OSCARS: Is ‘La La Land’ Positioned to Be the New ‘Titanic’ After the Golden Globes?

The Golden Globes shook things up a bit last night. To some, it may have solidified their thoughts that “La La Land” will be our first sweeper since “Titanic” in 1998, winning a buttload of awards that will likely include Best Picture, Director and Original Screenplay. It would be the first musical original screenplay nominee […]

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BEST OF 2016: The Unconventional Citations of the Year Part 2

We’re moving right along with the “BEST OF 2016,” naming the unconventional attractions that graced that are worth talking about.  Yesterday, I dabbed into some of the overlooked and underrated gems of the year. This time, it’s good to get into some unconventional specifics.  When MTV was at its prime, recognizing both music and movies, […]

2017 Awards Circuit In Line Series: 25 Actors for an Oscar Nomination

Welcome to the official 2017 AWARDS CIRCUIT IN LINE SERIES! The Academy Awards get tons of flack for not rewarding actors and actresses in the prime of their careers. It often boils down to poor timing, but sometimes the Academy’s choices are downright baffling. Here at Awards Circuit, we will begin an annual tradition called […]

Best of 2016 Series Begins Jan. 2 w/ ACCA, Community FYC Gallery, and 1st Annual “Awards Circuit In Line 100 Series”

With the holiday weekend in front of us, Academy voters are buckling down to watch their screeners. General audiences will finally be able to catch up on a few things they’ve heard about since Telluride, Toronto and New York. With that, one of the staples of Awards Circuit is its dedication to its community of […]

Film Review: ‘Patriots Day’ Is a Poignant and Affecting Portrait of a National Tragedy

Peter Berg knows the power of suspense, but even more than that, he knows the virtue of the human spirit, as is demonstrated by his work in “Patriots Day.” In a year that has already included an exhilarating demonstration with “Deepwater Horizon,” Berg has found his niche and comfort zone within filmmaking. Compelling and sobering, […]

Film Review: ‘Live By Night’ Has Luscious Looks That Can’t Save Its Numbing Plot

With an impressive trio of films that any working director would be lucky to have on their résumé, Ben Affleck has proven to be a powerful force in Hollywood. Winning an Original Screenplay Oscar for 1997’s masterpiece “Good Will Hunting” with pal Matt Damon, he returned to the ceremony in 2012 for his Best Picture-winning […]

OSCARS: As Voters Head to Their Holiday Getaways, the Race for the Academy Awards Is On

As Christmas looms on the horizon, the stars, filmmakers and industry voters have mostly already headed out for the holidays. In their suitcases, backpacks and carry-on luggage are dozens of screeners that have piled on their assistants’ desks for the past 45 days. They’ve heard a certain film is “pretty good” or that a performance […]

Film Review: ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ Is an Arresting New Chapter for Fans and Newcomers to Relish

The “Star Wars” universe is a world of endless possibilities about what stories you can explore, with an unprecedented amount of quality thematic elements that can be examined. With “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” Lucas Films and Walt Disney Pictures have started the analyzing elements of looking at different ways to tell the stories […]

Film Review: ‘Hidden Figures’ Is Pure Goodness Featuring a Stellar Cast

There’s much to admire in Theodore Melfi‘s newest uplifting venture “Hidden Figures.” His ability to tap into the human condition and spirit has been proven with efforts like “St. Vincent.” Boasting an all-star cast that includes the talents of Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monae and Octavia Spencer, the 20th Century Fox feature emerges as one of […]

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Film Review: ‘Silence’ Flourishes With Respect and Martin Scorsese’s Ultimate Legacy

Martin Scorsese has been a master of his craft for decades. It’s hard not to consider him our single finest director working today. With films like “Raging Bull,” “Goodfellas,” “The Wolf of Wall Street,” and now his newest endeavor “Silence,” we must now relish with the fact that we are witnessing a grand master of […]

OSCARS: Deconstructing the NBR Winners and What it Means to the Oscar Race

As you’ve likely seen already, “Manchester by the Sea” took home four prizes this afternoon from the National Board of Review, picking up citations for Best Film, Best Actor for Casey Affleck, Best Original Screenplay for Kenneth Lonergan and Breakthrough Performance (Male) for Lucas Hedges. Co-distributors Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions must be feeling excellent at […]