September 12, 2016 at 10:08 am #1201921020
My question is, in the past 20 years was there a movie to get major nominations at the Oscar being released in March?
I am asking because each year I have a particular feeling for a film, that I just know it will get a lot of nominations at the Oscars, and I am almost always right. In 2014, even before it was released I was sure Grand Budapest will be big with the Oscar even tough a lot of people were saying ”it’s a May release, no way it get’s there.”
I have that same feeling for Beauty and the Beast which will be released in March. I just feel the movie will get a lot of nominations (at least 6), but have there ever been a movie released in Match (or January-February) to get a lot of nominations?September 12, 2016 at 10:25 am #1201921023
The Silence of the Lambs was a February (!) release.
OSCAR FLASHBACK: Best Original Song (2009) – Where the Wild Things Weren’tSeptember 12, 2016 at 12:38 pm #1201921096
Fargo is a February release.September 12, 2016 at 2:27 pm #1201921139
Anything in this century?September 12, 2016 at 2:29 pm #1201921140
Erin Brockovich and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, I believe, were both March releases.September 12, 2016 at 5:21 pm #1201921214
It’s really hard. Mad Max was nearly a miracle.September 12, 2016 at 7:22 pm #1201921316
The Grand Budapest Hotel first opened in March 2014.September 12, 2016 at 7:45 pm #1201921350
The problem isn’t so much that movies released early can’t stay in voters’ minds (Silence of the Lambs and Grand Budapest Hotel prove that), but studios with small awards-worthy films wait to release them around the end of the year so they’re either still in theaters or just coming out on DVD when nominations/winners are announced. They want the publicity from the awards. So good, Oscar-worthy movies can be released early and succeed, but most studios will wait and release them in the hopes of higher box office and DVD sales.September 13, 2016 at 8:40 pm #1201922071
In answer to the thread’s question, yes.
March releases over the years that won Oscars:
Coal Miner’s Daughter
Hannah & Her Sisters
Norma Rae (it may have been April)
The Godfather was released in February
Radio Days was released in January 1987, it got two nods.
Same for Last Tango in Paris back in 1973.
Yes, these movies are “old.” But what happened years ago, is rare to happen today. Especially this year. But outside of possibly sets & costumes, Beauty and the Beast, probably will not be much of an Oscar contender. Much like Cinderella was last year.September 14, 2016 at 1:37 am #1201922134
Well, Beauty and the Beast is on another lever compared to Cinderella. Knowing the original, the movie will have spectacular look, and sound. This if the movie gets good review will easily get it 4-6 nominations.
But that stat is bad. Some of those movies are 20-30+ years old. In modern times, it is hard. I guess we will wait to see the movie and go from there.
The best thing is to focus on the current oscars.September 14, 2016 at 4:19 am #1201922152
I think that the LEGO movie demonstrates how certain films can really be hurt by early releases. While I’m sure it’s possible, having such a critically and commercially successful film be ignored while films that were basically never released theatrically got in shows that memories are short in certain branches. Zootopia will likely overcome this hurdle, but I won’t be surprised if it is left out on nomination morning. Next year is too early to speculate, but Beauty and the Beast will almost certainly be nominated in tons of tech categories.September 14, 2016 at 5:46 pm #1201922570
I think that the LEGO movie demonstrates how certain films can really be hurt by early releases.
That’s not the reason why that branch didn’t embrace it. In fact, it dominated with critics and precursors overall, which had put it in front of the conversation. The bias was of a different nature.
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