Category: Academy Awards

This Day in Oscar History: January 21 (2017)

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Oscar in Box Office History (Week 3, 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 Founder (Wide)

Oscar Potential: Actor (Michael Keaton).

The Red Turtle (Limited)

Oscar Potential: Animated Feature.

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This Day in Oscar History: January 20 (2017)

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Oscar Profile #323: Mary Steenburgen

Born February 8, 1953 in Newport, Arkansas to Nellie May (Wall) and Maurice Steenburgen, a freight-train conductor, Mary Steenburgen grew up tap-dancing her way through talent shows and school functions. Active in school drama classes as well, she appeared in numerous high school plays, enrolling in Hendrix College upon graduation. At the recommendation of her drama professor, she left college in 1972 and moved to New York to audition for the Neighborhood Playhouse to continue her education and won a spot.

Steenburgen worked a series of jobs while continuing to study at the Neighborhood Playhouse and was discovered by Jack Nicholson at Paramount’s New York offices six years later. He immediately cast her as his leading lady in 1978’s Goin’ South. She met and fell in love with future husband Malcolm McDowell, the star of her second film, 1979’s Time After Time, on the set of the film. Her third film, 1980’s Melvin and Howard, won her an Oscar. She would receive a Golden Globe nomination for her fourth, 1981’s Ragtime.

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This Day in Oscar History: January 19 (2017)

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This Day in Oscar History: January 18 (2017)

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This Day in Oscar History: January 17 (2017)

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Oscar Preview: Precursor Winners & Losers, Week 8

As the precursor awards continue unabated until Oscar night, I’m going to be providing a weekly update highlighting the films that have won and lost momentum through the precursor awards (and in some cases other outside influences).

The last week has been a whirlwind of precursor organizations announcing. Matter of fact, other than the Motion Picture Sound Editors Guild and the Online Film & Television Association, all nominating groups have announced. From here, there’s only one critics group left to award their prizes out of London, plus all of the Guilds and other groups. With so much going on in one week, how does that mean our Oscar contenders fared? Some did quite well, some did poorly, while others did less-than-spectacular, but not objectively awful.

The British Academy (BAFTA) caused the most confusion with its refusal to nominate Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) for Best Director. They also nominated films like I, Daniel Blake and actors like Emily Blunt, none of whom have been particularly effective players this year. After that, things played out mostly normally through the Producers Guild (PGA), Directors Guild (DGA), and several creative guilds.

But, before we get into this week’s winners and losers, let’s take a look at what’s coming up this week:

Week 9

Sunday, Jan. 22 – Online Film & TV Association Nominations (Official)
Sunday, Jan. 22 – London Critics Awards (Official)

Big Winners

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This Day in Oscar History: January 16 (2017)

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Oscar Nominations


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This Day in Oscar History: January 15 (2017)

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Oscar Nominations

Our Site Milestones

2012: Polls: Best Of… (5)

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This Day in Oscar History: January 14 (2017)

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Precursor: 9th Houston Critics Awards (2016)

La La Land handily took out all comers for this year’s Houston Film Critics awards, outlined below in their commonplace glory.

Awards Tallies

(7) La La Land
(2) Hell or High Water

The Awards

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Precursor: 6th Georgia Critics Awards (2016)

Moonlight and La La Land were neck-and-neck for this year’s Georgia Film Critics awards with Moonlight ultimately topping La La Land with the top prize. These are following a fairly set pattern this year.

Awards Tallies

(6) Moonlight
(5) La La Land

The Awards

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Oscar in Box Office History (Week 2, 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

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This Day in Oscar History: January 13 (2017)

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