Some Oscar winners back in theatres

If you were waiting for Oscar validation before catching some films, here is some good news. Some titles which won at the Academy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night will be back for a second run in cinemas here.

The biggest winner of the night, with seven statuettes from 10 nominations, was Alfonso Cuaron's sci-fi drama Gravity. It won a slew of technical awards as well as a Best Director nod for Cuaron.

It had a run of 10 weeks when it first opened last Oct 10 and made $3.8 million. It reopened on Feb 20 in 3-D and Imax 3-D, ahead of the Oscars ceremony, and has earned $39,114 as of Monday.

Even a movie with a smaller haul is having a second run. Spike Jonze's sci-fi romance Her was nominated in five categories, including Best Picture, and won for Best Original Script. It earned close to $240,000 during its original six-week run.

It will return for a single session at the180-seater GV Grand on March 12.

A Golden Village spokesman said: "It has always been our intention to keep films which people want to watch on screen for as long as possible. And since the Oscar win, we believe more people will want to watch Her."

There are also films which were released a month or two before the Oscars and are still in theatres.

A big winner was the period drama 12 Years A Slave, which took home three awards, including Best Picture. Aids medication drama Dallas Buyers Club also notched up three wins, including Best Actor for Matthew McConaughey and Best Supporting Actor for Jared Leto.

Slave and Dallas Buyers Club were released last Dec 19 and on Jan 23 and are still showing at Shaw Theatres Lido.

Mr Rudy Marianto, Shaw Organisation's vice-president of marketing and sales, says: "Both films have been performing well at the box office especially since the nominations and we are still seeing near sell-out sessions especially on weekends." Slave had nine nods while Dallas had six, including for Best Picture.

He adds: "The Oscar wins will give us the opportunity to expand them to other locations and we hope the publicity will give an extra boost to the box office."

Shaw is also working to bring back Woody Allen's drama Blue Jasmine for a second run. The film's lead, Cate Blanchett, won the Oscar for Best Actress.

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