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This Day in Oscar History: September 23 (2014)

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Oscar Preview: Weekend of Sep. 19-21, 2014

We had one film release this past weekend with the potential for Oscar nominations.

The Zero Theorem

We don't often think of the eclectic directors like Terry Gilliam being Oscar magnets, but just because they don't dominate the top categories doesn't mean they don't have Oscar potential in the lower categories.

Gilliam's warped imagination has helped a surprising number of his films to secure Oscar nominations. five of his eleven features secure Oscar nominations, including an impressive string of four successive films in the late 1980's and early 1990's. His fourth directorial feature secured his first set of Oscar nominations. Brazil was mentioned in two categories, Best Art Direction and Gilliam's first and only nomination for Best Original Screenplay. His next film, the critically maligned The Adventures of Baron Munchaussen earned for creative category nominations for Art Direction, Costume Design, Makeup and Visual Effects.

His next film, The Fisher King, became his first and only to win an Academy Award. Of the film's five nominations, Mercedes Ruehl won the only award for her Supporting Actress performance. Robin Williams was nominated in Best Actor and the film was also mentioned in Original Screenplay, Original Score and Art Direction, his third consecutive film nominated in that category. 12 Monkeys was his fourth consecutive feature nominated, earning a career-first nomination for Brad Pitt in Best Supporting Actor and a nomination for Best Costume Design.

Then a dry spell hit, leaving Gilliam's next three films ignored by Oscar (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Brothers Grimm and Tideland). His last feature film, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus revived Oscar's fascination with him, pulling out nominations for Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design. These two categories are where Gilliam has his best chance with The Zero Theorem, a sci-fi odyssey starring Christoph Waltz. I suspect the film will fail to make the costuming cut off, but its imaginative design is right up the alley for his most regular appearance in the Production Design category. I'm not sure he'll get there because there's a lot of competition, but it could easily be his best chance.

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This Day in Oscar History: September 22 (2014)

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This Day in Oscar History: September 21 (2014)

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This Day in Oscar History: September 20 (2014)

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Oscar in Box Office History (Week 38, 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: September 19 (2014)

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1930: 3rd Annual Academy Awards

  (Nominations Announcement) {for the films of 1929/30}
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This Day in Oscar History: September 18 (2014)

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This Day in Oscar History: September 17 (2014)

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This Day in Oscar History: September 16 (2014)

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Oscar Preview: Weekend of Sep. 12-14, 2014

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

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby

The Weinstein Company, co-founder Harvey Weinstein specifically, is well known for his purchase of films to either bury or bolster for Awards contention. Unlike the protracted public battle with director Joon-ho Bong over the editing of Snowpiercer, Eleanor Rigby has so far defied direct confrontation with the producer even though it's already been edited from an interesting concept of two films told from different perspectives into a single film with both perspectives mixed together.

For Snowpiercer, Weinstein wanted the film edited to appeal to Midwestern audiences. Bong didn't want an inch of his masterpiece touched. Ultimately, Bong won the altercation and Weinstein agreed not to edit it, but would not release it wide as originally contracted and would go limited for a few weeks before going wide. He also released it direct to VOD the same day as its limited release. The film never got that true wide release it was promised, but it did end up becoming quite a hit in its limited and VOD runs.

Jessica Chastain is said to be an Oscar contender again this year, but for two films, A Most Violent Year and this one. If Weinstein actually pushes the film, Chastain is likely to get the nod for this film. Weinstein loves his female leads, so James McAvoy might not get the deserving push he's been missing all these years. The film doesn't seem like much of an Oscar contender otherwise, though a screenplay nomination might be possible.

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This Day in Oscar History: September 15 (2014)

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This Day in Oscar History: September 14 (2014)

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This Day in Oscar History: September 13 (2014)

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Oscar in Box Office History (Week 37, 2014)

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