BEST OF 2016: Personal Ballot of the Year

To start, and to simply put…this list is mine. Lots of thought and commentary went into naming the very best films and performances of 2016. Some were no-brainers, others were much more difficult. Even more commentary will be shared on Friday when the winners are¬†announced, along with the order of the Top 10 Films of […]

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 […]

London Film Critics Nominations – ‘Love and Friendship’ and ‘Moonlight’ Lead the Way

The London Film Critics have announced their nominees for the best of the year, with “Moonlight” and “Love & Friendship” leading the fray. They also made some inventive citations in their Film of the Year lineup, in particular “American Honey,” the documentary “Fire at Sea” and the vastly underrated “I, Daniel Blake.” Check out the […]

2016 National Board of Review Preview – What Film Starts as the Oscar Frontrunner?

The National Board of Review has the distinct honor of kicking off the precursor season this year. On Tuesday, Nov. 29, they will unveil their favorite films and performances of 2016. In the last six years, their Best Film winner has gone on to a nomination for Oscar’s Best Picture five times (naming “A Most […]

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Oscar Circuit: Following the Box Office to the Best Picture Nomination

Readers and followers on the Awards Circuit social media pages led me to think about the box office and the “follow the money” mentality that plagues Oscar-goers. This, in turn, led me to think about how thin the populist vote will be represented by the Academy Awards this year. At this time of writing, of […]

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‘Toni Erdmann’ and ‘I, Daniel Blake’ Lead European Film Award Nominations

Read the Press Release: At the Seville European Film Festival the European Film Academy and EFA Productions proudly announced the nominations for the 29th European Film Awards. The more than 3,000 EFA Members will now vote for the winners who will be presented during the awards ceremony on Saturday, 10 December in Wroclaw, Poland (European […]