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Archive for May 13, 2011

The Oscar Quest: Best Actor – 1992

1992 Best Actor is almost the male equivalent to Best Actress 1956, which I discussed (in crazy detail) yesterday. This category is so fucking stacked it’s ridiculous. And what’s weird about it is, if pretty much anyone in this category won, no one would have found it weird. I mean, clearly there’s a winner here, but, I think we all know the reason for that (“Hey, we fucked up back in the 70s, here’s one for you now!”).

I love 1992 as a year. Unforgiven wins Best Picture, Best Director for Eastwood, Best Supporting Actor for Gene Hackman. Then Emma Thompson (how can you not like Emma Thompson?) wins Best Actress for Howards End, and Best Supporting Actress goes to Marisa Tomei for My Cousin Vinny. It’s great all around.

BEST ACTOR – 1992

And the nominees were…

Robert Downey Jr., Chaplin

Clint Eastwood, Unforgiven

Al Pacino, Scent of a Woman

Stephen Rea, The Crying Game

Denzel Washington, Malcolm X (more…)

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Pic of the Day: “Benjamin is nobody’s friend. If Benjamin were an ice cream flavor, he’d be pralines and dick.”


The Box Office Report – May 13-15

Last week, in Box Office…

Thor unleashed his mighty hammer to the tune of $65.7 million. $70 million was always the number there. It was a bit of an underwhelming debut in terms of what they predicted, but is anyone ever unhappy with a $65 million debut? So it made $5 million less than expected. That’s still fucking great for a superhero that nobody cares about. It’ll end up making back 2/3 of its budget after two weekends. I think they’re happy with that.

Finishing second, to nobody’s surprise, was Fast Five, making $32.4 million. I said you were looking between $32-34 million. I said $33.8 million, but still, that was pretty fucking good. It was almost exactly between a 60 and 65% drop, which is exactly what it was supposed to do. It’s now at $139.8 million after two weekends, and considering the production budget was only $125 million, that’s fucking great for them. I guarantee you they’re almost already in the black on this one. I mean, they’re not, since they need around $250 million to break even, probably, but, they’re looking at a profit on this one sooner rather than later. (more…)