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Archive for April 20, 2012

The Oscar Quest: Best Supporting Actor – 1955

1955 is a bit of a forgotten year in Academy history. Mostly because it’s small. A small film won the big awards, and the rest of the awards aren’t particularly memorable. So most people tend to overlook it.

Marty wins Best Picture, Best Director for Delbert Mann (talked about here), and Best Actor for Ernest Borgnine (talked about here). I love all the decisions, mostly because I love Marty, and because the year was very weak, and I think it was the best film in the bunch. (Could have done without Best Director, but whatever. James L. Brooks won for his film, so it’s not like it hasn’t happened.)

Best Actress was Anna Magnani for The Rose Tattoo (talked about here), which I don’t like because she’s not really an actress who needs an Academy Award, plus I felt Susan Hayward was much better in I’ll Cry Tomorrow, and if she’d won here, she wouldn’t have had to win in 1958 and then either Deborah Kerr or Rosalind Russell or Elizabeth Taylor could have won. (Kerr and Russell never won Oscars, and if Taylor won that year, she wouldn’t have had to win in 1960, and then Shirley MacLaine, the fifth nominee in 1958, could have won. Amazing what one decision can do, huh?) Oh, and Jo Van Fleet won Best Supporting Actress for East of Eden (talked about here). I understand it, but I went another way.

And then this category — meh. Pretty weak. But, Jack Lemmon is awesome. So he makes this feel a bit better.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR – 1955

And the nominees were…

Arthur Kennedy, Trial

Jack Lemmon, Mister Roberts

Joe Mantell, Marty

Sal Mineo, Rebel Without a Cause

Arthur O’Connell, Picnic (more…)

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The Box Office Report – April 20-22

Last week, in Box Office…

Four weeks in a row for The Hunger Games. $21.1 million. Only a 36% drop. They’ve made about $350 million so far, domestically. Or at least, they will, by the end of this weekend.

The Three Stooges, which I will see by the end of the weekend, finished second, with $17 million. Slightly high, but also, it was put out in 3,500 theaters. It makes sense. This will end up being a decent hit for them. The budget was only $30 million. Remember that, people.

The Cabin in the Woods made $14.7 million, good for third place. Meh. I really don’t give a shit about this movie at all. I’m sure I’ll have to see it, but I can guarantee that I will not care, even a little bit, about this movie.

Titanic 3D made $11.9 million in its second weekend. I guess it’s like the ship. Took forever to go down. (more…)