Archive for November 18, 2011

The Oscar Quest: Best Actress – 1976

I love 1976. It’s one of the strongest Best Picture fields of all time, my favorite film of the bunch — Rocky wins Best Picture, and almost all the decisions they made are either acceptable or great.

John G. Avildsen wins Best Director for Rocky (talked about here), which goes with the territory. Whichever won Best Picture was also gonna win Best Director. Peter Finch won Best Actor for Network (talked about here), which is wholly acceptable, since all the other deserving nominees had won or would later win Oscars. Beatrice Straight also won Best Supporting Actress for the film (talked about here), which is acceptable, despite the fact that she was only on screen for five minutes. And Best Supporting Actor was Jason Robards for All the President’s Men (talked about here). I wouldn’t have voted for him, but I understand and can accept the decision.

Which brings us to this category. I’m not gonna lie — I’m not voting for her here. I have a strong personal preference that overrides everything .But, after all the incredible performances she gave, she totally deserved this, and was gonna win anyway, so I’m glad she did.

BEST ACTRESS – 1976

And the nominees were…

Marie-Christine Barrault, Cousin, cousine

Faye Dunaway, Network

Talia Shire, Rocky

Sissy Spacek, Carrie

Liv Ullmann, Face to Face (more…)


Pic of the Day: “Get that weak shit off my track!”


The Box Office Report – November 18-20

Last week, in Box Office…

Immortals shocks the world, overperforming to the tune of $32.2 million. I bet even the people expecting high end grosses on that didn’t expect that much. I, for one, am glad that another terrible Adam Sandler movie did not win the weekend. That’s all I care about.

The only downside to Immortals winning was that it wasn’t — it wasn’t quite a great film. It was watchable, but it wasn’t that great. Add to that the new trailer for Tarsem’s new Snow White movie, Mirror Mirror — god that thing looks awful. Here’s a dude, great with visuals, terrible with story. But let’s focus on the positives here, and that’s…

Jack and Jill didn’t win the weekend! It still made $25 million, but honestly, who cares? You know the budget for it was like $80 million, so the less it makes, the better. Still, it’s one of the inalienable truths of movies — Adam Sandler will continue to put out shitty movies and America will continue to go and see them. (more…)