Category: Academy Awards

This Day in Oscar History: July 24 (2016)

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This Day in Oscar History: July 23 (2016)

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Oscar in Box Office History (Week 30, 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

Star Trek: Beyond (Wide)

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

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This Day in Oscar History: July 22 (2016)

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Oscar Profile #297: Matt Damon

DamonBorn October 8, 1970 in Boston, Mass. to a stockbroker father and college professor mother, Matthew Paige (Matt) Damon and his older brother were raised by his divorced mother beginning when he was just two years old. Ben Affleck was a childhood friend.

Damon performed in theater productions while in high school and attended Harvard University as an English major but kept skipping classes to pursue acting projects. He made his film debut in a minor role in 1988’s Mystic Pizza and made uncredited appearances in the same year’s The Good Mother and 1989’s Field of Dreams. Second billed in 1992’s School Ties, he left Harvard and moved to Hollywood later that year to play a co-starring role in 1993’s Geronimo, which had been expected to become a big hit. His role in 1996’s Courage Under Fire led to his starring role in 1997’s The Rainmaker, but it was his other 1997 film, Good Will Hunting, that made him a major star.

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This Day in Oscar History: July 21 (2016)

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This Day in Oscar History: July 20 (2016)

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This Day in Oscar History: July 19 (2016)

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Oscar Preview: Weekend of Jul. 15-17, 2016

We had two films release this past weekend with the potential for Oscar nominations.

Ghostbusters

At the Academy Awards for 1985, the original Ghostbusters secured two nominations. The first was for Best Original Song, the iconic theme “Ghostbusters” by Ray Parker Jr. The other was for Best Visual Effects. Since the new film contains no original music, at least none that doesn’t heavily sample the original song, that category is out of the question. If the film were to only be able to compete for one category, we might just say Best Visual Effects was its only option. That may be true, but there are three others, one possibly a very controversial idea.

When I first saw the trailer for this rebooted Ghostbusters, the effects looked rather disappointing; however, once you get into the movie they are really something spectacular. Some of the elements of the effects, specifically the sliming, are a bit cheesy; however, the visual creations themselves are strong enough that I could see the film doing quite well in terms of precursor attention and ultimate Oscar nominations.

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This Day in Oscar History: July 18 (2016)

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This Day in Oscar History: July 17 (2016)

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This Day in Oscar History: July 16 (2016)

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Oscar in Box Office History (Week 29, 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

Ghostbusters (Wide)

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

Cafe Society (Limited)

Oscar Potential: Supporting Actor (Jesse Eisenberg), Supporting Actress (Kristen Stewart), Original Screenplay.

Phantom Boy (Limited)

Oscar Potential: Animated Feature.

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This Day in Oscar History: July 15 (2016)

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Oscar Profile #296: Sylvia Sidney

SidneyBorn Sophia Kosow on August 8, 1910 in the Bronx, N.Y. to a clothing salesman and his wife, she was adopted by her stepfather in 1915 at which time her last name became Sidney. An actress since the age of 15, Sidney attended the Theater Guild’s School for Acting. She made her Broadway debut at the age of 16 as Sylvia Sidney.

The actress with the saddest eyes in movies made her film debut in 1929. By 1931 she had become a major star with her deeply felt performances in City Streets opposite Gary Cooper, An American Tragedy opposite Phillips Holmes and Street Scene opposite William Collier Jr. More successes quickly followed with such films as Merrily We Go to Hell opposite Fredric March and both Madame Buttterfly and Thirty Day Princess opposite Cary Grant. In late 1935 she married publisher Bennett Cerf, later renown as the acerbic panelist on TV’s What’s My Line. The marriage would end in early 1936.

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