Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.
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We had no films release this past weekend with the potential for Oscar nominations.
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.
Although we all miss having the Governors Awards presented at the Oscar ceremony proper, the fact that the Academy is giving out so many more as a result of their changes is at least a small solace. This year, three legendary names received special recognition from the Academy. two-time Oscar nominees director Spike Lee and actress Gena Rowlands will receive Honorary Oscars. Oscar-nominated actress Debbie Reynolds will receive the Jean Hershholt Humanitarian award. It’s hard to argue with these names considering the importance each has had in the shape of film history.
Here is the official press release from the Academy announcing the selections.
Oscar has four acting categories, one each for Best Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress. Actors who are co-leads in their films with other actors and actresses who are co-leads with other actresses can be nominated in the same category or, as is often the case lately, one can be can nominated as a lead and the other as a supporting player.
The first film to have multiple nominees in the same category was 1935’s Mutiny on the Bounty for which Clark Gable, Charles Laughton and Franchot Tone were all nominated for Best Actor. The oddest example is Bing Crosby and Barry Fitzgerald nominated for Best Actor 1944’s Going My Way with Fitzgerald also picking up a supporting nod for the same role. He was the only actor ever to be nominated in two categories for the same performance, winning in support while Crosby won in lead, causing a change in Academy rules.
Other examples include Bette Davis and Anne Baxter in 1950’s All About Eve, Burt Lancaster and Montgomery Clift in 1953’s From Here to Eternity, Rock Hudson and James Dean in 1956’s Giant Tony Curtis and Sidney Poitier in 1958’s The Defiant Ones, Elizabeth Taylor and Katharine Hepburn in 1959’s Suddenly, Last Summer, Richard Burton and Peter O’Toole in 1964’s BecketMidnight Cowboy, Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine in 1972’s Sleuth, William Holden and Peter Finch in 1976’s Network, F. Murray Abraham and Tom Hulce in 1984’s Amadeus and Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis in 1991’s Thelma & Louise.
We had one film release this past weekend with the potential for Oscar nominations.
There are few great comediennes of the 1960’s and 1970’s still working in cinema today. One of them is Lily Tomlin, the smart, irreverent star of Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, Nashville, 9 to 5, All of Me and countless other films. She’s been so consistently working and so consistently praised that it’s hard to remember that apart from her 22 Emmy nominations and six Emmy awards that she only has one Oscar nomination and it was Nashville forty years ago.
Premiering at the Sundance Film Festival in January, Grandma is the story of a self-possessed grandmother who must confront her 18-year-old daughter’s pregnancy and the daughter’s desire to obtain an abortion even though her demanding mother refuses to help her. Will the two help each other come to terms with the decision or will new choices be made. It’s a coming of age story for the youngster and a emergence from misanthropy for the grandmother.
Tomlin plays the titular Grandma in the film and has earned consistent praise since the film’s debut. She has been in the conversation for Oscar consideration for months now and that talk still hasn’t abated. The Golden Globes will surely recognize her, but the Academy’s young-skewing Best Actress field will be overflowing with candidates, which could give the octogenarian some trouble while competing. However, there are few more beloved actresses working in Hollywood than Tomlin, which could give her a boost with fans of her work.