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This Day in Oscar History: July 4 (2015)

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Oscar in Box Office History (Week 27, 2015)

Every week, we’ll take a look back in 5-year intervals in the box office past to explore how Oscar’s nominees were doing at the box office that 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 chance 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

Terminator: Genisys (Wide)

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

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This Day in Oscar History: July 3 (2015)

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Oscar Profile #243: Jane Fonda

Oscar Profile #243: Jane FondaBorn December 21, 1937 in New York, New York to legendary actor Henry Fonda and his second wife, socialite Frances Seymour Brokaw, Jane Fonda would become a legend in her own right at an early age.

Traumatized by the suicide of her mother when she was twelve, the actress made her stage debut in a charity production of The Country Girl opposite her father at the age of 16 in 1954. She made both her Broadway and film debuts in 1960, receiving star billing from the get-go. Early hits include Tall Story opposite Anthony Perkins, Period of Adjustment opposite Jim Hutton, Cat Ballou opposite Lee Marvin and Barefoot in the Park opposite Robert Redford.

Fonda married controversial French director Roger Vadim, the ex-husband of Brigitte Bardot, in 1965. Their daughter Vanessa, named after Vanessa Redgrave, was born in 1968. She would star in several of his films, most notably 1968’s Barbarella. The actress achieved critical acclaim with 1969’s They Shoot Horses, don’t They? , for which she received the first of her seven Oscar nominations. She would receive her second nomination and first win two years later for Klute. An outspoken opponent against the Vietnam War, she was dubbed “Hanoi Jane” after her headline-making visit to Hanoi in 1972.

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This Day in Oscar History: July 2 (2015)

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2015 Oscar Predictions: July Predictions

2015 Oscar Predictions: July PredictionsWith Cannes now a distant memory and the thumping pulse of the summer blockbuster season keeping thoughts out of the year’s Oscar race, we thought it would be a good time to update our predictions. These post-Cannes selections also include some recent developments. Some films have developed stronger support, while others have faded. It’s still notable just how far apart we each are in terms of what we think will get nominated and what won’t.

Carol, Bridge of Spies and The Revenant seem to be the films we’re most in sync with in terms of Oscar potential. Eddie Redmayne’s performance in The Danish Girl is the lone item from a film not mentioned above we agree on. For the most part, we’re all over the place in Best Supporting Actor, but we seem to share a lot of similar thoughts regarding Best Actress.

Here are our thoughts on the top categories.
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This Day in Oscar History: July 1 (2015)

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2010: Feed the Queue (5)

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This Day in Oscar History: June 30 (2015)

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Oscar Preview: Weekend of Jun. 26-28, 2015

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

Batkid Begins

The documentary branch like political statements. They always have. Occasionally, films about difficult subjects that create a morsel of hope can win through with the Academy. Batkid Begins, which follows the Make A Wish Foundation and its attempts to bring a child’s desire to be Batman to life. The event became a national sensation with millions drawn in by the sweet, generous spirits of an entire city working to make kid’s dream come true.

From everything I’ve heard so far, the film is a emotional gut-puncher, which means a lot of voters will have a strong reaction to the film. When you make an Oscar voter feel something, even if it’s pride, sorrow, hope or any other emotion, they tend to vote with their hearts, which gives the film a decidedly upper hand.

The only thing that could backfire is that because of property rights, Warner Bros. produced the documentary and there are times when the promotion of it seem more like studio profit propaganda and not genuine interest in conveying a story. I doubt this will be the case, though. This seems to be like one of the first major Best Documentary Feature contenders of the year.

This Day in Oscar History: June 29 (2015)

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This Day in Oscar History: June 28 (2015)

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This Day in Oscar History: June 27 (2015)

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Oscar in Box Office History (Week 26, 2015)

Every week, we’ll take a look back in 5-year intervals in the box office past to explore how Oscar’s nominees were doing at the box office that 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 chance 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

Batkid Begins (Limited)

Oscar Potential: Documentary Feature.

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This Day in Oscar History: June 26 (2015)

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Oscar Profile #242: Al Pacino

Oscar Profile #242: Al PacinoBorn April 25, 1940 in the East Harlem, New York to Rose and Salvatore Pacino who divorced when he was two, Al Pacino was raised by his mother and maternal grandparents in the Bronx. Easily bored in school, he passed the time repeating plots and character voices from the films he had seen. Acting in basement theaters and often homeless after the death of his mother in 1962 and his grandfather in 1963, he eventually made it to the Actors Studio run by Lee Strasberg.

Making his Broadway debut in 1969’s Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie? , Pacino won a Tony for his performance. He later won a second Tony for 1977’s The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel. The actor made his screen debut in a minor, but impressive role in 1969’s Me, Natalie. He had his first starring role in 1971’s The Panic in Needle Park.

Pacino became a major star with his portrayal of Michael Corleone in 1972’s The Godfather for which he received the first of his eight Oscar nominations to date. He followed that with acclaimed performances in 1973’s Scarecrow and Serpico for which he received his second Oscar nomination, 1974’s The Godfather Part I I for which he earned his third nomination and 1975’s Dog Day Afternoon for which he received his fourth consecutive nomination.

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