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Friday Estimates

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16 Responses to “Friday Estimates”

  1. Doug R says:

    I see The Martian hits TIFF September 11 although the rest of us are going to have to wait until October 2.

  2. Pete B says:

    Un Gallo must have “huevos grande” to be bringing in almost $9K a theater for the weekend haul.

    Maybe Shaun the Sheep needed to be in Spanish?

  3. EtGuild2 says:

    In Spanish??? We need to work towards Making America Great Again, not allowing roosters to spew their anchor chicklet eggs all over American soil.

  4. Ivan says:

    It seems that Pete B hasn’t seen “Shaun the Sheep Movie”, if he did then he would know that there is no dialogue in that one. 😉

  5. Pete B. says:

    Have seen it. Loved it. Can’t fathom why it isn’t doing better at the box office.

  6. MAGGA says:

    “Can’t fathom why it isn’t doing better at the box office”
    Because I go on several movie blogs every day and I have never heard of the movie until this moment

  7. EtGuild2 says:

    I hope they only go with 3 animated nominees this year…because they are going to be hard-pressed to find five. INSIDE OUT, SHAUN….maybe PEANUTS or GOOD DINOSAUR. No Ghibli or Cartoon Saloon productions this year, and no adult fare that has a shot (COURT is great, but no one saw it).

  8. movieman says:

    What about “When Marnie Was There,” Et?
    I thought it was terrific, easily one of one top 3 animated films of the year so far (along w/ “Shaun” and “Inside,” of course).

  9. AdamL says:

    Wish they would ditch animated category altogether. Why is it a separate thing? If the film is good enough it’ll get an actual Best Picture berth.

  10. Mike says:

    Because they won’t. I’m not as crazy about UP as many others, but many said that they felt that one had been snubbed for best picture. Same for Wall-E (which I do agree with).

    It’s like foreign language films. If they didn’t have the category, occasionally a film would sneak into best picture, but the Academy would miss out on an awful lot of great films.

  11. spassky says:

    Hey — how great would it be if they expanded foreign language to 10 pictures a year??? Has this ever been discussed (outside of movie blogs, of course, hehe)

  12. YancySkancy says:

    Mike: UP did get a Best Picture nomination, in 2009, when the number of nominees expanded to 10.

  13. Mike says:

    Did it? Nuts, I must have confused it for Wall-E. Sorry about that.

  14. EtGuild2 says:

    @movieman. Ghibli is shuttered, so I’d be surprised if they made a push. I liked “Marnie” though.

  15. Smith says:

    “Marnie” was released through GKids here, no? I’m sure they’ll make some kind of push.

  16. Hcat says:

    My problem with the category is lack of competition, how many docs are submitted each year, how many foreign films which have to compete just to be submitted and then elbow their way to a nomination. Everyone else is competing against a hundred other titles but you get eight animated releases and three get nommed and one gets gold.

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