Interview: Makoto Shinkai Talks his Animated Oscar Contender ‘Your Name’

In an awards season short on genuine shocks, LAFCA’s announcement of “Your Name” as their Best Animated Film winner was practically seismic. And no one was more surprised than its director Makoto Shinkai. Recently I interviewed the Shinkai to discuss this dazzling anime, which addresses topics of culture, history and modern society. Below is an […]

Interview: Lorenzo Vigas Talks Venezuela’s Oscar Submission ‘From Afar’

After winning the top prize at the 2015 Venice Film Festival with his debut feature “From Afar,” Lorenzo Vigas has emerged as one of Latin America’s most promising filmmakers. Centered around an unlikely relationship between two men, his distinctly Venezuelan film explores themes surrounding homophobia, the generation gap and the class divide with impressive formalist control. […]

Circuit Breaker Episode 19: ‘Patriots Day,’ Thanksgiving, and Molly Shannon Interview (‘Other People’)

Welcome to the Awards Circuit podcast titled “CIRCUIT BREAKER!,” a weekly podcast from AwardsCircuit.com featuring host Clayton Davis along with panelists Sam Coffey, Mark Johnson and Joey Magidson. We discuss movies, television and all the awards shows that need predicting. New episodes are released every Monday. Find us on Twitter at @Circuit_Pod, email us at podcast@awardscircuit.com, and […]

Interview: Boo Junfeng on the Controversial Humanity of ‘Apprentice’

Tackling a controversial social issue like the death penalty is always a risky proposition for any filmmaker. But when such a topical subject is handled by a thoughtful director like Singapore’s Boo Junfeng, then you know you’re in good hands. I recently spoke with this up-and-coming director, whose latest film “Apprentice” examines the personal and […]

Pavel Giroud

Interview: Pavel Giroud Talks Cuba’s Oscar Submission ‘The Companion’

There have been a number of AIDS-themed films over the years, but you’ll hardly find one quite like “The Companion.” This story of an unlikely friendship in a uniquely Cuban setting provides a fascinating window to the past. And with the film’s selection as the official Cuban entry for the Oscars, director Pavel Giroud hopes […]

Interview: Talking Climate Change With ‘Before the Flood’ Director Fisher Stevens

As an actor, director, producer and writer, Fisher Stevens is one of the most dedicated persons in the film industry. From his early days in front of the camera, he has lately branched into significant directing and producing work related to one of his biggest passions – protecting the environment. For his latest effort “Before […]

Interview: Director Rémi Chayé and Producer Henri Magalon talk ‘Long Way North’

Animation director Rémi Chayé and producer Henri Magalon are no strangers to awards season, having worked on nominated films “The Secret of Kells” and “Ernest and Celestine.” And with Chayé’s debut feature “Long Way North,” they may have another contender to add to their filmography. In this progressive female-centric film, an aristocratic Russian girl defies conventions […]