Archive for November 11, 2011

The Oscar Quest: Best Actor – 1965

It’s weird that I think of 1965 as a blank year. Yet, one of Hollywood’s landmark films won that year, The Sound of Music. For some reason, I was never over the moon about the choice of that as Best Picture. I love the film, and I don’t think any of the other nominated films could (or should) have beaten it (even my personal favorite film on the list, Darling), so I’m not sure why my reaction is the way it is. I guess it’s because I’m strange. Robert Wise also won Best Director for the film, which — obviously.

Best Actress this year was Julie Christie for Darling, which I love as a decision. Julie Andrews would have won, but she won the year before this for Mary Poppins. Christie gave a tremendous performance in a category that was pretty stacked. I can’t wait to get to that one. Best Supporting Actor was Martin Balsam for A Thousand Clowns, which was an okay decision. The category was really, really bad, and Martin Balsam is awesome, so I support the decision. And Best Supporting Actress was Shelley Winters for A Patch of Blue, which is a great decision. She was terrific in the film, and didn’t really have any competition.

As for this category — this is one of the toughest Best Actor categories I’ve ever seen. Not so much strongest, but the toughest. Both Rod Steiger and Richard Burton were terrific in their respective roles, and then you get the big monkey wrench of Lee Marvin, who, while he didn’t give a performance that rivals those of the other two, is still Lee Marvin. So a tough decision must be made.


And the nominees were…

Richard Burton, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

Lee Marvin, Cat Ballou

Laurence Olivier, Othello

Rod Steiger, The Pawnbroker

Oskar Werner, Ship of Fools (more…)

Pic of the Day: “It’s just that you bear an uncanny resemblance to someone we both know.” “Someone who looks like me?” “Yes, sir.” “Poor fellow.”

The Box Office Report – November 11-13

Last week, in Box Office…

HA HA! Tower Heist failed! There is hope for the human race! HA HA HA I AM SO HAPPY!

Ahem…. Puss in Boots wins the weekend with a ridiculous 97% hold (that’s a 3% drop), making $33.1 million. For reference purposes, last week, it made $34.1 million. I know. Fucking ridiculous. Most people are attributing it to the heavy snow, and families waiting until this weekend to go out and see it. It would certainly explain the relatively weak opening it had last weekend.

Meanwhile, back in shrimp land (you heard that story about Brett Ratner and the shrimp dick, right?), Tower Heist opens to a ridiculously low $24 million opening. It’s still a lot of money, but this is a film that was hoping to make at least $10 million more than that. This is a film that executives, when they green lit the film, thought was an easy $40 million opener. Guess what? Nuh uh. I’m proud of you, America. You gained my respect back after that Paranormal 3 fiasco a few weeks ago. Good for you. (more…)