2017 Guild Predictions: WGA and Art Directors Weighing In

A lot of major guilds will be announcing in the next seven days. It seemed like an appropriate time to offer up some predictions on how each of them will go. The major guilds that are announcing are: Writers Guild of America (Wednesday, Jan. 4) Art Directors Guild (Thursday, Jan. 5) BAFTA Nominations (Tuesday, Jan. […]

Box Office: ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Obliterates Competition

(NOVEMBER 18 – NOVEMBER 20, 2016 estimates) “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” (Opening) – $75,000,000 “Doctor Strange” (Week 3) – $17,676,000 “Trolls” (Week 3) – $17,500,000 “Arrival” (Week 2) – $11,800,000 “Almost Christmas” (Week 2) – $7,040,000 “Hacksaw Ridge” (Week 3) – $6,750,000 “The Edge of Seventeen” (Opening) – $4,825,000 “Bleed for This” […]


Box Office: Holdovers Win but Newcomers Also Soar on Busy Weekend

(NOVEMBER 11 – NOVEMBER 13, 2016 estimates) “Doctor Strange” (Week 2) – $43,032,000 “Trolls” (Week 2) – $35,050,000 “Arrival” (Opening) – $24,000,000 “Almost Christmas” (Opening) – $15,564,000 “Hacksaw Ridge” (Week 2) – $10,775,000 “The Accountant” (Week 5) – $4,570,000 “Shut In” (Opening) – $3,700,000 “Boo! A Madea Halloween” (Week 4) – $3,550,000 “Jack Reacher: Never […]

Weekend Openings: An ‘Arrival’ for ‘Billy Lynn’ and Zoe Kazan

This weekend, we have a really nice assortment of new releases. For one, sci-fi fans get a treat with the release of “Arrival.” Independent cinema hounds have a riveting Zoe Kazan performance to bite into. There’s also “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” limping into theaters, among other titles of note. This is another week that […]

Top 10 Debut Performances

Casting an unknown has always been a risk. Movie stars may cost big bucks, but they deliver on opening weekend. Yet, some of Hollywood’s best stories come from discovering a star in the most unlikely of places. There are plenty of “star is born” moments that pave the star-soaked sidewalks of Hollywood. One of the […]

Circuit Breaker Episode 14: NYFF Closing, ‘Billy Lynn’ Reaction and Best Picture

Welcome to the Awards Circuit podcast titled “CIRCUIT BREAKER!,” a weekly podcast from AwardsCircuit.com featuring host Clayton Davis along with panelists Sam Coffey, Mark Johnson and Joey Magidson. We discuss movies, television and all the awards shows that need predicting. New episodes are released every Monday. Find us on Twitter at@Circuit_Pod, email us at podcast@awardscircuit.com, and […]

NYFF Film Review: ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’ Focuses on Technology and Nothing Else

2016 NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL: With a luxurious resume that includes timeless films like “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and “Brokeback Mountain,” there has been an expectation that there isn’t anything that director Ang Lee can’t accomplish. His last venture “Life of Pi,” which also premiered at the New York Film Festival in 2013, pushed the […]

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Circuit Tech: Cinematography Contenders for the Remainder of 2016

Several weeks back, I discussed some of the potential cinematography contenders on tap for Academy recognition from the first half of 2016. This week, I look ahead to the second half of 2016 where there’s bound to be a plethora of Oscar hopefuls given the encroaching awards season. With the Venice Film Festival and Telluride […]

Critics' Choice Awards

Critics Choice: First set of predictions for the first major awards show

Continuing our weekly trend of not just predicting the Oscars, but all the major guilds, we move on to the Critics Choice Awards.  Hosted by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the 21-year-old group (guess now it can start drinking) has been a strong barometer for the Academy Awards.  While internet chatter can criticize the group […]

Circuit Chat: Fanning v. Fanning Face-Off in Supporting Actress?

Welcome to Circuit Chat!  Each Wednesday that Circuit Chat lands, we’ll be talking about a specific category either in depth or a particular film or narrative taking place through the season.  Think of this as Clayton’s Oscar Circuit, but about one race rather than all of them!  For example: the potentially historic strength of the Best Actress […]