Oscar Preview: Weekend of Jul. 19-21, 2019

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

The Lion King

At the time of its release in 1994, The Lion King nabbed four Oscar nominations, three of which were Original Song. It was the second film in Oscar history to earn three nominations in that category (after Beauty and the Beast). It was a box office juggernaut, earning $312 million at the box office and becoming the highest grossing animated film of all-time and, without adjusting for inflation, only two films made before it rank higher on the all-time list. Adjusting for inflation, that film sits at number three on the all-time animated list behind Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and 101 Dalmatians, with a staggering $803 million.

What a difference 25 years can make. The “live-action” remake has already taken in $185 million at the domestic box office. While it’s unlikely to overtake the original in terms of adjusted grosses, it should easily pass its predecessor on the all-time domestic list. On the live-action reimaginings list, it is already number 8 (of 14) and should easily top nearly every other title with Beauty and the Beast the one it will struggle to pass (that film opened to $174 million and accumulated $504, which is a staggering total, but not insurmountable).

What does that means in terms of Oscar? Not a lot. Box office may help with the Academy, but they are notably resistant to Disney’s live-action adaptations, giving them a handful of tech nominations at times, but rarely more. The film is sure to be a nominee for Best Visual Effects, but beyond that it will struggle towards the two sound categories, production design, and possibly original song.

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