|As an Actor||Leading||13||$470,898,701||$233,932,590||$704,831,291|
|Lead Ensemble Member||1||$19,676,965||$33,831,893||$53,508,858|
|Best known as a Leading Actor based on credits in that role in 13 films, with $704,831,291 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #281)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Abraham Lincoln (Lincoln), Bill "The Butcher" Cutting (Gangs of New York), Plainview (There Will Be Blood), Guido Contini (Nine), Gerry Conlon (In the Name of the Father)|
|Most productive collaborators: Steven Spielberg, Sally Field, Tony Kushner, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt|
April 8th, 2013
Lincoln was an Oscar contender right from the very beginning. Steven Spielberg directing a movie about Abraham Lincoln starring Daniel Day-Lewis. Of course it was an Oscar contender. Lincoln earned twelve Oscar nominations and earned two wins. Did the film deserve these awards? Or did it coast on reputation alone?
February 25th, 2013
Argo was the big winner at the Oscars last night, although arguably, there were no big winners, but a lot of films that shared in the glory. There were also some pretty interesting twists and a few events that stand out. Due to ongoing computer difficulties, I was unable to live-blog the Oscars this year. I will still be giving my reactions on a category by category basis, but not in the order they were handed out.
February 24th, 2013
Voting is closed in our annual Predict the Academy Awards contest, and Argo is the clear favorite to pick up the Best Picture award, based on the opinion of nearly 500 entrants. Ben Affleck's thriller took an impressive 80% of the vote, more than six times the score of Lincoln, which took second place in the poll. Coincidentally, the contest has predicted the winner of the Best Picture Oscar 80% of the time in the 15 years we've been running it. Quite a few other categories have strong favorites, but there are also some really close calls, and it looks as though the awards will be shared by several films tonight.
February 21st, 2013
With our annual Oscar Prediction contest underway, now is the best time to look at the nominees and try and figure out who the favorites are and which films should just feel honored to be nominated. This week we will look at the four acting categories, continuing with Best Lead Actor. This category is not truly competitive, but I'm supporting an underdog.
January 28th, 2013
January 14th, 2013
Hollywood Foreign Press Association handed out their awards last night, and the trend of surprises continues. Les Miserables led the way with three awards, only one of which I was truly expecting. Meanwhile, Argo won more awards than Lincoln. I don't think anyone was predicting that.
January 10th, 2013
The Oscar nominations were announced this morning, and there's certainly a lot to talk about. There are some nominations that should surprise no one. For instance, Lincoln led the way with twelve nominations, and it has been seen as the major contender for a long time. However, there were also a few surprise nominations and some major snubs. Here are the list of nominations, and some reactions.
December 13th, 2012
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opens this weekend and it will clearly be the biggest hit of the month and likely the biggest hit of the winter. There is roughly a 100% chance that The Hobbit will earn first place and nearly all analysts think it will earn more than the entire box office earned last week. It might even earn more than the entire box office made last year. Last year, the box office was led by Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, which made just under $40 million, while second place went to Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked with just over $23 million. If The Hobbit doesn't make more than those two films made combined, then the box office is in serious trouble.
December 13th, 2012
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced their nominations and the same list of films that have been mentioned since the beginning of Awards Season were rewarded today. Lincoln led the way with seven nods, while Argo and Django Unchained were close behind with five.
December 12th, 2012
SAG nominations were announced and there were only a few surprises to deal with. Leading the way for total nominations was The Silver Linings Playbook, Lincoln, and Les Miserables, all of which earned nominations in four of the six categories.
November 9th, 2012
There's quite a few limited releases coming out this week, but the list is dominated by Lincoln, which should not only be the biggest hit of the week, but it is virtually guaranteed to expand wide and has a real shot at being the big winner at the Oscars next year. Unfortunately, it is the only limited release with a real shot at mainstream success. Starlet is a long shot, but it deserves to find an audience in theaters.
November 1st, 2012
October was pretty good with a few films really crushing expectations, which made up for the few duds that opened at the end. 2012 gained about $100 million over 2011 during the month of October. We really needed this success and hopefully November will continue this push forward. However, November is a bit of a weird month. There are five weekends, but only eight true wide releases, half of which open on the Thanksgiving long weekend, leaving the other four weeks with just one true wide release each. There are a couple others opening in the semi-wide level and another opening in limited release with a planned wide release, but even so, it is not a busy month. That said, it is a case of quality over quantity. There are four films that are pretty much guaranteed to reach $100 million, one of which should reach $300 million. By comparison, last November only produced one $100 million film. Granted, that film was The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1, which made nearly $300 million, which is a huge number no matter how you look at it. But this year, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 should top that number and with the other $100 million movies pulling in more than $400 million combined, it should be a very profitable month at the box office.
|12/26/2007||There Will Be Blood||Plainview||$40,222,514||$36,986,197||$77,208,711|
|3/25/2005||The Ballad of Jack and Rose||Jack||$712,294||$413,964||$1,126,258|
|12/20/2002||Gangs of New York||Bill "The Butcher" Cutting||$77,730,500||$105,394,121||$183,124,621|
|12/31/1997||The Boxer||Danny Flynn||$5,896,037||$0||$5,896,037|
|11/29/1996||The Crucible||John Proctor||$7,352,332||$0||$7,352,332|
|12/29/1993||In the Name of the Father||Gerry Conlon||$25,096,862||$0||$25,096,862|
|9/17/1993||The Age of Innocence||Newland Archer||$32,014,993||$0||$32,014,993|
|9/25/1992||The Last of the Mohicans||Hawkeye||$75,505,856||$0||$75,505,856|
|12/31/1989||Eversmile, New Jersey||Dr. Fergus O'Connell||$0||$0||$0|
|11/10/1989||My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown||Christy Brown||$14,041,353||$0||$14,041,353|
|6/10/1988||Stars and Bars||Henderson Dores||$111,987||$0||$111,987|
|2/5/1988||The Unbearable Lightness of Being||Tomas||$10,006,000||$0||$10,006,000|
|4/1/1986||My Beautiful Laundrette||$0||$0||$0|
|3/7/1986||A Room with a View||Cecil Vyse||$20,966,644||$0||$20,966,644|