Archive for July 15, 2011

The Oscar Quest: Best Supporting Actress – 1953

And the final of the 1953 categories (at least, as of how the articles are being posted now. Much later down the road, this will only serve to confuse people. And that amuses me). There’s almost nothing to say about the year as a whole now, because it’s all been done before. I love it.

From Here to Eternity basically sweeps most of the awards. It wins Best Picture, Best Director for Fred Zinnemann (talked about here), Best Supporting Actor for Frank Sinatra (talked about here) and this award. Four out of six is pretty good. The other two awards were William Holden for Best Actor (talked about here) Audrey Hepburn for Best Actress (talked about here). As you can see by the winners, this is a very strong year.

As for this category, it’s probably the weakest in bunch in terms of nominees. But, Best Supporting Actress has historically been the category with the weakest set of nominees. Look at most Oscar years, and I bet if you had to pick the weakest category, it would, the majority of the time, be Best Supporting Actress. In this one in particular, there were really only two choices, and of the two, one made the most sense because — well, I’ll let you know when we get to My Thoughts on the matter. Still — this makes a lot of sense.


And the nominees were…

Grace Kelly, Mogambo

Geraldine Page, Hondo

Marjorie Rambeau, Torch Song

Donna Reed, From Here to Eternity

Thelma Ritter, Pickup on South Street (more…)

Pic of the Day: “Kill the spare!”

The Box Office Report – July 15-17

Last week, in Box Office…

Pretty ho-hum weekend, as it was a down weekend between two big things. Transformers: Dark of the Moon wins the weekend for its second and final time, as expected, with $47.1 million. $45 million was the number, and it held to a standard 50% drop instead of the closer to 60% that everyone was expecting. But, when you’re dealing with the other crap that came out, this just seemed obvious. Anyway, the film is up to $261 million domestically after two weeks, which is already $60 million over its production budget, which, is probably what they spent on marketing, so they seem to be about even on this film already. And that’s not even counting the worldwide grosses. Expect a fourth installment with a new director and cast within three years.

Finishing second was Horrible Bosses, which made $28.3 million. Most people had this between $25 and 30 million, so this made sense, especially since its competition sucked. In the quality sense, not necessarily the moneymaking sense. We’ll get to that in a second. But, this is a pretty decent number for a film that surprisingly wasn’t terrible. Even Aniston was watchable. That surprised the shit out of me. Really, what saved this film were Spacey and Farrell. But still, decent number, and it’s almost made its budget back after one weekend. That bodes well. It shouldn’t hold well, but, still, I think Hollywood is starting to figure it out. Smaller budget movies. Or maybe they’ll only do that with R-Rated comedies, and put all their eggs in that basket. They’ll never learn, will they? (more…)