Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.
Vancouver film critics have made their selections for the year’s best films. Two things always to note about Vancouver. They are the only group that only selects three nominees in each category (excepting this year’s Best British Columbian Film) and they are the only group that actively recognizes Canadian-only films with a full slate of nominations. Looking over the list, it’s interesting to compare Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenplay. Picture and Director match perfectly, but only one film appears in the Screenplay set from that list. That likely suggests that Lady Bird, which is also he top non-Canadian nominee, will take the award. Everyone else appears to be a contender in some capacity or another.
(6) Gregoire (Canadian)
(5) Lady Bird, Never Steady, Never Still (Canadian)
(4) Phantom Thread
(3) Fail to Appear (Canadian), Fake Tattoos, (Canadian), Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
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.
Oscar Potential: Original Score, Film Editing, Production Design, Makeup & Hairstyling, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Visual Effects.
The Academy has once again made a grave error in omitting the acclaimed BPM (Beats Per Minute). Once again, we must call for the foreign language rules to be updated and modernized. The following is their press release announcing the 9 less deserving finalists.
LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that nine features will advance to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the 90th Academy Awards ®. Ninety-two films had originally been considered in the category.
The films, listed in alphabetical order by country, are:
Chile, “A Fantastic Woman,” Sebastián Lelio, director;
Germany, “In the Fade,” Fatih Akin, director;
Hungary, “On Body and Soul,” Ildikó Enyedi, director;
Israel, “Foxtrot,” Samuel Maoz, director;
Lebanon, “The Insult,” Ziad Doueiri, director;
Russia, “Loveless,” Andrey Zvyagintsev, director;
Senegal, “Félicité,” Alain Gomis, director;
South Africa, “The Wound,” John Trengove, director;
Sweden, “The Square,” Ruben Östlund, director.
Foreign Language Film nominations for 2017 are determined in two phases.
The Phase I committee, consisting of Los Angeles-based Academy members, screened the original submissions in the category between mid-October and December 11. The group’s top six choices, augmented by three additional selections voted by the Academy’s Foreign Language Film Award Executive Committee, constitute the shortlist.
Academy members eligible to participate in the Nominations round of voting in New York, London, Los Angeles and, for the first time, the San Francisco Bay Area, will screen the nine shortlisted films in theaters over a three-day period from Friday, January 12, through Sunday, January 14, with three films screening each day. Additionally, international members (who live outside of the U.K.) will be invited to opt-in to stream the nine shortlisted films on the Academy’s member site. Members must see all nine films before casting their ballots.
Nominations for the 90th Academy Awards® will be announced on Tuesday, January 23, 2018.
The 90th Oscars® will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.
Born October 4, 1923 in No Man’s Land, now part of Wilmette, a wealthy suburb of Chicago, Illinois, John Charles Carter became Charlton Heston after his parents’ divorce, his mother’s remarriage and adoption by his stepfather. Charlton was his mother’s maiden name, Heston was her new husband’s surname.
The highly imaginative child became interested in acting while in high school and made his film debut in the title role a 16mm silent version of Peer Gynt in 1941 when he was 17. Attending Northwestern University on a drama scholarship, he married fellow student Lydia Clarke in March,1944 and joined the U.S. Army Air Forces in which he served for two years as a radio operator. After the war he was active in theatre, including Broadway and early live TV. His portrayal of Marc Antony in a 1950 film version of Julius Caesar directed by his Peer Gynt director, David Bradley made Hollywood sit up and take notice.
Heston’s first official Hollywood film was 1950’s Dark City in which he starred opposite Lizabeth Scott and Viveca Lindfors, but it was Cecil B. DeMille’s 1952 film, The Greatest Show on Earth that established him as a major star. He had numerous successes during the next few years including Ruby Gentry opposite Jennifer Jones, The President’s Lady as Andrew Jackson opposite Susan Hayward, The Naked Jungle opposite Eleanor Parker and Lucy Gallant opposite Jane Wyman. Then came superstardom as Moses in DeMille’s 1956 epic, The Ten Commandments.
I can’t believe I managed to miss the nominations this morning. Got too busy, I guess. Anywhere, here they are. There are a lot of winners and losers with this list, so, as I usually do, I’m going into each category individually, starting with the individual acting categories.
Best Actor: Tom Hanks took a major hit in the Oscar derby by failing to get a citation here. There are few actors as beloved as he and no nomination suggests that either voters didn’t get to see the film or they just didn’t love it. Also hurt by these nominations, Jake Gyllenhaal who needed a high profile nomination to make up for the random citations he’s received so far. Helped by these nominations are James Franco, Daniel Kaluuya, and Denzel Washington. None of them were considered slam-dunk Oscar nominees, but they’ve been showing up periodically during the precursors. Franco desperately needed this for validation for a film that seemed destined not to play. Kaluuya seems like a solid potential Oscar contender and Washington may have benefited from leftover goodwill from last year as his film was widely rebuked.
