Archive for November 25, 2011

The Oscar Quest: Best Director – 1937

I don’t like 1937. I think we’ve established this by now on the blog. I think The Life of Emile Zola is one of the weakest Best Picture choices of all time, and I think the Academy didn’t know what to do here and gave it to that film as a cop out decision. You can tell it probably was that because it didn’t also win this category. Joseph Schildkraut won Best Supporting Actor for the film, which, as I said here, I don’t really care about, even though I didn’t think the performance was anything to write home (or anywhere) about.

Best Actor this year was Spencer Tracy for Captains Courageous (talked about here). I don’t particularly like it as a Best Actor-winning performance, but I can live with it (it’s really his 1938 win that I can’t live with). Best Actress was Luise Rainer for The Good Earth, which, as I said here, I think is a horrible, horrible decision. And Best Supporting Actress was Alice Brady for In Old Chicago. You can read my problems with that decision here.

And this category, I’ve talked about it in the intros of the other articles I’ve written about this year, I think it’s a great decision, but I think it was for the wrong film. So I intend to talk about both the film he won for and the film he should have won for. But either way, this was a great decision.

BEST DIRECTOR – 1937

And the nominees were…

William Dieterle, The Life of Emile Zola

Sidney Franklin, The Good Earth

Gregory La Cava, Stage Door

Leo McCarey, The Awful Truth

William A. Wellman, A Star is Born (more…)


Pic of the Day: “It doesn’t take a genius to see that the world has problems.” “No, but it takes a room full of morons to think they’re small enough for you to handle.”


The Box Office Report – November 25-28

Last week, in Box Office…

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part I wins the weekend.

Well, fucking really?

It made $138.1 million last weekend. Pretty much expected. They spent $110 million on the film — and that’s both parts. So for Part I and Part II, they made their production budget back after the first weekend! That’s insane. There’s nothing to say. That’s insane.

Happy Feet Two finished second with $21.2 million. That has to be considered weak. Doesn’t it? The first one did almost $200 million domestically, and sequels generally do more money, especially animated sequels. So to see this open less than expectations (it did, right? Weren’t people expecting like $25 million?) — wow. Especially since the studio could have opened it a week earlier and probably dominated the weekend. There’s gotta be a story here. This is just — somebody fucked up. (more…)