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This Day in Oscar History: September 30 (2014)

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Oscar Preview: Weekend of Sep. 26-28, 2014

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

The Boxtrolls

When you think of studios that generate frequent attention from the Oscars in the animation field, your attention may be drawn to the big three: Pixar, Disney and DreamWorks. Other studios, like Fox and Studio Ghibli, have uneven records when it comes to Academy support. A production house you might not think of as being a force with the Oscars is Laika, a small independent production house that has, to date, only created four films.

The first film, created on contract for Tim Burton Productions, Corpse Bride earned one of the category's earliest nominations for Best Animated Feature. Four years later, the studio created its own stop-motion feature, Coraline, which earned a boatload of precursor attention and nabbed the studio its second consecutive nomination in the category.

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This Day in Oscar History: September 29 (2014)

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This Day in Oscar History: September 28 (2014)

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This Day in Oscar History: September 27 (2014)

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Oscar in Box Office History (Week 39, 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

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This Day in Oscar History: September 26 (2014)

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This Day in Oscar History: September 25 (2014)

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This Day in Oscar History: September 24 (2014)

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This Day in Oscar History: September 23 (2014)

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Oscar Preview: Weekend of Sep. 19-21, 2014

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

The Zero Theorem

We don't often think of the eclectic directors like Terry Gilliam being Oscar magnets, but just because they don't dominate the top categories doesn't mean they don't have Oscar potential in the lower categories.

Gilliam's warped imagination has helped a surprising number of his films to secure Oscar nominations. five of his eleven features secure Oscar nominations, including an impressive string of four successive films in the late 1980's and early 1990's. His fourth directorial feature secured his first set of Oscar nominations. Brazil was mentioned in two categories, Best Art Direction and Gilliam's first and only nomination for Best Original Screenplay. His next film, the critically maligned The Adventures of Baron Munchaussen earned for creative category nominations for Art Direction, Costume Design, Makeup and Visual Effects.

His next film, The Fisher King, became his first and only to win an Academy Award. Of the film's five nominations, Mercedes Ruehl won the only award for her Supporting Actress performance. Robin Williams was nominated in Best Actor and the film was also mentioned in Original Screenplay, Original Score and Art Direction, his third consecutive film nominated in that category. 12 Monkeys was his fourth consecutive feature nominated, earning a career-first nomination for Brad Pitt in Best Supporting Actor and a nomination for Best Costume Design.

Then a dry spell hit, leaving Gilliam's next three films ignored by Oscar (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Brothers Grimm and Tideland). His last feature film, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus revived Oscar's fascination with him, pulling out nominations for Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design. These two categories are where Gilliam has his best chance with The Zero Theorem, a sci-fi odyssey starring Christoph Waltz. I suspect the film will fail to make the costuming cut off, but its imaginative design is right up the alley for his most regular appearance in the Production Design category. I'm not sure he'll get there because there's a lot of competition, but it could easily be his best chance.

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This Day in Oscar History: September 22 (2014)

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This Day in Oscar History: September 21 (2014)

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This Day in Oscar History: September 20 (2014)

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Oscar in Box Office History (Week 38, 2014)

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This Year: Potential Oscar Nominees Releasing This Weekend

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