Oscar in Box Office History (Week 47, 2022)

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

Strange World (Wide)

Oscar Potential: Animated Feature.

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The Friday Face-Off, The Ultimate List – Week #25

The Ultimate List Face-Off event has now begun. We will be using Google Forms to process these polls due to their extensiveness and the ease of creating the polls. For more information on how the game works, click here.

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Review: Illuminata (1999)

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Illuminata

Illuminata

Rating

Director

John Turturro

Screenplay

Brandon Cole, John Turturro (Play: Brandon Cole)

Length

1h 59m

Starring

John Turturro, Katherine Borowitz, Beverly D’Angelo, Donal McCann, Georgina Cates, Susan Sarandon, Christopher Walken, Ben Gazzara, Rufus Sewell, Bill Irwin, Aida Turturro, Rocco Sisto, Matthew Sussman

MPAA Rating

R
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This Day in Oscar History: November 25 (2022)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

Born

Died

Released


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Poll: Re-Awarding Best Actor, 2009

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Re-Awarding Best Actor, 2009

Now that we’ve finished rebuilding the nomination slate between 1997 and 2016 (we’ll do subsequent years after this series has completed), we will take those rebuilt slates and pick a new winner from among the nominees. In our first pass, we take a look at the new nominees for Best Actor and choose the new winner.

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Trailer Watch: John Wick: Chapter 4 (2023) Updated

John Wick: Chapter 4 posterNew Trailer (#2)

John Wick: Chapter 4, updated

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Film Preview: Joyride (2022)

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Release Date:

December 23, 2022

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A headstrong solicitor’s plan to offload her new born baby to her sister, is derailed when a vulnerable but opinionated teenager steals their taxi.”

Poster Rating: C-

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Review: A rather lifeless design that over-focuses on the characters without context or compulsion.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: Olivia Colman is the kind of actor who doesn’t let the paucity of material deter her acting capabilities. This trailer shows that she will bring her all even to the most innocuous and unenticing narrative.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

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5 Favorites #156: Thanksgiving Releases

Welcome to 5 Favorites. Each week, I will put together a list of my 5 favorites (films, performances, whatever strikes my fancy) along with commentary on a given topic each week, usually in relation to a specific film releasing that week.

While it wasn’t always the case that Thanksgiving was a big box office holiday, the trend has persisted for the last few decades meaning a lot of films have gotten their release on the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Going back as far as I’m able with finite resources and a lack of easily searchable release dates, I want to take a look at the best films released on Thanksgiving on or the day after. Films that want to be popular, including animated features, often find a lot of space in the frame, but that also means there are fewer non-family films to examine. I settled on a list that has a wide array of styles and productions to give this list a bit of flavor.

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Oscr Profile #626: Edmund Gwenn

Born September 26, 1877 in London, England, Edmund John Kellaway was the eldest son of a British civil servant who expected his son to follow in his footsteps. However, young Kellaway had a mind of his own and was determined to become an actor against his father’s wishes. Changing his name to Edmund Gwenn, he made his stage debut at 18 in 1895. He made his first appearance in London’s West End in 1899. In 1901, he married actress Minnie Terry (1882-1964), a member of the third generation of the famed Terry family of actors. Ellen Terry was her aunt, John Gielgud her nephew.

Gwenn’s younger brother Arthur (1881-1949), whose stage name was Arthur Chesney, had a longer lasting career on the London stage than he did. Chesney was at one time married to Estelle Winwood (1883-1984). His cousin Cecil Kellaway (1890-1973), like Gwenn, would become a two-time Oscar nominee.

Allegedly, Gween and Terry were only married for a few days, if not a few hours, but did not divorce until 1916. In the meantime, they were frequently paired together on stage.

Gwenn made his film debut in 1916 in The Real Thing at Last but didn’t become a regular contributor to film until the 1930s when he appeared in such films as The Skin Game, Waltzes from Vienna, and The Bishop Misbehaves. On Broadway in 1935’s Laburnum Grove, he was summoned to Hollywood to play Katharine Hepburn’s father in Sylvia Scarlet and with rare exception, stayed there for the rest of his life.

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Review: Cop Land (1997)

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Cop Land

Cop Land

Rating

Director

James Mangold

Screenplay

Cop Land

Length

1h 45m

Starring

Sylvester Stallone, Harvey Keitel, Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro, Peter Berg, Janeane Garofalo, Robert Patrick, Michael Rapaport, Annabella Sciorra, Noah Emmerich, Cathy Moriarty, John Spencer, Frank Vincent, Malik Yoba, Arthur Nascarella, Edie Falco, Victor L. Williams

MPAA Rating

R
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This Day in Oscar History: November 24 (2022)

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Poll: What Are You Watching? (Nov. 25-27, 2022)

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Review: Wendell & Wild (2022)

Wendell & Wild

Wendell & Wild

Rating

Director

Henry Selick

Screenplay

Henry Selick, Jordan Peele (Book: Henry Selick, Clay McLeod Chapman)

Length

1h 45m

Starring

Lyric Ross, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Angela Bassett, James Hong, Sam Zelaya, Tamara Smart, Seema Virdi, Ramona Young, Ving Rhames

MPAA Rating

PG-13

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Film Preview: Magic Mike’s Last Dance (2023)

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Page Revisions:

(November 20, 2022) Original

Release Date:

February 10, 2023

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Plot kept under wraps.”

Poster Rating: –

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Review: There was no poster immediately available for my review. Should one become available in the future, this section will be updated.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: Fans of the original should find plenty of reason here to check in again, but it’s a broader audience to which this trailer needs to appeal. It does so with a lot of fascinating dance maneuvers and a solid narrative throughline. Combined, it might just encourage a few more non-fans to briefly consider going back to the beginning.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

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Film Preview: The Almond and the Seahorse (2022)

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(November 20, 2022) Original

Release Date:

December 16, 2022

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “What happens when you’re ambushed by time? An archaeologist and an architect fight to re-imagine a future after traumatic brain injury leaves them adrift from the people they love.”

Poster Rating: –

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Review: There was no poster immediately available for my review. Should one become available in the future, this section will be updated.

Trailer Rating: B-

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Review: A horribly static trailer, the film nevertheless appears to have an interesting pair of intertwining stories at its heart, which could elevate its potential to draw an audience. That said, the unfamiliar title is a negative.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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