Archive for April 13, 2012

The Oscar Quest: Best Actress – 1951

Love me some 1951. Some of the decisions are a bit — not great — but honestly, the way I’d have voted it, I’d have given everything to one film. And I mean everything.

An American in Paris wins Best Picture. Not the worst choice, but not a particularly great one, either. I, personally, would have gone with A Streetcar Named Desire, which won this category, Best Supporting Actor for Karl Malden (talked about here) and Best Supporting Actress for Kim Hunter (talked about here). Best Actor was Humphrey Bogart for The African Queen (talked about here), beating Brando for Streetcar, and somehow being okay in the process. And Best Director was George Stevens for A Place in the Sun (talked about here), a decision I really just don’t like at all. Not even a little bit.

And this category — Vivien Leigh is like Daniel Day-Lewis. When she’s on — there’s no other choice. Wow.

BEST ACTRESS – 1951

And the nominees were…

Katharine Hepburn, The African Queen

Vivien Leigh, A Streetcar Named Desire

Eleanor Parker, Detective Story

Shelley Winters, A Place in the Sun

Jane Wyman, The Blue Veil (more…)


Pic of the Day: “You’re implying that a group composed entirely of female animals will… breed?” “No, I’m, I’m simply saying that life, uh… finds a way.”


The Box Office Report – April 13-15

Last week, in Box Office…

The Hunger Games wins again, to the surprise of no one. It drops only 43% in its third weekend for a total of $33.1 million. It has pulled in $300 million domestically and should be around $350 million when all is said and done.

American Reunion finishes second with $21.5 million. This seems in line with expectations if slightly on the weak side. But $20 million felt like what this was gonna do. It had a budget of only $50 million, so this is an opening that makes sense. I’ve yet to see it (or maybe I have and I’ve written up this portion of the article already, but whatever), so I don’t know if it’s good or not.

Titanic 3D opened to third and $17.3 million. This seems very weak, considering the estimates. I feel like most people considered this to be an easy second place finisher in the mid-20s this weekend. I can’t say I’m surprised (or even upset). They basically made their costs back anyway, so it’s all free money. Still, I can’t help but feel like the story was better served in 2D. (more…)