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This Day in Oscar History: October 25 (2014)

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Oscar in Box Office History (Week 43, 2014)

Every week, we'll take a look back 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years into the box office past to explore how Oscar's nominees were doing at the box office that weekend historically. All data is taken from Box Office Mojo. The first section under each year is the positioning of all Oscar nominees during that weekend at the box office. The second 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. Please let us know if you like our new feature or if you want to see more information and we'll see what we can do!

This Year: Potential Oscar Nominees Releasing This Weekend

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This Day in Oscar History: October 24 (2014)

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87th Oscars Documentary Short Subject Shortlist

The Academy's second announcement regarding eligible features this year comes for the Documentary Short Subject category. In 2013, the list arrived on Dec. 10. This time, it's Dec. 20, ten days later. With the Foreign Language Film list only two days behind, it's hard to extrapolate why this is the case. Based on past years, the Best Animated Feature and Animated Short Film shortlists will be next towards the beginning of November; followed by the Live-Action Short Film list in late November; the Documentary Feature set in early December; the Visual Effects bake-off list shortly thereafter; the Original Score and Makeup lists following closely; with the Original Song and Foreign Language Film shortlists following those up. This is all purely speculation based on last year's announcements. Now to this one:

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87th Oscars: Foreign Language Film Submissions

A record 83 countries submitted films this year. The announcement was made earlier this month and I updated the 87th Oscars page, but forgot to post an actual article. Here it is without commentary.

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Oscar Profile #210: Franz Waxman

WaxmanBorn December 24, 1906 in Upper Silesia, Germany, now Slaskie, Poland, Franz Wachsmann, later Waxman, pursued his dream of a career in music despite his family’s misgivings, supplementing his piano, harmony and composition lessons with his salary as a bank teller.

The young composer found a job arranging music for a popular Berlin jazz band which led to a career in German films. His first job was orchestrating Frederick Hollander’s score for The Blue Angel, the film that made a star of Marlene Dietrich. After both scoring and arranging a number of German films, he came to Hollywood’s attention for his scoring of Fritz Lang’s Liliom for Fritz Lang in France. Moving to Hollywood, he was immediately hired by universal at director James Whale’s suggestion to score The Bride of Frankenstein which immediately put him in the top ranks of Hollywood composers.

Working first for Universal, then MGM, Waxman’s original scores in the 1930s included Fury, Captains Courageous and The Young in Heart for which he received two Oscar nominations, one for his original score and one for scoring, which he earned as the film’s arranger. Competitive awards for scoring began with the 1934 awards and continued through the 1967 awards. Awards for score composition began with the 1938 awards and continue to the present day. Waxman, from 1930 to 1960, scored more than 150 films.

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This Day in Oscar History: October 23 (2014)

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This Day in Oscar History: October 22 (2014)

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This Day in Oscar History: October 21 (2014)

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Oscar Preview: Weekend of Oct. 17-19, 2014

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

The Book of Life

The dearth of animated films this year has left the Best Animated Feature category without a firm slate of five potential nominees. Other than a guaranteed nomination for early success The Lego Movie, Disney/Pixar's sole effort this year Big Hero 6 and DreamWorks' key contender How to Train Your Dragon 2, the potential for nominations in the category have been weak.

Fox animation, which has had success with the Ice Age films, has struggled to earn Oscar's attention. The Book of Life was ostensibly the film they hoped would put them in the final five for only the second time, the first since the original Ice Age film made the list twelve years ago. Critics have been largely positive, complimenting it on its unique visual style, thought not necessarily for its story.

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This Day in Oscar History: October 20 (2014)

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This Day in Oscar History: October 19 (2014)

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This Day in Oscar History: October 18 (2014)

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Oscar in Box Office History (Week 42, 2014)

Every week, we'll take a look back 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years into the box office past to explore how Oscar's nominees were doing at the box office that weekend historically. All data is taken from Box Office Mojo. The first section under each year is the positioning of all Oscar nominees during that weekend at the box office. The second 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. Please let us know if you like our new feature or if you want to see more information and we'll see what we can do!

This Year: Potential Oscar Nominees Releasing This Weekend

The Book of Life (Wide)

Oscar Potential: Animated Feature, Original Song.

Fury (Wide)

Oscar Potential: Picture, Director, Actor (Brad Pitt), Supporting Actor (Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena), Original Screenplay, Original Score, Editing, Cinematography, Production Design, Costume Design, Makeup & Hairstyling, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Visual Effects.

Birdman (Limited)

Oscar Potential: Picture, Director, Actor (Michael Keaton), Supporting Actor (Edward Norton), Supporting Actress (Emma Stone, Naomi Watts), Original Screenplay, Original Score, Editing, Cinematography, Production Design, Sound Mixing.

Camp X-Ray (Limited)

Oscar Potential: Actress (Kristen Stewart).

Dear White People (Limited)

Oscar Potential: Original Screenplay.

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (Limited)

Oscar Potential: Animated Feature.

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This Day in Oscar History: October 17 (2014)

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