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This Day in Oscar History: September 13 (2014)

Here's what happened today in Oscar History.

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Film Preview: Stonehearst Asylum (2014)

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Release Date:

September 12, 2014

Synopsis:

From IMDb: "A recent medical school grad who takes a position at a mental institution soon finds himself taken with one of his colleagues -- though he has no initial idea of a recent, horrifying staffing change."

Poster: C+

Review: How often have we seen similar designs? A perfectly handsome picture inverted into dark, depressing anxiety. I'll give points for using a pleasing color palette, but it's otherwise too unoriginal to recommend.

Trailer: C

Review: Holy bad screenplay, Batman. The trailer plays this off as some Edgar Allan Poe creation that feels nothing like the intense, pensive horror Poe wrote. I'm not familiar with this particular story, but with a cast like this, you'd expect a trailer that was far more compelling.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(September 7, 2014) Original

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Oscar in Box Office History (Week 37, 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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The NEW Friday Face-Off #58

We started over at the beginning of August 2013, but with a new, more streamlined methodology to collecting votes. Just choose one selection in each of the ten categories below. Our first few weeks will be to select winners in cases of ties or in years where multiple categories existed for each discipline. After that, we'll go into the full face-off contest where each winner will then move on to a second round to face off against others.

Here is this week's ten face-offs. So, let's get started.

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This Day in Oscar History: September 12 (2014)

Here's what happened today in Oscar History.

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Poll: Best Costume Design (1978 – 1982)

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Film Preview: The ABC’s of Death 2 (2014)

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Release Date:

September 12, 2014

Synopsis:

From IMDb: "Be ready to learn your ABC's again with 26 new directors and 26 new deaths bring your kids to a blood and gore filled horror so good your face will be blood red."

Poster: C+

Review: The angel of death makes a return to the sequel's poster design. No child sitting on the lap of the angel this time, just a book-toting angel, which isn't nearly as interesting.

Trailer: C

Review: Like the first film's trailer, they've isolated some interesting elements to display in the trailer without giving any insight into the creativity or lack thereof in the film's various segments. It might draw fans of the original, but that may be the only people it draws.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(September 7, 2014) Original

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Feed the Queue #189

Here are the results of last week's poll.

  1. American Splendor
  2. House of Sand and Fog
  3. A Mighty Wind
  4. Something's Gotta Give
  5. The Triplets of Belleville
  6. Seabiscuit

American Splendor wins and goes into my queue.

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Oscar Profile #204: Fredric March

MarchBorn August 31, 1997 in Racine, Wisconsin to John and Cora Bickel née Marcher, the future Fredric March was a rising banker with First National City (now Citibank) when an emergency appendectomy caused him to re-evaluate his life. An extra on screen from 1921, the year of his first marriage, he was on Broadway from 1924 on. Divorced from first wife Ellis Baker in 1927, he then married actress Florence Eldredge with whom he would remain married for the remainder of his life. The two moved to Hollywood in 1929 where both enjoyed long careers interspersed with stage work with and without each other.

In starring roles in fourteen films in his first two years, he earned his first Oscar nominations for 1930’s The Royal Family of Broadway in which he hilariously impersonated John Barrymore. His second nomination for the following year’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde resulted in his first win.

March continued to be one of the busiest of lead actors through the 1930s in such films as Merrily We Go to Hell; The Sign of the Cross; Design for Living; Death Takes a Holiday; The Affairs of Cellini; The Barretts of Wimpole Street; Les Misérables; Anna Karenina; The Dark Angel; Mary of Scotland; Anthony Adverse; A Star Is Born for which he received his third Oscar nomination; The Buccaneer and Trade Winds.

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This Day in Oscar History: September 11 (2014)

Here's what happened today in Oscar History.

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Poll: What Are You Watching? (Sep. 12-14, 2014)

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Film Preview: The Guest (2014)

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Release Date:

September 12, 2014

Synopsis:

From IMDb: "A soldier introduces himself to the Peterson family, claiming to be a friend of their son who died in action. After the young man is welcomed into their home, a series of accidental deaths seem to be connected to his presence."

Poster: C / D+ (2)

Review: (#1) Maybe if you know who Dan Stevens is, find him attractive or care that he's looking dangerously at the camera with a gun in his hand, you might find this appealing. (#2 & #3) How these designs were thought of is uncertain, but neither are thematically viable, nor are they visually striking, other than being overbearing.

Trailer: C+

Review: So this is the kind of career Dan Stevens was trying to have when he quit his lucrative role on Downton Abbey? I'm thinking he wasn't expecting it to turn out this utterly predictable. Nothing in this trailer suggests a film that's even remotely original or necessary.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(September 7, 2014) Original

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Looking at the Weekend: Sep. 12-14, 2014

There's not much else out there, so a sequel to a popular family film should do quite well, but No Good Deed is building some buzz that might put it on top.

Individual Commentaries

Wesley Lovell: I'd rather see the original split version of The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby than the combined one, but if this is all there is, I guess I'll have to take it.
Peter J. Patrick: Finally a couple of possible Oscar contenders: The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby and My Old Lady, both in limited release.
Tripp Burton: More mediocre sounding titles this week...when will all the great films we are reading about at Toronto start sneaking out to us?
Thomas LaTourrette: Eleanor Rigby sounds like the best of this week's films, and hopefully it lives up to its hype. I really like Jessica Chastain, who may get a nomination for this or perhaps one of her other two big releases due later this year.

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2014 Spring Season Preview Wrap-Up: April

April 4, 2014

Captain America: Winter Soldier

Oscar Prospects: What I said: "Uncertain. The two Marvel franchises that have gotten Oscar attention are Thor and Iron Man. Captain America, in spite of its period designs and strong visual effects was never nominated for the Oscars. That makes it less likely this film will, but it being the year's only Marvel entry might help."
Oscar Results: I made a couple of misstatements in my original post. Thor may have gotten Oscar attention, but it was never nominated. Marvel has two releases in 2014 and the other, Guardians of the Galaxy, while in the same general universe, was not directly tied to the Avengers phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so it slipped my mind. That being said, a lot of visual effects pieces have emerged this year and all of them have tended to eclipse what goes on in Winter Soldier, so I'm guessing the Academy ultimately ignores the modern-set film.
Box Office Prediction: $250 M
Box Office Expectations: What I Said: "Strong. Captain America is one of the weaker performing subsets of the Avengers universe, but that may have more to do with a lack of familiarity. It came close to the first Thor and this time, I think it should pass the second Thor without much trouble."
Box Office Results: $259.8 M
Thoughts: [Success] It certainly met expectations and slightly exceeded them to become the first non-Iron Man-featured Marvel film to pass $250 million. While the film currently sits behind the three Iron Man films and The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy is poised to pass it within the next week or two. Still, you can't say this film's performance wasn't good.

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This Day in Oscar History: September 10 (2014)

Here's what happened today in Oscar History.

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