2016 Oscar Circuit: Best Animated Short

Welcome to our annual Oscar Circuit series, our deep down look into each and every category that will be presented at the upcoming Academy Awards.  Each writer of AwardsCircuit.com will tackle a different category, offering up their own perspectives on those specific races.  If you miss a piece, click on the tag titled Oscar Circuit 2016. […]

2016 Oscar Circuit: Best Original Screenplay

Welcome to our annual Oscar Circuit series, our deep down look into each and every category that will be presented at the upcoming Academy Awards.  Each writer of AwardsCircuit.com will tackle a different category, offering up their own perspectives on those specific races.  If you miss a piece, click on the tag titled Oscar Circuit 2016. […]

The Annual Alternate Oscar Nominations

Just like they consistently manage to do, the Academy offered up a mix of good and bad with their most recent Oscar nominations announcement last week. As always, I’m going to be making my annual list here of nominations from the announcement that didn’t happen. For those who don’t follow or don’t remember this piece from […]

Sizing Up: Best Adapted Screenplay 2015

We’re coming to the end of the Sizing Up series for 2015 folks. This penultimate time around, we’re moving on from the acting categories and tackling the Adapted Screenplay race. I willingly admit that my success rate is still to be determined with this year’s crop of articles, but that kind of comes with the […]

Sizing Up: Best Supporting Actress 2015

Continuing on with the Sizing Up series, this one is a look at the slate of Best Supporting Actress contenders. As always with this annual tradition of mine, this is as large a grouping of the hopefuls as is possible, categorizing them by their assumed likelihood of a nomination come the big morning. Oftentimes, more […]

Sizing Up: Best Supporting Actor 2015

Happy post Turkey Day folks. By now, you know what this is…my series of articles that deal with how to rank the chances of the various categories of Oscar contenders. This one is as large a scale grouping of the hopefuls for Best Supporting Actor as possible/prudent this year, excluding of course some no shot […]

Sizing Up: Best Director 2015

Welcome back again to the Sizing Up Series folks. It’s time to continue this 2015 incarnation with an in-depth look at the Director candidates competing for a spot in this year’s Oscar lineup. As was the case last year (and the many years before it, for that matter), there are a few things to keep […]

Sizing Up: Best Picture 2015

Folks, here we go again. Continuing a fairly long standing annual fall tradition at The Awards Circuit, I’m beginning the Sizing Up series once again. The name of the game here, for those new on the scene, is basically to make an early grouping of the hopefuls for all the main categories and, well, you […]

2015 Oscar Circuit: Best Animated Short

AND THE NOMINEES ARE The Bigger Picture (Daisy Jacobs) The Dam Keeper (Daisuke Tsutsumi and Robert Kondo) Feast (Patrick Osborne) Me and My Moulton (Torill Kove) A Single Life (Joris Oprins) Continuing on with the Oscar Circuit series, we come now to Best Animated Short. Oftentimes, this is a hard category to get correct, one […]

Sizing Up 2014: Best Adapted Screenplay

We’re coming to the end of the Sizing Up series. This penultimate time around, we’re tackling the Adapted Screenplay race. I willingly admit that my success rate is still to be determined with this year’s crop of articles, but that kind of comes with the territory of Oscar prognostication, and I’m feeling at least as […]

Sizing Up 2014: Best Supporting Actress

Continuing on with the Sizing Up series, this one is a look at the slate of Best Supporting Actress contenders. As always with this annual tradition of mine, this is as large a grouping of the hopefuls as is possible, categorizing them by their assumed likelihood of a nomination come the big morning. Oftentimes, more […]

Sizing Up 2014: Best Supporting Actor

Happy December folks. By now, you know what this is…my series of articles that deal with how to rank the chances of the various categories of Oscar contenders. This one is as large a scale grouping of the hopefuls for Best Supporting Actor as possible/prudent this year, excluding of course some no shot contenders and […]

Sizing Up 2014: Best Actress

We’re back now ladies and gentlemen (Happy Belated Turkey Day to you all as well) for part four of this annual series. This time around I’m going to be tackling the rather top-heavy Best Actress field. Much like last year, for many this is one of the more boring categories out of the majors as […]

