This Day in Oscar History: December 16 (2017)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Precursor: 18th Vancouver Critics Nominations (2017)

Vancouver film critics have made their selections for the year’s best films. Two things always to note about Vancouver. They are the only group that only selects three nominees in each category (excepting this year’s Best British Columbian Film) and they are the only group that actively recognizes Canadian-only films with a full slate of nominations. Looking over the list, it’s interesting to compare Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenplay. Picture and Director match perfectly, but only one film appears in the Screenplay set from that list. That likely suggests that Lady Bird, which is also he top non-Canadian nominee, will take the award. Everyone else appears to be a contender in some capacity or another.

Award Tallies

(6) Gregoire (Canadian)
(5) Lady Bird, Never Steady, Never Still (Canadian)
(4) Phantom Thread
(3) Fail to Appear (Canadian), Fake Tattoos, (Canadian), Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

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Film Preview: Sherlock Gnomes (2018)

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(December 10, 2017) Original

Release Date:

March 23, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Garden gnomes, Gnomeo & Juliet, recruit renown[sic] detective, Sherlock Gnomes, to investigate the mysterious disappearance of other garden ornaments.”

Poster Rating: C+ / C- (7)

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Review: (#1) All the gnomes makes for a cluttered design with a font selection that looks utterly bland. (#2-#8) These character posters are literally quite ugly and even the gnomes don’t improve that.

Trailer Rating: B

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Review: There are a couple of really funny scenes in the trailer, but it doesn’t look like a film that has much reason for being and certainly doesn’t feel like a natural extension of the original.

Oscar Prospects:

The original film wasn’t an Oscar contender, so it’s likely this one won’t be either.

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Oscar in Box Office History (Week 50, 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

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Wide)

Oscar Potential: Original Score, Film Editing, Production Design, Makeup & Hairstyling, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Visual Effects.

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The NEW Friday Face-Off #229

We are back to the winners bracket while the losers are percolating. We’re moving into round fou.

Here is this week’s ten (or fewer) face-offs.

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This Day in Oscar History: December 15 (2017)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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90th Oscars: Foreign Language Film Shortlist

The Academy has once again made a grave error in omitting the acclaimed BPM (Beats Per Minute). Once again, we must call for the foreign language rules to be updated and modernized. The following is their press release announcing the 9 less deserving finalists.

9 FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILMS ADVANCE IN OSCAR® RACE

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that nine features will advance to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the 90th Academy Awards ®. Ninety-two films had originally been considered in the category.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by country, are:
Chile, “A Fantastic Woman,” Sebastián Lelio, director;
Germany, “In the Fade,” Fatih Akin, director;
Hungary, “On Body and Soul,” Ildikó Enyedi, director;
Israel, “Foxtrot,” Samuel Maoz, director;
Lebanon, “The Insult,” Ziad Doueiri, director;
Russia, “Loveless,” Andrey Zvyagintsev, director;
Senegal, “Félicité,” Alain Gomis, director;
South Africa, “The Wound,” John Trengove, director;

Sweden, “The Square,” Ruben Östlund, director.
Foreign Language Film nominations for 2017 are determined in two phases.

The Phase I committee, consisting of Los Angeles-based Academy members, screened the original submissions in the category between mid-October and December 11. The group’s top six choices, augmented by three additional selections voted by the Academy’s Foreign Language Film Award Executive Committee, constitute the shortlist.

Academy members eligible to participate in the Nominations round of voting in New York, London, Los Angeles and, for the first time, the San Francisco Bay Area, will screen the nine shortlisted films in theaters over a three-day period from Friday, January 12, through Sunday, January 14, with three films screening each day. Additionally, international members (who live outside of the U.K.) will be invited to opt-in to stream the nine shortlisted films on the Academy’s member site. Members must see all nine films before casting their ballots.

Nominations for the 90th Academy Awards® will be announced on Tuesday, January 23, 2018.

The 90th Oscars® will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Poll: Remaking Best Actor, 2011

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Remaking Best Actor, 2011

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: Please Stand By (2018)

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(December 10, 2017) Original

Release Date:

January 26, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A young autistic woman runs away from her caregiver in an attempt to submit her manuscript to a writing competition.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: It doesn’t even look like her hand is making the gesture. The background is bland and her face takes up far too much of the poster, making it look little to nothing like a movie about a Trekkie with a mental disorder.

