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 crash and burn, […]
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:
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 Year to All […]
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 play for Oscar […]
‘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‘ (Wein.) shooting in […]
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” thread for Django […]
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 keep the pulse […]
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 an up and […]
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 appearance in The […]
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 of fun to […]
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 on November 30th.
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 came to determining […]
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.
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 Duke Mantee in […]
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 here, and check […]
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 and performers. Watch […]
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.
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 some of the […]
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 Land. Django Unchained […]
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 Gordon-Levitt and Matthew […]
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 amazing to be […]
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 Dawn Part 2‘ […]
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 gusto as always! […]
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 questions via our […]
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.
It’s been about three years since Ryan Gosling teamed up with director Derek Cianfrance to bring us the riveting Blue Valentine, and now the pair have reunited to deliver The Place Beyond the Pines. Gosling plays Luke, a professional motorcycle rider who turns to robbing banks to support his newborn son. Meanwhile Bradley Cooper plays an honest cop […]
Having emerged as somewhat of the frontrunner in the awards race in recent weeks, Zero Dark Thirty opens to special limited engagements this week before nationwide release in January. It’s a pretty strong week in terms of variety, with Judd Apatow’s latest, This Is 40, foreign drama powerhouse, Amour,and Walter Salles’ adaptation of On the […]
The Top 11 films competed for your votes. It was Precursors Week. One film is eliminated from the competition with the next week’s theme and lineup revealed. Check it out!
When the nominees for the Academy Award for Best Actor are announced next month, it will mark the end to a hard fought battle, and this is a fact, one of the boldest and most creative performances of the last twenty years could very well be on the outside looking in. The snub of Joaquin […]
Link(s) of the week: At The Wrap, Steve Pond ran a simulation for Oscar that resulted in an outcome with eight Best Picture nominees. He has been allowed by the BFCA to recount their ballots under Oscar’s preferential system, and while the same method forecast eight noms last year (we had nine), it’s still an interesting read […]
The short list for the Foreign Language Oscar race has been announced. There are no incredibly shocking omissions, at least not at first glance. Austria’s Amour, France’s The Intouchables, and Denmark’s A Royal Affair have led the pack for most of the season, and all three remain alive in the race. The other two I […]
No matter what David Chase chose to do with his feature debut, it was always going to be judged against the work he did on HBO with ‘The Sopranos’. Had he made a gangster movie, it would have been setting himself up for disaster. Instead, Chase has written and directed the coming of age story […]
Much like the title character, the film ‘Jack Reacher’ gets in, does its job, and gets out. Tom Cruise’s potential new franchise is a decidedly low tech detective story that offers audiences some old school entertainment. It’s hardly original, but I’m pretty sure that’s intentional on the part of Cruise and writer/director Christopher McQuarrie. They […]
After debuting a set of new posters, Warner Bros. has released a new trailer for Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby. Opening in May 2013, Luhrmann’s film stars potential Oscar-winner Leonardo DiCaprio along with Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, and Isla Fisher. The film was originally scheduled to come out on Christmas and then was […]
Steven Allan Spielberg was born December 18, 1946, in the great state of Ohio. Before becoming one of our most beloved directors, Spielberg attended Long Beach State University, and made his first short film, Amblin‘, while working as an intern at Universal Studios (the title of which used when naming his production company, Amblin Entertainment). His first […]