Academy Awards

Oscar in Box Office History (Week 22, 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

San Andreas (Wide)

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

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This Day in Oscar History: May 29 (2015)

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Oscar Profile #238: Philip Seymour Hoffman

Oscar Profile #238: Philip Seymour HoffmanBorn July 23, 1967 in Fairport, New York, a suburb of Rochester, Philip Seymour Hoffman was the son of a lawyer, now a judge, and her first husband, a Xerox employee. Educated at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, he graduated with a B.F.A. degree in Drama in 1989. By 1991 he was acting in an episode of TV’s Law and Order and shortly thereafter made his film debut in the little seen Triple Bogey on a Par Five Hole.

Hoffman soon began being noticed in such prestige films as My New Gun, Leap of Faith, Scent of a Woman, The Getaway, When a Man Loves a Woman, Nobody’s Fool, Hard Eight and Twister. His breakout role came in 1997’s Boogie Nights. He was in four major films in 1998 (Next Stop Wonderland, The Big Liebowski, Happiness and Patch Adams) and another three in 1999 (Flawless, Magnolia and The Talented Mr. Ripley). It was for these last three films that he started receiving major awards recognition, earning a Screen Actors Guild nomination for Flawless and citations from various critics groups for all three films.

The actor continued to received critical acclaim for such films as 2000’s State and Main and Almost Famous and 2002’s Punch-Drunk Love, Red Dragon and 25th Hour. He was impressive in the lead in 2003’s Owning Mahowny and in support in Cold Mountain. He finally earned his first and only Oscar nomination in the lead category for 2005’s Capote, for which he won.

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This Day in Oscar History: May 28 (2015)

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This Day in Oscar History: May 27 (2015)

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This Day in Oscar History: May 26 (2015)

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Oscar Preview: Weekend of May 22-24, 2015

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

TomorrowlandOscar Preview: Weekend of May 22-24, 2015

With two impressive films under his belt, The Incredibles and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, director Brad Bird seemed to be moving through Hollywood like the second coming of Steven Spielberg, a fantastic, inventive director with a penchant for fantasy and creativity. It was thought that Tomorrowland would be another bright feather in his cap and early previews suggested a film with plenty of visual splendor and inventiveness to make it a success.

However, locked within the confines of the Disney Machine, Bird was saddled with a script co-written by perennially awful screenwriter Damon Lindelof and the result was a miserable 59% at Rotten Tomatoes and an equally disappointing tally at Meta Critic with 60. While critics don’t typically harpoon major populist whale, a lackluster B CinemaScore shows that audiences, many of who went out specifically to see this film on opening night, were less-than-impressed. That means the film isn’t going to have much in terms of box office legs and without that support, its Oscar chance are imperiled.

The film was previously considered a strong contender in the tech categories of Sound Mixing, Sound Editing and Visual Effects. With Michael Giacchino on board, it was also a possiblity for Best Original Score. Add to that the pristine and vibrant art direction and you had a potential of five nominations. With no support from critics, a bountiful array of competition and a lack of “Blockbuster” status and its chances are diminished to three categories, all of which are meager at best.

This Day in Oscar History: May 25 (2015)

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This Day in Oscar History: May 24 (2015)

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This Day in Oscar History: May 23 (2015)

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Oscar in Box Office History (Week 21, 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

Tomorrowland (Wide)

Oscar Potential: Original Score, Production Design, Costume Design, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Visual Effects.

When Marnie Was There (Limited)

Oscar Potential: Animated Feature.

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This Day in Oscar History: May 22 (2015)

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Oscar Profile #237: Harry Stradling Sr.

Oscar Profile #237: Harry Stradling Sr.Born in Newark, New Jersey on September 1, 1901, Harry Stradling was the nephew of Mary Pickford’s cinematographer, Walter Stradling. He came to Hollywood upon graduating high school in 1918 to apprentice under his uncle, but his uncle died suddenly on July 4, 1918 leaving him to seek work through his uncle’s connections. Known throughout his career as Harry Stradling, the Sr. was added to the fourteen-time Oscar nominee and two-time winner posthumously to avoid confusion with his Oscar nominated son, cinematographer Harry Stradling, Jr.

Although Stradling’s career began almost immediately, none of the films he made throughout the 1920s were prestige films. It wasn’t until the1930s when he went to work for Jacques Feyder in France that he developed a sterling reputation for his work on such films as Le Grand Jeu and Carnival in Flanders. Moving to England in the late 1930s, his reputation became enhanced with such films as Knight Without Armor, Pygamlion, The Citadel and Jamaica Inn.

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This Day in Oscar History: May 21 (2015)

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2015 Oscar Predictions: The Beginning

2015 Oscar Predictions: The BeginningAs is our Cinema Sight tradition, this month, we announce our first, super-early predictions for the Academy Award nominations this year. With less than half the year completed, there are a lot of question marks in the field and while we try our best to anticipate the fickle impressions of Academy voters, these predictions should be taken with a planet-sized grain of salt.

This is always a fun exercise and while we know we aren’t likely to be that accurate by year’s end, it will be interesting to see how things shape up based on the present landscape.

We start out slow with only the major categories.
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