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'Gone Girl' Is About To Find Company In 'The Social Network' And 'Pulp Fiction'

07/17/2014 03:40 pm 15:40:59 | Updated Jul 17, 2014
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The New York Film Festival is one of many possible stops along the road to the Oscar stage, and with the announcement that David Fincher's "Gone Girl" is this year's opening-night selection, it seems the thriller is readying a strong awards push. Over the past 20 years, 13 movies that opened the festival went on to bask in Oscar glory, while only seven garnered at least $50 million at the box office. We're not too worried about "Gone Girl" finding its place among those honors: In 2011, Fincher's "Social Network" went on to become a Best Picture frontrunner after grossing nearly $100 million on domestic shores.

Whether "Gone Girl" will hold up when awards season rolls around is yet to be seen, but the adaptation of Gillian Flynn's best-seller is a guaranteed cash cow for 20th Century Fox. What stature will it find among the past two decades of New York Film Festival opening nights, which have become notable showcases for all-star directors' new projects? Let's review recent years' selections.

"Captain Phillips" (2013) captain phillips Director: Paul Greengrass Domestic box office: $107.1 million Oscar attention: Six nominations, including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor (Barkhad Abdi) Rotten Tomatoes score: 93 percent

"Life of Pi" (2012) life of pi Director: Ang Lee Domestic box office: $125 million Oscar attention: 11 nominations, including Best Picture; four wins: Best Director (Lee), Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects and Best Original Score (Mychael Danna) Rotten Tomatoes score: 87 percent

"Carnage" (2011) carnage Director: Roman Polanski Domestic box office: $2.6 million Oscar attention: 0 nominations Rotten Tomatoes score: 71 percent

"The Social Network" (2010) social network Director: David Fincher Domestic box office: $97 million Oscar attention: Eight nominations, including Best Picture; three wins: Best Adapted Screenplay (Aaron Sorkin), Best Original Score (Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross) and Best Film Editing Rotten Tomatoes score: 96 percent

"Wild Grass" (2009) wild grass Director: Alain Resnais Domestic box office: $403,952 Oscar attention: 0 nominations Rotten Tomatoes score: 66 percent

"The Class" (2008) the class Director: Laurent Cantet Domestic box office: $3.8 million Oscar attention: One nomination Rotten Tomatoes score: 96 percent

"The Darjeeling Limited" (2007) the darjeeling limited Director: Wes Anderson Domestic box office: $11.9 million Oscar attention: No nominations Rotten Tomatoes score: 68 percent

"The Queen" (2006) the queen Director: Stephen Frears Domestic box office: $56.4 million Oscar attention: Six nominations, including Best Picture; one win: Best Actress (Helen Mirren) Rotten Tomatoes score: 97 percent

"Good Night, and Good Luck." (2005) good night and good luck Director: George Clooney Domestic box office: $31.6 million Oscar attention: Six nominations, including Best Picture Rotten Tomatoes score: 93 percent

"Look at Me" (2004) look at me Director: Agnès Jaoui Domestic box office: $1.7 million Oscar attention: No nominations Rotten Tomatoes score: 87 percent

"Mystic River" (2003) mystic river Director: Clint Eastwood Domestic box office: $156.8 million Oscar attention: Six nominations; two wins: Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor (Tim Robbins) Rotten Tomatoes score: 87 percent

"About Schmidt" (2002) about schmidt Director: Alexander Payne Domestic box office: $65 million Oscar attention: Two nominations Rotten Tomatoes score: 85 percent

"Va Savoir" (2001) va savoir Director: Jacques Rivette Domestic box office: $907,323 Oscar attention: No nominations Rotten Tomatoes score: 86 percent

"Dancer in the Dark" (2000) dancer in the dark Director: Lars von Trier Domestic box office: $4.2 million Oscar attention: One nomination Rotten Tomatoes score: 68 percent

"All About My Mother" (1999) all about my mother Director: Pedro Almodóvar Domestic box office: $8.3 million Oscar attention: One nomination/win: Best Foreign Language Film Rotten Tomatoes score: 68 percent

"Celebrity" (1998) celebrity Director: Woody Allen Domestic box office: $5.1 million Oscar attention: No nominations Rotten Tomatoes score: 41 percent

"The Ice Storm" (1997) the ice storm Director: Ang Lee Domestic box office: $8 million Oscar attention: No nominations Rotten Tomatoes score: 84 percent

"Secrets & Lies" (1996) secrets and lies Director: Mike Leigh Domestic box office: $13.4 million Oscar attention: Five nominations, including Best Picture Rotten Tomatoes score: 94 percent

"Shanghai Triad" (1995) shanghai triad Director: Zhang Yimou Domestic box office: $2.1 million Oscar attention: One nomination Rotten Tomatoes score: 86 percent

"Pulp Fiction" (1994) pulp fiction 1994 Director: Quentin Tarantino Domestic box office: $107.9 million Oscar attention: Seven nominations; one win: Best Original Screenplay (Quentin Tarantino and Roger Avery) Rotten Tomatoes score: 94 percent

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