Category: Academy Awards

This Day in Oscar History: July 17 (2021)

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Oscar in Box Office History (Week 29, 2021)

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.

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This Day in Oscar History: July 16 (2021)

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Oscar Profile #556: Russell Metty

Born September 20, 1906, in Los Angeles, California, Russell Metty first worked in the film industry as a lab technician, becoming an apprentice cameraman for Paramount in 1929. He then became a lighting cameraman at RKO. His first credit as cinematographer was for 1934’s West of the Pecos.

Metty’s first major film of note as cinematographer was 1938’s Bringing Up Baby. Other late 1930s films of note included Room Service and The Great Man Votes. His early 1940s films included Irene, No, No, Nanette, Dance, Girl, Dance, Joan of Paris, Tender Comrade, Hitler’s Children, Behind the Rising Sun, and The Story of G.I. Joe. His reputation as one of the screen’s great cinematographers began with 1946’s The Stranger and his subsequent move to Universal in 1947.

In his first five years at Universal, Metty was the cinematographer on such films as A Woman’s Vengeance, Ivy, The Private Affairs of Bel Ami, Ride the Pink Horse, Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid, Arch of Triumph, All My Sons, Kiss the Blood Off My Hands, We Were Strangers, Buccaneer’s Girl, Flame of Araby, Because of You, and The World in His Arms.

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This Day in Oscar History: July 15 (2021)

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2011: The Cinema Sight Film Club (1)

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This Day in Oscar History: July 14 (2021)

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This Day in Oscar History: July 13 (2021)

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Oscar Preview: Weekend of Jul. 9-11, 2021

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

This Day in Oscar History: July 12 (2021)

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2011: Polls: Now That You’ve Seen… (10)

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This Day in Oscar History: July 11 (2021)

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This Day in Oscar History: July 10 (2021)

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Oscar in Box Office History (Week 28, 2021)

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.

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This Day in Oscar History: July 9 (2021)

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Oscar Profile #555: Nunnally Johnson

Born December 5, 1897, in Columbus, Georgia, Nunnally (Hunter) Johnson was the son of a railway superintendent. Educated in Columbus, he graduated from high school in 1915. Having worked for his local newspaper as a delivery boy, he became a junior reporter for the Savannah Press before moving to New York in 1919, the year he married first wife, Alice Mason with whom he had one child.

Johnson soon became a principal news reporter for the New York Herald Tribune and the New York Evening Post where he also wrote a weekly column. Divorced from Mason in 1925, he continued as a reporter and columnist through 1932 during which he submitted some fifty stories to The Saturday Evening Post and The New Yorker. In 1927, he married second wife, Daisy Marion Byrnes with whom he had a second child.

Arriving in Hollywood in 1932, Johnson was signed to a screenwriting contract with United Artists that lasted a year before he joined 20th Century-Fox where he was given a seven-year contract that ran from 1935-1942. At Fox, he worked on such screenplays as those for The House of Rothschild, Cardinal Richilieu, The Prisoner of Shark Island, and Jesse James before receiving his first Oscar nomination for 1940’s The Grapes of Wrath. Divorced from Byrnes in 1938, he married The Grapes of Wrath actress Doris Bowden in 1940. They had three children together and would remain married until his death thirty-seven years later.

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This Day in Oscar History: July 8 (2021)

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