OSCARS: ‘The Revenant’ Lands, ‘Joy’ and ‘The Hateful Eight’ to Be Answered Next Week

We are officially in the final stretch.  Can’t believe we made it to this point already.  All the major contenders will have been seen, in some fashion by critics, by Monday, November 30.  That is insane.  Alejandro G. Inarritu’s “The Revenant” screened for the first time on Monday night for critics, and we are heavily […]


Independent Spirit Nominations Announced! ‘Anomalisa’ Soars!

This year’s batch of Independent Spirit nominees are very exciting.  Firstly, there’s an animated feature (Anomalisa) up for Best Feature, Best Director, AND Best Supporting Actress–a first for this group, I believe.  Secondly, we have two transgender performances nominated, both hailing from Tangerine.  Thirdly, they give Carol two Best Actress nominations, which further puts into […]


Independent Spirit Awards Go for ‘Birdman’ and Richard Linklater

Winners of the 30th annual Independent Spirit Awards have been announced and I think we may have the outcome that could be in tomorrow’s Oscar ceremony.  “Birdman” won Best Picture while Richard Linklater won Best Director for “Boyhood.”  The acting categories went as suspected with Michael Keaton (“Birdman”), Julianne Moore (“Still Alice”), J.K. Simmons (“Whiplash”), […]


Teaser Trailer for ‘Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter’ Starring Independent Spirit Nominee Rinko Kikuchi

In this darkly comedic odyssey, Academy Award nominee Rinko Kikuchi (Babel, Pacific Rim) stars as Kumiko, a frustrated Office Lady whose imagination transcends the confines of her mundane life. Kumiko becomes obsessed with a mysterious, battered VHS tape of a popular film she’s mistaken for a documentary, fixating on a scene where a suitcase of […]

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Independent Spirit Awards Go Crazy for ‘Boyhood,’ ‘Birdman,’ and ‘Selma’

The Independent Spirit Awards weighed in on their choices for the best in cinema for the year.  “Birdman” led the nominations with six while “Boyhood,” “Nightcrawler,” and “Selma” all scored five. “Love is Strange” popped up with a Supporting Actor(?) nomination for Alfred Molina while John Lithgow was cited in Lead.  No mentions for “The […]


Awards Circuit Power Hour Episode 74: The Wolf, The Hustle, and Academy Idol Results

Welcome to another edition of the Awards Circuit Power Hour, our weekly podcast diving deep into all things film, television, and entertainment. We cover big news from the last two weeks.  Bruce Dern and Nebraska building buzz, Emma Thompson gets an award, and many ballots are out. Independent Spirit Awards announced their nominees.  They seem a […]