Thursday, January 15, 2015


‘Lego Movie’ Is Biggest Oscar Snub, Moviegoers Say (Survey)

Brent Lang
Senior Film and Media Reporter @BrentALang

Moviegoers didn’t think everything was awesome about “The Lego Movie” missing out on an Oscar nomination for best animated feature.
The hit film’s omission from the race was cited by audiences as the top snub of this year’s Academy Awards nominations, according to a poll conducted by Fandango.
The online ticketer surveyed more than 1,000 ticket buyers to get its results. In addition to “The Lego Movie,” audiences were upset that “Selma” was left out of many key categories. David Oyelowo’s exclusion from the best actor race and Ava DuVernay’s rejection from the director list were cited as the second and third biggest snubs, respectively.

“Selma” did receive a best picture nod, but the fact that it didn’t perform better at this year’s Oscars and that the major acting categories are exclusively made up of white performers has raised questions about the Academy’s lack of diversity.

It wasn’t just a bad morning for team “Selma.” “American Sniper” director Clint Eastwood and “Unbroken” helmer Angelina Jolie nabbed fourth and fifth place on the snubs list after getting the cold shoulder from Oscar voters.
When it came to surprises, Fandango clients were most stunned that Marion Cotillard elbowed into the best actress race for her work as a cleaning woman on the ropes in “Two Days, One Night.” “American Sniper’s” Bradley Cooper and “Foxcatcher’s” Steve Carell were respondents’ second and third biggest shocks, respectively, for their best actor nominations.

Top 10 snubs, according to Fandango Moviegoers:
1. THE LEGO MOVIE (Best animated feature)
2. David Oyewelo, SELMA (Best actor)
3. Ava Du Vernay, SELMA (Best director)
4. Clint Eastwood, AMERICAN SNIPER (Best director)
5. Angelina Jolie, UNBROKEN (Best director)
6. Jake Gyllenhaal, NIGHTCRAWLER (Best actor)
7. Jennifer Aniston, CAKE (Best actress)
8. Gillian Flynn, GONE GIRL (Best adapted screenplay)
9. Amy Adams, BIG EYES (Best actress)
10. Bill Murray, ST. VINCENT (Best actor)

Top 5 surprises:
1. Marion Cotillard, TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT (Best actress)
2. Bradley Cooper, AMERICAN SNIPER (Best actor)
3. Steve Carell, FOXCATCHER (Best actor)
4. Laura Dern, WILD (Best supporting actress)
5. Paul Thomas Anderson, INHERENT VICE (Best adapted screenplay)


Lowest-Grossing Best Picture Nominees Since Category Expansion

by Ray Subers
The Grand Budapest Hotel is currently the highest-grossing Best Picture nominee with $59 million.

January 15, 2015

As was widely expected, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences announced a slate of Best Picture nominees on Thursday morning that have gone largely unseen by general moviegoers so far.

Ahead of nominations, the eight movies nominated for Best Picture had earned a combined $203.1 million. That's the lowest total since the Academy expanded the field beyond five nominees—and by a large margin, too. The previous low was 2011, when the movies had earned a combined $519 million ahead of nominations.

The highest-grossing Best Picture nominee this year is The Grand Budapest Hotel, which is writer/director Wes Anderson's biggest movie ever with $59.1 million. Budapest opened back in March—a few weeks after last year's Oscar ceremony—and is already available to watch on HBO. Therefore, don't expect any kind of serious theatrical re-release here.

The Imitation Game
ranks second with $42 million. The movie has held up remarkably well since its nationwide expansion on Christmas Day, and is currently out-pacing fellow Weinstein Company release The King's Speech. With an added boost from these Oscar nominations, The Imitation Game has a real shot at reaching $100 million.

and The Theory of Everything rank third and fourth with $26.5 million and $26.1 million, respectively. Each of these movies should get another major push, and could wind up near $40 million total.

In fifth place is Richard Linklater's Boyhood, which has earned $26.1 million and is still playing in a few theaters throughout the country. The movie has been available on DVD for a week or two now, though, and probably won't get a noteworthy theatrical re-release.

ranks sixth with $15.6 million, though it will likely move up the ranks quickly in the coming weeks. The movie just expanded wide on Friday, and should do well over the long Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend. Ultimately, look for this to earn at least $40 million total.

has so far earned just over $6 million, which is good for seventh place. The movie opened way back in October, but still hasn't received a nationwide release. There's a good chance that changes in the next few weeks, though it would be surprising if it dramatically changed the movie's box office prospects: even with a big push, the indie drama probably won't get above the $10 to $12 million range.

Clint Eastwood's American Sniper is currently the lowest-grossing Best Picture nominee with $3.3 million. Ironically, though, it seems poised to be the highest-grossing nominee when all is said and done. That entire $3.3 million has come from just four theaters—two in New York, one in Los Angeles and one in Dallas—where it's been doing absolutely exceptional business. It now holds three of the top five biggest per-theater averages ever for a live-action movie playing at more than two theaters. It wouldn't be surprising if it set the January opening record when it expands to 3,200 theaters this weekend.

The highest-grossing category, as usual, was Best Visual Effects. The five movies—all major blockbusters—earned $1.22 billion in the U.S. and over $3.6 billion worldwide.

Congratulations to Unbroken and Foxcatcher for 8 combined Oscar nominations!

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