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Archive for November 4, 2011

2011 Oscars Update: Best Animated Feature Shortlist

This is, after all, an Oscar blog. And this is the first major update for the Oscar season.

I’m sure there were others, but these are the first concrete facts we have for a category that matters.

They announced today that 18 films were submitted for consideration as the Best Animated Feature of the year. The most important thing about that number is — we’ll have five nominees this year.

Last year, less than 16 films were submitted, so the category only had three nominees. This year, there will be five. And, from the looks of it — Pixar will not be winning. Scandalous, right? (more…)

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The Oscar Quest: Best Supporting Actress – 1984

Okay, let’s quickly recap 1984. I got some stuff to talk about.

First, Amadeus wins Best Picture, Best Director for Milos Forman (taked about here) and Best Actor for F. Murray Abraham (talked about here). All perfect decisions, and, on a side note, the fact that it won Best Picture, for me, is one of the very few bright spots the 80s have. Which I am grateful for. Best Actress this year was Sally Field for Places in the Heart (talked about here), which, to put it simply, I understand. And Best Supporting Actor was Haing S. Ngor for The Killing Fields (talked about here), which, while I wouldn’t have voted for it, I also understand. Fortunately, I’ve covered all these categories, so we can mercifully be done with this year after this category. Which —

This might be the single worst Best Supporting Actress category of all time. Might be — I know it is. You know why? Because none of these performances would rate higher than 4th for a vote in any other year. That’s how weak it is. It’s really, really bad. As for alternate nominees — I don’t really see anyone. I was mostly looking for someone who I could vote for. I don’t have anyone I can vote for. God, I hate this category.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS – 1984

And the nominees were…

Peggy Ashcroft, A Passage to India

Glenn Close, The Natural

Lindsay Crouse, Places in the Heart

Christine Lahti, Swing Shift

Geraldine Page, The Pope of Greenwich Village (more…)


Pic of the Day: “Hold me.” “I can’t.”


As I make the morning rounds…

Just had a thought as I make my morning rounds, checking up on you beautiful town, you.

A photo was just released of Bill Murray as FDR in Hyde Park on the Hudson:

Doesn’t he look like The Penguin here? (more…)


The Box Office Report – November 4-6

Last week, in Box Office…

Puss in Boots wins the weekend as expected, except it made about $10 million less than expected. Rather than the $40 million estimates for the weekend, the film made $34.1 million. Count me a happy camper, since you know the film’s gonna pull in hundreds of millions more overseas. And if it doesn’t, count me even happier.

Paranormal Activity dropped 65% (fuck yeah, it did!), finishing second with $18.1 million. The film’s made $80 million total after two weekends, so fuck it very much. The budget was $5 million. This is literally like dipping your hand in the money jar. I’m happy for them and all, but — seriously, fuck you, America.

In Time opened to third with $12 million. The reviews were shitty, but I quite enjoyed the film. I’m willing to overlook a few plotholes and a partial lack of execution for an interesting concept. It wasn’t perfect (The Adjustment Bureau was much better), but I really enjoyed this film quite a bit. $12 million makes me a bit sad for it. Then again, estimates were only at $13 million, so I guess it’s not that far off. (more…)