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True Grit Wins at Box Office after Oscars Defeat

1 March 2011 by Anna Pollitt

True-Grit-2011-01Jeff Bridges in True GritIt was nominated for 10 Academy Awards and came away with zilch.

True Grit may not have triumphed at the Oscars, but its run has been extended after great box office success.

The western’s takings exceeded more than $200 million worldwide over the weekend, putting it in third place behind number one Black Swan and teen sci-fi flick I Am Number Four in second, according to Box Office Mojo.

Directed by the Coen brothers and starring Crazy Heart star Jeff Bridges, the heavily nominated drama is one of only four films in the Academy’s 83-year history to walk away without a single gold statue from 10 or more nominations.Gangs-of-New-YorkGangs of New York lost out on 10 Academy awards in 2003

Gangs of New York suffered the same fate in 2003 when its 10 nods missed the mark. The 1978 ballet drama The Turning Point and Steven Spielberg’s 1986 film adaptation of the The Color Purple both received 11 nominations but failed to get a single award.

Roger Deakins, True Grit’s director of photography, is used to Oscar disappointment - he has been nominated a total of nine times, over 16 years, without winning.