Community: What are the Ten Best Films of the Century?

On social media platforms, critics and movie-goers are constructing their list of the best films of the century for BBC.  With sixteen years into the 2000’s, I thought I could weigh in with my own personal list, while inviting our readership to include their own. This will all break into our long-standing argument among the […]

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 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 […]

Awards Profile: Trash

Directed By: Stephen Daldry Written By: Richard Curtis Cast: Rooney Mara, Martin Sheen, Wagner Moura, Selton Mello Synopsis: Set in an unnamed Third World country, three kids who make a discovery in a garbage dump soon find themselves running from the cops and trying to right a terrible wrong. Why It Could Succeed: The Director.  […]

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 […]

Two Disc Deluxe Edition of ‘Les Miserables’ Cast Album to arrive March 19th

Despite the reception the film seemed to get from the top critics and even some of our own staff, Les Miserables was an unquestionable hit at the box office and garnered 8 Oscar nominations, winning 3 (Supporting Actress, Sound Mixing, and Makeup and Hairstyling). The cast album was also one of the best selling soundtracks […]

Oscar 2013 Will Win/Should Win Selections (Mark Johnson)

(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 […]

Oscar Circuit: Best Actor

Years from now when I think back on 2012 and what it had to offer, I’m sure the cinematic landscape that was presented will surely stick out as many directors and filmmakers pushed the thematic narrative with breathtaking visuals, stupendous performances, and uniquely driven story structures.  One thing that will be near the top was […]

Oscar 2013: Will Win/Should Win (Mike)

(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 […]

Oscar Circuit: Best Costume Design

It is the costume designer’s job to properly design a wardrobe of costumes that symbolize the characters in a film and to set the right mood for every scene. The following nominees did a fantastic job completing this task. And the nominees are… Anna Karenina– Jacqueline Durran Les Miserables– Paco Delgado Lincoln– Joanna Johnston Mirror […]

CAS and MPSE Guilds Sound Off

On late Saturday night, the Cinema Audio Society (CAS) handed out their prizes for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing, awarding Les Misérables with their award for a live action film. This probably puts Les Misérables as the frontrunner for the Sound Mixing Oscar (if it wasn’t already), especially on the heels of last weekend’s victory with BAFTA in […]

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 […]

Oscar Circuit: Sound Mixing

Best Achievement in Sound Mixing Argo – John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Jose Antonio Garcia Les Miserables – Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes Life of Pi – Ron Bartlett, D.M. Hemphill and Drew Kunin Lincoln – Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Ronald Judkins Skyfall – Scott Millan, Greg P. Russell and Stuart Wilson Arguably one of the most […]

Oscar Circuit: Supporting Actress

Supporting Actress has proven to be one of the best categories recently for the Academy Awards. For every year there was a clear front runner (Spencer, Monique, Hudson), there was another year when we had no idea who was winning (Leo, Swinton, Weisz, Cruz). Although after a few award shows, it’s clear that this year’s […]

Oscar Circuit: Best Production Design

New name. Same Category. The Academy Award for Best Production Design celebrates the best in art direction and set design. Production designers have an incredibly difficult role in the making of film. Whether it’s a fantasy film set in far off world or a recreation of a historical building, production designers create the physical building […]

Incredible Looking Posters for the BAFTA Nominated Films

Every year, The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) selects one lucky artist to create posters for the films nominated for their awards. This year, Jonathan Franks of was chosen, and the work is quite impressive. Have a look at the beautiful images after the jump or click the gallery below.

Oscars® to Feature Tribute to Movie Musicals of the Last Decade

Well this is some interesting news. AMPAS has decided to honor three movie musicals from the past decade – Chicago (2002), Dreamgirls (2006), and Les Misérables (2012) – during the 85th Annual Academy Awards. The details aren’t too clear yet, but it might be fun to see the casts of each film reunite on stage for some song […]

Oscar Circuit: Best Makeup

Makeup can be a truly wonderful thing. I apply makeup to my face every morning and I am transformed into a better looking version of myself. In film, a makeup team is put together to transform an actor into their character. This team is compiled of artists with different talents ranging from hair design, to […]

