Good Reads: “The Hurt Locker” & “Precious”

Welcome to Good Reads, where we look into what makes the screenplay winners Oscar worthy – every detail the writer leaves feeds into the drama. The 2010s are done and dusted, find them here under the tag. Now we’re onto two surprises from 2009. Next week, Slumdog Millionaire – adapted winner based on a fictional […]


SAM #4: Actresses Turned Producers & Best Picture

Welcome to Stat Awards Monday (or, S.A.M., for short). In this new awards season weekly column for Awards Circuit, I—Sam—will be guiding an investigation of interesting stats currently brewing in the Oscar race. Three weeks ago, in the inaugural S.A.M., I scrutinized the unlikelihood that Best Actor will be populated with ZERO former nominees. And […]


Kathryn Bigelow to direct post 9/11 drama ‘True American’ with Tom Hardy

If you’re like me, you’ve been wondering a bit what director Kathryn Bigelow would choose as her next film to make after Zero Dark Thirty. Well, it’s not the long in development Triple Frontier, but apparently she’s staying in the realm of American politics and the post 9/11 world, just going with a smaller scale. Reports […]


Where Have All the Cowgirls Gone? Female Directors Scarce in Hollywood

WOMEN IN CINEMA: There hasn’t been a banner year for female directors since 2010 when Kathryn Bigelow received the Oscar for Best Directing for her pessimistic war film The Hurt Locker (2009), making her the first Oscar-winning female director. The monumental moment came after decades of unacknowledged efforts of female helmers. There were just three […]


Megan Ellison: Financial Hero of Indie Film

Most audiences probably aren’t familiar with her name or her production company, but the film industry has quickly taken notice to producer Megan Ellison. At just 28 years old, Ellison has produced the films of some of Hollywood’s most revered independent filmmakers, such as Paul Thomas Anderson, Spike Jonze, the Coen brothers and David O. […]


You Can’t Vote for What You Don’t See – An Awards Season Plea

I’m starting it early this year.  I’ve long championed some of the little guys but have admitted out loud, that I do fall into the consensus crowd more times than not.  I still agree with the rewarding of Slumdog Millionaire and am not offended by the rewarding of films like The King’s Speech, Chicago, or even Crash.  With that being […]

Oscar 2013 Will Win/Should Win Selections (Young)

(The annual “Will Win/Should Win” of the Awards Circuit has been our most popular yet most challenging series where each writer let’s their final thoughts be known on the Oscar categories.  Each writer will reveal their choices everyday leading up to the Oscar ceremony.  Think you can do better?  Let your final thoughts be known […]

Kathryn Bigelow Gets the Cover of TIME Magazine

Oscar winning director Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker) has sparked a lot of controversy and debate around her latest film, Zero Dark Thirty. This week, she graces the cover of TIME Magazine in which she partakes in a pretty in depth and fascinating interview. When asked about the torture scenes depicted in her film, Bigelow replied: […]

Weekend Openings: 1/11/2013

With the New Year’s hangover slowly wearing off and few new stimulants entering circulation, there’s now ample time to catch up on the overload of awards-contending films, with the nationwide release of Zero Dark Thirty finally completing the best picture category.  Expect the box-office to reflect some of the film’s early critical acclaim, especially since […]

Weekend Openings: (12/19-12/21)

Having emerged as somewhat of the frontrunner in the awards race in recent weeks, Zero Dark Thirty opens to special limited engagements this week before nationwide release in January.  It’s a pretty strong week in terms of variety, with Judd Apatow’s latest, This Is 40, foreign drama powerhouse, Amour,and Walter Salles’ adaptation of On the […]

Chicago Film Critics Association Honors ‘Zero Dark Thirty’

The Chicago Film Critics Association has bestowed five awards upon Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty, including Best Picture and Director of 2012. Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master continues to have a nice showing as of late, winning four awards, including Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress for Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams, respectively. Full list after […]