As awards season gears up, The Awards Circuit (http://www.awardscircuit.com) 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.