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This Day in Oscar History: March 6 (2015)

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2011: Weekend Preview (4)

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Oscar Profile #226: Steve Carell

CarellBorn August 16, 1962 in Concord, Massachusetts, Steven John (Steve) Carell was the son of a psychiatric nurse and an electrical engineer. After graduating from Denison University in Granville, Ohio, he worked as a letter carrier but quit because his supervisor told him was too slow. Later a stand-up comic, he eventually moved to Chicago where he taught an improvisational comedy class and performed with The Second City troupe alongside Stephen Colbert. He made his screen debut in a minor role in 1991’s Curly Sue.

On TV he was a regular on The Dana Carvey Show in 1996 and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart from 1999 to 2005, when he had his breakout screen role as the star of The 40-Year-Old Virgin, which he co-wrote. Later that year he began a highly successful run as the star of the TV situation comedy series, The Office for which he was nominated for Emmys for the first six years of the show’s eight year run.

Carell’s first awards recognition for his film work came for 2006’s Little Miss Sunshine for which he won numerous ensemble awards along with co-stars Toni Collette, Greg Kinnear, Abigail Breslin, Paul Dano and Alan Arkin. The following year he stumbled with the poorly received comedy, Evan Almighty which co-starred Morgan Freeman as God, but won kudos for the subtler Dan in Real Life featuring Juliette Binoche and Dianne Wiest. In 2008 he starred in the film version of the 1960s TV series, Get Smart opposite Anne Hathaway.

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This Day in Oscar History: March 5 (2015)

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This Day in Oscar History: March 4 (2015)

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This Day in Oscar History: March 3 (2015)

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Oscar Preview: Weekend of Feb. 27-Mar. 1, 2015

We had one films release this past weekend with the potential for Oscar nominations.

Maps to the Stars

Later this week, I should be posting the final Oscar Preview covering the 87th Oscars, looking back at the best and worst of the precursors. Before then, let's look at what came out this weekend. Maps to the Stars seems to be the only potential contender released this week and it doesn't seem to have as much strength as it might of last year.

The David Cronenberg film has earned plenty of plaudits since its festival release and until it was shifted into 2015, Julianne Moore was receiving a lot of chatter about her performance, possibly yielding two nominations, one in lead for Still Alice (which she ended up winning for), and one in support. The film's difficult style, one that doesn't tend to appeal to mass audiences or even to Academy member (according to critics anyway), may have been the ultimate reason for its shift to 2015 and will likely be the reason it doesn't show up at the end of the year.

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This Day in Oscar History: March 2 (2015)

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This Day in Oscar History: March 1 (2015)

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This Day in Oscar History: February 28 & 29 (2015)

Here's what happened today (February 28) in Oscar History.

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Here's what happened today (February 29) in Oscar History.

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Oscar in Box Office History (Week 9, 2015)

Every week, we'll take a look back 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years into the box office past to explore how Oscar's nominees were doing at the box office that weekend historically. All data is taken from Box Office Mojo. The first section under each year is the positioning of all Oscar nominees during that weekend at the box office. The second 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 chance at this stage of the game. Please let us know if you like our new feature or if you want to see more information and we'll see what we can do!

This Year: Potential Oscar Nominees Releasing This Weekend

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This Day in Oscar History: February 27 (2015)

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Oscar Profile #225: Julianne Moore

MooreBorn December 3, 1960 in Fort Bragg, North Carolina to an American military judge and colonel and his wife, a Scottish born social worker, Julianne Moore spent her early life in over two dozen locations around the world. A graduate of Boston University, she honed her acting skills on TV soap operas and movies in the 1980s, making her big screen debut in 1990. In supporting roles on screen until 1993 when she achieved stardom in Robert Altman’s Oscar nominated ensemble drama, Short Cuts. She won the Boston Film Critics Award for Best Actress for 1994’s Vanya on 42nd Street and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for 1995’s Safe.

Moore’s portrayal of motherly porn star Amber Waves in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights earned her numerous awards and nominations including her first Oscar nod. She won major awards recognition two years later for her performances in three different films, Altman’s Cookie’s Fortune, Anderson’s Magnolia and Neil Jordan’s The End of the Affair which brought her a second Oscar nomination, her first in the lead category.

Ever busy, her 2001 projects included succeeding Jodie Foster as Clarice in Ridley Scott’s Hannibal, the sequel to the Oscar winning The Silence of the Lambs and starring opposite Kevin Spacey in Lasse Hallstrom’s The Shipping News. She would receive the rare distinction of being Oscar nominated for two performances for her 2002 work, earning a Best Actress nod for Todd Haynes’ Far from Heaven and a Best Supporting Actress nod for Stephen Daldry’s The Hours. She received a Satellite nomination for 2005’s The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio, but failed to receive an expected Oscar nod for the film. She was star billed in 2006’s Children of Men, but the size of her role did not live up to her billing.

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This Day in Oscar History: February 26 (2015)

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87th Oscars: Post-Game Analyses

I asked our contributors to write up brief explorations of the Oscars now that it's over. Peter and I were able to put together some thoughts. Here they are. I'll start with Peter and finish with mine.
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This Day in Oscar History: February 25 (2015)

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