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Archive for March 9, 2012

The Oscar Quest: Best Supporting Actress – 1958

1958 is a pretty weak year. A weak Best Picture winner from a relatively weak set of nominees. I love Gigi, but it probably shouldn’t have won Best Picture, and wouldn’t have in a stronger year. And of the remaining nominees, only The Defiant Ones was really worth voting for. The rest were really stagy and were basically plays on film.

Vincente Minnelli finally won Best Director for the film (talked about here). Thank god. The man was practically owed two by this point. Best Actor this year was David Niven for Separate Tables (talked about here), which I guess is an okay decision. Curtis and Poitier cancelled each other out and Newman would eventually win one. And David Niven’s awesome. Best Actress was Susan Hayward for I Want to Live! (talked about here), which had been coming to her for some time. And Best Supporting Actor was Burl Ives for The Big Country, which was a great decision, since he was great in both that and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof this year.

And then there’s this category. Hiller had been solid for over 20 years, and was good enough to win Best Actress twenty years earlier. This was an easy one.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS – 1958

And the nominees were…

Peggy Cass, Auntie Mame

Wendy Hiller, Separate Tables

Martha Hyer, Some Came Running

Maureen Stapleton, Lonelyhearts

Cara Williams, The Defiant Ones (more…)

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The Box Office Report – March 9-11

Last week, in Box Office…

The Lorax took a big shit all over everyone else. (Scene 3, the Loraxxx. Vivid Entertainment, 2013.) Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax just destroyed the competition with a $70.2 million opening. Apparently that was the film’s entire budget. Jesus. There’ really nothing else to say there, is there?

Project X opened second to a $21 million opening ($20.05 million, actually), which is solid for it, but next to that walnut with the flavor saver, it’s but pittance.

I mean, indubitably.

Act of Valor dropped 45% in its second weekend, finishing third with $13.6 million. That makes sense, since the kids dominated the one film and there wasn’t much around it. (more…)