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 […]

Oscar Circuit: Original Song, Most Competitive Category of the Techs

And with that, we’re off to the races with the precursors. The National Board of Review, New York Film Critics Circle and Los Angeles Film Critics Association weighed in with their winners, choosing “Manchester by the Sea,” “La La Land” and “Moonlight” respectively. The acting races have revealed themselves to be quite competitive, with Best […]

New York Film Critics Circle Preview – Is it a Group Built for ‘Moonlight’ or Something Else?

The National Board of Review kicked things off on Tuesday with their naming of “Manchester by the Sea” as Best Film of 2016. On Thursday, the east coast critics known as the New York Film Critics Circle will weigh in on their thoughts for the year. A little bit of history on NYFCC: Last year […]

OSCARS: Deconstructing the NBR Winners and What it Means to the Oscar Race

As you’ve likely seen already, “Manchester by the Sea” took home four prizes this afternoon from the National Board of Review, picking up citations for Best Film, Best Actor for Casey Affleck, Best Original Screenplay for Kenneth Lonergan and Breakthrough Performance (Male) for Lucas Hedges. Co-distributors Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions must be feeling excellent at […]

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Oscar Circuit: Following the Box Office to the Best Picture Nomination

Readers and followers on the Awards Circuit social media pages led me to think about the box office and the “follow the money” mentality that plagues Oscar-goers. This, in turn, led me to think about how thin the populist vote will be represented by the Academy Awards this year. At this time of writing, of […]

Oscars: ‘Fences’ Lands and Golden Globes Chasing the Hollywood Couples?

The beginning of Phase 1 has officially kicked off. FYC ads and sites are up and running, pundits are chiming in with predictions and commentary, and events are taking place to put the right films and performers in front of the right voting member. Over the next four weeks, studios are setting up special screenings […]

Oscar Circuit: AFI Film Fest Sets the Stage for Studio Films and Annette Bening’s Best Actress Run

Moving into the month of November means the official launch of Phase 1 for awards season. Marketing plans are in place, publicists are planning events, and the stars are gearing up to plead their cases to members of the guilds. We’ve already spoken about the upcoming “13 days” of the awards season which will shoehorn over […]

Oscar Circuit: Wrapping Up the New York Film Festival and Looking Ahead to Precursors

The festival doors at the Film Society at Lincoln Center have closed. The 2016 New York Film Festival is officially in the books with a few answers coming for questions on the Oscar race. The biggest thing to come out of the festival was surely Mike Mills’ “20th Century Women.” Boasting some beautiful notices for […]

Oscar Circuit: Late Releases and Denzel Washington’s Misses in Best Picture

October-fest is here! This is the month where it seems we start really looking for our Best Picture winner. In years past, we have moved away from the December releases and into the fall circuit. “Spotlight,” “Birdman or (the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance),” “12 Years a Slave” and “Argo” all dropped in October. Looking at […]

Oscar Circuit: Have the Acting Winners Already Been Seen?

With three big festivals behind us, and #NYFF54 fully underway, the acting races are heating up. In the midst of the race unfolding, the Oscar-loving community is desperate for a frontrunner. When Awards Circuit writer Mark Johnson returned from Telluride a few weeks ago, he stated there’s a chance that he saw all four acting […]

Oscar Circuit: Could Viola Davis See a Best Supporting Actress Campaign?

In a world where the internet explodes with rage over the negative feedback over “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” or the latest incoherent thought from a presidential candidate that gets his hair disheveled on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon,” we approach the point in the early awards season where film campaigns begin to […]

Oscar Circuit: Venice Wraps, TIFF Is Off, and King of the ‘Land’ (For Now)

When I took a look at the films that were topping the Oscar charts this morning, it was extremely interesting how many of them were littered with minority filmmakers, actors and producers. However, one year of diverse nominees doesn’t solve the problem. There’s an argument to be made that we could have all people of […]