• Article
    Introducing – In Line: 365

    If you listened to the Awards Circuit Power Hour this week, you heard many of the staff members and myself make New Year’s Resolutions for both filmmakers and ourselves.  While I’m fully expecting (yet determined) to have my resolution of waking at 5:00 am every morning and going for a run to...

  • News
    BREAKING NEWS: Academy Extends Voting to January 4

    Hmmmm….I wonder why?  Could it be the rumors that members are having trouble with electronic ballots?  Maybe it’s to give members one more day to watch their screeners.  Check out the full press release below:

  • Academy Idol
    Awards Circuit Power Hour Episode 34: New Year’s Spectacular

    We start the podcast off with the Academy Idol Results.  Are you surprised by the results?  You may be. All the writers make New Year’s Resolutions for Filmmakers and for Ourselves. We talk about Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained and Tom Hooper’s Les Miserables and the pros and cons about each. Happy New...

  • Article
    Three Amigos of ‘Skyfall’ – Roger Deakins

    Technical branches in the Academy never receive the high-profile buzz or focus they clearly deserve. Acting categories, along with Picture, Director, and Screenplay, reap all the awards focus for the season. This year, however, an interesting thing to notice is that three–criminally, I might add–overdue veteran crew members will be making a...

  • Article
    Box Office (12.30.12)

    ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey‘ (WB) has swept the international box office, creating a sensation that rivals the magnitude of Skyfall, though we can only wait to see how long it lasts. This week and this weekend, ‘The Hobbit‘ sits on top, almost doubling ‘Les Miserables (2012)‘ (Uni.) during the week with ‘Django Unchained‘...

  • General
    Circuit Round-Up (Week Ending 12/30)

    Happy New Year (almost), readers of The Awards Circuit. In less than twenty-four hours, we’ll all be citizens of the year 2013, so get excited! I don’t need a crystal ball to know how many of you spent the last few days of the year. Based on the popularity of our “reaction”...

  • Article
    Oscar Circuit – The Final Stretch and End of the Year Honors Begin!

    We are in the final stretch of Phase 1 of awards season. Oscar ballots are due this coming Thursday, January 3rd, with nominations being announced exactly one week later. If there’s any time to pay attention to the “buzz” and “word on the street,” this past week was that time. Trying to...

  • Poster
    ‘Stoker’, ‘Gatsby’, and ‘Wonder’ Get New Posters!

    As we get ready to enter the brand new year, it’s never too late to get on the ball for potential Oscar contenders coming down the pike.  Chan-wook Park’s Stoker starring Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska, and Matthew Goode has a new poster and early word is already positive for Wasikowska who’s been...

  • Article
    How Tom Hooper’s Direction Hurt ‘Les Miserables’

    When actors study their craft, be it the method, the Miesner technique, Adler, or any other of the many forms taught around the globe, they are taught to use their entire body. Movement, often dance is taught to the students so they will understand how important the use of their entire being is in any performance. When Hannibal Lector makes his first...

  • Article
    Chit-Chat with Jason Clarke!

    Today I’m bringing you my chat with ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ co-star Jason Clarke. I had the pleasure of speaking in person with him a few weeks back at a luncheon in New York City, and Jason was kind enough to schedule a longer talk over the phone shortly thereafter. He’s a lot...

  • News
    SAG Awards Ballots to Be Mailed

    On Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, ballot instructions on how to choose recipients of the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be mailed to SAG-AFTRA members. After the jump, have a look at the official release with details on how voters will proceed with selecting their winners from the nominees that were announced back...

  • Article
    Oscars Competition, By Numbers

    Can ‘Argo‘ win against the other great submissions for Best Motion Picture in the 2013 Academy Awards? After countless awards in several film festivals, the race is growing tighter as some critics overlook certain titles for others. Less seasoned in the world of Oscars and festivals, I got really confused when it...

  • Around the Circuit
    Around the Circuit: December 22nd – December 28th

    Link(s) of the week: It’s the end of the year, so “best of” and “worst of” lists are abound. But the people at Film School Rejects went all out, with best of lists that include everything from Best Cinematic Facial Hair to Best in Criterion Collection.

