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 […]

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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 […]


Oscars: Telluride, ‘Silence’, Editor for ‘Fences’, and ‘Live By Night’ staying 2017?

2016 OSCAR CIRCUIT: It’s the week of the Telluride Film Festival where it will officially kick off the Oscar season.  Over the next thirty some odd days, a total of four festivals will attempt to document and set the landscape of the awards season.  Films will rise, while others will inevitably fall.  Some films may get […]


2016 Oscar Circuit Guide: Award Hopefuls Debuting at Venice, TIFF, and NYFF

The Oscar season will officially be underway this week with the start of the biggest festivals of the fall. Over the next four weeks we will venture off into the Venice Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival and New York Film Festival. This is a preview of the fall festivals and what […]


Golden Globes Update: Prediction Shifts Due to Controversy and Possible “Star-Mania!”

The Golden Globes are an integral part of the awards season and has the race unfolds for the next six months, we’ll continue to monitor all the big races that will help shape the Academy Awards in February. As new changes come down the pike, such as the Nate Parker controversy, or the announcement of […]

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Oscar Circuit: An Original Raunchy Song Contender and Meryl Streep’s 20th?

With outlets packing their bags, and securing their itineraries in order to head off to Venice and Telluride, the August cinematic landscape has rounded out an enjoyable summer.  This past weekend, the R-rated “Sausage Party” cooked up some impressive money over the weekend.  The raunchy gem, directed by Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon, emerged itself […]


Predictions Update! First Look at the Golden Globes and What Stars Will Rule the HFPA

With the release of the newest set of Oscar Predictions this week, along with the twenty contenders from the first half of the year, it’s a good time to predict the beat of the season with the major guilds.  Weekly, you’ll be getting updated predictions for not only the Academy Awards, but for the Golden […]


OSCARS: Prediction Updates in Major Categories! ‘La La Land’ and ‘Fences’ Move Up, Hold Off on ‘Passengers’

The first half of the year is behind us and we’ve already went through the 20 films and where they stand in terms of Oscar consideration.  With that, we have an update to the predictions pages where I think we are at this current state.  The major categories have received the first set, and I’ll […]


Oscars: 20 Academy Award Contenders from the First Half of 2016

As we exist now in the second half of the year, studios and awards strategists are positioning their slates for the fall festivals and beyond.  As the Academy Awards make pivotal announcements towards inclusion and diversity, we’re looking back at the early months to see what films and performances are in contention for next year’s Oscars. […]