“Argo” having a sneak screening at Telluride TODAY!

The Telluride Film Festival is getting underway as you’re reading this, and we can now confirm earlier reports that one of the annual surprise screenings at the fest is going to be ‘Argo’. The Playlist has reported here that Ben Affleck’s third directorial outing is getting a spot there before its “official” debut in Toronto. […]

Around the Circuit: 8/25 – 8/31

It’s time to visit the week that was via our Around the Circuit piece, where we look back at articles that we feel are worth your time covering the Oscar race, new releases, or really just anything film related. Link of the week: Brad Brevet at Rope of Silicon brings us a Fall movie preview, […]

Short Subject Documentary Film Entries Due September 4th for the 2012 Oscars

Here is more information on the deadline to submit your short subject documentary, you know, in case you have one and want to win an Oscar for it: Beverly Hills, CA –Tuesday, September 4, 5 p.m. PT is the deadline for documentary filmmakers to submit short subject documentaries and all required paperwork to the Academy […]

2016: Obama’s America (*)

I know that there’s plenty of people who will disregard my take on this documentary due to my politics, but that shouldn’t matter. Yes, I’m a registered Democrat and self identified liberal, one who thinks that President Barack Obama has done a good but not great job and will be voting for him in the […]

Premium Rush (***)

Joseph Gordon-Levitt proves a suitable leading man for action films in the bicycle thriller ‘Premium Rush’, a fun flick that basically is a series of chase sequences stitched together. Yes, it’s all just formulaic, but using a bike instead of a car or just being on foot gives the movie a bit of originality as […]

Michel Hazanavicius circles another project!

Since winning the Oscar for Best Director last year, it’s safe to say that ‘The Artist’ director Michel Hazanavicius has a lot of offers on his table these days. According to Collider here, he’s potentially going to be tackling a high concept comedy project that ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ and ‘Ruby Sparks’ directors Jonathan Dayton and […]

Oscars: There Will Be Five Original Song Nominees

Remember the debacle in the Original Song category last year (and every year)? Well we have yet another change coming, this time, hopefully for the better. There will now be a solid, concrete, five original songs nominated in their respective field. Here is the official release from AMPAS: The Board of Governors of the Academy […]

Lineup for the 2012 Telluride Film Festival!

Though sometimes sadly overlooked, the Telluride Film Festival is an important part of the festival and awards season. Jason Reitman for one can attest to how big a boost the fest can be for a possible Oscar contender, and this year there’s a couple of very interesting films playing in the town over the next […]

Oscar Shocks: Best Actor

Yes I was horrified when Roberto Benigni won the Academy Award for Best Actor for Life is Beautiful (1998), but the Screen Actors Guild had prepared me for the fact it might happen when they awarded him their Best Actor prize a few weeks earlier. There had been such a groundswell of love for the […]

The Possession (**½)

I’m not fully sure whether or not ‘The Possession’ benefits or suffers due to the recent critical thrashing (rightly so, I might add, but you all knew that already) that ‘The Apparition’ received last week, by yours truly as well as by basically every other human being on the planet. This flick is far better […]

About Cherry (**½)

The initial goal of ‘About Cherry’ is one that’s certainly intriguing. The drama sets out to chronicle the story of small town girl and her introduction into the world of pornography while never demonizing it. Cowriter/director Stephen Elliot has the right idea here, but far too often he winds up just showing us things we’ve […]

Circuit 3: Ingrid Bergman

Ingrid Bergman was born on the 29th of August, 1915, in Stockholm, Sweden. Bergman starred in a dozen Swedish films before being introduced to the American audience in an English remake of Intermezzo (1939). Her remarkable elegance and beauty only added to the extraordinary talent that Bergman would display on screen, and she quickly became […]

Is Willie Nelson Going to Win an Oscar This Year?

Some would say it took Meryl Streep 29 years to win her third Oscar. Others would say it took her 29 years to work with the Weinsteins, who produced The Iron Lady, for which Meryl finally won that elusive third award. Having won back-to-back Best Picture titles with The King’s Speech (2010) and The Artist […]

Amy Adams Shines in New Clip From ‘The Master’

Amy Adams was a guest on Late Night with David Letterman last night, and with her appearance came yet another clip from Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master. Many of us think Adams has a great chance at a nomination for her performance in the film, where she plays the wife and assistant of Lancaster Dodd […]

New cut of ‘On The Road’ will play at the Toronto Film Festival

The often impending yet always delayed release of ‘On The Road’ has been a source of bemusement and anticipation here at The Awards Circuit, especially from myself and Clayton. At long last, the film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, to expectedly mixed reviews. One of the big issues seemed to be […]

