Category: Academy Awards History

This Day in Oscar History: December 17 (2017)

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This Day in Oscar History: December 16 (2017)

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Oscar in Box Office History (Week 50, 2017)

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

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Wide)

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

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This Day in Oscar History: December 15 (2017)

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Oscar Profile #370: Charlton Heston

Born October 4, 1923 in No Man’s Land, now part of Wilmette, a wealthy suburb of Chicago, Illinois, John Charles Carter became Charlton Heston after his parents’ divorce, his mother’s remarriage and adoption by his stepfather. Charlton was his mother’s maiden name, Heston was her new husband’s surname.

The highly imaginative child became interested in acting while in high school and made his film debut in the title role a 16mm silent version of Peer Gynt in 1941 when he was 17. Attending Northwestern University on a drama scholarship, he married fellow student Lydia Clarke in March,1944 and joined the U.S. Army Air Forces in which he served for two years as a radio operator. After the war he was active in theatre, including Broadway and early live TV. His portrayal of Marc Antony in a 1950 film version of Julius Caesar directed by his Peer Gynt director, David Bradley made Hollywood sit up and take notice.

Heston’s first official Hollywood film was 1950’s Dark City in which he starred opposite Lizabeth Scott and Viveca Lindfors, but it was Cecil B. DeMille’s 1952 film, The Greatest Show on Earth that established him as a major star. He had numerous successes during the next few years including Ruby Gentry opposite Jennifer Jones, The President’s Lady as Andrew Jackson opposite Susan Hayward, The Naked Jungle opposite Eleanor Parker and Lucy Gallant opposite Jane Wyman. Then came superstardom as Moses in DeMille’s 1956 epic, The Ten Commandments.

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This Day in Oscar History: December 14 (2017)

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This Day in Oscar History: December 13 (2017)

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This Day in Oscar History: December 12 (2017)

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This Day in Oscar History: December 11 (2017)

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This Day in Oscar History: December 10 (2017)

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This Day in Oscar History: December 9 (2017)

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Oscar in Box Office History (Week 49, 2017)

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

I, Tonya (Limited)

Oscar Potential: Actress (Margot Robbie), Supporting Actress (Allison Janney), Original Screenplay.

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This Day in Oscar History: December 8 (2017)

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Oscar Profile #369: Frances McDormand

Born June 23, 1957 in Chicago, Illinois, Frances McDormand was the adopted daughter of Canadian-born parents, Noreen Eloise (Nickleson), a nurse from Ontario, and The Rev. Vernon Weir McDormand, a Disciples of Christ minister from Nova Scotia, who raised her in the suburbs of Pittsburgh. She began her stage career after graduating from Yale in 1982, appearing on Broadway in the 1984 revival of Awake and Sing!, the same year she made her film debut in Blood Simple, marrying the film’s director, Joel Coen.

In 1987 she played another supporting role in one of her husband’s films, Raising Arizona, in which the female lead was played by her college roommate, Holly Hunter. The following year, McDormand received a Tony nomination for playing Stella in a revival of A Streetcar Named Desire and an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of the wife of a racist deputy sheriff in Mississippi Burning.

Despite her Oscar nomination, McDormand languished in minor, often unbilled roles, until her iconic portrayal of the pregnant sheriff in Coen’s 1996 masterwork, Fargo, which brought her numerous awards including an Oscar for Best Actress. She also had important roles in that year’s Primal Fear and Lone Star. Despite the Oscar, however, it was back to supporting roles in films, two of which in 2000, brought her further awards recognition. She was recognized by various critics’ groups for her work in both Wonder Boys and Almost Famous, her overbearing mother in the latter bringing her a third Oscar nomination, her second in support.

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This Day in Oscar History: December 7 (2017)

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