Category: Academy Awards

Oscar Profile #353: Margaret Leighton

Born February 26, 1922 in Barnt Green, Worcestershire, England, Margaret Leighton was the daughter of a businessman who made her acting debut at the Old Vic in 1938’s Laugh with Me which was also televised that year. She made her Broadway debut in 1946 in five touring plays starring Laurence Olivier and Ralph Richardson, beginning with Henry IV. She returned to England, where she married publisher Max Reinhardt in 1947 and made her film debut in 1948’s The Winslow Boy, which was released in the U.S. in 1950 after American audiences had already seen her as the second lead in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1949 film, Under Capricorn starring Ingrid Bergman, Joseph cotton and Michael Wilding, who would later become her third husband.

Busy in British films in the early 1950s, she starred in such films as The Astonished Heart, The Elusive Pimpernel, Calling Bulldog Drummond, Home at Seven, The Holly and the Ivy, The Teckman Mystery and The Good Die Young opposite future husband Laurence Harvey.

Leighton divorced Reinhardt in 1955 and married Harvey in 1957. In-between she won a Tony for Broadway’s Separate Tables in which she played the role that would be split between Deborah Kerr and Rita Hayworth in the 1958 film version. It was a role she had first played in London in 1954.

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This Day in Oscar History: August 17 (2017)

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This Day in Oscar History: August 16 (2017)

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This Day in Oscar History: August 15 (2017)

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Oscar Preview: Weekend of Aug. 11-13, 2017

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

This Day in Oscar History: August 14 (2017)

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This Day in Oscar History: August 13 (2017)

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This Day in Oscar History: August 12 (2017)

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Oscar in Box Office History (Week 32, 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

The Glass Castle (Wide)

Oscar Potential: Picture, Dirctor, Actress (Brie Larson), Supporting Actor (Woody Harrelson), Adapted Screenplay, Original Score, Film Editing, Production Design, Costume Design.

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This Day in Oscar History: August 11 (2017)

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Oscar Profile #352: Fritz Lang

Born December 5, 1890 in Vienna, Austria, Friedrich Christian Anton Lang, Fritz for short, was one of the most influential film directors of all time yet won no major awards, possibly due to his reputation as a tyrant on film sets.

Although trained in Paris in 1913-14 to be a painter, Lang returned to Vienna at the outbreak of World War I and volunteered for the Austro-Hungarian Army. He joined as a private, but received a battlefield commission as a lieutenant. Injured three times and suffering from shell shock, while recuperating in 1916, he wrote scenarios and ideas for films. After his discharge in 1918, he went to work for producer Eric Pommer, leading to his employment as a director at Berlin’s Ufa studio and others.

Lang married first wife Lisa Rosenthal in 1919. She committed suicide in 1921 after finding him in a compromising position with writer Thea von Harbou, then married to actor Rudolf Klein-Rogge, the star of Lang’s 1922 masterpiece, Dr. Mabuse, co-written by von Harbou. She and Klein-Rogge were quickly divorced and Lang and von Harbou were married in 1922.

Klein-Rogge had a major role in Lang’s second masterpiece, 1927’s Metropolis, from von Harbou’s novel for which she received sole credit for the screenplay. She would also co-write Lang’s 1931 masterpiece, M with Lang as well as two more celebrated Dr. Mabuse films in 1933.

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This Day in Oscar History: August 10 (2017)

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Cinematographer John Bailey Elected President of the Academy

Some might say that the rule of the white man has returned again. Before Cheryl Boone Isaacs was elected to lead the Academy in 2013, white men had ruled the Academy for a staggering 30 year streak. Fay Kanin was the previous woman to hold the post from 1979 through 1983. Of the now 36 individuals who’ve led the Academy, Boone Isaacs is the only person of color and she served four terms. Kanin also served 4 terms with the only other woman to hold the position being Bette Davis who served only about two months before resigning in disgust at how intractable the board and the Academy was at the time. After the diversity push Isaacs heralded in, this would seem to be something of a setback (aka bad optics) for the Academy. Below is the press release of the announcement.

One other interesting fact. Other than lyricist Arthur Freed who served four terms from 1963 to 1967 and art director Gene Allen from 1983 to 1985 (two terms), few tradesmen have ever been elected to the office of president. 9 producers (technically 11, see the end of this paragraph) have held the job, 7 actors, 7 directors, 6 writers, 1 public relations officer, and 1 marketing person. Also of note is that two president, Walter Wanger (1939-1940 and 1941-1945, 6 terms) and Robert Rehme (1992-1993 and 1997-2001, 5 terms) are considered presidents 8 and 10, and 28 and 30 respectively as they held the posts on each side of another individual. Wanger returned to fill out Bette Davis’ term, plus 4 more. Arthur Hiller served four terms in between Rehme’s. Thus, the producer count is actually 11.

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JOHN BAILEY ELECTED ACADEMY PRESIDENT

LOS ANGELES, CA – John Bailey was elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tuesday night (August 8) by the organization’s Board of Governors.

Also elected to officer positions by the Board:

Lois Burwell, First Vice President (chair, Awards and Events Committee)
Kathleen Kennedy, Vice President (chair, Museum Committee)
Michael Tronick, Vice President (chair, Preservation and History Committee)
Nancy Utley, Vice President (chair, Education and Outreach Committee)
Jim Gianopulos, Treasurer (chair, Finance Committee)
David Rubin, Secretary (chair, Membership and Administration Committee)
Bailey is beginning his first term as president and his fourteenth year as a governor representing the Cinematographers Branch. Gianopulos, Kennedy, Rubin, Utley were re-elected to their posts. This will be the first officer stint for Burwell and Tronick.

Bailey’s cinematography credits include “Ordinary People,” “American Gigolo,” “The Big Chill,” “Groundhog Day,” “As Good as It Gets,” “The Anniversary Party,” “The Way Way Back” and “A Walk in the Woods.” In 2014 he received the American Society of Cinematographers Lifetime Achievement Award.

Academy board members may serve up to three consecutive three-year terms, while officers serve one-year terms, with a maximum of four consecutive years in any one office.

This Day in Oscar History: August 9 (2017)

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This Day in Oscar History: August 8 (2017)

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