Archive for October 21, 2011

The Oscar Quest: Best Actor – 1975

1975 is a really strong year. One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest wins Best Picture over Jaws, Barry Lyndon, Dog Day Afternoon and Nashville. All (though I’m not the biggest fan of Nashville) would have been acceptable decisions for most people. Cuckoo’s Nest also wins Best Director for Milos Forman and Best Actress for Louise Fletcher (talked about here). I love the Best Actress decision, and, while I accept the Best Director decision, I don’t particularly like it, since Sidney Lumet, Stanley Kubrick and (an un-nominated) Steven Spielberg gave better efforts than Forman did. Forman’s effort was pretty theatrical. Plus Kubrick and Lumet were already overdue by this point.

Best Supporting Actor this year was George Burns for The Sunshine Boys (talked about here), which I like as a decision. Nice way to reward a veteran who gave a great performance. And Best Supporting Actress was Lee Grant for Shampoo, which I also like, since — the category sucked. She was gonna win one at some point, and this was the logical category for her to do it.

Which brings us to this category. A very strong one, performance-wise. And the decision had to happen, however one may feel about it (but I can’t imagine anyone would actually be against it), since Nicholson was way overdue by this point and gave one of the defining performances of his career.

BEST ACTOR – 1975

And the nominees were…

Walter Matthau, The Sunshine Boys

Jack Nicholson, One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Al Pacino, Dog Day Afternoon

Maximilian Schell, The Man in the Glass Booth

James Whitmore, Give ’em Hell, Harry! (more…)


Pic of the Day: “They’re coming to get you, Barbra!”


The Box Office Report – October 21-23

Last week, in Box Office…

Real Steel wins the weekend again. Boy did that make me happy. It made another $16.3 million, bringing its domestic total to $51.7 million. I wasn’t expecting it to win, so that was a pleasant surprise.

Footloose, the film that looked like it was gonna win the weekend instead after a strong Friday showing, finished second with $15.6 million. Not as strong as they were hoping, but considering its budget, I bet all involved are pleased with the result, especially since it’s reported to actually be a good movie. So that’s good.

The Thing opened to a weak, but pretty much expected $8.5 million in third place. Not that good, considering I have a sneaking suspicion they spent about $70-80 million on this thing, in all. But, I saw it, and it was pretty generic, and the CGI was just utterly pointless, so I can’t say it was that bad that this failed.

The Ides of March finished fourth with $7.1 million. That was much stronger than was expected, and it has now made $21.8 million after two weeks. I feel that’s pretty strong for this type of film. Good for them. (more…)