As awards season gears up, The Awards Circuit ( is preparing for its sixth season of the internet game, Academy Idol.  Loosely based on FOX’s hit-show “American Idol,” the game is constructed to give the Awards Circuit readership a voice during awards season.  In partnership with the popular Awards Circuit Community Awards (or ACCA), any reader has an outlet to make their voice heard.

Thirteen films based on Original screenplays will compete for votes during the first week of the competition.  The top five highest vote-getters will advance on to the Top 13 finals.  The same goes for the films based on Adapted screenplays during the second week of competition.  During the third week of the competition, the Awards Circuit staff will choose eight (8) films to compete in the Wild Card episode.  The top three films will round out the Top 13.  The theme for the first two weeks will be: Movie Stills.

The tentative timeline for the episodes are listed as follows:

November 11, 2012 – Announcement of the Top 26 Films

November 18, 2012 – Top 13 Adapted Films Compete

November 23, 2012 – Top 13 Adapted Results Show

November 25, 2012 – Top 13 Original Films Compete

November 30, 2012 – Top 13 Original Results Show

December 2, 2012 – Wild Card Films Chosen and Compete

December 7, 2012 – Wild Card Results/Top 13 Finalists Announced

December 9, 2012 – Top 13 Compete

December 14, 2012 – Top 13 Results Show (Two films eliminated)

December 16, 2012 – Top 11 Compete

December 21, 2012 – Top 11 Results Show

December 23, 2012 – Top 10 Compete

December 28, 2012 – Top 10 Results

December 30, 2012 – Top 9 Compete

January 4, 2013 – Top 9 Results

January 6, 2013 – Top 8 Compete

January 11, 2013 – Top 8 Results

January 13, 2013 – Top 7 Compete

January 18, 2013 – Top 7 Results

January 20, 2013 – Top 6 Compete

January 25, 2013 – Top 6 Results

January 27, 2013 – Top 5 Compete

February 1, 2013 – Top 5 Results

February 3, 2013 – Top 4 Compete

February 8, 2013 – Top 4 Results

February 10, 2013 – Top 3 Compete

February 15, 2013 – Top 3 Results

February 17, 2013 – Top 2 Compete

Sunday, February 24, 2013 – Academy Idol Winner Announced @ 7pm Eastern time before Oscar ceremony.


Past History of Academy Idol

Academy Idol began when the Awards Circuit was still called, The Oscar Igloo.  Founded by Clayton Davis, the game has been a staple of the Awards Circuit and continues to grow in votes and popularity.

The first season, though not separated by screenplays, had films like No Country for Old Men (6th) and Atonement (5th) competing for readers votes.  Judd Apatow’s Knocked Up would lose in the final round to Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood in a surprising Top 2 finale.  Could Anderson be going for his second Academy Idol win?

The second season all but seemed assured that Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight would trump over every film in the competition.  When Oscar frontrunners Slumdog Millionaire and Milk were cut from the competition early, Pixar’s animated masterpiece Wall-E picked up a last minute surge to top the Caped Crusader in the season finale.  It’s also the first time that both films in the Top 2 were neither nominated for Best Picture by the Academy Awards.  Could Batman be looking for redemption this time around?

The third and perhaps, most competitive season had films like Avatar, The Hurt Locker, and Up were found battling week-in and week-out.  In the end, the Coen brothers got a crack at the finale with A Serious Man but ultimately losing to Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds.  Will Tarantino’s Django Unchained find itself in the mix this year?

The next season would have two films, Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan and David Fincher’s The Social Network, become the first two films to make the Top 3 without ever being in the Bottom 3 or 2.  In a surprise entry, Dreamworks’ How to Train Your Dragon became the second animated film to make the finale but losing to Fincher’s birth of Facebook story.  Could Dreamworks have another animated contender in Rise of the Guardians this season?

Last year, our most cutthroat year yet, had 13 films being voted through to the finals.  It was the first time any of the “Harry Potter” films were able to compete only to be voted out in 5th place.  The Oscar-winning film by Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist made it to the Top 3 but was ousted by Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive and Season 5 winner, Shame by Steve McQueen.  Is there another French production in the running for the win (Les Miserables) or another violent-heavy production that captivates audiences (Killing Them Softly)?

This year Myles Hughes, who has handled many of the Academy Idol episodes before will be the liaison for the season. Check out the teaser episode of the season.

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Clayton Davis--prolific writer and autism awareness advocate of Puerto Rican and Black descent, known for his relentless passion, dedication, and unique aptitude. Over the course of a decade, he has been criticizing both film and television extensively. To date, he has been either featured or quoted in an array of prominent outlets, including but not limited to The New York Times,, Variety, Deadline, Los Angeles Times, FOX 5, Bloomberg Television, AOL, Huffington Post, Bloomberg Radio, The Wrap, Slash Film, and the Hollywood Reporter. Growing up in the Bronx, Clayton’s avid interest in the movie world began the moment he first watched "Dead Poets Society” at just five years of age. While he struggled in English class all throughout grade school, he dived head first into writing, ultimately taking those insufficiencies and transforming them into ardent writings pertaining to all things film, television, and most importantly, the Academy Awards. In addition to crafting a collection of short stories that give a voice to films that haven’t made it to the silver screen, Clayton currently serves as the Founding Editor of He also holds active voting membership at various esteemed organizations, such as the Broadcast Film Critics Association, Broadcast Television Journalists Association, African-American Film Critics Association, New York Film Critics Online, Black Reel Awards, and International Press Academy. Furthermore, Clayton obtained his B.A. degree in American Studies and Communications.