National Board of Review

National Board of Review Chooses 2017 Date for Awards Gala

  Next year’s awards calendar is quickly booking up. The National Board of Review announced today that Jan. 4, 2017 will be its date for its annual film awards gala. The NBRs quick start awards season each year, as it is usually one of the first organizations to announce its winners in early December. The […]

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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 […]


Any Films Left for NYFF’s Secret Screening?

For the past two years now, the New York Film Festival has unveiled a previously unseen Oscar contender towards the end of the fest in their Secret Screening slot. Two years ago it was Martin Scorsese impressing the masses with Hugo and last year it was Steven Spielberg‘s Lincoln managing to live up to the […]

Take a ride with the camera in Behind the Scenes video from Hugo

While I was heartily rooting for Emmanuel Lubezki to win the Oscar for cinematography, it’s hard to begrude Robert Richardson, because the cinematography of Hugo was incredibly impressive. If you’ve ever wondered how the camera actually captures the moments on film, First Showing has uncovered a fun behind the scenes video in which you can take ride on […]

Editor’s Final Oscar Predictions

It’s Friday.  Oscars are on Sunday.  I’ve rattled my brain for hours, days, weeks.  It hurts.  I can’t.  I am fully ready to be wrong in many categories.  I also chickened out in several categories. I wanted to put Max Von Sydow instead of Christopher Plummer.  Not happening.  Can I get some type of credit […]

Oscar Circuit: Best Cinematography

And the Nominees Are: Guillaume Schiffman “The Artist” Oscar Scene: Waking up from the sound dream sequence Jeff Cronenweth “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” Oscar Scene: Opening credits Robert Richardson “Hugo” Oscar Scene: Traveling through the train station Emmanuel Lubezski “The Tree of Life” Oscar Scene: Creation Janusz Kaminski “War Horse” Oscar Scene: Joey […]

Making the final case for each Best Picture nominee…

As you’re reading this, the Oscar voters have already made their final selections for each category of the Academy Awards, and there’s nothing left to do but wait for the results at the awards ceremony on Sunday. It got me to thinking, what kind of case has each Best Picture contender made for their shot […]

‘Hugo’ wins with the Cinema Audio Society!

The CAS awards have been announced and Martin Scorsese’s flick has emerged victorious, as you can see here with the full results: Outstanding Sound in a Motion Picture: Hugo Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for Television Movies and Mini-Series: TOO BIG TO FAIL Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for TV Movies & Mini-Series.. – Into […]

Oscar Circuit: Art Direction

And the Nominees Are: The Artist – Laurence Bennett and Robert Gould Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 – Stuart Craig and Stephanie McMillan Hugo – Dante Ferretti and Francesca Lo Schiavo Midnight in Paris – Anne Seibel and Hélène Dubreuil War Horse – Rick Carter and Lee Sandales So where I began […]

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: Adapted Screenplay

The screenplay categories have a strong correlation with past Best Picture winners.  In the past few years, “Slumdog Millionaire,” “No Country for Old Men,” and “The Departed” have all won the Adapted Screenplay race that translated to a Best Picture statue.  Other winners such as “The Social Network,” “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by […]

Oscar Circuit: Best Film Editing

And the Nominees Are: The Artist The Descendants The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Hugo Moneyball Tied into the Best Picture race more than any other tech category is Best Film Editing. Scoring a Best Picture win without at least a nomination here, if not a win, is incredibly rare and almost unheard of. Of […]

Winners from the 10th annual VES Awards!

The Visual Effects Society gave out their awards yesterday and pretty much confirmed my earlier suspicions in my Oscar Circuit piece on the Best Visual Effects category (found here if you missed it) that it’s a race between Hugo and Rise of the Planet of the Apes for the gold. Here are the full winners […]