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Archive for October 28, 2011

The Oscar Quest: Best Actress – 1941

The great thing about the 1940-1945 years is that you could always count on the same actresses being in almost every category. Put it this way: of the 30 nominees for Best Actress between 1940 and 1945, the nominees in just this category account for 15 of them. And add Katharine Hepburn, Jennifer Jones and Ingrid Bergman to that list, and 22 of the 30 nominees are accounted for. That’s pretty insane.

As for 1941 — we all know how bad it was. How Green Was My Valley beats Citizen Kane for Best Picture and John Ford beats Orson Welles for Best Director (talked about here). ’nuff said there. Donald Crisp won Best Supporting Actor for the film, which does actually make sense, though, as I said here, I’d totally have given it to Sydney Greenstreet for The Maltese Falcon. That man is awesome. Then Gary Cooper wins Best Actor for Sergeant York (talked about here), which I don’t like, but understand (you really think they were gonna give it to Orson?). And Best Supporting Actress was Mary Astor for The Great Lie, which is a fine decision, since she was also in The Maltese Falcon this year. So even though it’s for the more forgotten of the two films, it’s cool that she won.

Now for this category. This is pretty cut and dry. It’s a make up Oscar. Everyone understands this, and it’s totally acceptable. Just know, I wouldn’t (and won’t) vote for it. I thought there was a better performance. But since all the principals (for the most part) won Oscars, this is a fine decision.

BEST ACTRESS – 1941

And the nominees are…

Bette Davis, The Little Foxes

Olivia de Havilland, Hold Back the Dawn

Joan Fontaine, Suspicion

Greer Garson, Blossoms in the Dust

Barbara Stanwyck, Ball of Fire (more…)

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Pic of the Day: “Ladies and gentlemen, please do not panic! But SCREAM! Scream for your lives!”


The Box Office Report – October 28-30

Last week, in Box Office…

What the fuck, America?

Paranormal Activity 3 — 3!!!! — makes $53.6 million. I have nothing to say here. Fuck you all.

Real Steel — the silver lining here — finished second with $10.8 million. That’s a 33% hold, which is really good. It’s currently at $66.7 million domestically, which is a bit low, but not bad. And it’s at $153.4 million worldwide, which is pretty good. Here’s wishing it continued success.

Footloose finished third with $10.4 million. That’s also a 33% hold and that’s also really great for it. It’s made $30 million in two weeks off a $24 million budget. I bet the studio is ecstatic with those numbers.

The Three Musketeers opened to a paltry — weak — awful — $8.7 million. Just, ouch. Milla Jovovich blasted (internet journalism word!) the studio this week for properly failing to market the film. But honestly, they probably didn’t want to sink money into a black hole. So I don’t really know who’s to blame. The film was fun. $8 million feels like a raw deal for this film. It’s better than that. (more…)