Biblical Films, aka money makers

Noah premiered this week starring Russell Crowe, surprising many by sweeping the box office and garnering a “Fresh” certification from Rotten Tomatoes (a website devoted to reviewing and rating movies). For this weeks blog entry, here’s a quick look back on two of the most successful and profitable movies of all time, both biblical.

The Ten Commandments (1956)

The movie grossed $122.7 million at the box office during its release in 1956, and is allegedly the seventh most successful film of all time according to the Guinness World Records.



Ben-Hur (1959)

The highest grossing film of 1959, Beh-Hur, is the second-highest grossing film in history, winning 11 Academy Awards. Charlton Heston played the lead of Jonah.


And the Oscar goes to…: The interesting history of the Academy Awards

Tomorrow night many will tune in to the Academy Awards. The most famous awards ceremony has an interesting history with some memorable moments. Here are some links and photos of some of them:

The organizers of this year’s Academy Awards  have put together an interactive timeline of the show, featuring a list of the winners for each year.  To view, go here.

Oscar Timeline

This year in retrospect of the Oscars, Media Run has created a poster illustrating the dresses worn by almost every Best Actress winner from 1929-2013.


Here are some interesting and memorable facts about the Oscars:

  • The first Academy Awards was in 1929. Highlights: 270 guests, held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, tickets $5.
  • In over it’s 80 years, the show has been postponed only 3 times: 1938 (Flooding in LA delayed the show by 1 week), 1968 (Postponed out of respect for the death of Dr. Martin Luther King), and 1981 (Postponed after an assassination attempt on US President Ronald Reagan).
  • 1952: The first year the awards ceremony was televised.
  • 1966: The first year the awards ceremony was televised in colour.
  • 1963: The first African-American, Sidney Poitier, wins the award for Best Actor.
  • 1972: Charlie Chaplin receives an honorary Oscar, and a 12-minute standing ovation.
  • 1972: Sacheen Littlefeather accepts an Oscar for Marlon Brando, who boycotted the ceremony in protest of the treatment of Native Americans in the film industry.
  • 1974: someone streaked during the show, hosted by David Niven.
  • 2008: Kathryn Bigelow becomes the first woman to win an Oscar for Directing. Coincidentally she beat out her ex-husband, James Cameron, for the award.
  • 2011: Melissa Leo, winner of Best Supporting Actres, drops the “f-bomb”.
  • 2013: Jennifer Lawrence trips and falls as she goes to accept her award for Best Actress.