The Only 9 Best Picture Oscar Nominees Who Lost Money – 24/7 Wall St.

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February 6, 2023 10:00 a.m.

The 2023 Oscar nominations for Best Picture are in, and of the critically acclaimed movies on the list, a few still haven’t made a profit. Among them is director Sarah Polley’s drama “Women Talking,” which earned just $2.4 million on an estimated production budget of $135 million. Other box office hits on the list include Stephen Speilberg’s coming-of-age film The Fabelmans and Todd Field’s psychodrama Tár. (Here are the 25 major directors with the most box office bombs.)

These films are still being released, so they could make at least a little more money. However, this does not apply to older films. Despite star-studded castings, great cinematography, and plenty of accolades, some Oscar-nominated movies just didn’t pay off. To identify Best Picture nominees who never turned a profit, 24/7 Tempo looked at production budget and box office data from The Numbers, an online movie database run by Nash Information Services. . Films nominated for the Best Picture Oscar were ranked based on the ratio of production budget ROI to worldwide box office. Data is not adjusted for inflation. Director and actor information comes from IMDb, an online movie and TV database from Amazon.

While some of the films on this list, including Ron Howard’s Frost/Nixon and David Lean’s A Passage to India, nearly broke even, one film recouped less than a quarter of its budget. “CODA,” a Sundance favorite for which Apple paid a record $25 million, returned $0.22 per dollar at the box office.

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Some of the films have received several awards including Oscars, Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Awards. Others were included in the American Film Institute’s picks for Best Picture of the Year upon release. (See Best of the Best – Best Picture Oscars.)


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Newfoundland family find hockey jerseys lost in post-tropical storm Fiona

Three Tupperware containers contain all that remains of Peggy Savery’s life and home since post-tropical storm Fiona devastated her Newfoundland community and swept away most of her belongings last September.

But those bins now have unexpected additions – three highly sentimental hockey jerseys she thought were lost forever.

Savery, who grew up in Port aux Basques, Newfoundland and retired to her hometown with her husband four years ago, lost her home when it was destroyed by a massive wave generated by the storm murderous.

She and her husband fled, leaving behind almost all of their possessions, including her glasses and wallet. She said she accepts that many of her most prized possessions are not being recovered.

But in the first week of January, while Savery was spending time with her son David and her one-year-old granddaughter in Ottawa, she was surprised to receive a message from someone who had found two hockey jerseys belonging his family. A third arrived a few days later.

The jerseys belonged to David when he played hockey in school and military school.

Local resident Richard Spencer made the lucky discovery during a hunt in early January.

While strolling near the shore of Mouse Island on the southwest coast of Newfoundland, he came across a white hockey jersey with red and blue stripes and the name SAVERY on the back. He found another later that day and didn’t have to look far to find its rightful owner.

“I know the Saverys and their fate because the house they lost originally belonged to my family and was my childhood home,” he said.

“My parents sold it to the Saverys in 2019 and they started making it their forever home. So in that regard we have a certain connection. My dad built the house himself with my grandfather.

Spencer took the jerseys home in his kayak, dried them off, and made contact with Savery.

Spencer’s post, Savery said, sparked an emotional reaction throughout the family that’s hard to describe.

“[David]was really excited because he never thought he would ever see him again,” she said.

“I think he was happier for us because he saw what it means for us to get something lying around in the ground that looks like it’s worthless.”

The clean, folded jerseys now rest safely in a container with other items, which together form a tapestry of memories from before Fiona. These include a charm bracelet that Savery’s father gave to his mother and a candle holder that her husband’s nephew found in the waters near their home.

“My dad bought it for me years and years ago, before I even got married,” she said of the candlestick. “And that was really important to me because I remember going shopping with him and how excited I was that he bought it for me. … It was pretty exciting to get that back. I didn’t think I would see it.

Among the items she gave up on finding was her engagement ring, which she wasn’t wearing when Fiona knocked.

“At this point, there are so many little things that I know I won’t find,” she said with a sigh. “There’s nothing more important than another. Everything at this point – it’s nice to find something.

Savery has been living with her niece and her husband with her husband, another son and their two cats since the storm swept away their home.

“They didn’t complain, we didn’t argue, but it must be hard for them too,” she said of the relatives who took her in.

She said waiting for new homes is frustrating as she waits for the government to offer advice on next steps. The insurance company rejected her family’s claim after an eight-week wait and they were unable to apply for government assistance until that denial letter arrived, she said.

Savery said her life was in limbo right now. She feels lucky to be with a family that loves her and is grateful for her help, but she would like to have her own home and put the tragedy of the storm behind her.

“It’s really hard not having direction,” Savery said. “I try not to get upset and lose my temper, but every day is getting harder and harder.”

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on February 4, 2023.

This story was produced with the financial support of Meta and the Canadian Press News Fellowship.

Hina Alam and Lyndsay Armstrong, The Canadian Press


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Fired Google engineer says he lost his ‘only career’ 16 years after starting as an intern

Google CEO Sundar Pichai told employees he takes “full responsibility for the decisions that brought us here” after announcing 12,000 layoffs. Brandon Wade/Reuters

  • A former Googler described being fired 16 years after starting as an intern.

  • “Google was my only career,” Joel Leitch wrote in a LinkedIn post.

  • Parent company Alphabet cut 6% of its workforce – or 12,000 employees – in January.

A former Google software engineer who was fired 16 years after starting as an intern has described how he came to terms with the loss of his “only career”.

“Two weeks ago, my entire team was impacted by layoff at Google,” Joel Leitch, who served as technical lead for Google’s purchasing and payments projects, wrote in a LinkedIn post on Saturday. .

“It was a complete shock to me and I still don’t understand why Google would lay off so many experienced, smart, talented, brave and high-achieving employees,” he continued.

“It was a slow process to come to terms with my new reality since Google was my only career,” Leitch said.

According to his LinkedIn profile, the software engineer first worked as an intern at the tech giant in January 2005 before moving to another tech company from January to June 2006, before returning to Google in July of that year. after graduating from the University of Waterloo. He was with the company until his dismissal.

“It was an absolute honor to have the opportunity to work there for so many years. The things I will miss the most are the people and the relationships that have been built,” Leitch wrote in the post.

Leitch and Google did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment outside of normal business hours.

Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google’s parent company, Alphabet, sent a memo to employees on January 20 announcing that the company would lay off 6% of its workforce, or about 12,000 employees.

Pichai said he takes “full responsibility for the decisions that brought us here.”

Leitch isn’t the only one to join LinkedIn after losing his job in the layoffs that have swept the tech industry.

A Microsoft software engineer on an H1-B visa said she wondered where she would live after losing her job, while an 11-year-old Google employee wrote that he and his wife were looking at each other “incredulous” when they found out. They had both been fired from the company.

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