1995 is one of the strangest years in recent Academy history. Because seemingly, Apollo 13 was the film this year. It won all the major precursors — the PGA, the DGA (this is one of the only 6 times in history where the DGA and Oscar winner differed), SAG — and yet was almost completely shut out here. Must have been a real interesting race, that’s for sure.
Aside from this category, Braveheart also wins Best Director for Mel Gibson (talked about here), which is a good decision by virtue of the fact that Ron Howard wasn’t even nominated in the category. Then Best Actor was Nicolas Cage for Leaving Las Vegas (talked about here), a decision I love. (It was him or Anthony Hopkins, and Hopkins had one already.) Best Actress was Susan Sarandon for Dead Man Walking (talked about here). I don’t like this decision, I felt Elisabeth Shue was much better in Leaving Las Vegas, but Sarandon was going to win one anyway, so this was as good a time as any. Best Supporting Actor was Kevin Spacey for The Usual Suspects (talked about here). I can’t be objective on this category, so I just say good for him. And Best Supporting Actress was Mira Sorvino for Mighty Aphrodite (talked about here), which was a perfect decision. She was amazing in that movie.
But this category — I wonder what it is that led to such a drastic change in voting. Was it that Braveheart was more emotional for the voters? Actually, what I bet it was is that people saw Apollo 13 as more of a populist film without any heart, whereas the Academy can never turn down an actor-director. (By the way, I also see this category as directly responsible for what happened in 2001.)
BEST PICTURE – 1995
And the nominees were…
Apollo 13 (Universal, Imagine Entertainment)
Braveheart (Paramount, Icon)
Il Postino (Miramax)
Sense and Sensibility (Columbia) (more…)
Last week, in Box Office…
Think Like a Man makes (fucking how much?!) $33.6 million (a $16,700 per-theater average) to absolutely annihilate the box office. Most people thought $20 million was the number there (which, even that seemed too high to me). I really don’t know what to make of this, but, good for them. Only 2,000 theaters, too. (P.S. Its budget was only $12 million. So, seriously, good for them. They deserve every penny.)
The Lucky One, in a thousand more theaters than Think Like a Man, opened to second place, and $22.5 million. Which, can be considered overperforming, considering the estimates. The budget seems to have been around that number, so, whatever. I can’t get mad at films making money with low budgets. (I can get on it for being a huge piece of shit, though, so in that regard, I’m very excited to watch it.)
The Hunger Games dropped to third. I don’t think anyone’s complaining. They picked up another $14.7 million. 30% drop. In week 5. That’s incredible. $357 million for them domestically. They might end up $300 million above their budget with this. They really picked a winner here.
Chimpanzee opened to (how much? Really?) $10.7 million. I feel like every year people predict these things will open to $10 million, and they always open to 6 or 7. What makes chimps better than lions? Oh, right — a CG blockbuster and Project Nim. Chimps are in now.
Fingers crossed for that Every Which Way But Loose remake. (more…)