Oscars: Final Predictions for the 2016 Academy Awards

The 88th Academy Awards (or the Oscars) are landing on our televisions this Sunday, and as of yesterday (Tuesday) voting has officially closed.  So what exactly are we left with?  A race that either seems weirdly obvious or ferociously unpredictable. Going with a bit of “thank you’s” before we unveil our final predictions for the season. […]

2016 Oscar Circuit: Best Production Design

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 […]

Emmanuel Lubezki Takes Top Honor at ASC Awards for ‘The Revenant’

Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki (“The Revenant”) made history Sunday night, when he became the first person to win five awards with the American Society of Cinematographers. It was his third consecutive win. He previously won for “Children of Men,” “Tree of Life,” “Gravity,” and “Birdman.” Lubezki’s win followed on the heels of a big win at […]

2016 Oscar Circuit: Best Cinematography

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 […]

Film Review: The Revenant (★★★½)

Like a one-man solo act such as “All is Lost” and “Gravity,” Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s newest and most ambitious work “The Revenant” blends one man’s fight to survive with the even more visible theme of vengeance.  With a career that is full of tremendous performances, five-time Academy Award nominee Leonardo DiCaprio offers an intense and […]

New Trailer for ‘The Revenant’ with Leonardo DiCaprio Drops!

A fresh new trailer for three-time Oscar-winner and reigning Best Director champ Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s lasted film, The Revenant, debuted this morning.  Many have pegged its star, Leonardo DiCaprio, as the de facto frontrunner for Best Actor.  DiCaprio plays frontiersman Hugh Glass, who endures unimaginable grief (a/k/a a bear attack!) as well as the betrayal of his […]

6 New Images Released for “The Revenant”

New Regency and 20th Century Fox have released, exclusively on Yahoo!, 6 NEW images for the upcoming film, THE REVENANT! Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson, Will Poulter, and directed by Academy Award winner Alejandro G. Inarritu. Inspired by true events, THE REVENANT is an immersive and visceral cinematic experience capturing one man’s epic adventure of survival […]

2015 Oscar Circuit: Cinematography

Our annual look at the individual Oscar categories.  If you miss a piece, click on the tag titled Oscar Circuit 2015.  You can also see the official Oscar Predictions page for Best Cinematography. Of all the technical categories, cinematography is probably the most accessible to even the most novice of film films. After all, film is first and foremost a […]

American Society of Cinematographers Announce Nominees – Roger Deakins In, Bradford Young Out

Big day for the major guilds with the Writers and Costume Designers announcing earlier, the Cinematographers have weighed in with the usual Oscar suspects showing up.  “Unbroken” enjoys its first major citation of the guilds, with Roger Deakins showing up as suspected but to my shock, Oscar Faura managed to edge out Hoyte van Hoytema […]

Terrence Malick Returns with the First Trailer for ‘Knight of Cups’ starring Christian Bale & Cate Blanchett

The long-awaited trailer for Terrence Malick’s “Knight of Cups” has finally premiered, just behind the announcement of its inclusion and premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival, which takes place in February. The film stars Academy Award winners Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, and Natalie Portman.  Oscar-winner Emmanuel Lubezki returns as Cinematographer.  The two collaborated on “The […]

Film Review #2: Birdman (★★★★)

In the same theatrical year that gave us gems like Fury and instant-classics like Boyhood, Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) will go down as not only a classic, but a hedonistic spectacle for cinephiles for years to come. Director Alejandro G. Iñárritu‘s best film to date is brazenly ambitious, from risky camera moves, […]

STUDIO CIRCUIT: Can Fox Searchlight take back-to-back Best Picture Oscars?

Fox Searchlight is likely still bathing in the joy of their successful (if not stressful) Best Picture campaign from 2013, where they managed to take the crown while only winning 3 Oscars. But how will they fare without having the word “important” to campaign upon? Fox Searchlight has seemingly always been in the Oscar race, […]

Film Review: Birdman (★★★★)

NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL: I think we’ve all been exceptionally good this year because Christmas came early with Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s masterful “Birdman (or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance),” an experience that you won’t soon forget.  Debuting at Venice and Telluride Film Festivals, the film closed an already impeccable New York Film Festival on Saturday […]

Is ‘BIRDMAN’ a bird, a man, or a masterpiece? – Telluride Word is Big

Yesterday, Telluride brought us solid word on Wild and great word on The Imitation Game.  Telluride Day 2 brings us rapturous word on Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman.  The praise is pretty wild.  Sasha Stone even says she doesn’t think anyone can top Michael Keaton for Best Actor.  I might be switching my pick for Best Cinematography. […]

Oscar Predictions

OSCARS or NOT: Top 50 Films You Need to See for the Fall

This week we have the official kick off to awards season with the Telluride Film Festival starting for critics everywhere.  Films will be “secretly” screened, buzz will reach a fever pitch for certain films, and some films will fall on their face.  It’s the nature of the game.  The entire staff of AwardsCircuit.com has put […]

With a Confirmed One Shot Trick, Is ‘Birdman’ This Year’s “Weird” Oscar Nominee?

