Born May 9, 1895 in New York New York, Richard Barthelmess was the son of stage actress Caroline Harris (1866-1937) and her husband, Alfred Barthelmess who died when Richard was just a year old. He had walk-ons in his mother’s plays from an early age. Educated at Hudson River Military Academy and Trinity College, he began acting in college and other venues. By 1919 he had five years of stock experience. Encouraged by stage and film star Nazimova, a friend of his mother’s, he made his screen debut as an extra in one of her films.
Barthelmess’s rise to screen stardom was meteoric. In 1919, he became a major star opposite Lillian Gish in D.W. Griffith’s Broken Blossoms, followed a year later by Griffith’s equally popular Way Down East also opposite Gish. Also in 1920, Barthelmess married first wife, actress Mary Hay with whom they had a daughter, future actress Mary Barthelmess.
Now a major star, Barthelmess formed Inspiration Pictures in partnership with Charles Duell and director Henry King. Their 1921 film, Tol’able David was a huge success, making Barthelmess an instant heartthrob. Among his many other popular silent films was the first screen version of The Enchanted Cottage in 1924.
Barthelmess was divorced from Mary Hay in 1927, the year he married second wife, Jessica Stewart Sargent, with whom he would remain married until his death.
We had no film release this past weekend with the potential for Oscar nominations.
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
Oscar Potential: Actor (Chadwick Boseman).
Born August 18, 1920 in St. Louis, Missouri to Jonas Schrift, a designer of men’s clothing, and his wife Rose (née Winter), a singer, Shirley Schrift, would become the actress Shelley Winters. The family moved to Brooklyn, New York when Winters was 9. Her sister Blanche having married a Los Angeles theatre manager, Winters joined her there when she was 16, later returing to New York. Having been one of many who auditioned for the role of Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind and being told by George Cukor to get acting lessons, she did.
Winters began her career in summer stock, making her Broadway debut in 1941’s The Night Before Christmas. She married first husband, Captain Mack Paul Mayer in 1942 at the beginning of her Hollywood career. Having appeared uncredited in numerous small roles, she finally got her big chance in Cukor’s 1947 film, A Double Life as the waitress who is murdered by Ronald Colman. Mayer divorced her in 1948, unable to cope with her Hollywood lifestyle.
Now a hot property, Winters made a succession of popular films including Cry of the City, Winchester ‘73, He Ran All the Way and A Place in the Sun for which she received her first Oscar nomination. She married Italian actor Vittorio Gassman in 1952, with whom she had a daughter the following year. They divorced in 1954. Her mid-50s successes included Executive Suite, I Am a Camera and The Night of the Hunter. On Broadway in A Hatful of Rain, she married co-star Anthony Franciosa in 1957. They would divorce in 1960 after she won her Oscar for 1959’s The Diary of Anne Frank.
We had two films release this past weekend with the potential for Oscar nominations.
Blade Runner 2049
In 1982, following the success of his classic 1979 sci-fi horror film Alien, director Ridley Scott became the first director to dip into the well of Philip K. Dick novels to adapt his short story Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep into a feature-length film called Blade Runner. While the film didn’t receive huge support upon release, it has since been elevated into the canon of great science fiction films. It was also the recipient of two Academy Award nominations for Best Art Direction/Set Decoration and Best Visual Effects.
35 years later, current wunderkind Denis Villeneuve has brought to the screen a sequel to that Scott legend. Pulling in the original star, Harrison Ford, Villeneuve brings in Ryan Gosling as a young Blade Runner rushing to uncover a dastardly secret. With a superb MetaCritic score of 81 and an 89% Fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes (8.2/10 average rating) along with an audience rating of A- from CinemaScore, the film is certifiably a critical success. The only problem is, the box office didn’t respond accordingly. Pulling in a surprisingly light $31 million. That might not be too much of a hindrance as it could still have tremendous legs as word of mouth spreads. Audiences have given the film an 8.7 rating on IMDb, catapulting it into the list Top 100 best-rated films of all-time.