Best Actress: How could they not nominate Streep after her umpteen other nominations? I’m beginning to suspect that The Post didn’t get out soon enough and thus didn’t get seen like it needed to. Annette Bening, Jessica Chastain, and Kate Winslet also needed representation here as their films have been doing disappointingly so far this Oscar season. The only real winner in this bunch, as she was the only one whose star had faded in recent weeks was Judi Dench. Her campaign had been on life support, but now gets a solid bump going into the final push.
Best Supporting Actor: The Call Me by Your Name boys, Armie Hammer and Michael Stuhlbarg, were injured by these selections, especially with Steve Carell coming out of nowhere for a nomination. Carell may have benefited from his vast television presence considering the heavy TV population of the SAG voting membership. Patrick Stewart, Idris Elba and the supporting cast of Mudbound also suffered setbacks. None were exactly on the tips of prognosticators tongues, but a highly visible citation like this might have given them a boost. Carell did get a jolt in the arm from this, but I suspect the bigger winner is Woody Harrelson. Sam Rockwell has been on nearly every list this season, but Harrelson has only gotten sporadic attention. That, coupled with his film’s Best Cast nomination suggests he could be securing another Oscar nomination.
Best Supporting Actress: Tiffany Hadish suffers another setback. If the Golden Globe snub wasn’t enough, the Girls Trip star had certainly needed the SAG nomination to bolster her flagging campaign. Now, she’s likely dead in the water. The same could be said of Melissa Leo in Novitiate. The film has gotten mediocre recognition and would have been boosted by a nomination here. It wasn’t to be. Acting legends Lois Smith and Michelle Pfeiffer also got bad news from this announcement. Mary J. Blige, Hong Chau, and Holly Hunter have been seen throughout the season, but until now, their candidacies seemed almost ephemeral. All of them move into solid positions for Oscar nominations. The same couldn’t be said for Octavia Spencer. Spencer has been in the mix for some time, but got left off suggesting her film wasn’t as beloved as the critics have suggested it is.
Best Cast: Some chide about referring to this as the Screen Actors Guild’s Best Picture category, but a nomination here can often presage Oscar consideration where it might not have otherwise been. As such, the current Best Picture contenders that are damaged by a failure to be cited here (among those with sizable casts): The Post, Call Me by Your Name, Darkest Hour, Dunkirk, and The Shape of Water all missed out on potential nominations while The Big Sick made a huge comeback and the cases for Best Picture nominations for Get Out, Lady Bird, and Three Billboards have solidified. Mudbound is the only film that no one thought had a reasonable chance at an Oscar nomination. Its chances are still weak thanks to the makeup of Academy membership versus the makeup of SAG membership and their relative levels of embrace for Netflix. It could prove to be a major spoiler this year or it could go to show that Netflix still has a long way to go to earn Hollywood’s respect.
Best Stunt Cast: There aren’t a lot of films that could have competed here and done better than these, so I can’t say any particular film was surprisingly excluded, though Blade Runner 2049 and Thor: Ragnarok do come to mind.
(4) Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
(3) Lady Bird
(2) The Big Sick, Get Out, I, Tonya, Mudbound, The Shape of Water
Guillermo del Toro’s period fantasy stormed the Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics awards, taking a staggering five prizes, including Best Actress. The rest of the selections have all been seen elsewhere before, so there isn’t much new here.
(5) The Shape of Water
(2) Lady Bird
Chicago has gone gaga over Lady Bird, giving it their Best Picture prize. Several of the big names of the year were also cited, so there’s not a lot of shock going around.
(4) Lady Bird
(3) Call Me by Your Name
(2) Blade Runner 2049
A big day for The Shape of Water as it tops its second slate of nominations today. Fourteen nods is a huge number, especially when the nearest competition (Blade Runner 2049 and Dunkirk) only have eight each. There were a couple of unusual selections from this group, but most of their slate has been on the radar for some time.
(14) The Shape of Water
(8) Blade Runner 2049, Dunkirk
(6) Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
(5) Lady Bird
(4) Beauty and the Beast, Get Out, Mudbound
(3) The Big Sick, Call Me By Your Name, Darkest Hour, The Florida Project, Gifted, I, Tonya, Logan, Murder on the Orient Express
With a solid performance down ballot, The Shape of Water easily topped Call Me by Your Name and Lady Bird for most nominated. A lot of names here we’ve seen before, so no major surprises.
(9) The Shape of Water
(5) Call Me By Your Name, Lady Bird
(4) Dunkirk, Get Out, The Post, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
(3) The Big Sick, Blade Runner 2049, The Florida Project, Logan, War for the Planet of the Apes