Academy Awards

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

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

PixelsOscar Preview: Weekend of Jul. 24-26, 2015

Adam Sandler hasn’t ever been Oscar friendly. His films have typically been such ludicrous comedies that no one gave them a second look. This has been true for nearly every film.

This includes: his animated venture Hotel Transylvania, which should have had a decent shot at a Best Animated Feature nomination (even though it didn’t); Paul Thomas Anderson’s Punch-Drunk Love, which became the director’s second and last film not nominated for a nomination (all of his other films have been nominated); and Jason Reitman’s Men, Women & Children, Reitman’s latest Oscar failure.

Surprisingly, the only one of Sandler’s films to earn an Oscar nomination was Click, one of his worst-reviewed films, which nabbed a shock nomination for Best Makeup, an award it easily lost.

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This Day in Oscar History: July 27 (2015)

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This Day in Oscar History: July 26 (2015)

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This Day in Oscar History: July 25 (2015)

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Oscar in Box Office History (Week 30, 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.

This Year: Potential Oscar Nominees Releasing This Weekend

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Oscar Potential: Visual Effects.

Southpaw (Wide)

Oscar Potential: Picture, Director, Actor (Jake Gyllenhaal), Original Screenplay, Film Editing.

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This Day in Oscar History: July 24 (2015)

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Oscar Profile #246: Jeff Bridges

Oscar Profile #246: Jeff BridgesBorn December 4, 1949 in Los Angeles, California the second son of actor Lloyd Bridges and his actress wife Dorothy Dean Bridges, Jeff Bridges made his screen debut as an infant in mother’s arms in 1951’s The Company She Keeps alongside eight years older brother Beau.

The younger Bridges was a child actor on numerous TV shows starting with an appearance on his father’s popular Sea Hunt at the age of 8. He made his big screen debut in 1970’s Halls of Anger. He received the first of his six Oscar nominations to date in the following year’s The Last Picture Show. He continued to impress critics and audiences alike with 1972’s Fat City and Bad Company and 1973’s The Last American Hero and The Iceman Cometh. 1974’s Thunderbolt and Lightfoot earned him a second Oscar nomination.

A major star now, Bridges’ 1975’s Rancho Deluxe and Hearts of the West, 1976’s King Kong and 1977’s Stay Hungry were all successful. 1979’s Winter Kills and 1981’s Cutter’s Way were cult hits, but 1980’s Heaven’s Gate was a box-office disaster.

In the early 1980s, Bridges was in the sci-fi hit TRON, the comedy Kiss Me Goodbye, the nourish Against All Odds and the sci-fi romance Starman for which he earned his third Oscar nomination, his first in a leading role.

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This Day in Oscar History: July 23 (2015)

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This Day in Oscar History: July 22 (2015)

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This Day in Oscar History: July 21 (2015)

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

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

TrainwreckOscar Preview: Weekend of Jul. 17-19, 2015

For years, Judd Apatow has been taking the Academy to task for its complete ignorance of comedy films. Unfortunately, his type of films aren’t the ones the Academy usually recognizes. Gone are the days of Billy Wilder where smart, sensuous humor drew big names and even bigger box office tallies. Trainwreck might be the first of his films to earn major consideration from the Academy. Too bad he didn’t write it.

Trainwreck may be Apatow’s directorial puppy, but the screenplay is the direct responsibility of Amy Schumer, one of the most prominent comediennes working in entertainment today. Like Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, Schumer has earned a certain level of cachet that has transcended her television sketch comedy show. She’s been shared so frequently and with great zeal that some have even started trying to label her racist without having a shred of proof (or having even watched the material).

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This Day in Oscar History: July 20 (2015)

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This Day in Oscar History: July 19 (2015)

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This Day in Oscar History: July 18 (2015)

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Oscar in Box Office History (Week 29, 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.

This Year: Potential Oscar Nominees Releasing This Weekend

Ant-Man (Wide)

Oscar Potential: Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Visual Effects.

Trainwreck (Wide)

Oscar Potential: Original Screenplay.

Mr. Holmes (Limited)

Oscar Potential: Original Score, Production Design, Costume Design.

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