Venice Film Festival: Portman Takes Aim at Best Actress in ‘Jackie’

As the Venice Film Festival sets to wrap, an (unexpected?) Oscar contender has emerged: Pablo Larraín‘s Jackie.  The film stars Oscar winner Natalie Portman as First Lady Jackie Kennedy.  According to the insta-reviews coming from Venice, Portman sets the screen ablaze as Kennedy.  While Jackie doesn’t yet have a 2016 distributor, it easily could be a Still Alice situation, […]


Venice Film Festival: ‘ARRIVAL’ Arrives to Strong Reviews and Another Bid for Amy Adams

As our own Mark Johnson heads to Telluride, the Venice Film Festival keeps chugging along.  Denis Villeneuve‘s latest sci-fi linguistic drama, Arrival,  premiered today.  Amy Adams has two big movies coming out this awards season: Nocturnal Animals and Arrival, with the latter premiering at Venice to positive reviews/buzz.  Could Arrival be this year’s prestige sci-fi movie […]

Certain Women

IFC Acquires Kristen Stewart Film, “Certain Women”

The company that handled Richard Linklater‘s Boyhood through a turbulent 2014 awards season has just picked up Kelly Reichardt’s new film, Certain Women, starring 3-time Oscar nominee Michelle Williams, 2-time Oscar nominee Laura Dern, and Cesar winner Kristen Stewart. The film premiered to positive reviews out of Sundance and is slated for a 2016 theatrical release, further […]


2016 Oscar Circuit: Best Director

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. You can […]


Oscars: Alejandro G. Iñárritu Wins DGA for ‘The Revenant’ Making History, Will the Oscars Follow?

The Directors Guild of America (or the DGA) named their winners from the 2015 year on Saturday night and cited Alejandro González Iñárritu as the Best Director for his impressive work on “The Revenant.”  As predicted in our DGA preview, the case for Iñárritu has been loud and seen on the wall.  With a citation from the […]


DGA Preview: It’s Anyone’s Game with a Winner Not Clearing Up a Thing

The Directors Guild of America will take place this Saturday (can’t believe it) and we will get, hopefully, a clearer picture of what the Oscars can look like on February 28th.  With the way the season has played out, I don’t expect a “conventional” or “expected” pick for the prestigious award.  Thus far, we’ve had […]


WATCH: First Trailer for Steven Spielberg’s ‘The BFG’ from Walt Disney

Steven Spielberg, looking for his EIGHTH Best Director nomination this year for Bridge of Spies, unveils first teaser for Disney’s THE BFG! The talents of three of the world’s greatest storytellers – Roald Dahl, Walt Disney and Steven Spielberg – finally unite to bring Dahl’s beloved classic “The BFG” to life. Directed by Spielberg and written by […]


New ‘THE H8FUL EIGHT’ Trailer from Quentin Tarantino!

Check out the new trailer for Quentin Tarantino‘s upcoming western, The Hateful Eight.  Not surprisingly, it looks awesome. In post-Civil War Wyoming, eight travelers try to find shelter during a blizzard but get involved in a plot of betrayal and deception. Will they survive? Starring Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Tim […]


Awards Circuit Power Hour Episode 167: Tech Category Check In, The Martian, and Oscar Rematches

Welcome to another edition of the Awards Circuit Power Hour, our weekly podcast diving deep into all things film, television, and entertainment. On the agenda: Gotham Nominations The weekend box office along with new Oscar talk surrounding “The Martian” winning Best Picture and Director.  Is it true? A look at some of the technical categories […]