Just like last year, this is just a breakdown of the individual categories. We start from the top and work our way down.
Best Picture, is, of course, the one category from the Oscars most people know about. It’s pretty self-explanatory. The only qualifications that need to be made are with the pre-1934 years, which were the Academy was figuring itself out and getting its legs under itself. And that even continued, to an extent, until 1939. Not really until Gone With the Wind was everything set in stone. So, in a way, Best Picture is reflective of the state of the industry, since it really wasn’t until 1939 (thereabouts) where the industry really figured out how to do things and made it into a science.
I guess the thing to do now would be to list all the Best Picture winners. The great thing about this is how almost everyone has the exact same reactions to the same years. (more…)
Last week, in Box Office…
Well fuck me silly. Two films make $40 million!
The first was The Vow, which made $41.2 million. This was way higher than expected, and I’m sure the film will not live up to it at all.
Safe House finished second, with $40.2 million. Denzel continues to open. That’s nice. I saw the film. It was okay. But I’ll be honest with you… I enjoyed Man on a Ledge so much more.
Journey 2: The Center of the Earth finished third, with what I’m assuming is a huge overperformance of $27.3 million. It was pretty decent, though. I mean — it was what it was, but it accomplished what it wanted to accomplish. You can’t ask for more than that. I’m not this film’s age range, so I get it.
Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, in 3D, opened to fourth with — wait, seriously? $22.5 million. Jesus. Though this happened last year, didn’t it? Everyone wanted to go to the movies, and couldn’t for the first six weeks because everything sucked, then they busted out and went to Adam Sandler and Justin Bieber. So maybe this was to be expected. They did do a great job of counter-programming. I didn’t think we’d get these totals, but I constantly underestimate the depths to which American taste has sunk. (more…)