This Day in Oscar History: April 8 (2021)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

Born

Died

Released

Oscar Ceremonies

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Poll: What Are You Watching? (Apr. 9-11, 2021)

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What Are You Watching? (Apr. 9-11, 2021)

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Film Preview: We Broke Up (2021)

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Release Date:

April 23, 2021

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Lori and Doug, a longtime couple who break up just days before Lori’s little sister Bea’s wedding to Jayson. In order to not disrupt the fun, the couple decides to pretend they’re still together until the weekend is over.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: The only thing that fits the theme of the film is the torn picture, but the rest of the design is flat and color bland.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: The attempt to make the film look funny doesn’t quite succeed. There are small kernels of humor that could be played better, but the trailer cuts them off to spite its own vitality.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: The Outside Story (2021)

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Release Date:

April 30, 2021

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “An introverted editor living a vertical life in his 2nd-floor apartment, always on deadline and in a rut. When Charles locks himself out of his building, he’s forced to go horizontal and confront the world he’s been avoiding in search of a way back inside.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: This blocky design is trying to conjure images of West Side Story without any notable connective tissue with a cheap hodge podge of cobbled-together images.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: Something in the comic energy of this film is left on the editing room floor as it struggles to find the humor in its own existence.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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2020 Box Office Wrap-Up: October

Below is a wrap-up of the predictions I made several months ago, an exploration of what succeeded and what failed, and how I observe things to have gone.

November 6, 2020

Let Him Go

Oscar Prospects: What I said: “None.”
Oscar Results: Not Nominated.
Box Office Prospects: $15 M
Box Office Expectations: What I Said: “Uncertain. It’s got a familiar lead and will play well in the midwest, so it could perform well where theaters are most likely to be open.”
Box Office Results: $9.4 M
Thoughts: [Unexceptional] For a pandemic release, these numbers aren’t bad even though it would be well below what would normally be expected.

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Looking at the Weekend: Apr. 9-11, 2021

Godzilla vs. Kong may have symbolized a sudden shift in moviegoing habits, but we aren’t out of the pandemic yet, so this week’s new release might still struggle.

Our Highest Rated Films: Moffie
Our Best Awards Ratings: No consensus

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Hollow Point (Limited)
My True Fairytale (Limited)
Slalom (Virtual)

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The Rundown 2020: Supporting Actress

For our tenth Rundown article, we look at Best Supporting Actress. After the jump, you’ll find our winner and runner-up predictions for Best Supporting Actress as well as general commentary about the race. Thursday, we’ll cover Best Supporting Actor.
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93rd Oscars: The Polls – Best Cinematography

Over the course of 23 days, we will present to you polls for who and what you think the best of 2020 were based on the Oscar nominations. Every morning at 8am, we’ll post a new poll for each category. Just submit your vote for the best in that category and that’s it. We’ll have one final post the Friday before the Oscars with all the category polls combined.

Best Cinematography

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This Day in Oscar History: April 7 (2021)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

Born

Died

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Oscar Ceremonies

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Precursor: 19th Visual Effects Society Awards (2020)

And just like that the Oscar race for Best Visual Effects gets upturned. Whether Tenet can now win the Oscar is questionable. We shall see. It almost seems like this season has been about snubbing Christopher Nolan because he refused to let his film stream alongside its theatrical run. Who knows for sure, though.

Awards Tallies

(5) Soul
(2) The Midnight Sky, Project Power

The Awards

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Film Preview: 2021 Oscar Nominated Short Films (2021)

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Release Date:

April 2, 2021

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “2021 Oscar Nominated Animated Short Films: Burrow (directed by Madeline Sharafian), Genius Loci (Adrien Merigeau), Opera (Erick Oh), Yes-People (Gísli Darri Halldórsson) and If Anything Happens I Love You (Michael Govier and Will McCormack); 2021 Oscar Nominated Live Action Short Films: Feeling Through (directed by Doug Roland), The Letter Room (Elvira Lind), The Present (Farah Nabulsi), Two Distant Strangers (Travon Free and Martin Desmond Roe) and White Eye (Tomer Sushan).; 2021 Oscar Nominated Documentary Short Films: Colette, A Concerto Is A Conversation, Do Not Split, Hunger Ward and A Love Long For Latasha.”

Poster Rating: B-

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Review: These annual designs don’t really do much to entice viewers as the figures depicted are typically unfamiliar to most audiences, so unless the Oscar name entices you in, this poster won’t do much.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: This set of short films is always a great time and is always a tough sell as trying to grab the audience’s attention in a short time frame by showcasing 15 different short films never comes off well, but fans of the annual short film event will no doubt take notice.

Oscar Prospects:

These films were already nominated for Oscars.

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Trailer Watch: The Suicide Squad (2021) Updated

The Suicide Squad posterNew Trailer (#2) — New Posters (#22-#35)

The Suicide Squad, updated

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The DVD Report #719

Films about the afterlife have provided plenty of entertainment throughout film history. There have been too many to name them all, but for a sampling, check out 1941’sHere Comes Mr. Jordan, 1946’s It’s a Wonderful Life and A Matter of Life and Death, 1947’s The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, 1990’s Ghost, 1999’s The Sixth Sense, 2001’s Spirited Away, and 2017’s Coco, all of which have long been available on Blu-ray. To add to that list, check out the newly released Blu-rays of 2020’s Soul and 1991’s Defending Your Life.

Until I saw Disney/Pixar’s latest animated feature, Soul, I mistakenly thought it was a musical about a music teacher (voiced by Jamie Foxx) and that the title referred to the “soul” in “soul music”. Well, no, it’s not a musical, but there is music in it. Foxx does voice the central character, a middle-aged, middle-school music teacher, who has just gotten the chance of a lifetime to play backup to a famous singer. He has plenty of “soul,” but the film is not about “soul music,” it’s about souls leaving the body after death and souls yet to be assigned to new life.

After Foxx’s character falls down a manhole and dies, on his way to the gig, he is on a moving stairway to heaven, but runs down the stairway in an effort to go back to his body and continue living. He lands in a training school for new souls and forms a friendship with another soul voiced by Tina Fey, an innocent who has been around for a millennium, but has yet to be assigned to a body. Eventually, the futures of both souls will be sorted out and Foxx will learn, just as James Stewart did in It’s a Wonderful Life, that it isn’t what you want in life, but what you do with what you have, that makes it worth living.

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The Rundown 2020: Makeup & Hairstyling

For our ninth Rundown article, we look at Best Makeup & Hairstyling. After the jump, you’ll find our winner and runner-up predictions for Best Makeup & Hairstyling as well as general commentary about the race. Wednesday, we’ll cover Best Supporting Actress.
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2020 Precursor Predictions: Visual Effects Society

The Visual Effects Society often links up with the Academy, but their bountiful number of categories can sometimes create confusion, especially when traditional winners get nominated in their top category and off-kilter ones often show up in Supporting Visual Effects.
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