idol9It’s that time of the year again. One of the staples of the Awards Circuit is engaging with our large and diverse readership in a variety of annual traditions. One of which is the Awards Circuit Community Awards (or ACCA) which will be opening for voting in early January to give all of our esteemed readers time to watch all the late season films. Another one is the competition game “Academy Idol,” celebrating its ninth season.

Originating by yours truly when Awards Circuit was “The Oscar Igloo,” Academy Idol is based on the popular (well, once popular) FOX show “American Idol.” Similar format, films are selected to compete against each other in week-to-week themes, and voted on by our readership. Beginning with very amateur video creations (all I had was Windows Movie Maker at the time), we have since moved the announcement and results to the Awards Circuit Power Hour podcast. Past winners of the competition have included: Paul Thomas Anderson’s “There Will Be Blood,” Andrew Stanton’s “Wall-E,” Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds,” David Fincher’s “The Social Network,” Steve McQueen’s “Shame,” Kathryn Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty,” Spike Jonze’s “Her,” and last year’s winner Damien Chazelle’s “Whiplash.” A very diverse and mixed group, each film represents another opportunity for your favorite films of the year to gain some notoriety.

Why do we do this? At this point, it’s just too much fun to stop. Plus, for our more dedicated readers that have been around since the beginning and beyond, its something they look forward to. We hope our newest members of our community will chime in week to week with their thoughts and support.

Beginning today, you will vote on the 30 films that have been selected for this year’s competition. They have been separated into three groups. Each group has five original screenplay films, and five adapted screenplay films. You will vote in each group, as much as you’d like for as many as you’d like. Voting will remain open until Sunday, November 22. On that episode of the Awards Circuit Power Hour, I will announce the top two Originals and Adapted of each group. Those films will go on to make up the “Top 12.” But there’s more! On that episode, the staff writers that are on the episode of Power Hour will select films to compete in a “Wild Card” round. By the end of that episode, one film will be selected to create a “Top 13.”

Simple enough? Just go with the flow and you’ll catch on. This year, we wanted to make it as interactive as possible. So…each week, on the voting posts that will be created for each week’s theme, we’re going to ask YOU to weigh in on the past week’s elimination, current week’s theme, and predict the Bottom 3 (which will be announced during the results). We have great swags to give away including Blu-Ray’s, DVD’s, and even some great awards memorabilia that will collected throughout the season. One person will be chosen at random. But wait, there’s more! You can double your chances to win by writing a review of the podcast on the Awards Circuit Power Hour iTunes page! Those names will also be thrown into the ring as well. (This prizes are open to U.S. residents only.)

Down below you will see the three groups and begin voting. Chime in with your thoughts in the comments and start to win prizes.

Happy voting!

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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,, 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 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.