It’s that time of the year! The Awards Circuit Community Awards have officially opened up for voting for 2012. A staple of the Awards Circuit, we are the only awards site that gives its community a voice. Hopefully most of our readers have seen the majority of contenders but this is also the place to push films and performances that were ignored during the season. As always, there are rules that I must make known to our readership before you vote:
- Readers can only vote in one category, one time, per IP address.
- You are allowed to vote for up to five contenders in all categories with the exception of Best Motion Picture, which you can vote for ten.
- Motion Picture follows the same guidelines as the Academy. All films that receive more than 5% of the votes will be declared a nominee. In the event more than 10 films receive 5% (which is nearly impossible), the ten highest vote receivers will make the final lineup.
- The Awards Circuit Community does not follow studio category placements. If you believe a performance to be a lead, but the studio placed them in supporting, you may vote them in lead. There are several instances where contenders are listed in both Lead and Supporting (example: Christoph Waltz, Philip Seymour Hoffman, etc.). You can vote for them in either category but if a contender makes the top five in both categories for the same performance, it will cancel each other out. An actor and actress can be double nominated in the same category but for different films.
- If a performance or film is NOT listed in a category, you are allowed to do a write-in at the bottom of the category. If you write a film or performance in that IS listed, then the vote DOES NOT count.
- Voting will be open until Friday, February 1, 2013. Nominees will be announced on February 3, 2013 on the Awards Circuit Power Hour!
Read more on ACCA Voting Opens, First Annual Circuit Awards Announced!…
Kevin Williamson is one brilliant and sick man. The mastermind behind the Scream series and CW’s The Vampire Diaries has once again dug into the endless coffers of the horror genre and developed the deliciously wrought new series titled The Following. Given the rise of premium cable television’s grasp on the more boundary pushing shows, it was only a matter of time before basic cable pushed back and it’s clear that Fox is angling to draw both the audiences of American Horror Story and The Shield with this show. Anchored by some incredibly sharp writing, haunting imagery and two dynamite performances by James Purefoy and Jevin Bacon, The Following should more than accomplish this. The pilot tells the story of an FBI agent (Bacon) that finds himself thrust back into the world of hunting serial killers when a mastermind (Purefoy) he put away nine years prior creates a network of copycat killers. Read more on TV Review: The Following (****)…
A moving, if one-sided documentary, After Tiller is an affecting look at the few doctors in the world providing third trimester abortions for women in the aftermath of the noted Dr. George Tiller being murdered in 2009. Directors Martha Shane and Lana Wilson obviously care deeply about the right to choose, even in this extraordinarily controversial incarnation of the practice, and it shows. They’re not going to change the world with this doc and likely are preaching to the choir, but it’s a sermon that’s well worth hearing. Shane and Wilson put a human face on the practice by focusing on the doctors themselves as much as the issue, which gives the film an identity. Undoubtedly this will be an emotional documentary to sit through for some, and while I don’t see it being an awards contender, it’s a strong bit of cinema. As a side note, there was added security for the premiere due to the potential for some unpleasantness. That should let you know how strongly this issue gets to people.
Read more on SUNDANCE: After Tiller (***)…
Thought I’d bring you all up to speed on the status of some of our esteemed writers on the Awards Circuit. Long time writers Daniel Ashtiany and John Foote have decided to move on to new opportunities and we wish them very well and thank them for their contributions over their time here. Staff Writer Robert Hamer will be taking an extended leave to serve honorably in the Navy full-time over the next few months to a year. We wish him a safe return but he says he will be popping in and chiming in on the race here and there. A special shout to Anna Belickis’ (now Anna Young) husband who will be deployed very soon. We pray for a safe return for him as well.
In good news, Contributing Writers Nicole Melkonian and Tiffany Chai have been promoted to Staff Writers and will be contributing more on a regular basis. Tiff will be heading up our “International Circuit” section to focus on international cinema and filmmakers. Nicole will be adding to “Women in Cinema” as well as festival coverage and unique content during the year. We welcome them officially to our family and hope you enjoy their works in 2013!
Happy MLK Day to all! As well as a special Happy Birthday to the Awards Circuit’s biggest fan, my daughter Sophia who turns 2 years old today! Read more on You Say Goodbye and I Say Hello……
- “Beasts of the Southern Wild”
- “Life of Pi”
- “The Master”
- “Moonrise Kingdom”
- “Rust and Bone”
- “Silver Linings Playbook”
- “This Is Not a Film”
- “Zero Dark Thirty”
Read more on Georgia Film Critics go for ‘Silver Linings’ and ‘Judi Dench’…
Hello World! With the spikes in the box offices after the results of the Golden Globes, Critics Choice Awards, and announcement of the official nominations for the 2013 Oscars, the box office results are tossed back and forth. This weekend, new release, ‘Mama‘ (Uni.) sits at #1 grossing more than $10M more than #2, ‘Zero Dark Thirty‘ (Sony), both movies feature Jessica Chastain. Holding on and jumping up on the charts, ‘Silver Linings Playbook‘ (Wein.) takes #3, ‘Gangster Squad‘ (WB) at #4, and new release, ‘Broken City‘ (Fox) falls into #5. This week’s #2, ‘A Haunted House‘ (ORF) drops to #6, unable to contend with the Oscar nominees. Tarantino’s unchained historical fiction shoots into #7, followed by the beautiful musical, ‘Les Miserables (2012)‘ (Uni.), ‘The Hobbit’ (WB) at #9, and California’s government, the Schwarzeneggs, takes #10. Read more on Box Office (01.20.2013)…