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This Day in Oscar History: December 20 (2014)

Here's what happened today in Oscar History.

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Oscar in Box Office History (Week 51, 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

Annie (Wide)

Oscar Potential: Original Song.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (Wide)

Oscar Potential: Original Score, Original Song, Film Editing, Cinematography, Production Design, Costume Design, Makeup & Hairstyling, Sound Mixing, Sound Effects, Visual Effects.

Mr. Turner (Limited)

Oscar Potential: Picture, Director, Actor (Timothy Spall), Original Screenplay.

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87th Oscars: Foreign Language Film Shortlist

The Academy has revealed their final shortlist. From here, only five films will be selected by the Academy for Best Foreign Language Film.

Before I get to my initial (brief) thoughts on which five of these will get nominated for Oscar, let's look at some of the acclaimed films I had thought might make it to this round of voting: "Two Days, One Night" from Belgium (starring Oscar contender Marion Cotillard); Brazil's "The Way He Looks" about a blind, gay teenager trying to come to terms with his sexuality; "Mommy" from Canada, a film that has generated a lot of buzz from director Xavier Dolan; French biopic "Saint Laurent" about famed clothing designer Yves Saint Laurent; the canine drama of "White God" from Hungary; Israel's late-breaking contender "Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem"; The Latvian animated feature dealing with depression "Rocks in My Pockets"; "Norte, The End of History" from The Philippines, director Lav Diaz's 4-hour epic; Switzerland's gay historical drama "The Circle"; "Winter Sleep" from Palme d'Or-winning director Nuri Bilge Ceylan.

Now, which films will carry over to Oscar? "Ida" and "Force Majeure" seem like locks. "Timbuktu" and "Leviathan" are also strong contenders. "Wild Tales" and "Tangerines" have had some precursor love. "Corn Island," "Accused" and "The Liberator" could be spoilers.

9 FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILMS ADVANCE IN OSCAR® RACE

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This Day in Oscar History: December 19 (2014)

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OscarProfile #217: Harvey Weinstein

harveyBorn March 19, 1952 in Flushing, Queens, New York, New York, Harvey Weinstein is the best known film producer of the modern era. He is especially skilled at getting his films and the a actors in his films nominated for Oscars, for which there have been numerous wins over the years. Usually billed as a film’s executive producer, he himself has only been nominated for Oscars twice as the film’s producer for 1998’s Shakespeare in Love, which won and 2002’s Gangs of New York which lost to Chicago, a film he was an executive producer of.

Harvey and his younger brother Bob got their start in the 1970s producing rock concerts which they later filmed and released as documentaries in the late 1970s. They named their film production company Miramax after their parents, Mariam and Max. Their first commercial success was 1982’s The Policeman’s Other Ball. In addition to the films produced by the Weinsteins, Miramax successfully branched out as the distribution company for such films as the 1988 documentary The Thin Blue Line, Steven Soderbergh’s 1989 breakout hit sex, lies, and videotape and the 1990 art-house hits, The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Lover and Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!. When Weinstein sued the Motion Picture Association of America over the latter two film’s X rating, the MPAA yielded to a new rating, NC-17 which effectively allowed the films to be released to theaters that wouldn’t otherwise have allowed their showing.

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This Day in Oscar History: December 18 (2014)

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Precursor: 8th Detroit Critics Awards (2014)

A most dominant day for Boyhood, which reigned supreme with Detroit critics taking four prizes. Their results consist of largely the same names that have been showing up all season. The three-way tie in the ensemble category gives us our first major victory for Guardians of the Galaxy, a dark horse contender for a Best Picture nomination.

Award Tallies

(4) Boyhood
(2) Birdman, Whiplash

The Awards

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Precursor: 18th Florida Critics Nominations (2014)

Restricting their nominations to 3 per category creates a shortlist of potential Oscar contenders that could be insightful into what critics want when it comes to Oscar recognition. While there are several films that could also have been included, we may be seeing the best case minimum scenario in several categories.

Nominations Tallies

(7) Birdman
(5) The Grand Budapest Hotel
(4) Boyhood, Interstellar
(3) Gone Girl

The Nominations

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This Day in Oscar History: December 17 (2014)

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Precursor: 35th London Critics Nominations (2014)

Even if you exclude the two nominations for British Films-only categories, Mr. Turner did better on average than most other films. With Mr. Turner widely available in the UK, but not in the U.S., this may explain why it's done so well with London. Either that, or there's a British bias, which is also possible. Apart from that, nothing here really leaps out as being astounding or unusual.

Nominations Tallies

(6) Birdman, Mr. Turner
(5) Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game, The Theory of Everything, Under the Skin
(4) '71, Nightcrawler, Whiplash
(3) Ida, Leviathan

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Precursor: 27th Chicago Critics Awards (2014)

Chicago is carrying forward the Boyhood narrative that's dominating precursor season, but as The Social Network, L.A. Confidential and others proved, dominance with the critics does not mean dominance with the Academy. There aren't any major surprises here.

Award Tallies

(3) Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Whiplash
(2) Birdman

The Awards

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Precursor: 18th Toronto Critics Awards (2014)

Apart from Boyhood, Toronto spread its love among several films, few of which were new selections among precursors. The Lunchbox was a surprising first feature selection while The Overnighters beat out one of the Oscar frontrunners. They will announce their Best Canadian Film award on December 14 and this year, they have a surprisingly dense and well known slate to select from.

Award Tallies

(3) Boyhood

The Awards

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Precursor: 14th Phoenix Critics Awards (2014)

Keira Knightley secures her first precursor win for The Imitation Game, the lone true surprise among the more recognizable categories. Documentary Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me is a bit unusual for a selection, but not one that has me scratching my head.

Award Tallies

(6) Birdman
(3) Gone Girl, The Grand Budapest Hotel
(2) Edge of Tomorrow, Into the Woods

The Awards

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Precursor: 13th San Francisco Critics Awards (2014)

For the second year running, San Francisco announced their nominations at the same time as their awards, making things look more favorable to Birdman in nomination count, but giving Boyhood more prizes. As precursor season wears on, the number of unique selections dwindle, but they are one of the few groups that have given quite a bit of love to Mr. Turner, which was nominated for Best Director, but not Best Picture.

Award Tallies

(4) Boyhood
(3) Birdman
(2) Ida

Nominations Tallies

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Precursor: 6th Indiana Critics Awards (2014)

Indiana couldn't find any new ground to break, so they introduced a new award for motion capture/vocal performance and gave it to Andy Serkis (because who else are you going to give it to or nominate?). Their selections were mostly in line with what other groups have done with Locke and St. Vincent doing better than with most other groups.

Award Tallies

(3) Boyhood
(2) The Grand Budapest Hotel, Whiplash

The Awards

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