Archive for October 5, 2012

The Oscar Quest: My Oscar Nominations — Best Supporting Actor (1990-2011)

This is part of a series of articles where I’m putting forth my opinions about what I’d nominate in all of the Oscar Quest categories (Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress). Normally I take the categories as they are, but I thought it would be fun to figure out what I’d vote for if I had a ballot each year. Keep in mind, this is only for NOMINATIONS and nothing else.

My only problem with this is that I knew if I did it, too many people, were they doing the same thing, would put on movies that just didn’t belong on an Oscar ballot. (I would too, in some cases. We just like what we like.) My problem was that people would take this exercise as an opportunity to really just go off the rails with stuff (which, if you read through all these articles, you’ll see me call people out for it, since I know exactly which films and which performances people would put on). So my way around this was by creating what I call a “Compromise List” — after I tell you what was actually nominated and what I’d put on my ballot, I’m making a list whereby I try to make everyone happy and keep it mostly close to what would be there, Academy-wise. You’ll see. My lists usually end up being better and not crazy.

The things to take into account with the performance categories — I can only nominate what I’ve seen. So me not seeing something will be a big reason why some stuff doesn’t appear. And, as always, I tell people not to bother me with one random person in one random category, since I have everything to think about. If you want to say something, wait until you’ve seen all the films/tried this yourself before you do it. And I don’t care about foreign performances, for the most part. There’s a long and complicated answer there, but — I don’t. And the big rule for anyone doing this — if someone won a category, YOU CAN’T LEAVE THEM OFF THE COMPROMISE LIST. Can’t do it.

Otherwise — here’s the next set of categories. (more…)


Pic of the Day: “This land has a name today, and is marked on maps. But, the names and the marks and the maps all had to be won, won from nature and from primitive man.”

The Box Office Report – October 5-7

Last week, in Box Office…

Hotel Transylvania was expected to make around $23 million. It made $42.5 million. (Kids.)

Looper opened pretty strong in second place with $20.8 million. This makes the previous sentence okay.

End of Watch finished third with $7.8 million, Trouble with the Curve was fourth with $7.3 million, House at the End of the Street was fifth with $7.1 million, and Pitch Perfect was sixth with $5.1 million. Looper did better than expected and Transylvania broke some records, because kids movies always make money.

New releases…

Taken 2. This film is going to be a perfect example of a sequel. Like Hangover 2. It won’t be anywhere near as good as the first one (and the first one here wasn’t particularly good anyway), yet it’ll make ridiculous amounts of money. Estimates on this for the weekend are in the upper $30 million range. that’s ridiculous.

Frankenweenie is also opening and will be lucky to make $16 million.

Holdovers… Hotel Transylvania will finish second and will probably make what people figured it would make last week… around $25 million. Pitch Perfect is expanding, and most people figure it’ll get low to mid teens. (Pun.) Like $13-14 million. Looper‘s looking at $12-13 million. Everything else will be lucky to hit $5 million.

Guess who really doesn’t care about the Box Office at all right now and only cares about when the good Oscar-quality movies are coming out?