Category: Academy Awards

Oscar Profile #470: Haley Joel Osment

Born April 10, 1988 in Los Angeles, California, Haley Joel Osment is the son of teacher Theresa and actor Eugene Osment. He was signed with a talent agent at the age of four. At an audition, he was asked to describe the biggest thing he had ever seen; his description of an IMAX theater screen led to his winning a part in a Pizza Hut TV commercial from which his career took off.
Osment’s first on-screen appearance was in the 1994 TV movie, Lies of the Heart: The Story of Laurie Kellogg followed by his big screen portrayal of Tom Hanks’ son in Forrest Gump for which he received world-wide notice. After several minor roles, he had regular roles in the TV series Thunder Alley (1994-1995), The Jeff Foxworthy Show (1995-1997) and Murphy Brown (1997-1998). His performance as the boy who could see dead people in the 1998 megahit The Sixth Sense co-starring Bruce Willis and Toni Collette made him one of the most popular child actors of his day earning him an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

Cast in numerous films following his Oscar nomination, he was seen in major roles in numerous other films including 2000’s Pay It Forward with Kevin Spacey and Helen Hunt for which he won a Blockbuster award, 2001’s A.I. Artificial Intelligence with Jude Law and Frances O’Connor for which he won a Saturn award, 2001’s Edges of the Lord with Willem Dafoe and Liam Hess and 2003’s Secondhand Lions with Michael Caine and Robert Duvall for which he won a Critics’ Choice award.

Osment provided voiceovers for numerous videos including Chip in 1997’s Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas, Zephyr in 2002’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame II for which he was nominated for a Young Artists award and Mowgli in 2003’s The Jungle Book 2 for which he was again nominated for a Young Artists award.

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This Day in Oscar History: November 14 (2019)

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This Day in Oscar History: November 13 (2019)

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92nd Oscars: Documentary Feature Submissions

The Academy has announced the 159 documentary features that were submitted for Oscar consideration. It’s a lot to parse and knowing just which films will make the final list is almost impossible at this point. We’ll look to the shortlists to be announced in the next month to define the race.

159 DOCUMENTARY FEATURES SUBMITTED FOR 2019 OSCAR® RACE

LOS ANGELES, CA – One hundred fifty-nine features have been submitted for consideration in the Documentary Feature category for the 92nd Academy Awards®.

Several of the films have not yet had their required Los Angeles and New York qualifying releases. Submitted features must fulfill the theatrical release requirements and comply with all of the category’s other qualifying rules in order to advance in the voting process.

The submitted features, listed in alphabetical order, are:
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This Day in Oscar History: November 12 (2019)

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Precursor: 11th Make-Up Artists Guild Nominations (2019)

The big surprise of these nominations is the triple nomination for Bombshell, a film that never seemed like the kind of film to earn nominations from this group. The Irishman is also surprising considering the de-aging technology used on that film, which will likely make it Oscar-ineligible. Rocketman is certainly no surprise and Joker also seems like a solid Oscar contender. The rest are a bit questionable.

Nominations Tallies

(3) Bombshell, Rocketman
(2) Dolemite Is My Name, Downton Abbey, Hustlers, John Wick: Parabellum, Joker, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood

The Nominations

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Oscar Preview: Weekend of Nov. 8-10, 2019

We had one film release this past weekend with the potential for Oscar nominations.

Midway

It’s clear from Roland Emmerich’s post-2012 resume that he’s extremely interested in making an Oscar-caliber film. Stephen Spielberg did it. James Cameron did it. Ridley Scott did it. Why not him? Films like Anonymous, Stonewall, and now Midway are 50% of his output lately and are the kinds of films that Oscar voters tend to prefer. The problem is that he’s so interested in the bombastic that he may well be incapable of making an Oscar-winning film.

Like Michael Bay, Emmerich’s ability to put butts in the seats is strong, but his ability to take nuance and subtlety and turn it into something mesmerizing and approachable is limited. Even in Spielberg’s and Cameron’s and Scott’s portfolios, their early attempts at making emotion-friendly films was well known. Emmerich has yet to touch the level of acclaim those three had with their blockbusters, which is a sign he may never compete. He won’t be the next Alfonso Cuaron, Guillermo del Toro, or Ang Lee either. Again, these folks all made intimate films early in their careers that people responded to in ways that Emmerich never can.

That doesn’t mean Emmerich cannot garner Oscar attention. He has an eye for detail and technical craft. Three of his films have earned Oscar nominations. Independence Day was cited for two, Sound and Visual Effects, winning the latter. The Patriot was his closest to mainstream Oscar candidacy and it picked up nominations for Cinematography, Original Score, and Sound. It won none of them. Even one of his attempts at art house cinema, Anonymous, managed a nomination for Costume Design. It also didn’t win an Oscar. That means it’s entirely possible that his grandiose war film could earn nominations for Sound Mixing (he’s done it twice already), Sound Editing, and Visual Effects (he’s even won for this). Yet, its chances in above-the-line categories were dashed by the film’s miserable reviews from critics and its dismal box office performance, though its #1 finish over the expected box office winner Doctor Sleep gives it a bit of press attention at a crucial juncture in its Oscar campaigning.

