Nicolas Winding Refn from The Neon Demon

INTERVIEW: Nicolas Winding Refn talks style and ‘The Neon Demon’

It’s both a disarming and strangely twisty an experience to interview a director like Nicolas Winding Refn, who knows and is at ease with the fact that they’re work is divisive. The eccentric filmmaker is well aware that some people hate his movies, something he’s very comfortable talking about, as I learned a few days […]

Six Spot #5: Best Director 2011

Welcome back to The Six Spot!  In case you missed last week’s 2003 Best Actress Six Spot, you can catch it here. This week, we discuss one of the more interesting pre-nomination races of the last decade, the 2011 Best Director race.  Unlike the four previous Six Spots, where we had a ton of non-nominees […]

Top 10 Great Unnamed Characters in Cinema

It’s becoming a norm from a film about once or twice a year, an artistic director and screenwriter brings forth a character of enigmatic aura and mystery and has him or her go through a series events without the audience ever learning his name.  J.C. Chandor’s “All is Lost” is a brilliant execution of this […]

Sequel to ‘Drive’ in the works

‘Drive’ author James Sallis has been making the rounds on his new book, a sequel called ‘Driven’, and apparently he’s been talking about a new film potentially coming to pass. Collider reports here that Sallis is saying that ‘Driven’ is in the earliest stages of development and that Nicolas Winding Refn is open to directing […]

The Italian Online Movie Awards Honor ‘Drive’ with Best Picture!

To be sure, an online award voted on solely by the Italian public isn’t exactly a high profile precursor or anything (more than partly due to coming a few months after the Oscars…among other things), but any award that recognizes ‘Drive’ as its Best Picture and Nicolas Winding Refn as its Best Director is good […]

Academy Idol Winner is…Shame

In case you missed the announcement during the LIVE Blog last night, Steve McQueen’s emotionally resonate film, “Shame” won the fifth season of the Awards Circuit’s Academy Idol. The film starring Michael Fassbender and Academy Award Nominee Carey Mulligan beat presumed early frontrunner, “Drive.” Both films had never been in the Bottom Three or Two […]

2011 ACCA Winners Announced!

The 2011 Awards Circuit Community Awards was one of the most diverse and hottest choices this side of the internet.  This is the only site that gives its readership a voice to name his/her favorite films and performances of the year.  With a wide open Oscar race, the ACCA race followed suit as you will […]

Oscar Circuit: Best Sound Editing

And the Nominees Are: Drive The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Hugo Transformers: Dark of the Moon War Horse Just as my colleague and friend Mike Ward detailed the Best Sound Mixing race (the excellent write up can be found here), I’m diving right in and tackling the Best Sound Editing race. I know that […]

Which Films Can Stand the Test of Time?

Every year, even though the vast majority of movie releases are all but instantly forgettable, we have some films come out that you just know will be still remembered fondly 25 years later. 2011 was no exception. It’s a bit early to know which will survive the test of time, but I’m willing to bet […]

MPSE Sound Editors Nominees

Thanks to Sasha Stone @ Awards Daily FEATURE FILMS CATEGORY BEST SOUND EDITING: SOUND EFFECTS AND FOLEY IN A FEATURE FILM Drive Fast Five The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol Rise of the Planet of the Apes Super 8 Transformers: Dark of the Moon War Horse BEST SOUND EDITING: MUSIC IN […]

Costume Design Guild Nominations

Excellence in Period Film: “The Artist” (Mark Bridges) “Jane Eyre” (Michael O’Connor) “The Help” (Sharen Davis) “Hugo” (Sandy Powell) “W.E.” (Arianne Phillips) Excellence in Fantasy Film: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2″ (Jany Temime) “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” (Penny Rose) “Red Riding Hood” (Cindy Evans) “Thor” (Alexandra Byrne) “X-Men: First […]

Sizing Up the Best Film Editing Field

Often called “the invisible art” of the movies, editing is a crucial and frequently undervalued (and misunderstood) element of filmmaking. Even more debatable is how to judge what “best” editing entails. Is it more commendable when an editor cuts a mediocre film out of pure garbage, or if they simply make impeccable footage flow well […]

‘Tinker Tailor’ makes a big showing with BAFTA!

“The Artist” and “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” lead the way with the BAFTA Nominations.  The most exciting is Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Drive” was nominated for Best Film and Director but Ryan Gosling and Albert Brooks were snubbed in their respective categories.  Carey Mulligan will be the sole representation for the acting ensemble with her supporting […]

Circuit Roundup (Week Ending 01/15)

It was another busy and exciting week here at The Awards Circuit. Perhaps the most important event that came out of the week were the airings of the first two major awards shows of the season, and our coverage of them: The 38th Annual People’s Choice Awards and The 17th Annual Critic’s Choice Awards. While […]

Are there enough #1 votes for ‘Drive’ to make Best Picture?

The general Oscar prognostication consensus about ‘Drive’ has been for most of the season that it’s going to be one of the sadder snubs of the year at the Oscars, save for Albert Brooks in Best Supporting Actor.  Ryan Gosling has a chance because of the year he’s having, but Picture, Director, and Adapted Screenplay […]

Year-In-Review: 2011 Davis’ Film Awards (Editors’ Choices)

Putting together a best of the year list can be a daunting task, especially when you have so many films and performances you feel passionate about.  There are obvious performances and films I thought I felt one way about, that either grew on me or was forgotten altogether by year’s end.  You’ll never find a […]

Year-In-Review: Editor’s Specialty Awards

The Year-In-Review continues with some non-traditional citations on certain films and performances that did or did not make head way in 2011. What are your choices for “Limited Performance” of the year? or Most Underrated Film? or share what you thought about the Year-in-TV as I dish out my favorites in Television Drama and Comedies. […]

Utah Film Critics honor ‘Drive’

Yes, the Utah Film Critics are the next to chime in with their precursor awards, and they were big on ‘Drive’.  Here are all the winners: Best Picture Drive (runner-up: The Artist) Best Achievement in Directing Michael Hazanavicius, The Artist (runner-up: Nicholas Winding Refn, Drive) Best Lead Performance by an Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt: 50/50 (runner-up: […]

Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards

TOP TEN FILMS The Descendants The Artist Hugo Moneyball The Tree of Life Drive Midnight in Paris Win Win War Horse The Help BEST ACTOR Winner – George Clooney (The Descendants) Runner-up – Michael Fassbender (Shame) BEST ACTRESS Winner – Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady Runner-up – Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin

St. Louis Film Critics Awards

Best Film The Artist runner-up: The Descendants Best Director Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist) runner-up: Terrence Malick (Tree of Life) Best Actor George Clooney (The Descendants) runner-up: Ryan Gosling (Drive) Best Actress Rooney Mara (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) runners-up – tied: Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady) and Michelle Williams (My Week With Marilyn)