For months I’ve anticipated the return of Alejandro González Iñárritu. and his teaming with Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, and Emmanuel Lubezki, in his film Birdman from Fox Searchlight Pictures.  From different Oscar pundits, including those of some of the AC staff, hesitation has settled in if this is a full on Oscar player or not. […]

Awards Profile: Birdman

Directed by: Alejandro González Iñárritu Written by: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, and Armando Bo Cast: Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Zach Galifianakis, Amy Ryan, and Merritt Wever Synopsis: A washed-up actor who once played an iconic superhero must overcome his ego, career, and family trouble as he mounts a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim his […]

Oscars 2014 Will Win/Should Win Selections (Sam Coffey)

Clayton has given me the honor of being the first Awards Circuit writer out of the gate to cement my Academy Award predictions.  All the guilds and groups have weighed in,  minus the Costume Designers Guild.  All the tea has been drank, and all that remains are the leaves for us to read.  Here goes […]

Oscar Circuit: Best Cinematography

Our look at the individual Oscar categories continues.  If you missed a piece, click on the tag titled Oscar Circuit 2014.  You can also see the official Oscar Predictions page for Best Cinematography. And the Nominees are: The Grandmaster – Philippe Le Sourd Gravity – Emmanuel Lubezki Inside Llewyn Davis – Bruno Delbonnel Nebraska – Phedon Papamichael Prisoners – Roger […]

Could ‘Gravity’ bring about a new Best Visual Imaging Oscar category?

A potentially interesting bit of Oscar related news might have come out of the annual Visual Effects Society summit that’s going on. Essentially, after films like Avatar and Life of Pi were competitive (in some cases winning) in Oscar categories like Best Art Direction, Cinematography, and Visual Effects, and with Gravity expected to do the […]

Gravity (★★★½)

Gravity is pure, unfiltered cinema as a visual experience, plain and simple. This is, on a technical level at least, THE finest achievement of 2013. As a film on the whole, it’s not flawless, but the techs are beyond stunning. From the cinematography to the editing even to the 3D (not to mention the score), […]

The Power of ‘Gravity’ and Where It Can Go in Awards Season

It’s no secret that Science Fiction doesn’t get the respect it deserves in the Academy.  Some of the best films ever created have been given the shaft in favor of more story-friendly, dramatic structures.  It’s interesting that looking back at when George Lucas‘ “Star Wars” was released and embraced in a big way from the […]

Gravity (★★★★)

There is a sensational and overwhelming power that Alfonso Cuarón‘s space thriller “Gravity” possesses and manages to sustain in its 90 minute run time.  I think I left my jaw on the theater floor.  There are four things in particular to credit for this occurrence.  The first of which being co-writer and director Cuarón, who has constructed […]

Malick’s ‘To the Wonder’ Trailer Arrives

Terence Malick’s latest film, To the Wonder, played at the Venice and Toronto film festivals this year, and now we are finally getting a look at this first beautiful trailer. The film, as it seems to be with all Malick’s movies, looks stunning, thanks in large part to the great Emmanuel Lubezki’s cinematography. The early […]

American Society of Cinematographers Award Winners!

Behold: Feature Film: Emmanuel Lubezki, “The Tree of Life” Television Episodic Series/Pilot, One Hour: Jonathan Freeman, “Boardwalk Empire,” episode “21” Television Episodic Series/Pilot, Half Hour: Michael Weaver, “Californication,” episode “Suicide Solution” Television Movies/Miniseries: Television motion picture/miniseries: Martin Ruhe, “Page Eight”

Sizing Up the Best Cinematography Field

Continuing with our look at the crafts categories is the favorite of many an Oscarphile, and it’s easy to see why.  After all, aren’t the specific lighting and camera choices made by a DP what distinguishes cinema as, well, cinematic?  As with Best Art Direction, the Academy historically tends to nominate the “most” of this […]