INTERVIEW: Ethan Hawke talks ‘Boyhood’ and ‘Predestination’

There’s really no other way to put it…Ethan Hawke is on one hell of a ride right now. He’s been pretty consistent his whole career, rarely appearing in anything that really made you wonder about his choices, but now he’s just on another planet. Basically, beginning in 2013 when Before Midnight blew most of us […]

Oscar Circuit: Best Adapted Screenplay

Our look at the individual Oscar categories continues.  If you missed a piece, click on the tag titledOscar Circuit 2014.  You can also see the official Oscar Predictions page for Best Adapted Screenplay. And the Nominees are 12 Years a Slave – John Ridley OSCAR SCENE: Soloman says that he will survive Before Midnight – Julie […]

Writers Guild of America Award Predictions – ‘Hustle’ vs. ‘Her’

The Writers Guild of America will bestow their honors this weekend.  Naturally, we have some Oscar overlay but we’ll be looking to the guild for one answer and one answer alone: how strong is David O. Russell‘s American Hustle?  The exact Oscar nominees for Best Original Screenplay are nominated by the Writers Guild.  We are […]

Awards Circuit Power Hour Episode 82: DGA-Oscars Link, Sundance Winners, Academy Idol Top 6 Results

Welcome to another edition of the Awards Circuit Power Hour, our weekly podcast diving deep into all things film, television, and entertainment. What a week it has been.  The race for the Oscars continues.  Lots of news to go over including the closing of the Sundance Film Festival where Terence attended and saw films like “Boyhood” […]

Forest Whitaker to Receive Joel Siegel Award from BFCA; Linklater, Hawke, and Delpy Get LOUIS XIII Genius Award

Read the Press Release: The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) has announced that it will be honoring Forest Whitaker with the Joel Siegel Award, to be presented to him by his co-star in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” Oprah Winfrey.  Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke and Richard Linklater will receive this year’s Critics’ Choice LOUIS XIII Genius […]

Utah Film Critics Choose ‘Gravity’ as their Favorite Film, Bill Nighy wins Supporting

Utah Film Critics made fantastic choices for their best of the year, even if I don’t agree with them all.  Gravity picked up its first win (without a tie) for Best Picture while Alfonso Cuaron won Best Director.  The surprise mentions were in Supporting Actor where they opted for Bill Nighy‘s work in the time-traveling […]

FYC: Reminders and Highlights from 2013 (Part 1)

Hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving holiday but beginning on Monday, we’re back to the Oscar race.  Campaigns are in full swing, luncheons are happening daily on both coasts, and the precursor awards will start delivering starting with the Satellite Award nominations followed by New York Film Critics Circle and National Board of Review following.  Voting […]

Independent Spirit Award Nominations Announced!

The Film Independent Spirit Awards – which recognize the finest achievements by independent filmmakers – have released their 2013 nominations. To no one’s surprise, Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave led all films in nominations with seven nods. And thus it begins… The nominees in the Best Feature category (their top award) are 12 Years a Slave, […]

You Can’t Vote for What You Don’t See – An Awards Season Plea

I’m starting it early this year.  I’ve long championed some of the little guys but have admitted out loud, that I do fall into the consensus crowd more times than not.  I still agree with the rewarding of Slumdog Millionaire and am not offended by the rewarding of films like The King’s Speech, Chicago, or even Crash.  With that being […]

Oscar Updates Continue with Screenplays, Animated Feature, and Production Design

Oscar Predictions continue here and with the acting categories getting the updates last week, I thought it was time to start breaking down the “non-major” categories in groups.  Honestly, these are some of the more exciting races because the technical merits of films this year have been the most astounding and have made this year […]

2014 Oscar Watch – Sony Pictures Classics Loads Up, Disney Waiting to Pounce

It’s all beginning.  The studios are on their marks, publicists are sending e-mails, and screenings are happening by the day.  Last week we constructed the first version of the “FYC Tracker” where I’ll share the screeners box art and other information about campaigns as they become available. Sony Pictures Classics seems to be the first […]

Best Actor Predictions – Can Hanks Become the New Day-Lewis?

