Archive for September 9, 2011

The Oscar Quest: Best Actress – 1966

I personally consider this one of the weakest Best Actress categories of all time. The fact that the winner was such a slam dunk hides that fact a bit (kind of like Best Actress 1949), but it’s still pretty weak. There’s only one choice here.

As for the rest of the year — it’s basically split up between two films. A Man for All Seasons wins Best Picture, Best Actor for Paul Scofield (which I talked about here) and Best Director for Fred Zinnemann. Then, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? wins this category and Best Supporting Actress for Sandy Dennis. And Best Supporting Actor is the only outlier, which was Walter Matthau for The Fortune Cookie (which I talked about here).

My thoughts on this year are — I think they got the acting awards 100% correct (Best Actor is a tough choice between Scofield and Burton, and either one was a great decision. That’s one of those where I’ll change my answer every time I’m asked about it), and Best Picture and Best Picture are a matter of opinion between two great films. I tend to go back and forth between which I’d vote for. Still, both are great, so, really this year is a win/win for everybody.


And the nominees were…

Anouk Aimée, A Man and a Woman

Ida Kaminska, The Shop on Main Street

Lynn Redgrave, Georgy Girl

Vanessa Redgrave, Morgan!

Elizabeth Taylor, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (more…)

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The Box Office Report – September 9-11

Last week, in Box Office…

It was another one of those “lost weekends.” And I don’t just mean that in the sense that I was wasted for the entirety of it. I also mean that it was one of those “holiday” weekends, where the numbers get skewed because there’s that extra bullshit day added onto them. I hate that.

The Help wins the weekend with a normal total of $14.6 million, which, is actually more than it made the previous weekend. Seriously, what the fuck, America? You don’t go see anything, and you choose this as the film you go see? What’s with that? And for the four-day weekend (aka, not the normal number), it made — actually, fuck it. I don’t care what it made for Monday. I’m not telling you. I will tell you, though, that the film has made a total of $125 million domestically thus far, which is $100 million above its production budget. Seriously — what the fuck? What kind of blind side did this fucking movie come from? Do white people just like going to see movies where whites help out underprivileged and undereducated blacks? Keep an eye on that, it may be important.

Finishing second was The Debt, with $9.9 million. I guess all the old people went to the movies this weekend. This was way more than anyone was expecting, but even that number wasn’t very high in the first place. Considering they shelved the film for nine months, I’m guessing they weren’t expecting much out of this anyway. Meh, whatever. I’ll forget about this in a week. (more…)