Oscars: Predicting the 2016 Foreign Language Film Shortlist

After months of screenings involving volunteer members of the Academy, the 85-film longlist of Foreign Language Oscar submissions will soon be whittled down to nine. From Albania to Yemen, Oscar dreams are about to be made and crushed with the annual shortlist. The process has undergone several changes over the years, but things have stabilized […]

Holiday Top 10: Best Thanksgiving Movies

Thanksgiving is always the holiday that gets the short shift. Directly following Halloween, stores start putting up Christmas decorations. Even in the movies, people usually see scary movies for Halloween and then Christmas movies for the holiday season. When looking at what Thanksgiving-specific movies were out there, I got scared I might have to write […]

2016 Foreign Oscar Guide: Female Directors Make History

Welcome to The Awards Circuit’s 2016 Foreign Oscar Guide. This weekly series will shine a spotlight on this year’s Oscar race for Best Foreign Language Film, looking at all 85 submitted films and their interesting trends and regional perspectives. If you’re reading this, you probably already know that this year’s Foreign Language Oscar race includes […]

Weekend Openings: An ‘Arrival’ for ‘Billy Lynn’ and Zoe Kazan

This weekend, we have a really nice assortment of new releases. For one, sci-fi fans get a treat with the release of “Arrival.” Independent cinema hounds have a riveting Zoe Kazan performance to bite into. There’s also “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” limping into theaters, among other titles of note. This is another week that […]