Category: Academy Awards

This Day in Oscar History: August 5 (2020)

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This Day in Oscar History: August 4 (2020)

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Oscar Preview: Weekend of Jul. 31-Aug. 2, 2020

We had no films release this past weekend with the potential for Oscar nominations.

This Day in Oscar History: August 3 (2020)

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This Day in Oscar History: August 2 (2020)

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This Day in Oscar History: August 1 (2020)

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Oscar in Box Office History (Week 31, 2020)

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. 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

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93rd Oscars: Upcoming Precursors – August

Precursors to the Academy Awards come in many different types and they can appear all year from festivals and national awards to critics groups and other organization. Each month, we’ll take a look at all of the upcoming events that could have some small impact on the Oscars so you can plan out what to keep an eye on.

As the pandemic intensifies in the United States, theaters haven’t exhibited new wide release since March, leaving three months of barren wasteland. All of the below were previously scheduled in August, but are unlikely to be broadcast at this juncture.

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This Day in Oscar History: July 31 (2020)

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Oscar Profile #507: Steven Soderbergh

Born January 14, 1963 in Atlanta, Georgia, Steven (Andrew) Soderbergh was the second of six children of Mary Ann and Peter Soderbergh, a college professor and later dean of the College of Education at Louisiana State University. He became interested in filmmaking as a teenager and made experimental 8mm and 16mm films from the age of 15.

Soderbergh moved to Hollywood after graduating high school in the early 1980s. His first job was as a game show composer and cue card holder, after which he found work as a freelance film editor. He directed the concert video 9012Live for the rock band Yes in 1985, for which he received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Music Video, Long Form.

In 1989, at the age of 26, Soderbergh wrote and directed Sex, Lies, and Videotape which he submitted to the Cannes Film Festival where it won the Palme d’Or for Best Film. Released later that year in the U.S., it earned him his first Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay. Also, in 1989, he married actress Betsy Brantley with whom he would have a daughter in 1990. They would divorce in 1994.

Soderbergh’s second film, 1991’s Kafka, was a notorious flop. His third and fourth films, 1993’s King of the Hill and 1995’s The Underneath, were well received by the critics but not by the public. It would take 1998’s Out of Sight and 1999’s The Limey to bring him back into the spotlight and 1990’s Erin Brockovich and Traffic to bring him back into awards contention. With those two films, he became the first director since Michael Curtiz in 1938 to be nominated for Best Director Oscars for two films in the same year, winning for Traffic.

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This Day in Oscar History: July 30 (2020)

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This Day in Oscar History: July 29 (2020)

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This Day in Oscar History: July 28 (2020)

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Oscar Preview: Weekend of Jul. 24-26, 2020

We had no films release this past weekend with the potential for Oscar nominations.

This Day in Oscar History: July 27 (2020)

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