Top 10: Best Ben Affleck Performances

In honor of Ben Affleck‘s upcoming thriller “The Accountant,” it felt only right to boost Affleck’s confidence going into the weekend by listing his 10 greatest performances. Here goes! 1. Tom Mendez in “Argo”   It would be so easy for Affleck to flagrantly display bravado and American patriotism. After all, this intense thriller about […]

Good Reads: “Django Unchained” & “Argo”

Hello, welcome to Good Reads where I look into what makes the screenplay winners Oscar worthy. We’ve already discussed the winners of 2014 and 2013, now it’s Tarantino and Terrio’s turn. Next week we’ll look into Midnight In Paris and The Descendants, a rare year which doesn’t include the Best Picture winner (unfortunately). “Django Unchained” […]

TIFF: Do ppl luv or h8 Men, Women & Children?

Much like the insta-tweet reactions from last weekend’s Telluride, Awards Circuit brings you more insta-tweet reactions from the Toronto International Film Festival.  Toronto is often a very important place for Oscar-winning films to screen, as evidenced by recent Best Picture champs 12 Years a Slave, Argo, The Artist, The King’s Speech, The Hurt Locker, Slumdog […]

No Country for Latin Women at the Oscars

WOMEN IN CINEMA: When it comes to handing out Oscars for acting, the Academy has always maintained gender equality. Female actors are recognized just as their male counterparts are. However, when it comes to Latina/Latina Americans, they are prodigiously under-represented at the Academy Awards. Throughout the Academy Awards’ history – we’re talking back to 1927, […]

Matt Damon Joins the Cast of Christopher Nolan’s ‘Interstellar’

Matt Damon has reportedly joined the cast of Interstellar, the new film by Christopher Nolan. The role is yet unidentified, though we can expect it to be a smaller role, as sources are reporting he will only be in Iceland for two weeks out of the 4-month shooting schedule. Interstellar is currently aiming to open […]

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 […]

Circuit Round-Up (Week Ending 2/24)

Well it happened, ladies and gents! Ben Affleck’s mega-popular Argo “Crash“-ed its way to “Best Picture” victory. Just like Paul Haggis’ come-from-behind champion in 2006, Argo took home the very same wins in the very same categories (Picture, Screenplay, and Editing), in addition to being announced the winner by Jack Nicholson yet again. The Crash […]

Oscars 2013: Will Win/Should Win (Hamer)

I knew this day would come, and it is with a sense of both excitement and sadness.  By the end of my long deployment, I will have earned the most difficult and significant achievement of my life – Surface Warfare Officer Qualification, and finally perform the mission that my ship and I have been training […]

Oscar 2013 Will Win/Should Win Selections (Mark Johnson)

(The annual “Will Win/Should Win” of the Awards Circuit has been our most popular yet most challenging series where each writer let’s their final thoughts be known on the Oscar categories.  Each writer will reveal their choices everyday leading up to the Oscar ceremony.  Think you can do better?  Let your final thoughts be known […]

Oscar 2013: Will Win/Should Win (Mike)

(The annual “Will Win/Should Win” of the Awards Circuit has been our most popular yet most challenging series where each writer let’s their final thoughts be known on the Oscar categories.  Each writer will reveal their choices everyday leading up to the Oscar ceremony.  Think you can do better?  Let your final thoughts be known […]

Oscar 2013 Will Win/Should Win Selections(Terence)

(The annual “Will Win/Should Win” of the Awards Circuit has been our most popular yet most challenging series where each writer let’s their final thoughts be known on the Oscar categories.  Each writer will reveal their choices everyday leading up to the Oscar ceremony.  Think you can do better?  Let your final thoughts be known […]

Oscar 2013 Will Win/Should Win Selections (Melkonian)

(The annual “Will Win/Should Win” of the Awards Circuit has been our most popular yet most challenging series where each writer let’s their final thoughts be known on the Oscar categories.  Each writer will reveal their choices everyday leading up to the Oscar ceremony.  Think you can do better?  Let your final thoughts be known […]

Oscar Circuit: Best Supporting Actor

And the Nominees are… Alan Arkin – Argo Oscar Scene: “Argo fuck yourself” Robert De Niro – Silver Linings Playbook Oscar Scene: “When life reaches out with a woman like this it’s a sin if you don’t reach back, I’m telling you its a sin if you don’t reach back!” Philip Seymour Hoffman – The […]

Oscar 2013 Will Win/Should Win Selections (Young)

