Academy Awards

Oscar Preview: Weekend of May 20-22, 2016

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

The Nice Guys

Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling star in this stylish period thriller about a hit man who teams up with a bumbling PI to help locating a missing woman. It’s also a comedy, giving both actors a rare vehicle to showcase their talents.

Critics have been universally positive about director Shane Black’s 1970s-set crime caper, though audiences gave it a very weak “B-” at Cinemascore. When audiences and critics diverge, it’s up to Oscar voters to decide if the box office is sufficient for a film to be considered.

For a movie like The Nice Guys, opening in May isn’t productive. There are too many more prominent films to be released afterwards to give it much of an edge with Oscar voters. It’s primary hopes lie in Original Screenplay, acting, Production Design and Costume Design, all of which will be very competitive come the end of the year.

Here’s where the box office would have helped. With a strong performance with audiences, the film had a stronger likelihood of staying power. At this point, that does not seem likely, which means we won’t have to keep track of this film when our nomination selections are later made. However, surprises do happen and no one thought Inherent Vice would do as well as it did, but that film had more going for it and a later release to help. This one does not.

This Day in Oscar History: May 23 (2016)

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This Day in Oscar History: May 22 (2016)

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This Day in Oscar History: May 21 (2016)

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Oscar in Box Office History (Week 21, 2016)

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 Nice Guys (Wide)

Oscar Potential: Production Design, Costume Design.

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This Day in Oscar History: May 20 (2016)

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Oscar Profile #288: Henry Hathaway

Henry HatthawayBorn March 13, 1888 in Sacramento, California as Henri Leopold de Fiennes Hathaway, the child actor turned director Henry Hathaway was the son of American actor and stage manager Rhody Hathaway and his wife, Belgian aristocrat Lillie de Fiennes who acted under the stage name Jean Hathaway.

Young Hathaway began his film career circa 1910 in the westerns of director Allan Dwan. Later he and John Ford alternated as prop men for Lois Weber, the first American female director of note.

Having taken time out for service during World War I and a brief career in finance after the war, Hathaway returned to Hollywood in 1919 working in the art department at Goldwyn for Frank Lloyd. He later became an assistant director to Lloyd as well as Cecil B. DeMille on the 1923 version of The Ten Commandments, Fred Niblo on 1925’s Ben-Hur, Victor Fleming on 1927’s The Way of All Flesh and 1929’s The Virginian and Josef von Sternberg on 1928’s The Last Command and 1930’s Morocco among others. He made his debut as director of record with 1932’s Heritage of the Desert which made a star of Randolph Scott.

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This Day in Oscar History: May 19 (2016)

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This Day in Oscar History: May 18 (2016)

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This Day in Oscar History: May 17 (2016)

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Oscar Preview: Weekend of May 13-15, 2016

We had no films release this past weekend with the potential for Oscar nominations.

This Day in Oscar History: May 16 (2016)

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This Day in Oscar History: May 15 (2016)

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This Day in Oscar History: May 14 (2016)

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Oscar in Box Office History (Week 20, 2016)

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

Love & Friendship (Limited)

Oscar Potential: Production Design, Costume Design.

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