John Hawkes Gets Anxious in the First Clip From ‘The Sessions’

In The Sessions, Academy Award nominee John Hawkes (Winter’s Bone) plays real-life writer and poet Mark O’Brien, a man stuck in an iron lung after being stricken with polio as a child. When O’Brien decides that he wishes to lose his virginity, he enlists the help of Cheryl Cohen Green, a sexual surrogate played by […]

Michael Fassbender in talks to join Natalie Portman in ‘Jane Got A Gun’

In a move that would see two of our more ubiquitous actors working together, Vulture is reporting that Michael Fassbender is in the final stages of signing on to join Oscar winner Natalie Portman in the western Jane Got a Gun. Based on a 2011 Black List script written by Brian Duffield, Portman would play a woman […]

‘The Master’ gets one final Trailer before it hits theaters next month!

In just about 2 and a half weeks time, theaters will begin showing ‘The Master’, and the fall Oscar season will fully be upon us. The new Paul Thomas Anderson movie has already shown off some brilliant Posters and Trailers, and now they’ve concluded the marketing essentially with one final Trailer, which you can see […]

Posters Added for Oscar Hopefuls

Missed a bunch of these over the past few weeks but I thought I’d share some new posters courtesy of Impawards.com, the best collection of posters on the web.  The posters include the following: Robert Lorenz’s Trouble with the Curve starring Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, and Justin Timberlake. Nicholas Jarecki’s Arbitrage starring Richard Gere, Susan […]

Could the Wachowski Siblings helm Justice League?

The rumor mill continues to churn out possibility after possibility in regard to who might wind up directing the ‘Justice League’ movie that we know for sure is coming in a few years. Obviously Ben Affleck was the original top choice, but he’s now firmly shot that down, leaving Warner Brothers to continue their search. […]

New International Trailer for ‘Django Unchained’

A new Quentin Tarantino film is a cause to celebrate for most, though his latest flick ‘Django Unchained’ seemingly has been a more troubled production than most for him. Still, it’s hard not to be excited for his fractured take on the Western, and so far what we’ve seen has been pretty interesting. Today we […]

Box Office Report (8.27.12)

A lot of hyperbole has been tossed around with this weekend’s box office figures, since a documentary, 2016: Obama’s America has shocked the movie industry with its success.  On Friday, it was erroneously reported that the film would be the #1 film of the weekend; a report later revised to indicate the Rocky Mountain Pictures […]

New Trailer for “Butter”

Once upon a time, Harvey Weinstein held some Oscar hopes for the Jennifer Garner comedy ‘Butter’. Last year it had a debut at the Toronto Film Festival, with decently good reviews to boot, but Weinstein kept it in his pocket and now has the film coming out this fall. I’ve actually seen it, but am […]

Circuit Round-Up (Week Ending 8/26)

Another week and more head-scratching at The Awards Circuit. As the awards race begins to really heat up, The AC team tries to come together and figure out this mess, albeit fun mess, that is Oscar season. During our latest episode of Power Hour, we discussed the current state of the race as well as […]

Emmy Chatter: Comedy Series

Terence:  Alright Joseph we’re back this week to talk about the comedy nominees. Joseph:  Hey Terence, hey everyone. Holy moly, this list reminded me that Melissa McCarthy is being nominated again. Did someone at the Emmy committee not get the memo that she’s already been nominated for an Oscar? Terence:  Ha! The snark is already starting. Since you’re […]

Side by Side (***½)

If you love the movies, you owe it to yourself to see ‘Side by Side’. This documentary on the past, present, and future of cinema filtered aptly through the lens of the celluloid vs. digital debate is engrossing, entertaining, and vital. Somehow, filmmaker Christopher Kenneally and producer/interviewer/narrator Keanu Reeves manage to not make this project […]

Cameron Crowe looking to adapt “Beautiful Boy”

There’s no such thing as a Cameron Crowe movie that I’m not highly interested in, and even if he doesn’t really step out of his comfort zone too often, I still look at those types of projects as just as interesting as his romantic comedy/dramedy ones. Over at The Wrap (here), they’re reporting that Crowe […]

Sleepwalk With Me (***½)

Mike Birbiglia announces himself as a cinematic talent to watch out for with the endearing indie dramedy ‘Sleepwalk With Me’. The film works as not just a character study or a relationship tale, but as a look at the life of a struggling stand up comedian as well. Birbiglia pulls from real life here, adapting […]