Archive for July 22, 2011

The Oscar Quest: Best Actress – 1944

This year is the last year history was made. That is — Greer Garson is one of only two actresses to be nominated for Best Actress for five consecutive years. Can you believe that? Five consecutive years. Not even Brando did that, and not just because he was a male actor. The first person to do it was Bette Davis, which, ironically, her five years overlapped with Greer’s. And even more coincidental is, both were nominated for six out of seven as well. Bette Davis was nominated for five in a row, skipped a year at the end, then got a sixth nomination right after. Greer Garson got one nomination, skipped a year, then got five in a row. I love these types of coincidences.

For trivia purposes, Davis’s nominations were: 1938: Jezebel (won), 1939: Dark Victory: 1940: The Letter, 1941: The Little Foxes, and 1942: Now, Voyager. Then a skip year and in 1944: Mr. Skeffington. Garson’s nominations were: 1939: Goodbye, Mr. Chips, then a skip year, then, 1941: Blossoms in the Dust, 1942: Mrs. Miniver (won), 1943: Madame Curie, 1944: Mrs. Parkington, and 1945: The Valley of Decision. So, for the seven years between 1939 and 1945, Greer Garson and Bette Davis were two of the five Best Actress nominees in ’39, ’41, ’42, and ’44. And in 1944, their films were Mr. Skeffington and Mrs. Parkington. Eerie, right?

As for the rest of 1944, Going My Way wins Best Picture, Best Director for Leo McCarey (talked about here), Best Actor for Bing Crosby (talked about here) and Best Supporting Actor for Barry Fitzgerald (talked about here). And Ethel Barrymore wins Best Supporting Actress for None But the Lonely Heart. In all I think this is an okay year, but not as good as it could have been.

BEST ACTRESS – 1944

And the nominees were…

Ingrid Bergman, Gaslight

Claudette Colbert, Since You Went Away

Bette Davis, Mr. Skeffington

Greer Garson, Mrs. Parkington

Barbara Stanwyck, Double Indemnity (more…)


Pic of the Day: “What do we got?” “Nothing. No matches on prints, DNA, dental. Clothing is custom, no labels. Nothing in his pockets but knives and lint.”


The Box Office Report – July 22-24

Last week, in Box Office…

Well, fuck. I’m pretty sure we all know this by now, but we’ll do it regardless. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II just fucking annihilated everything this weekend. It makes $43 million from midnight showings alone. It makes $92 million on it’s first day. This destroyed the opening day gross for any film ever released, ever. For the weekend? It made $169.2 million. Three days. The previous record holder was The Dark Knight, which made $158 million over its opening weekend.

I mean — who didn’t see this one coming? I’m pretty sure this movie recouped its entire production budget over the weekend, domestically. This movie will make at least a billion dollars worldwide, and will probably end up with over $300 million domestically. I think they’ve earned it.

Also, for those who are curious (and because I love putting forth my opinion) I loved the movie, thought it was probably fourth or fifth best of the eight movies. I rank them thusly — Prisoner of Azkaban, then 2 + 3 are an unranked set of Sorcerer’s Stone and Order of the Phoenix, just because the first one is so magical and wonderful, you almost can’t rank it, but if I had to, it would be probably my second favorite, even though I think Order of the Phoenix is the second best movie. Then 4th I’d probably put this one, just because I like the book more than Goblet of Fire, which I’d put 5th. Then 6th I’d put Deathly Hallows Part I, just because, aside from the unnecessary CGI and crazy naked horcrux, it’s not that bad. Then 7th I’d put Half Blood Prince, just because of the terribly executed Harry/Ginny thing. I think they failed on so many levels with that movie. And then obviously Chamber of Secrets is last. Anyway, back to the box office. (more…)