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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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Oscar Profile #209 – Irving Berlin

Irving BerlinBorn May 11, 1888 in Tyumen, Russian Empire, Israel Isidore Beilin, whose family name was later changed to Baline became known to the world as Irving Berlin. With his family at the age of five, he escaped a pogrom by the Cossacks after the burning of their house to make their way to New York. The family was so poor that young “Izzy” was forced to leave school at the age of 8 to sell newspapers. On his first day as a newspaper boy at the docks he was knocked into the river by a crane he failed to see. Rescued after going down for the third time, he was pulled out of the river still clutching the five pennies that constituted his day’s earnings for his family. Taught to sing by his father who had been a cantor in Russia, he earned extra pennies by singing in saloons on his newspaper route. After his father died when he was 13 he was ashamed that he was earning less money for the household than his sisters and left home to live in the Bowery.

He survived the squalor of the Bowery by singing in saloons, which led to his development as a songwriter. Following in the footsteps of his friend, George M. Cohan, he published his first song, “Marie from Sunny Italy” in 1907 and had his first international hit, “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” in 1911 after he had already made the leap to Broadway writing upbeat songs for various revues. He married Dorothy Goetz, the sister of composer E. Ray Goetz in 1912. She contracted typhoid on their honeymoon and died four months later. In his grief he wrote his first ballad, “When I Lost You”.

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This Day in Oscar History: October 16 (2014)

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This Day in Oscar History: October 15 (2014)

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This Day in Oscar History: October 14 (2014)

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Oscar Preview: Weekend of Oct. 10-12, 2014

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

The Judge

A master of forgettable comedies, director David Dobkins makes his first dramatic film with some heavyweight actors to do the heavy lifting. Starring Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall, a film with this type star power is typically an Oscar contender sight unseen, but after it's been viewed, those impressions die away quickly.

The story revolves around a self-involved lawyer (Downey Jr.) who returns to his home town where his father (Duvall), a prominent local judge, is put on trial for murder. His estranged son must come to terms with his father's terminal disappointment and represent him in a case that could put him behind bars with the very men he's put there in the past.

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This Day in Oscar History: October 13 (2014)

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This Day in Oscar History: October 12 (2014)

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This Day in Oscar History: October 11 (2014)

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Oscar in Box Office History (Week 41, 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 Judge (Wide)

Oscar Potential: Actor (Robert Downey Jr), Supporting Actor (Robert Duvall).

Kill the Messenger (Limited)

Oscar Potential: Actor (Jeremy Renner), Film Editing.

One Chance (Limited)

Oscar Potential: Original Song.

St. Vincent (Limited)

Oscar Potential: Actor (Bill Murray), Supporting Actress (Naomi Watts).

Whiplash (Limited)

Oscar Potential: Supporting Actor (J.K. Simmons).

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This Day in Oscar History: October 10 (2014)

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Oscar Profile #208: George C. Scott

Scott IIBorn October 18, 1927, George C. (Campbell) Scott was the son of a Buick executive who raised him single-handedly after his mother’s death when he was just 8 years old. Enlisting in the U.S. Marines at 18, his primary duty from 1945 to 1949 was to serve as an honor guard at the burial of U.S. military at Arlington National Cemetery, which led to a lifetime of heavy drinking. Following his enlistment, he resumed his education at the University of Missouri where the acting bug bit him.

On stage while still in college, Scott made his TV debut in 1951 in an episode of the Bigelow Theatre anthology series. He made his Broadway debut in 1958, earning his first of five Tony Award nominations for Comes a Day. He made his film debut in 1959’s The Hanging Tree, fourth billed behind Gary Cooper, Maria Schell and Karl Malden. His rise to film stardom would be swift. He received his first Oscar nomination for playing the prosecutor in 1959’s Anatomy of a Murder opposite James Stewart.

Alternating between Broadway, television and film, Scott received a second Oscar nomination for his third film, 1961’s The Hustler, an honor he refused to accept.

Scott received top billing for his fourth film, 1963’s The List of Adrian Messenger in which he was supported by “guest stars” Kirk Douglas, Burt Lancaster, Robert Mitchum and Frank Sinatra. His most popular early screen role was in his fifth film, 1964’s Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. Other successful 1960s films included The Flim-Flan Man and Petulia. 1970’s Patton would bring him another Oscar nomination, which he again refused, but for which he would win anyway. Nominated again for the following year’s The Hospital, he simply ignored the accolade.

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