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John Sturges

Helming the “Magnificent Seven” should be reason enough, demonstrating that Sturges had the happy talent of taking what was considered strictly “male” oriented stories and making them sexy enough and humorous enough to appeal to female movie-goer as well.

Sturges takes this star-studded gunslinger film based on the Japanese favorite "The Seven Samurai", and makes it a bone fide all-American classic featuring Yul Brynner. At the request of Mexican peasants, Brynner recruits a band of fellow mercenaries, half of whom Sturges introduces as the next generation of action film super-stars including Charles Bronson, James Coburn, and Steve McQueen. Widescreen!

Sturges is responsible for what is renowned as one of the greatest war films ever made, featuring Steve McQueen and his unforgettably daring motorcycle jumps in the face of the enemy. Allied prisoners escape from a German POW camp in this superior effort, noted for a brilliant international cast and Elmer Bernstein's triumphant score. Widescreen!

This day in the life of a stranger in an isolated town has since been done to death, and this is why. In the hands of a lesser director the talents of this exceedingly manly cast (Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan) would otherwise overwhelm this compelling drama with a prejudice theme, but Sturges is able to maintain a firm grasp of the reigns, keeping his actors this side of mellow drama. Widescreen!

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Oscar Handicap 2014: Supporting Actor and Actress

By EdwardHavens

March 1st, 2014

In this article, we will examine recent voting patterns for the two Supporting Acting categories.

Oscar Handicap 2014: Supporting Actor and Actress

(For explanations as to how our scoring system works, make sure to read our first article in the series, Best Picture of the Year, linked at the bottom of this article.)

Best Supporting Actor

The Breakdowns
1) As long as you're not the youngest nominee, you've won 30 of the past 35 times (85.71%). Advantage: Cooper, Fassbender, Hill, Leto
2) Playing a fictional character has helped the winner 30 of 35 (85.71%). Advantage: Cooper, Hill, Leto
3) Xenophobia is alive and well in this category, as actors playing American characters have won 26 of 35 (74.29%). Advantage: Cooper, Fassbender, Hill, Leto
4) Winners in this category have represent films without a Best Actor nominee 24 of 35 (68.57%). Advantage: Abdi
5) Actors from movies with original screenplays have won 24 of 35 (68.57%). Advantage: Cooper, Leto
6) The winner of the Golden Globe in this category has gone on to win the Oscar 22 of 35 (62.86%). Advantage: Leto
7) SAG winners for Best Supporting Actor went on to win the Oscar 11 times of the 19 years the former awards have been handed out (57.89%). Advantage: Leto
8) Previous Oscar nominees have gone on to win this award 18 of 35 (51.43%). Advantage: Cooper, Hill

By The Numbers
Jared Leto has won the lion's share of awards for this category, and we see no reason why he shouldn't win here too.
Barkhad Abdi, "Captain Phillips": -1, -2, -3, +4, -5, -6, -7, -8 (92 of 264, 34.85%)
Bradley Cooper, "American Hustle": +1, +2, +3, -4, +5, -6, -7, +8 (160 of 264, 60.61%)
Michael Fassbender, "12 Years a Slave": +1, -2, +3, -4, -5, -6, -7, -8 (121 of 264, 45.83%)
Jonah Hill, "The Wolf of Wall Street": +1, +2, +3, -4, -5, -6, -7, -8 (147 of 264, 55.68%)
Jared Leto, "Dallas Buyers Club": +1, +2, +3, -4, +5, +6, +7, +8 (171 of 264, 64.77%)


Best Supporting Actress The Breakdowns
1) As long as you're not the nominee from the lowest grossing film, you've won 33 of 35 (94.29%). Advantage: Hawkins, Lawrence, Nyong'o, Roberts
2) As long as you're not the youngest nominee, you've won 30 of 35 (85.71%). Advantage: Hawkins, Nyong'o, Roberts, Squibb
3) Actresses who played fictional characters have won here 27 of 35 (76.47%). Advantage: Adams, Hathaway, Hunt, Weaver
4) Winners were come from a film without a nominee for Best Actress 26 of 35 (74.29%). Advantage: Nyong'o, Squibb
5) First-time Oscar nominees have won in this category 25 of 35 (71.43%). Advantage: Hawkins, Nyong'o, Squibb
6) The Best Supporting Actress winner has been honored for their performance in a Best Picture nominee 23 of 35 (65.71%). Advantage: Lawrence, Nyong'o, Squibb
7) SAG winners for Best Supporting Actress went on to win the Oscar 12 times of the 19 years the former awards have been handed out (63.16%). Advantage: Nyong'o
8) The winner of the Golden Globe in this category has gone on to win the Oscar 19 of 35 (54.29%). Advantage: Lawrence
9) Playing a character from an adapted screenplay has helped the winner 18 of 35 (51.43%). Advantage: Nyong'o, Roberts

By The Numbers
Nyong'o has made an incredible leap from production assistant on "The Constant Gardner" to acclaimed actress, and should be able to be billed as "Academy Award winner" after Sunday.
Sally Hawkins, "Blue Jasmine": +1, +2, +3, -4, +5, -6, -7, -8, +9 (176 of 299, 58.86%)
Jennifer Lawrence, "American Hustle": +1, -2, +3, -4, -5, +6, -7, +8, +9 (150 of 299, 50.17%)
Lupita Nyong'o, "12 Years a Slave": +1, +2, -3, +4, +5, +6, +7, -8, -9 (191 of 299, 63.88%)
Julia Roberts, "August: Osage County": -1, +2, +3, -4, -5, -6, -7, -8, -9 (162 of 299, 54.18%)
June Squibb, "Nebraska": -1, +2, +3, +4, +5, +6, -7, -8, +9 (173 of 299, 57.86%)


All articles in this series:
Best Picture of the Year
Best Director
Best Actor and Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress
Best Cinematography
Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Foreign Language Film
Best Animated Feature