  • Community
    Circuit 3: Humphrey Bogart

    My very favorite actor of all time, Humphrey DeForest Bogart, was born on Christmas Day, 1899 (though some believe Warner Brothers created this as a fictional birthday to help glamorize the actor). Bogie began his career on Broadway during the 20s and 30s. His first big film success came when he played...

  • News
    Online Film Critics Society Gives Praise to ‘The Master’

    The Online Film Critics Society has announced the nominations for their 16th annual year end acknowledgements. The OFCS is comprised of a large group of critics whose work appears primarily online (nearly 200 members). Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master was the most nominated film by the group with eight nods. You can visit their site...

  • Community
    Promo for the Critics Choice Movie Awards!

    Make sure to watch the Critics Choice Movie Awards on January 10, 2013 and vote for “Favorite Film Franchise” where audiences have the power. The voting widget is on the right sidebar or on our CCMA page.  The first televised awards show of the season can build momentum for a lot films...

  • General
    Open Thread for Reactions to ‘Django Unchained’ and ‘Les Miserables’

    I’m dying to hear what our readership thought of the two big Christmas openers, Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained and Tom Hooper’s Les Miserables. Please include your thoughts in the comments.

  • Article
    Joey’s DVD Picks of the Week (12/25/2012)

    Merry Christmas to all of you Awards Circuit readers! This week, the column is going to function slightly differently, as frankly…there’s not much new to talk about in terms of Blu-Ray/DVD releases. Only two flicks with any theatrical run are hitting shelves, so after a somewhat unenthusiastic top pick, I’ll be recommending...

  • Weekend Openings
    Weekend Openings: 12/25-12/28

    Quentin Tarantino’s career-long itch to put his stamp on the beloved Spaghetti Western finally takes form with the release of Django Unchained to begin the Christmas weekend.  It’s going head-to-head with Tom Hooper’s adaptation of the epic musical drama, Les Miserables.  Rounding out the long weekend is Gus Van Sant’s latest, Promised...

  • News
    Oklahoma and Nevada Critics Honor ‘Argo’

    The Oklahoma Film Critics Circle and The Nevada Film Critics Society have both tipped their hats to Ben Affleck’s Argo. Along with naming it the best film of the year, both groups honored Affleck as Best Director (Nevada actually had a tie between Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty). Oklahoma also recognized Joseph...

  • Article
    Chatting with Jeff Orlowski, Director of ‘Chasing Ice’

    Shortlisted for the 2013 Academy Awards, ‘Chasing Ice’ (2012) is considered a frontrunner in the Oscar race. Jeff Orlowski has agreed to answer a few questions before the holidays begin. Q:  How does it feel to be shortlisted for the 2013 Oscars? JO:  It somewhat goes without saying, but it is incredibly...

  • News
    Box Office Results (12.23.12)

    With the international release of ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Adventure‘ (WB), it claims #1 wherever it has been released, including the American box office. Domestically, it is followed by ‘Lincoln‘ (BV) and ‘Rise of the Guardians‘ (Par./DW). ‘Skyfall‘ (Sony) is down to #4 but ‘Life of Pi‘ (Fox) remains at #5. ‘Breaking...

  • General
    Circuit Round-Up (Week Ending 12/23)

    Happy holidays, fans of The Awards Circuit! I hope everyone is staying warm and enjoying the time with friends and family this holiday season. This past week was another busy — although slightly less chaotic than last week — one for us at the site, but we carried on with grace and...

  • Community
    Awards Circuit Power Hour LIVE Today w/ Greg P. Russell, Sound Mixer for ‘Skyfall’

    At 5:00pm eastern time today, Greg P. Russell, the 15-time Academy Award nominated Sound Mixer will be LIVE on the air with us talking about his work on Sam Mendes’ Skyfall. The veteran Sound Mixer will be talking to us about a variety of things as well as taking any of your...

  • General
    ‘TCM Remembers’ – In Memorium 2012

    Every year, Turner Class Movies (TCM) delivers a tribute to movie professionals who passed away over the last 12 months. This year is no exception, as their beautiful tribute is both tender and reminiscent, and is set to the song “Wait” by M83. Have a look after the jump.