New York, National Board of Review, and Boston have all pounced on the awards and rewarded Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty both Best Picture and Best Director.  Next up, the Los Angeles Film Critics will unveil their choices tomorrow.  Many believe this is an opportunity for either Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master or Ben Affleck’s Argo to bounce back into the race in a big way.  The two seem to be hemorrhaging at the moment in the awards race.

Not going to delve too deep into what this group means in the awards season but if Zero Dark Thirty wins again tomorrow, we may need to start evaluating the true power this film has over voters and start entertaining the idea, Bigelow’s film trumps Lincoln, Les Miserables, and Argo.  This is an exciting race to say the least.

Some things that we can expect based on past choices:

  • Some choices that SCREAM Hollywood.  Big stars, big movies.
  • A Foreign Actress, likely in Lead to win the award.  Likely someone the mainstream public has never heard of.
  • At least one actor or craftsman that wins for their “body of work.”
  • They don’t go “young” too often.
  • Won’t take five hours like New York. Eh…

Full Editor Predictions

Best Motion PictureSilver Linings Playbook
Alternate: Zero Dark Thirty
Surprise: The Master

Best Director – Kathryn Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty
Alternate: Paul Thomas Anderson for The Master
Surprise: Michael Haneke for Amour

Best Actor – Joaquin Phoenix for The Master
Alternate: Bradley Cooper for Silver Linings Playbook
Surprise: Denzel Washington for Flight

Best Actress – Nina Hoss for Barbara
Alternate: Emmanuelle Riva for Amour
Surprise: Rachel Mwanza for War Witch

Best Supporting Actor – John Goodman for Argo, Flight, Trouble with the Curve
Alternate: Philip Seymour Hoffman for The Master
Surprise: Jason Clarke for Zero Dark Thirty

Best Supporting Actress – Jacki Weaver for Silver Linings Playbook
Alternate: Helen Hunt for The Sessions
Surprise: Doona Bae for Cloud Atlas

Best Screenplay – Mark Boal for Zero Dark Thirty
Alternate: Tony Kushner for Lincoln
Surprise: Ava DuVarney for Middle of Nowhere

Best Cinematography – Ben Richardson for Beasts of the Southern Wild
Alternate: Claudio Miranda for Life of Pi
Surprise: John Toll for Cloud Atlas

Best Music – Jonny Greenwood for The Master
Alternate: Alexandre Desplat for Rise of the Guardians
Surprise: Reinhold Heil, Johnny Klimek, Tom Tykwer for Cloud Atlas

Best DocumentaryThe Central Park Five
Alternate: Bully
Surprise: How to Survive a Plague

Best Foreign Language FilmAmour
Alternate: The Intouchables
Surprise: After Lucia

Best Production DesignAnna Karenina
Alternate: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Surprise: Beasts of the Southern Wild

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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, CNN.com, 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 AwardsCircuit.com. 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.