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Many Oscar-Nominated Titles Already On Video

13 Feb, 2002 By: Jessica Wolf

You may be able to count the number of Academy Award nominees already in the video pipeline on two hands, but it's more than had hit video or were set to street by last year's nominations (only three titles were available on video before the announcements last February and only three others had announced street dates).

Most of this year's Academy video crop have already been making their presence known at the rental counter according to Video Store Magazine research tracking combined VHS and DVD rentals. 20th Century Fox's Moulin Rouge, up for eight Oscars this year, including best picture and best actress, has earned $62.6 million in video rental since streeting in mid-December. Best actress nominee Renee Zellweger and her Bridget Jones alter ego have earned $37.4 million in rentals since the Buena Vista Home Entertainment comedy streeted in October. Buena Vista's Pearl Harbor landed in December and fastened itself to nearly $83 million in video revenue well before it got Academy nods for best sound, best visual effects, best original song and best sound effects editing.

Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment's Memento, retailers favorite sleeper of 2001 and nominee in the best original screenplay and best editing categories, more than doubled its theatrical take since hitting video Sept. 4 with nearly $60 million in rental revenue. DreamWorks' Shrek, nominated in the new best animated feature category and for best adapted screenplay, hit rental early in November and dominated 2001's fourth quarter, garnering record-setting DVD sales alongside a $55 million take in combined rentals. MGM Home Entertainment's eclectic Ghost World, also nominated for best adapted screenplay, hit video shelves Feb 5 and earned $3.2 million in its first week at rental, half its box office take.

Look for a few more titles to make it into stores before the winners are announced March 25. Streeting in the first few weeks of March are: DreamWorks' AI: Artificial Intelligence (best score, best visual effects), 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment's Sexy Beast (best supporting actor Ben Kingsley), Warner Home Video's Training Day (best actor Denzel Washington; best supporting actor Ethan Hawke), and MGM's No Man's Land (best foreign film).

Academy momentum will carry through on video in the months after the award ceremony as Columbia TriStar's Ali, with Will Smith in the race for best actor and Jon Voight for best supporting actor, streets April 30.USA Home Entertainment's The Man Who Wasn't There, up for best cinematography, an award Roger Deakins has already picked up for the film at multiple other award ceremonies, arrives in April. Warner's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, nominated for best costume design, best score and best art direction, will launch the summer video season May 28.

Internet DVD scuttlebutt about a street date for the undisputed nomination leader, New Line's The Fellowship of the Ring (13 nominations including best picture and best director), points to late summer for a movie-only DVD. Rumors circulating around fan and DVD enthusiast Web sites suggest that the studio will release a special edition disc closer to the holiday shopping season and the December 2002 theatrical release of the second film installment, The Two Towers.Pixar executives, during an earnings call last week, hinted at a fall video release for animated box office hit and best animated feature nominee, Monster's Inc.

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