit. Saving Mr. Banks is a good choice for the specialty box office and American Hustle may be as well.
Peter J. Patrick: And the Oscar hopefuls keep coming.
Tripp Burton: I'm not too interested in the big releases this week, but there is some really exciting stuff sneaking out to a few theatres.