92nd Oscars: Screener Watch – Week 3

This week saw several packages including content from Laika, DreamWorks Animation, A24, and Universal.

Missing Link

Oscar Chances: Uncertain: Laika is the only animation studio that has a 100% success rate in earning Oscar nominations. It hasn’t won yet. This film will test that studio’s strengths. It had solid, but unexceptional reviews and was far more kid-friendly than any of Laika’s prior outings. Closer in tone to The Boxtrolls, but a little more mainstream in its plotting. The film still has Laika’s brilliant stop-motion effects, which could keep the film in the competition. The lackluster competition could help it as well.
Campaign-Proposed Categories

  • Animated Feature (Travis Knight, Arianne Sutner)
  • Director (Chris Butler)
  • Original Screenplay (Chris Butler)
  • Cinematography (Chris Peterson)
  • Film Editing (Stephen Perkins)
  • Production Design (Nelson Lowry, Robert Desue, Jesse Gregg, Nick Mariana)
  • Costume Design (Deborah Cook)
  • Visual Effects (Steve Emerson)
  • Sound Editing (Clayton Weber, Tim chau, Thomas O’Neil Yonkman)
  • Sound Mixing (Tim Chau, Tim Leblanc)
  • Original Score (Carter Burwell)
  • Original Song (“Do-Dilly-Do (A Friend Like You)” – Walter Martin)
  • Ensemble Cast (Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana, David Walliams, Stephen Fry, Matt Lucas, Timothy Olymphant, Amrita Charia, Ching Valdes-Aran, Emma Thompson, Zach Galifianakis)

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This Day in Oscar History: November 11 (2019)

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Precursor: 45th People’s Choice Awards (2019)

While the People’s Choice Awards have never been the bastions of taste, they have always had a popular streak. That popularity was reserved for the biggest movies of the year; however, over the years, the organization seems to be attracting fewer and fewer mainstream audience voters and more and more younger voters. While Avengers: Endgame would easily be considered a generally popular film, the rest of the winners point towards a teen-centric voterbase with selections like Cole Sprouse, Zendaya, and Noah Centineo who wouldn’t be picking up awards were this voted on by the public at large. The end result is a slate that looks more like the Teen Choice Awards than anything else and should probably be merged with that group to save everyone time and energy.

Award Tallies

(3) Avengers: Endgame
(2) Spider-Man: Far from Home

The Awards

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Precursor: 4th Critics Choice Documentary Awards (2019)

Ever since the Broadcast Film Critics Association split their documentary awards off from their main awards ceremony, they’ve been able to recognize far more documentaries than previously. This gives us a broad idea of which documentaries are in contention for the Oscars and a lot of selections that aren’t. Titles like They Shall Not Grow Old and Period. End of Sentence. were Oscar-eligible last year, so this year’s selections won’t be too instructive. That said, Apollo 11 and American Factory are the ones to come out of these awards a bit better for the journey.

Award Tallies

(5) Apollo 11
(2) American Factory, They Shall Not Grow Old

The Awards

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This Day in Oscar History: November 10 (2019)

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Oscar Ceremonies

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Precursor: 32nd European Film Awards Nominations (2019)

One of the foremost awards in Europe, the European Film Awards are not a precursor we’ve covered previously as their influence was minimal. However, in order to expand to cover more types of industry awards, we’re presenting a wider variety of group nominations. The European Film Awards have different eligibility requirements, which explains why 2018 Oscar winner The Favourite is on the list while 2019 Oscar contenders Pain and Glory and Les Misérables are included here as well as films that may not even be Oscar eligible until 2020. While the website breaks out screenwriter by individual, we’ve combined them into a single film nomination here. That allows for five films, two we’ve already mentioned (Favourite and Pain and Glory), to lead the race with four nominations a piece. The other three films are An Officer and a Spy, Portrait of a Lady on Fire, and The Traitor.

Nominations Tallies

(4) The Favourite, An Officer and a Spy, Pain and Glory, Portrait of a Lady on Fire, The Traitor
(3) Les Misérables

The Nominations

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This Day in Oscar History: November 9 (2019)

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Oscar in Box Office History (Week 45, 2019)

Every week, we’ll take a look back in 5-year intervals at the box office past to explore how Oscar’s nominees were doing at the box office each weekend historically. All data is collected from Box Office Mojo. The first section under each year is the positioning of all Oscar nominees during that weekend at the box office (as well as a section looking at the inflation-adjusted numbers). The third section is an alphabetical list of those films and the categories in which they were nominated. And to start each week off, we’ll be looking at the films releasing over the weekend that have the best chance of getting Oscar nominations and specifying the categories where we think they have the best shots at this stage of the game. If you have any suggestions for more data you’d like to see, please let us know.

This Year: Potential Oscar Nominees Releasing This Weekend

Midway (Wide)

Oscar Potential: Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Visual Effects.

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