For the past two years, Meryl Streep and Daniel Day-Lewis joined a very small group of actors that have won three Academy Awards.  Streep won two Oscars in Lead Actress for “Sophie’s Choice” and “The Iron Lady” and won in Supporting Actress for “Kramer vs. Kramer.”  Day-Lewis has the most Lead Actor wins in history. […]

2014 Golden Globe Awards Preview – A Big Comedy Year Ahead!

This Oscar race is heating folks, and in a big way.  By my calculations, there are three overly stacked categories that will inevitably have worthy contenders sitting on the sidelines this year.  Obviously, Best Picture always has more than nine films that are more than worthy of a nomination.  They’ll likely include a film or […]

2014 Oscar Predictions – The Calm Before the Storm V. 2.0

We are exactly a week from the beginning of the Telluride Film Festival that takes place in Telluride, Colorado.  Last year, it kicked off a near unbeatable season for Ben Affleck’s Argo (2012), which would eventually win the Oscar for Best Picture despite a direction omission for Affleck.  This year, it looks as though the […]

Ten Best Studio Films – Sony Pictures Classics

Last year, the staff and I gave you a comprehensive and personal list of our 10 Greatest Films of All-Time.  Some that means more to us than just the screen it’s plastered on, and some that have changed our way of thinking towards cinema forever.  While we will continue to dive deep into different areas of cinema, I’ve […]

Around the Circuit: July 27 – August 2

  Link(s) of the week: Scott Feinberg at The Hollywood Reporter urges using caution for those predicting the winners of the 86th annual Academy Awards this far out. And while he’s undoubtedly right, where’s the fun in using caution for this silly game we all love to play each year? You can also read Scott’s […]

2014 Oscar Predictions Pages Updated!

I’ve taken a dive into the Oscar Prediction pages, at least in the major categories.  They’re all there for your viewing pleasure. Significant changes include: 12 Years a Slave moved to the #2 spot in Best Picture with Eijiofor and Nyong’o joining the top five of their category. Before Midnight unfortunately moved out of the […]

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 […]

Circuit Round-Up (Week Ending 6/9)

Hello again, Awards Circuit devotees! Another week has passed by and it ended on a GRREEAAATTT note…ain’t that right, Tony? Yes, my pun has a purpose: After predicting which nominees would walk away with Broadway’s most esteemed trophies, staff writer and Broadway connoisseur Terence Johnson unveiled the winners of the 2013 Tony Awards. After positive […]

Weekend Openings: 5/24/2013

Time for Vin Diesel and Paul Walker to renew the lease on their iron lung and life blood with another installment of nos-infused, dudebro fanfare in Fast & Furious 6.  They’re joined again by the busiest man of the year so far, Dwayne Johnson, who was added to the cast back in the 2011 entry to […]

New Clip from ‘Before Midnight’ – Helium

As Sony Pictures Classics gears up for the release of Richard Linklater’s beautifully crafted and poignant Before Midnight, the studio has released a clip for your viewing pleasure.  In this clip, Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) are walking through the beautiful scenery of Greece, speaking about the things they would or would not like to […]

Best of the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival!

Better late than never right…The festival has officially come to a close and the jury announced their winners for various categories.  Many films made their world debut and there are some definite Oscar-worthy contenders in the mix.  How they will handle their campaigns and how many voters will actually be able/willing to see the films […]

The 10 Most Anticipated Films: Summer 2013

May is upon us, and while Summer might technically be another month and a half away, for us movie lovers May means the beginning of the Summer blockbuster season. Of course, there will still be a few awards-worthy dramas sprinkled in with the Iron Man 3′s of the cinematic world, so there should be plenty […]

New Poster for Richard Linklater’s ‘Before Midnight’

Richard Linklater’s third film in the Jesse/Celine love story, Before Midnight, is screening again tonight at the Tribeca Film Festival, and a new poster for the film has been released showing the pair soaking up the sun in Greece. Before Midnight goes wide on May 25, but you can read Joey’s Sundance review here, and […]

First Quarter Round-Up – Are There Any Oscar Contenders?

As April has completely come out of nowhere and become fully present, I’ve updated the new Oscar Tracker to keep in mind everything that has already been released this year so far or have screened at major festivals like Sundance, SXSW, and Tribeca. There’s no super-duper “out there” contender that looks like it can go […]

Before Midnight (★★★★)

TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL: The Tribeca Film Festival kicked off last Thursday with Pre-Festival screenings giving press and industry personnel the opportunity to see the heavy slate of films the New York festival has to offer.  Over the next few weeks, until the official festival kicks off on April 17th, the very best in foreign, documentary, […]

First Trailer for Richard Linklater’s ‘Before Midnight’

Sony Pictures Classics has released the first trailer for Richard Linklater’s third film in the Before series. Before Midnight reunites Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) nine years since their last encounter (Before Sunset), and eighteen years since their first (Before Sunrise). The film opens May 24, and you can read Joey’s ***½ review […]