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Oscar Preview: Weekend of Apr. 24-26, 2015

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

The Water Diviner

Russell Crowe’s World War II drama has sparked a lot of positivity in Australia where it received numerous awards. However, the Academy is a far more fickle beast, making his film a far-from-obvious contender.

Releasing in the midst of April, a poor time for this type of film, The Water Diviner follows an Australian father as he traipses across the Middle East looking for his surviving sons, using techniques he often used for locating water in the vast desert-like condition of the Outback. The film seems to tap into the type of major epic style that once made films like Out of Africa a de facto frontrunner.

Times have changed, however, and this type of film just doesn’t appeal to Oscar voters anymore. Pair that with weak support from critics via mediocre reviews, and you have a film that Oscar voters will undoubtedly forget by the end of the year.

This Day in Oscar History: April 27 (2015)

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This Day in Oscar History: April 26 (2015)

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This Day in Oscar History: April 25 (2015)

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Oscar in Box Office History (Week 17, 2015)

Every week, we’ll take a look back in 5-year intervals in the box office past to explore how Oscar’s nominees were doing at the box office that 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 chance at this stage of the game. If you have any suggestions for more data you’d like to see, please let us know.

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This Day in Oscar History: April 24 (2015)

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Oscar Profile #233: Rumer Godden

GoddenBorn (Margaret) Rumer Godden in Sussex, England on December 10, 1907, the future novelist grew up with her three sisters in a section of colonial India that is now part of Bangladesh where her father was a shipping company executive. Sent to England for schooling, she and her sisters were brought back to India at the outset of the First World War. She returned to England to continue her interrupted schooling in 1920, eventually training as a dance teacher. She went back to India in 1925 and opened a dance school for English and Indian children and young women in Calcutta. Godden ran the school for 20 years with the help of her sister Nancy. A writer from the age of 5, she wrote a fanciful autobiography at 8, but did not become a published writer until the age of 29. Her third novel, Black Narcissus, published in 1939, was an immediate international success that has never been out of print since. She would publish more than 60 books over the course of her long life.

Godden ran afoul of both the English and the Indians when she admitted young half-caste or Eurasian women in her dance school as both cultures considered this tantamount to running a brothel. She married sportsman Laurence Foster in 1934 when she became pregnant, although she later claimed she never really loved him. She lost the baby four days after he was born and later had two daughters with Foster who left the family to join the army at the outbreak of World War II. After he’d gone she discovered that he had drained their joint bank account and left her with a large debt due to bad stock investments. He returned briefly while on leave and after he’d gone went on a long trek where she became desperately ill. She had a miscarriage without even realizing she had been pregnant. When she discovered he was having an affair with another officer’s wife, she asked him for a divorce which he agreed to only if she absolved him of any monetary responsibility toward her and her daughters.

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This Day in Oscar History: April 23 (2015)

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This Day in Oscar History: April 22 (2015)

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This Day in Oscar History: April 21 (2015)

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Oscar Preview: Weekend of Apr. 17-19, 2015

We had no films released this past weekend with the potential for Oscar nominations.

This Day in Oscar History: April 20 (2015)

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This Day in Oscar History: April 18 (2015)

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Oscar in Box Office History (Week 16, 2015)

Every week, we’ll take a look back in 5-year intervals in the box office past to explore how Oscar’s nominees were doing at the box office that 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 chance at this stage of the game. If you have any suggestions for more data you’d like to see, please let us know.

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