Archive for December 23, 2011

The Oscar Quest: Best Supporting Actress – 1957

Love 1957. 4 out of 6 really strong decisions. The Bridge on the River Kwai wins half the major awards (rightfully so), winning Best Picture, Best Director for David Lean (talked about here) and Best Actor for Alec Guinness. All perfect decisions. And Best Actress was Joanne Woodward for The Three Faces of Eve (talked about here), which was also a perfect decision.

Okay, that takes care of almost everything. Now we’re at the two Supporting categories. First was Red Buttons, winning Best Supporting Actor for Sayonara, which, as I said here, I hate very much as a decision. And the second was here, which I also hate very strongly and consider one of the worst decisions ever made in the history of the Best Supporting Actress category.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS – 1957

And the nominees were..

Carolyn Jones, The Bachelor Party

Elsa Lanchester, Witness for the Prosecution

Hope Lange, Peyton Place

Miyoshi Umeki, Sayonara

Diane Varsi, Peyton Place (more…)


Pic of the Day: “I want an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle!” “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid.”


The Box Office Report — December 23-25

Last week, in Box Office…

I love when a $40 million weekend is considered soft.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows wins the weekend with $39.6 million. Most films (especially this year) would kill for such an opening. Soft… fucking Hollywood, man. They complain that no one’s going to see the films and then bitch that they didn’t make more money when people do go to see them. Amazing.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked finished second with $23.2 million. This makes me happy. Finally, one of these films did not come back with more money than the last one. Of course, there’s still international money to take into account, but at the moment — it looks like this will be the last one of this franchise. At not too soon, either.

Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol finished third this weekend, with an incredible $12.8 million. In 425 theaters! That means Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible is more bankable than Robert Downey, Jr. Take that, naysayers. I bet Tom is feeling pretty happy right about now. Praising that Christmas Thetan. (more…)


Oscars 2012 Update: Best Original Score

Hooray, more Oscar stuff.

I’ve been patiently awaiting all of the guilds to announce. We’re almost a month away from Oscar nominations, so I’m looking for all the little things to tide me over until they’re announced. At least with the guilds, I can use them to be like, “So is this what they’re gonna nominate?” They haven’t even announced BAFTA yet.

But until then — I have another “shortlist,” if that’s what we’re calling it. Apparently 97 scores have qualified to be nominated for Best Original Score. I really have no better way to do this, so I’m just gonna list them all and then read through them all as I do. And then I’ll immediately throw off the absolute “never gonna happens,” which will probably be a good, I don’t know, two-thirds, hopefully, and then from there, gauge each one’s chances. Hopefully I’ll be able to whittle it down to “strong contender, definite, possible, long shit” lists. Let’s see what we get. (more…)