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Sweet success for Spielberg’s ‘Schindler’

HOLLYWOOD — Universal’s “Schindler’s List” set a new post-Oscar daily box office record of $ 884,660 on March 22. That domestic take is more than $ 100, 000 better than the previous best posting in 1991 by “Dances With Wolves”– which, like “Schindler,” runs more than three hours.

“Schindler” took seven statues at March 21’s Academy Awards, including picture, director, adapted screenplay and cinematography.

“I guess we don’t really have to say we’re delighted, that’s obvious,” said Universal senior VP Nikki Rocco. “This has been a very special film for the studio and we’ve been diligent about its release and an appropriate distribution pattern. The public response has been better than anything we could have hoped for or planned.”

“Schindler” opened in December on 24 screens and has added playdates on an almost weekly basis. On March 18, 443 new dates were added in anticipation of major Oscar acclaim, bringing its present total to 1,246. An additional 124 locations were to be added for the post-Oscar weekend.

The day-after (March 22) gross represented a 156% Tuesday-to-Tuesday rise and ranked the film second only to Paramount’s “Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult” in the marketplace.

And not all movie fans were home watching the Oscars; some actually went to the movies. Although March 21 (Monday) is rarely noted for strong filmgoing, “Schindler” saw a 72% boost (Monday to Monday) on a gross of about $ 450,000.

March 23 added $ 749,400(+152%) to the till and March 24’s number was $ 718, 175 (+159%). For the week, “Schindler List’s” ranked second with a gross of $ 7, 133,795 and has a cume of $ 62,656,498 entering the weekend.

And the winners are:

PICTURE

“Schindler’s List,” Universal Pictures/Amblin Entertainment production, Universal; Steven Spielberg, Gerald R. Molen and Branko Lustig, producers.

ACTOR

Tom Hanks, “Philadelphia,” Clinica Estetico production, TriStar; Edward Saxon , Jonathan Demme, producers.

ACTRESS

Holly Hunter, “The Piano,” Jan Chapman & CIBY 2000 production, Miramax; Jan Chapman, producer.

SUPPORTING ACTOR

Tommy Lee Jones, “The Fugitive,” Warner Bros. production, Warner Bros.; Arnold Kopelson, producer.

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Anna Paquin, “The Piano.”

DIRECTOR

Steven Spielberg, “Schindler’s List.”

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Jane Campion, “The Piano.”

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Steven Zaillian, “Schindler’s List.

FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM

“Belle Epoque,” Fernando Trueba P.C. (Madrid)/Lola Films (Barcelona)/Animatografo (Lisbon)/French Production (Paris); Sony Pictures Classics (Spain).

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Janusz Kaminski, “Schindler’s List.”

FILM EDITING

Michael Kahn, “Schindler’s List.”

ORIGINAL SCORE

John Williams, “Schindler’s List.”

ORIGINAL SONG

“Streets of Philadelphia,” from “Philadelphia.” Music and lyric by Bruce Springsteen.

ART DIRECTION

Allan Starski, art direction; Ewa Braun, set decoration; “Schindler’s List.”

COSTUME DESIGN

Gabriella Pescucci, “The Age of Innocence,” Cappa/De Fina production, Columbia; Barbara De Fina, producer.

MAKEUP

Greg Cannom, Ve Neill, Yolanda Toussieng, “Mrs. Doubtfire,” Blue Wolf production, 20th Century Fox; Marsha Garces Williams, Robin Williams, Mark Radcliffe, producers.

SOUND

Gary Summers, Gary Rydstrom, Shawn Murphy, Ron Judkins, “Jurassic Park,” Amblin Entertainment production, Universal; Kathleen Kennedy, Gerald R. Molen, producers.

SOUND EFFECTS EDITING

Gary Rydstrom, Richard Hymns, “Jurassic Park.”

ANIMATED SHORT FILM

“The Wrong Trousers,” Aardman Animations Ltd.; Nicholas Park, producer.

LIVE-ACTION SHORT FILM

“Black Rider” (Schwarzfahrer), Trans-Film GmbH; Pepe Danquart, producer.

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

“I Am a Promise: The Children of Stanton Elementary School,” Verite Films; Susan Raymond and Alan Raymond, producers.

DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT

“Defending Our Lives,” Cambridge Documentary Films; Margaret Lazarus and Renner Wunderlich, producers.

VISUAL EFFECTS

Dennis Muren, Stan Winston, Phil Tippett, Michael Lantieri, “Jurassic Park.”

JEAN HERSHOLT

HUMANITARIAN AWARD

Paul Newman, for his humanitarian efforts.

HONORARY ACADEMY

AWARD

Deborah Kerr, for career achievement.

GORDON E. SAWYER

TECHNICAL AWARD

Petro Vlahos, whose technical contributions have brought credit to the motion picture industry.

ACADEMY AWARD

OF MERIT

Panavision Inc. for the Auto Panatar anamorphic photographic lens, which originally received a Scientific and Engineering Award in 1958. The Auto Panatar is a complete motion picture camera lens system containing both the prime and anamorphotic elements, which substantially reduces photographic lateral distortion.

Manfred G. Michelson of Technical Film Systems Inc. for the design and development of the first sprocket-driven film transport system for color print film processors, which permits transport speeds in excess of 600 feet per minute , which originally received a Scientific and Engineering Award in 1990. This film transport system has had significant effect on the design of film processors and on the economics of the film processing industry.

TECHNICAL

ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

(Academy certificate)

Wally Mills for the concept and Gary Stadler and Gustave Parada for the design of the Cinemills Lamp Protection System, which provides a process that prevents the early failure of 20 kilowatt lamps by maintaining essentially uniform current flow to the lamp filament as it heats and changes resistance.

Gary Nuzzi, David Johnsrud and William Blethen for the design and development of the Unilux H3000 Strobe Lighting System, a high-speed strobe lighting system that generates a high intensity light pulse with a duration of only 1/100,000 of a second, the effect of which is to freeze an object moving at a high rate of speed so it can be photographed with extraordinary sharpness.

Harry J. Baker for the design and development of the Ronford-Baker Metal Tripods for motion picture photography, which have proved to be more rigid, durable and trouble-free than the wooden tripods previously used.

Michael Dorrough for the design and development of the compound meter known as the Dorrough Audio Level Meter, which provides a single-scale presentation of peak levels and energy content with a high correlation between the complex signals present and the acoustic output.

David Degenkolb for the development of a Silver Recovery Ion Exchange System to eliminate hazardous waste (silver ion) in wash water and allow recycling of this water, resulting in significantly lower environmental impact and reduced water consumption.

SCIENTIFIC AND

ENGINEERING AWARD

(Academy plaque)

Mark Leather, Les Dittert, Douglas Smythe and George Joblove for the concept and development of the Digital Motion Picture Retouching System for removing visible rigging and dirt/damage artifacts from original motion picture imagery.

Fritz Gabriel Bauer for the design, development and manufacture of the Moviecam Compact Modular 35mm motion picture camera system, which features quiet operation, light weight and ease in reconfiguring from one mode to another.

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