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 crash and burn, […]

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 Year to All […]

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 play for Oscar […]

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‘ (Wein.) shooting in […]

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” thread for Django […]

‘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 an up and […]

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 appearance in The […]

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 on November 30th.

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 came to determining […]

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 Duke Mantee in […]

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 here, and check […]

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 and performers.  Watch […]

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 some of the […]

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 Land. Django Unchained […]

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 Gordon-Levitt and Matthew […]

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 amazing to be […]

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 Dawn Part 2‘ […]

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 gusto as always! […]

Gosling and Cooper in the Trailer for ‘The Place Beyond the Pines’

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 […]

Weekend Openings: (12/19-12/21)

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 […]

Around the Circuit: December 15th – December 21st

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 […]

Nine Foreign Language Films Contend for Oscar

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 […]

Not Fade Away (***1/2)

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 […]

Jack Reacher (***)

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 […]

New Trailer for Baz Luhrmann’s ‘The Great Gatsby’

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 […]

Circuit 3: Steven Spielberg

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 […]