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This Day in Oscar History: April 19 (2014)

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Oscar in Box Office History (Week 16, 2014)

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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Oscar Potential: Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Visual Effects.

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This Day in Oscar History: April 18 (2014)

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Oscar Profile #182: Martin Ritt

RittBorn March 2, 1914 in New York, N.Y., Martin Ritt attended Elon College in North Carolina and St. John’s University in New York. He became an actor in the mid-1930s, making his Broadway debut in Clifford Odets’ Golden Boy in 1937. The play, which starred Frances Farmer, Luther Adler, Morris Carnovsky and Roman Bohnen in the roles immortalized on screen by Barbra Stanwyck, William Holden, Lee J. Cobb and Adolphe Menjou, also featured John Garfield, Elia Kazan and Cobb (in a different role) in the supporting cast. Ritt was also the assistant stage manager. In the Air Force during World War II, he repeated his stage role in the Air Force play Winged Victory in the 1944 film version. He made his directorial debut with Broadway’s Yellow Jack, also in 1944.

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This Day in Oscar History: April 17 (2014)

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This Day in Oscar History: April 16 (2014)

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This Day in Oscar History: April 15 (2014)

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Oscar Preview: Weekend of Apr. 11-13, 2014

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

Rio 2

When the original film was released 3 years ago, we believed it had a long shot nomination at Best Animated Feature, but on Oscar nomination morning, it came away with one Oscar nomination and it wasn't where we expected it.

Brazilian music legend Sergio Mendes contributed a single song to the Rio soundtrack and for that, he was awarded with an Oscar nomination for "Real in Rio." That year was an odd one with only two nominees in the category, a first in Oscar history. The other song, "Man or Muppet," was a de facto winner and Rio didn't have a chance.

Now that we've returned to the Amazon rainforest, we have to consider two categories in lieu of the normal one. While Best Animated Feature is likely out of the question considering the reputation Blue Sky has with the Oscars, the chance of a Best Original Song nomination must be considered. Mendes isn't around this time, yet Tony winners Rita Moreno and Kristin Chenoweth have a couple of songs each and Oscar nominees Siedah Garrett and Carlinhos Brown, who co-wrote the Oscar nominated song with Mendes, are also involved in some of the songs, so it's possible. However, lightning may not be able to strike twice for a film that was evenly disliked by critics.

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This Day in Oscar History: April 14 (2014)

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This Day in Oscar History: April 13 (2014)

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This Day in Oscar History: April 12 (2014)

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Oscar in Box Office History (Week 15, 2014)

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: April 11 (2014)

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Oscar Profile #181: Eva Marie Saint

Eva MarieBorn July 4, 1924 in Newark, New Jersey, Eva Marie Saint’s acting career began in the early days of television. An NBC page, she first appeared on live TV programs in 1946 which have been preserved on kinescope in the Library of Congress.

Cast as the only female in the original 1947 Broadway production of Mister Roberts with Henry Fonda, director Joshua Logan replaced her with the more experienced Jocelyn Brando just before the show’s opening. Numerous TV productions later, she was cast opposite Jocelyn’s brother Marlon in Elia Kazan’s landmark 1954 film, On the Waterfront. The result was Oscars for both of them.

Married to director Jeffrey Hayden since 1951, she was nine months pregnant when she won her Oscar in 1955, quipping that she might have the baby right there. She gave birth to her son two days later. She had a second child, a daughter, three years later.

More concerned with raising her family than having the major career that was predicted for her, she made only four more films during the 1950s: Panama and Frank’s That Certain Feeling opposite Bob Hope; Fred Zinnemann’s A Hatful of Rain for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe opposite Don Murray, Tony Franciosa and Lloyd Nolan; Edward Dmytyryk’s Raintree County opposite Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift and Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest opposite Cary Grant and James Mason, far and away her most popular film. Her 1960s output was limited to seven films: Otto Preminger’s Exodus opposite Paul Newman; John Frankenheimer’s All Fall Down opposite Warren Beatty; George Seaton’s 36 Hours opposite James Garner; Vincente Minnelli’s The Sandpiper in support of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton; Norman Jewison’s The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming opposite Carl Reiner; Frankenheimer’s Grand Prix again opposite Garner and Robert Mulligan’s The Stalking Moon opposite Gregory Peck.

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This Day in Oscar History: April 10 (2014)

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