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This Day in Oscar History: July 29 (2014)

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Oscar Preview: Weekend of Jul. 25-28, 2014

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

Hercules

Back in the 1990's, many of us lamented that the Best Visual Effects category at the Oscars was too narrow, allowing in only 3 nominees at maximum, leaving off countless deserving choices. As visual effects have become an ever-present part of cinema, the bounty of films that could contend continues to grow, even if they aren't all deserving of recognition. Thankfully, the Academy increased the threshold to 5 in 2010, a decade too late.

Regardless, now we have a situation where there are so many films that could be nominated that five just doesn't seem enough, yet assuredly many good films will be left off. Hercules could be one of the movies to replace them. The type of effects on display are showy enough that they could be nominated, with such a heap of better reviewed films in contention, I just don't imagine Herc will be making it all the way through. It will also struggle in the two other categories it could be a contender in: Sound Mixing and Sound Editing.

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This Day in Oscar History: July 28 (2014)

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This Day in Oscar History: July 27 (2014)

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This Day in Oscar History: July 26 (2014)

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Oscar in Box Office History (Week 30, 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

Hercules (Wide)

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

Magic in the Moonlight (Limited)

Oscar Potential: Picture, Director (Woody Allen), Actress (Emma Stone), Actor (Colin Firth), Supporting Actress (Marcia Gay Harden, Jacki Weaver), Original Screenplay.

A Most Wanted Man (Limited)

Oscar Potential: Best Actor (Phillip Seymour Hoffman), Adapted Screenplay.

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This Day in Oscar History: July 25 (2014)

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Oscar Profile #196: Lasse Hallstrom

Premiere Of Screen Gems' "Dear John" - ArrivalsBorn June 2, 1946 in Stockholm, Sweden to a dentist father and a famous writer mother, Lars Sven (Lasse) Hallstrom’s maternal grandfather was Sweden’s finance minister from 1926-28 and again from 1930-33. Having studied music in Stockholm, the future award-winning film director learned his craft making music videos for ABBA in the 1970s. His first wife, Malou, to whom he was married from 1974 to 1981, was the editor on his 1977 documentary film, ABBA: The Movie.

Moving to feature films, Hallstrom’s 1985 Swedish film, My Life As a Dog became an international success that received two Oscar nominations following its 1987 U.S. release, both of them going to Hallstrom, one for directing and the other for writing shared with three others.

From 1991 on, most of Hallstrom’s films have been U.S. productions beginning with that year’s Once Around with a cast headed by Richard Dreyfuss and Holly Hunter. 1993’s much admired What’s Eating Gilbert Grape was the director’s first U.S. film nominated for an Oscar, earning Leonardo DiCaprio the first of five acting nominations to date.

Hallstrom married second wife, Oscar nominated actress Lena Olin (Enemies, a Love Story) in 1994. His 1995 film, Something to Talk About earned Kyra Sedgwick a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress. 1999’s The Cider House Rules returned Hallstrom himself to Oscar glory. The film earned seven nominations including Best Picture and Director and won two, one for Best Supporting Actor Michael Caine and another for Best Adapted Screenplay.

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This Day in Oscar History: July 24 (2014)

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This Day in Oscar History: July 23 (2014)

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This Day in Oscar History: July 22 (2014)

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Oscar Preview: Weekend of Jul. 18-20, 2014

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

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This Day in Oscar History: July 21 (2014)

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This Day in Oscar History: July 20 (2014)

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This Day in Oscar History: July 19 (2014)

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