This Day in Oscar History: May 1 (2016)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Film Preview: Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)

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Release Date:

August 12, 2016

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “The story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York heiress who dreamed of becoming an opera singer, despite having a terrible singing voice.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: You might be able to sell the film with an image of Meryl Streep, but this poster design is dreadful. It has no visual style and sticks unabashedly to old, unflattering techniques.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: The French language film about the “popular” singer gave the audience much more interest in how bad she was and why it was such a spectacle that she was getting such gigs. This trailer merely permits Meryl Streep to mug for the camera and keep quiet unless something is given away.

Oscar Prospects:

Meryl Streep is sure to build buzz for an Oscar nomination, but the August release might be harmful for the film’s other chances. Of course, being good won’t necessarily prevent its nomination in the craft categories.

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This Day in Oscar History: April 30 (2016)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Film Preview: Cafe Society (2016)

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Release Date:

August 12, 2016

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A young man arrives in Hollywood during the 1930s hoping to work in the film industry. There, he falls in love, and finds himself swept up in the vibrant café society that defined the spirit of the age.”

Poster Rating: A-

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Review: A delightfully artistic design that carries a period essence in simple, yet visually astute terms. This is the kind of poster design we need to see more of.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: Unfortunately, the poster is the lone promotional tool with any creative verve. This trailer is lifeless, meandering and seemingly pointless.

Oscar Prospects:

Woody’s Oscar chances are uneven, with plenty of opportunities missed. Long gone are the days of guaranteed writing nominations. However, if the film is any good, it could be in the competition.

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Oscar in Box Office History (Week 18, 2016)

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

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The NEW Friday Face-Off #144

We are now in the second round of voting for the Friday Face Off, pitting winners from first round against each other. Just choose one selection in each of the categories below. One this round completes, we’ll pit those winners against each other until we have a final winner. There might be a losers bracket at some point…

Here is this week’s ten (or fewer) face-offs. So, let’s get started.

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This Day in Oscar History: April 29 (2016)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Poll: Best of the Animated Feature (2001 – 2005)

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Film Preview: The Confirmation (2016)

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Release Date:

March 18, 2016

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Eight year old Anthony is somewhat uneasy about spending the weekend with his alcoholic, down-on-his-luck carpenter dad Walt while his mom Bonnie and her new husband Kyle go to a Catholic retreat together. Walt is just as uneasy about spending time with Anthony, especially since their first day together is a series of characteristically unfortunate events, including his truck breaking down, his landlord locking him out of the house, and the theft of his toolbox, which he needs for an upcoming job. As Walt and Anthony set about finding the guy who stole the tools and improvise around their other misfortunes, they begin to discover a true connection with each other, causing Walt to become a better father and Anthony to reveal the promise and potential of the good man he will become.”

Poster Rating: –


Review: There was no poster immediately available for my review. Should one become available in the future, this section will be updated.

Trailer Rating: B-

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Review: There’s something about the premise that gives one hope as presented in the trailer, but the film doesn’t look well constructed based on the content.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Oscar Profile #285: Hal Ashby

AshbyBorn September 2, 1929 in Ogden, Utah, (William) Hal Ashby was the fourth and youngest child in a Mormon family. He had a rough childhood that saw the divorce of his parents when he was 6, his father’s suicide when he was 12 and two marriages and divorces of his own before the age of 21.

Moving to California, Ashby found a job as a printing press operator at Universal where he befriended a pre-stardom young messenger named Jack Nicholson. By 1956 he had become an assistant editor, working on such films as Friendly Persuasion, The Big Country, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Children’s Hour, The Best Man and The Greatest Story Ever Told. He became the chief editor for the first time on 1965’s The Loved One, after which he worked exclusively on five films for Norman Jewison, The Cincinnati Kid, The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming (his first Oscar nomination), In the Heat of the Night (his Oscar win), The Thomas Crown Affair and Gaily, Gaily.

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This Day in Oscar History: April 28 (2016)

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Poll: What Are You Watching? (Apr. 29-May 1, 2016)

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Film Preview: The Founder (2016)

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Release Date:

August 5, 2016

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “The story of McDonald’s founder, Ray Kroc.”

Poster Rating: C+

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Review: It’s a nice tease, but it’s a rudimentary one.

Trailer Rating: B-

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Review: At first, the trailer is played like Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton) is a visionary and compelling leader, but it ends painting him as a megalomaniac. I’m not sure how you sell a film with that unlikable a protagonist.

Oscar Prospects:

It could be an Oscar player if it weren’t an August release. The film seems to have lost a lot of its buzz since Michael Keaton was cast.

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Looking at the Weekend: Apr. 29-May 1, 2016

Can The Jungle Book take another round at the top? It’s likely with this uninspiring batch of new openers. The only reason I give Ratchet & Clank the top chance of the new releases to come in high on the list is that there haven’t been a lot of animated films lately, which means there may be interest from families. Mother’s Day might bring women to the box office, but its simple antiquated concept isn’t likely a big draw. Keanu may appeal to fans of Key & Peele and those looking for a corny comedy, but I can’t see that be a big draw.

Our Highest Rated Films: Viva, The Family Fang
Our Best Awards Ratings: The Family Fang (Oscars), The Man Who Knew Infinity (Globes & Oscars)

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

A Beautiful Planet
Eva Hesse

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2016 Blockbuster Season Preview: May

Here we look at the upcoming month’s offerings.

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