(The annual “Will Win/Should Win” of the Awards Circuit has been our most popular yet most challenging series where each writer let’s their final thoughts be known on the Oscar categories.  Each writer will reveal their choices everyday leading up to the Oscar ceremony.  Think you can do better?  Let your final thoughts be known […]

Circuit Round-Up (Week Ending 2/17)

We’re just one week away from the 85th Annual Academy Awards, and the love for Argo continues to pile up even in these last few crucial days. In the latest Power Hour, The Awards Circuit staff discussed how the USC Scripter Awards and BAFTAs — both, of course, went for Ben Affleck’s awards sweeper — […]

American Cinema Editors crown ‘Argo’, ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ and ‘Brave’

Add another guild win to Argo‘s impressive tally, as the American Cinema Editors honored William Goldberg’s work on the film with the Best Edited Feature (Dramatic) prize. The 63rd annual ACE Eddie Awards, held last night, celebrate the best in editing for the year. Also picking up prizes for film editing were Silver Linings Playbook, […]

2013 Writers Guild of America Preview

The Writers Guild of America will be announcing their winners tomorrow, Sunday, February 17.  All season long there have been many instances, which I’m just as guilty of, where we doubt Argo’s chances in an awards show.  The BFCA and Golden Globes seemed expected.  The Producers Guild of America was cool.  The SAG Ensemble win was jaw-dropping.  The Directors […]

Oscar Circuit: Sound Mixing

Best Achievement in Sound Mixing Argo – John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Jose Antonio Garcia Les Miserables – Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes Life of Pi – Ron Bartlett, D.M. Hemphill and Drew Kunin Lincoln – Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Ronald Judkins Skyfall – Scott Millan, Greg P. Russell and Stuart Wilson Arguably one of the most […]

Awards Circuit Power Hour Episode 40: BAFTA, Screenplays, and 2014 Contenders!

The Awards Circuit Power Hour generates some lively discussions this week among the staff.  I’m joined by Terence, Joey, and Mark to dive into the Oscar race as well as other various topics: We talk about the BAFTA Awards that took place on Sunday where Argo reigned supreme.  How many awards will Ben Affleck’s film […]

‘Argo’ continues its sweep winning the USC Scripter

Ben Affleck’s Argo beat out some incredible competition to win the University of Southern California Scripter Award last night.  The film which has picked up a considerable amount of momentum since Oscar nominations were announced January 10, topped the category over presumed frontrunner Tony Kushner for penning Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln. Oscar ballots were just sent […]

Circuit Round-Up (Week Ending 2/10)

We are now officially two weeks away from Oscar Sunday, which only means The Awards Circuit is working double-time to bring you the latest and greatest in awards news. We started off our charitable offerings with some fun yet informative banter on Power Hour, each of us sharing our thoughts on the state of the […]

Watch the 25th Annual USC Scripter Awards Here Tonight

The USC Scripter awards are tonight and you can watch the live stream here at the Awards Circuit. At the Oscars, the category that will most likely reveal early on what will win Best Picture is Adapted Screenplay, where Tony Kushner (Lincoln), Chris Terrio (Argo), and David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook) will all go […]

Oscar Circuit: Film Editing

And the nominees are: Argo – William Goldenberg Life of Pi – Tim Squyres Lincoln – Michael Kahn Silver Linings Playbook – Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers Zero Dark Thirty – Dylan Tichenor and William Goldenberg Film editing takes place on a movie in post-production, and is best described as the art of choosing shots […]

Incredible Looking Posters for the BAFTA Nominated Films

Every year, The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) selects one lucky artist to create posters for the films nominated for their awards. This year, Jonathan Franks of handsomefrank.com was chosen, and the work is quite impressive. Have a look at the beautiful images after the jump or click the gallery below.

Oscar Circuit: Adapted Screenplay

Faithfully and successfully adapting an original source into a workable feature film screenplay often poses itself as a daunting task to even the most seasoned writers.  Combined with the constant concern of providing a captivating narrative to drive a story, the added pressure of doing justice to the source increases expectations.  Ranging from a stage […]

The Unprecedented Nature of ‘Argo’

I was speaking with some of my writers recently about who and what could be winning Best Picture and the subject came up about Argo.  With Argo winning Best Picture and Director at the Critics Choice Movie Awards and Golden Globes, Ben Affleck’s film is in a position to make unprecedented history and I’m not […]

Oscar Circuit: Sound Editing

And the nominees are: Argo – Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van der Ryn Django Unchained – Wylie Stateman Life of Pi – Eugene Gearty and Philip Stockton Skyfall – Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers Zero Dark Thirty – Paul N.J. Ottosson When it comes to the Oscars, one of the questions I hear most often […]