Category: Academy Awards
Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.
Every week, we’ll take a look back in 5-year intervals at the box office past to explore how Oscar’s nominees were doing at the box office each 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 shots 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
Oscar Potential: Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Visual Effects.
Oscar Potential: Actor (Woody Harrelson).
On our message board, the UAADB (Unofficial Academy Award Discussion Board), we have an annual tradition where we look at the year’s Oscar nominees in certain categories and try to decide if the individual will make a return to the Oscars at some point in the near future. There’s also a bonus section for predicting what non-nominated talent who was a major competitor during the given year will soon become an Oscar nominee.
I’m turning that concept into a 7-week feature for Cinema Sight. In addition to the acting and directing categories that our members traditionally cite, I’m going to throw in Animated Feature bringing the category count to six plus an additional week for the bonus section.
We start off our first week with Best Actor. Below are the five actors nominated for Best Actor this year. Each section is followed by a small gallery of all of their Oscar-nominated roles.
Born December 14, 1935 in Quincey, Massachusetts to Gertrude (nee Waldo), an actress and Francis Remick, a department store owner, Lee Remick was educated at Barnard College, where she studied dancing as well as acting.
Remick made her TV debut at the age of 17 in an episode of Armstrong Circle Theatre. After several more TV roles, she made her film debut as the Southern majorette baton twirler who catches Andy Griffith’s eye in Elia Kazan’s 1957 film, A Face in the Crowd, the same year that she married TV director Bill Colleran. Her second film role was also as a Southern sexpot in Martin Ritt’s 1958 film of William Faulkner’s The Long, Hot Summer alongside Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Anthony Franciosa, Orson Welles and Angela Lansbury.
The actress gave birth to her daughter Kate in 1959, the same year she starred opposite Don Murray and Richard Egan in Richard Fleischer’s These Thousand Hills and ended the year in Otto Preminger’s Anatomy of a Murder in which she became a major star in a role intended for Lana Turner opposite James Stewart.
Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.
Since my site began, I have tried to cover every precursor there is from the guilds to the critics. This hasn’t always been easy as new groups are founded all the time that I don’t hear about until years after they’ve started giving out awards.
Currently, there are a total of 54 groups within the U.S., two from the United Kingdom, and two from Canada that give out awards that in one way or another have an impact on the Oscars. London and BAFTA use similar release windows and Canada receives almost identical release patterns for U.S. Releases. That’s 58 groups that can impact the Oscars. This number continues to increase each year with the youngest group, the Atlanta Film Critics, starting out just this year. Back when I started my site, there were only 29 active groups, making today’s total exactly double what it was in 1996.
We had one films release this past weekend with the potential for Oscar nominations.
What can the original Alien tell us about space-faring dramas with a horror slant? They can tell us a lot, but Oscar’s affinity for them has waned a bit since Ridley Scott brought his storied creature feature to the big screen in 1979. Then, the film was nominated for just two Oscars: Best Art Direction and Best Visual Effects, earning H.R. Giger and company the award for art direction. These days, it’s much tougher for such films to break through.
The big question is how much of a horror film is this versus a regular sci-fi drama? Those have been much more in Oscar favor of late since District 9 broke the Best Picture logjam seven years ago. Life sports an international cast headlined by Ryan Reynolds and Oscar nominee Jake Gyllenhaal. Their presence adds more weight now than they might have a few years ago when neither was producing weighty dramas or acclaimed superhero films.
Early reviews suggest a film that prizes human relationships about scares, which may give the film an advantage in the Oscar race, but not much of one. It’s March and few, if any, films of this type that release so early in the year make many inroads with Oscar voters. Isolating itself to the craft categories where artists are more full-year minded, the film is sure to make a case for consideration in Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, and Visual Effects, but there will be massive competition this year, which means it may ultimately go unheralded.