Trailer Rating: B

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Review: In spite of myself, this trailer looks like it might be a fun movie, at least for Star Trek nerds. Anyone else might not be that interesting. Further, this looks like another very commonplace youth with a disability finding her voice storyline that has been too ever present in recent years.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Oscar Profile #370: Charlton Heston

Born October 4, 1923 in No Man’s Land, now part of Wilmette, a wealthy suburb of Chicago, Illinois, John Charles Carter became Charlton Heston after his parents’ divorce, his mother’s remarriage and adoption by his stepfather. Charlton was his mother’s maiden name, Heston was her new husband’s surname.

The highly imaginative child became interested in acting while in high school and made his film debut in the title role a 16mm silent version of Peer Gynt in 1941 when he was 17. Attending Northwestern University on a drama scholarship, he married fellow student Lydia Clarke in March,1944 and joined the U.S. Army Air Forces in which he served for two years as a radio operator. After the war he was active in theatre, including Broadway and early live TV. His portrayal of Marc Antony in a 1950 film version of Julius Caesar directed by his Peer Gynt director, David Bradley made Hollywood sit up and take notice.

Heston’s first official Hollywood film was 1950’s Dark City in which he starred opposite Lizabeth Scott and Viveca Lindfors, but it was Cecil B. DeMille’s 1952 film, The Greatest Show on Earth that established him as a major star. He had numerous successes during the next few years including Ruby Gentry opposite Jennifer Jones, The President’s Lady as Andrew Jackson opposite Susan Hayward, The Naked Jungle opposite Eleanor Parker and Lucy Gallant opposite Jane Wyman. Then came superstardom as Moses in DeMille’s 1956 epic, The Ten Commandments.

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This Day in Oscar History: December 14 (2017)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Poll: What Are You Watching? (Dec. 15-17, 2017)

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What Are You Watching? (Dec. 15-17, 2017)

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Film Preview: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)

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(December 10, 2017) Original

Release Date:

June 22, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Plot unknown.”

Poster Rating: C+

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Review: A very warm trailer, though the tagline doesn’t quite fit the film’s theme.

Trailer Rating: B+

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Review: As derivative as the first film felt to me, the sequel looks unique enough to be interesting and the impending secondary extinction concept could be quite engaging.

Oscar Prospects:

A tech contender in Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, and Visual Effects, but nowhere else.

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2018 Spring Preview: Introduction

A new year brings a new string of potential blockbusters and looking over the list for January, February, March, and April, the Spring Season, there are plenty of possible contenders. In January, there’s Commuter, Proud Mary, 12 Strong, and Maze Runner. In February, you have the new Cloverfield sequel, Fifty Shades Freed, Black Panther, and Annihilation. In March, we get Game Night, Red Sparrow, A Wrinkle in Time, Tomb Raider, and Pacific Rim: Uprising. In April, things seem a bit weaker, but it includes New Mutants and Rampage.

It’s hard to know which of these will be the biggest. I’d guess that the battle will be between the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe film Black Panther, and the Disney adaptation of the literary legend A Wrinkle in Time, though New Mutants may be much bigger than anyone expects due to its blend of Marvel mutants and horror elements. We will look at it all more in depth starting next week when we explore January in detail, then again in each of the successive three months.

To introduce you to the upcoming films, there will be two preview articles every month and this introduction every four months. The Season Preview article will focus on one of three seasons Spring Season (January through April), Blockbuster Season (May through August) and Oscar Season (September through December). In these introductory articles, I will give you the current release schedule for the specified season, which may change as the release dates get closer.

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Looking at the Weekend: Dec. 15-17, 2017

Two year ago, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the seventh film in the most vaunted franchise in film history, opened to a staggering $247 million. Although I would be astounded to see this ninth film (Episode VIII) do the same, there is no question it will top $200 million and there are no forces outside of nuclear annihilation that will stop it from opening at number one.

Our Highest Rated Films: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Our Best Awards Ratings: Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Oscars); Ferdinand (Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Miss Kiet’s Children
The Thousand Faces of Dunjia

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