Archive for July 29, 2011

The Oscar Quest: Best Supporting Actress – 1952

Let’s briefly recap 1952. I’ve talked about this a lot. Most of it is contained in the other articles. But, 1952. The Greatest Show on Earth beats High Noon for Best Picture. The Academy takes innocuous over the controversial. Generally regarded as a terrible decision. John Ford wins his fourth Best Director for The Quiet Man (talked about here), a decision that doesn’t make sense and only serves to make it seem like the Academy was openly telling people that, rather than voting for The Greatest Show on Earth, they were voting against High Noon. Like the schoolyard boy who pushes a girl rather than saying he likes her.

Gary Cooper wins Best Actor for High Noon (talked about here), which is what’s strange to me. If they don’t like the film, why give it anything at all? Best Actress was Shirley Booth for Come Back, Little Sheba (talked about here), and Best Supporting Actor was Anthony Quinn for Viva Zapata!. Both okay decisions, pretty ho-hum though. That’s what this year is. A big fucking mess, just because they had all the controversy. And then there’s this category…

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS – 1952

And the nominees were…

Gloria Grahame, The Bad and the Beautiful

Jean Hagen, Singin’ in the Rain

Collette Marchand, Moulin Rouge

Terry Moore, Come Back, Little Sheba

Thelma Ritter, With a Song in My Heart (more…)


Pic of the Day: “I’d hate to take a bite out of you. You’re a cookie full of arsenic.”


The Box Office Report – July 29-31

Last week, in Box Office…

Oh, I feel really good about this. People estimated way low on Captain America, saying it would make $55 million, and I said “Nay.” I said it would go higher. If this were the Price is Right, I’d be the one up there, walking on a light-up numbers floor, trying to win that dinette set.

Captain America makes $65.1 million. Rightfully so, too. It was really the second best Marvel movie since the first Iron Man. The first Iron Man is just a legitimately good movie on its own. But this one, taking into account that it is a superhero movie and isn’t that great outside of that, it is a pretty good movie. I’m not the biggest Marvel movies fan. I feel like they’re trying too hard to tie this universe together for that Avengers movie. But, putting all that aside, this is the second best film they’ve done. (They’ve never gonna top that first Iron Man though.)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II falls huge to a 72% drop. That’s just a Tom Petty free fall right there. It made $47.4 million. Which is still enough to put its domestic total to $273.5 million after only two weeks (which, considering I think they spent $250 million on the pair of final films combined, is okay that they lost so much in the second weekend). The film is looking to cross a billion dollars worldwide within the next two weeks. I think they’re okay. (more…)