Sizing Up 2014: Best Director

Welcome back to the Sizing Up Series. It’s time to continue this 2014 incarnation with an in-depth look at the Director candidates competing for a spot in this year’s Oscar lineup. As was the case last year (and the years before it, for that matter), there are a few things to keep an eye for […]

Sizing Up 2014: Best Picture

Here we go again folks. Continuing an annual fall/winter tradition at The Awards Circuit, I’m beginning the Sizing Up series. The name of the game here, for those new on the scene, is basically to make an early grouping of the hopefuls for all the main categories and, well, you know…size them up. I’m starting once […]

2014 Independent Spirit Awards Predictions

The day before the Academy Awards each year, the Independent Spirit Awards are held, obstensibly to give a moment in the sun to the more indie films out there. This year however, both groups has by and large focused on similar groups of movies. No, the Spirit Awards didn’t nominate Gravity (the budget missed the […]

Alternate Oscar Nominations!

Here we are again folks, time to look at just what Oscar left off of their nominations list. For those who don’t follow or don’t remember this piece from years past, I basically go down the line in the major categories and look at what voters probably had next on their lists. For example, in […]

Sizing Up: Best Original Screenplay

We’re at the end of the Sizing Up series and closing it with a look at the Original Screenplay race. I freely admit that my success rate is still to be determined with this year’s crop of articles, as always, but that kind of comes with the territory of Oscar prognostication. I’m also a bit […]

Sizing Up: Best Adapted Screenplay

Well, we’re coming to the tail end of the Sizing Up series, which tackles the Adapted Screenplay race. I willingly admit that my success rate is still to be determined with this year’s crop of articles, but that kind of comes with the territory of Oscar prognostication, and I’m feeling at least a little bit […]

Sizing Up: Best Supporting Actor

Folks, you know what this is…my series of articles that deal with how to rank the chances of the various categories of Oscar contenders. This one is as large a scale grouping of the hopefuls for Best Supporting Actor as possible/prudent, excluding of course some no shot contenders and certain members of bigger ensembles, or […]

Sizing Up 2013 – Best Picture

Continuing an annual fall tradition here at The Awards Circuit, I’m back with my Sizing Up series. The name of the game here is obviously to make an early grouping of the hopefuls for all the main categories and, well…size them up. I’m starting once again with Best Picture, categorizing the contenders by their assumed […]

The Potential of ‘Parkland’ – Dark Horse?

We look for it each and every year as Oscar prognosticators…the awards contender that no one expected months before. Historically, they’ve come late in the game, but that doesn’t stop us from speculating well in advance. Everyone is looking for a potential Million Dollar Baby, even if that can sometimes be like looking for a […]

Will the First Half of 2013 Ultimately Produce Zero Oscar Nominees?

There’s no way around it…there hasn’t been much in the way of awards contenders so far this year. When you think about the first half of 2013 only (January until the end of June), things dry up even more. There’s usually at least something out there that has major buzz about it. Most years, we’re […]

Highs and Lows of the First Half of 2013

One of my annual traditions, this is my rundown of the best and worst things that I’ve seen during the first six months of 2013. As it stands, I’ve seen more than 130 films, and honestly, mostly I’ve come away pretty disappointed with the first half offerings. Usually I’ve got at least a few things […]

Contemplating Potential Cannes Film Festival Showings

With the first domino of the Cannes Film Festival having just fallen and The Great Gatsby debuting, why not ponder what else could play at the fest? I’ve done that since the announcement, and while it’s truly a fool’s errand to try to accurately predict what will actually unspool at Cannes, I’ve opted to take […]

In The End, Was It Always ‘Argo’?

Almost exactly a year ago, I mentioned Ben Affleck’s film Argo as a potential Best Picture winner at the 85th Academy Awards. We had just finished the prior season and with The Artist about to be crowned an Oscar winner, the staff of The Awards Circuit had turned our attention to this potential crop. I […]