Circuit Breaker Episode 26: DGA, PGA and Top 10 of 2016

Welcome to the Awards Circuit podcast titled “CIRCUIT BREAKER!,” a weekly podcast from 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, and […]

DGA Announces TV, Commercials, Documentary Nominations for 2016 – Donald Glover and Derek Cianfrance Named

Los Angeles – Directors Guild of America President Paris Barclay today announced the DGA’s nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Television, Commercials and Documentary for 2016. “There’s so much to celebrate in such an incredible year for television, commercials and documentaries as we announce the DGA nominees for directorial achievement,” said Barclay. “As content across […]

2015 DGA Honors Recipients Announced – Thelma Schoonmaker, Ron Howard Among the Praised

Los Angeles – The Directors Guild of America (DGA) today announced that Director/Producer Ron Howard, Teamsters Local 817 President Thomas J. O’Donnell, Director/Writer/Producer Tyler Perry, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and Film Editor Thelma Schoonmaker will be honored at the 2015 DGA Honors, to be held at the DGA Theater in New York City on […]

Directors Guild of America Preview – Who Will the DGA Choose?

The Directors Guild of America will announce their nominees tomorrow, adding even more questions to the mix.  AMPAS already turned in their ballots but it’ll be interesting where the group at large makes their choices.  The last time that the DGA weighed in without Oscar seeing it first, we got Kathryn Bigelow and Ben Affleck […]

Jane Lynch Returning to Host 67th Annual DGA Awards

Los Angeles – Directors Guild of America President Paris Barclay today announced that actor Jane Lynch will return to host the 67th Annual DGA Awards for the second year in a row. “She’s back, we’ve got her, and we couldn’t be more pleased,” said DGA President Paris Barclay.  “Last year, Jane gave us a taste […]

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” […]

Director’s Split – Is Cuarón DGA Win the Sign for ‘Gravity’ in Best Picture?

The Directors Guild of America weighed in last night choosing their favorite directors in film and television.  To no one’s real surprise, Alfonso Cuarón won Best Directorial Achievement in a Feature Film.  Cuarón, who won Best Director at the Golden Globe and Critics Choice Awards, continues to be the hands on favorite to win his […]

Directors Guild of America Winners – Cuarón Wins for ‘Gravity’

Being announced.  The Directors Guild of America may not necessarily clear things up rather than solidify Alfonso Cuaron as a likely Best Director winner or show a very strong hold for Steve McQueen or David O. Russell. Read the Press Release: LOS ANGELES – The winners of the Directors Guild of America Outstanding Directorial Achievement Awards […]

DGA Nominees for Documentary Feature Revealed

Read the Press Release.  Is this our Documentary Feature five? LOS ANGELES –Directors Guild of America President Paris Barclay today announced the five nominees for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentaries for 2013. “The five documentary filmmakers nominated today have made powerful films exploring humanity in all its complications,” said Barclay.  “From intricate family […]

Directors Guild of America Announces TV, Commercials Nominees for 2013

MOVIES FOR TELEVISION AND MINI-SERIES The nominees for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Mini-Series for 2013 are (in alphabetical order): STEPHEN FREARS Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight (HBO) Mr. Frears’s Directorial Team: Unit Production Managers: Scott Ferguson, Erica Kay First Assistant Director: Michael Steele Second Assistant […]

Directors of Guild of America Nominations

Alfonso Cuaron – Gravity Paul Greengrass – Captain Phillips Steve McQueen – 12 Years a Slave David O. Russell – American Hustle Martin Scorsese – The Wolf of Wall Street Check out the full list below and if you missed an awards announcement, please check on our Precursor Station for all the awards listed. READ THE PRESS […]

Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers to Receive DGA Diversity Award at 66th Annual DGA Awards

Read the Press Release: Los Angeles – The Directors Guild of America today announced that it will honor Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers of Shondaland with the Guild’s 2014 Diversity Award.  The Award is being given for their commitment to diversity hiring, their long record of providing jobs and opportunities to women and minorities in DGA-covered categories, […]

Around the Circuit: February 2nd – February 8th

Link(s) of the week: When an Oscar race seems all but sewn up for a film you aren’t necessarily rooting for, there comes a time where you must accept it, make peace with it, and move forward with your predictions. That’s exactly what The Film Experience’s Nathaniel Rogers did this week following Argo’s win at […]

Ben Affleck takes the Directors Guild of America

It looks like it’s really happening.  Ben Affleck took home the Directors Guild of America last night for his work on Argo.   With Argo taking the DGA, PGA, SAG, Golden Globe, and Critics Choice, it’s the most rewarded film of the year. Some other cool, and probably overlooked winners.  Lena Dunham won her first […]

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 […]

Directors Guild Nominees Reactions

Below are some of the reactions from our nominated directors from the guild earlier today. “I am proud and humbled to be receiving this nomination from my guild. It means so much to be recognized by my peers and I am truly grateful for this honor. Life of Pi was a true collaboration that involved […]

Directors Guild of America Predictions

The Directors Guild of America will be announcing their nominees tomorrow.  I’m including my predictions down below.  Last year, the wrench thrown in the works was David Fincher for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.  Perhaps we get another curveball tomorrow but I’m anticipating we’re going get answers we already knew like the top five films […]

Kelsey Grammer to Host the 65th Annual DGA Awards

On Saturday, February 2, 2013, the Directors Guild of America will present their 65th annual awards for achievements in feature film, television, commercials, and documentaries. They have once again appointed Frasier star Kelsey Grammer the task of hosting the ceremony (he had the job last year as well). Have a look at the official press release […]

NYFF: The 50th New York Film Festival gets underway!

The next big film festival of the year has started in the Big Apple ladies and gents, and I’m proud to be covering it for The Awards Circuit alongside our fearless leader Clayton. The high-profile titles begin screening next week, but there’s already things being shown at P & I (Press and Industry) screenings with […]

TIFF Golden Moments Part 3

As described in the superb nd telling book, The Men Who Would Be King the excellent story of Dreamworks and the inner power struggles, the studio brought American Beauty (1999) to the festival with little or no hope for the film. It seemed destined for a straight to DVD release, despite the casting of Kevin […]

Michel Hazanavicius wins DGA Award!

If you still weren’t willing to call the Oscar for “The Artist,” you should now.  Not sure if this will necessarily translate to an automatic Directing win for the French director but the film is signed, sealed, and delivered for Oscar gold.  Here’s the press release: LOS ANGELES —The winners of the Directors Guild of America […]

Directors Guild of America Predictions

The Nominees Are: Michel Hazanavicius – “The Artist” Alexander Payne – “The Descendants” David Fincher – “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” Martin Scorsese – “Hugo” Woody Allen – “Midnight in Paris” Prediction: Michel Hazanavicius for “The Artist” Alternate: Martin Scorsese for “Hugo”

A Word About Spielberg’s DGA Snub

The exclusion of Steven Spielberg and War Horse from the DGA race is a big deal indeed. Big enough to impact the entire Oscar race. It stands to change entire fabric of the current race right down to Best Picture. A nomination for Spielberg as Best Director could have easily become a win and at […]