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Community: What Were Your Favorite BAFTA 2017 Nominations?

Early this morning, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) announced their nominees for the 2016-2017 awards season. While most of their nominees are par for the course, BAFTA 2017 has shaken up some key races. The biggest misses were definitely Barry Jenkins missing Director and Denzel Washington missing Actor. It will be interesting to see how these […]

BEST OF 2016: Personal Ballot of the Year

To start, and to simply put…this list is mine. Lots of thought and commentary went into naming the very best films and performances of 2016. Some were no-brainers, others were much more difficult. Even more commentary will be shared on Friday when the winners are announced, along with the order of the Top 10 Films of […]

Ava DuVernay, The 13th

Alliance of Women Film Journalists Winners – ‘Moonlight’ and Ava DuVernay Honored

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists announced their best in film today. The group chose “Moonlight” for Best Picture, Director and Adapted Screenplay, among others. Special awards went to Ava DuVernay and Kelly Reichardt for Best Woman Director and Best Woman Screenwriter, respectively. See the full list of winners below. Check out the Precursor Tracker […]

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Seattle Film Critics Society Award Nominees – ’13th’ Shows Up in Best Picture, Paul Verhoeven in Director

Read the Press Release: Check out the Precursor Tracker on the Oscar Predictions page to see all the groups side by side! Seattle, Wa. – Members of Seattle’s film and critical community have voted and nominations for the 2016 Seattle Film Awards, honoring the best in film for 2016[ES1] , have been announced. [ES2] Leading the field […]

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Women Film Critics Circle Winners – ’13th’ and ‘Hidden Figures’ Dominate

The Women Film Critics Circle winners were announced today. The awards celebrate the best in film by, for and about women. “Hidden Figures” and “13th” heavily factored into the awards, with the former taking Best Movie About Women and the latter taking Best Movie by a Woman, respectively. Both films took home several other honors […]

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OSCARS: Documentary Feature Shortlist Unveiled – See Which Films Made the Cut!

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences released its documentary feature shortlist today. Familiar names such as “Weiner,” “13th,” “The Eagle Huntress,” “O.J.: Made in America,” “Gleason” and more made the list. The shortlist for Best Documentary Feature is: “Cameraperson,” Big Mouth Productions “Command and Control,” American Experience Films/PBS “The Eagle Huntress,” Stacey Reiss […]

Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Winners – Natalie Portman and Viola Davis Pick Up their First Prizes

Read the Press Release: Washington, D.C. — “La La Land” was singing a happy tune when The Washington, D.C. Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA) announced their top honorees for 2016 this morning. Sparkling musical love story “La La Land” was the big winner, racking up seven awards, including Best Film and Best Director (Damien Chazelle). […]

Sully, Telluride Film Festival

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 […]

IDA Documentary Awards

Nominees for IDA Documentary Awards Announced

Nominees for the International Documentary Association’s 2016 IDA Documentary Awards were announced today. Ava DuVernay’s “13th” and Ezra Edelman’s “O.J.: Made in America” are up against Kirsten Johnson’s “Cameraperson,” Gianfranco Rosi’s “Fire at Sea,” Raoul Peck’s “I Am Not Your Negro” and Josh Kriegman and Elyze Steinberg’s “Weiner” for the Best Feature Award. The awards honor the best of the […]

OSCARS: 145 Films Submitted for Best Documentary Feature

The Oscar race for Best Documentary Feature is fully underway. The Academy released their official submission list that consisted of 145 titles. The only notable omission is “De Palma” from Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow, which played the festival circuit over the past year. Presumed frontrunners like “13th,” “Gleason” and “O.J.: Made in America” made […]

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 […]

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’13th,’ ‘O.J.: Made in America’ and ‘Gleason’ Lead Critics’ Choice Documentary Nods

The nominations for the first Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards are here. The CCDAs are an offshoot of the Critics’ Choice Awards, and are voted on by the members of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and Broadcast Television Journalists Association. Ava DuVernay‘s “13th,” Ezra Edelman‘s “30 for 30: O.J.: Made in America” and Clay Tweel‘s “Gleason” are each sitting pretty with five nominations each. […]