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Archive for January 13, 2012

The Oscar Quest: Best Director – 1964

Love 1964. My Fair Lady and Dr. Strangelove (and Mary Poppins!) are up for Best Picture. Obviously My Fair Lady is gonna win. My Fair Lady is always gonna win. It wins Best Picture, this category, and Best Actor for Rex Harrison (talked about here). Great decisions, since you know they were never gonna give Strangelove any love (they’re not that cool).

Best Actress was Julie Andrews for Mary Poppins. Self-explanatory. Best Supporting Actor was Peter Ustinov for Topkapi (talked about here). Blank, but not bad. And Best Supporting Actress was Lila Kedrova for Zorba the Greek, which, as I said here, is okay. The category was weak and she was an okay choice (though, really, Academy. No Agnes Moorehead?)

And this one — whether you love Strangelove or not — George Cukor had this earned twenty years before this.

BEST DIRECTOR – 1964

And the nominees were…

George Cukor, My Fair Lady

Michael Cacoyannis, Zorba the Greek

Peter Glenville, Becket

Stanley Kubrick, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Robert Stevenson, Mary Poppins (more…)

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Pic of the Day: ♫ “My heart wants to beat like the wings of the birds / That rise from the lake to the trees / My heart wants to sigh like a chime / That flies from a church on a breeze.” ♫


The Box Office Report – January 13-15

Last week, in Box Office…

God help us all. This is how we start a new year?

The Devil Inside wins the weekend with, I believe, the second or third biggest January opening ever, $33.7 million.

I have nothing to say. Fuck you, America. (Nothing against Paramount there. They only spend $1 million on the budget. I don’t love the idea of spending $30+ million for an opening weekend, but it’s fine. My problem is with the people who went out to see it just because that’s what the commercials told them to do.)

Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol finished second with $19.9 million. Good for them. They’ve got a huge success here.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows finished third with $13.7 million. That’s also really solid, and they’re doing pretty well themselves. I think this one will be considered a bit soft for a sequel, but I think they’ve made enough money to where this will be a success. Really, all they need to do for a sequel is cut the budget a little bit, tone down the action a little bit, and tell a strong story, and they’ll be fine. (more…)