Costume Designers Guild Awards Nominations Announced

The nominations for the 15th Annual Costume Designers Guild (CDG) Awards have been announced. The awards honor excellence in costume design throughout movies, television, and commercials, with the winners to be unveiled on Tuesday, February 19th, 2013. Being that the CDG divides their film awards into three categories (fantasy, contemporary, and period), it should be no surprise to […]

The Cinema Audio Society Reveals Their Nominations

The Cinema Audio Society recognizes excellence in Sound Mixing (or Sound, as it used to be called). The nominees for the 49th Annual CAS Awards have been announced in six categories, and the winners will be unveiled on February 16th.  The CAS doesn’t always line up exactly with Oscar, and though usually a nomination here can only help […]

Awards Circuit Power Hour Episode 34: New Year’s Spectacular

We start the podcast off with the Academy Idol Results.  Are you surprised by the results?  You may be. All the writers make New Year’s Resolutions for Filmmakers and for Ourselves. We talk about Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained and Tom Hooper’s Les Miserables and the pros and cons about each. Happy New Year to All […]

Circuit Round-Up (Week Ending 12/30)

Happy New Year (almost), readers of The Awards Circuit. In less than twenty-four hours, we’ll all be citizens of the year 2013, so get excited! I don’t need a crystal ball to know how many of you spent the last few days of the year. Based on the popularity of our “reaction” thread for Django […]

How Tom Hooper’s Direction Hurt ‘Les Miserables’

When actors study their craft, be it the method, the Miesner technique, Adler, or any other of the many forms taught around the globe, they are taught to use their entire body. Movement, often dance is taught to the students so they will understand how important the use of their entire being is in any performance. When Hannibal Lector makes his first appearance in The […]

Weekend Openings: 12/25-12/28

Quentin Tarantino’s career-long itch to put his stamp on the beloved Spaghetti Western finally takes form with the release of Django Unchained to begin the Christmas weekend.  It’s going head-to-head with Tom Hooper’s adaptation of the epic musical drama, Les Miserables.  Rounding out the long weekend is Gus Van Sant’s latest, Promised Land. Django Unchained […]

Zero Dark Thirty, Middle of Nowhere win big with African-American Film Critics Association

Add another tally to the impressive amount of critics awards Zero Dark Thirty has won. The African-American Film Critics Association has named the Bigelow film the best film of 2012. However, Ava DuVernay’s Middle of Nowhere, proved to be the big winner taking home four prizes including Best Actress, Screenplay, Independent Film and Music. Other […]

Houston Film Critics Society announces nominations, Lincoln leads with 8

Contrary to popular belief, I am not a member of the Houston Film Critics Society. But you’ll be hard pressed to see me arguing with the nominations they’ve released. Lincoln leads the diverse groups of chosen films with 8 nominations, with Les Miserables and The Master behind it with 6. They also threw some love to […]

Writers Guild of America Disqualifies Several Films for their Awards!

Via Kris Tapley over at HitFix/In Contention, he took a look at the ballot for the Writers Guild of America upcoming awards and took note of several omissions that include Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, Tom Hooper’s Les Miserables, Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild, and Michael Haneke’s Amour.  He counted fifteen in total. Tarantino […]

SAG Nomination Analysis – What Does It All Mean?

The SAG bells rang today but they rang for many surprising and jaw-dropping exclusions.  As going on record stating this is the most competitive Oscar race I’ve covered in years.  Not one category seems assured with their lineups and we got many curveballs thrown at us this morning. In Best Supporting Actress, Amy Adams was […]

Hugh Jackman Talks ‘Les Mis’ and More On ’60 Minutes’

This past Sunday, December 9th, Scott Pelley outlined Hugh Jackman on 60 Minutes, where the Australian actor called Jean Valjean – the character he plays in Tom Hooper’s Les Miserables – the “role of a lifetime.” It’s the type of interesting work one has come to expect from the great news program. Watch the 12-minute interview […]

American Film Institute (AFI) names Top Ten Films and Television Shows for 2012!

The prestigious American Film Institute has released their top 10 films and television programs for 2012. The American Film Institute’s annual awards are selected by scholars, film and television artists, critics and AFI Trustees. This year’s juries were chaired by producers and AFI Board of Trustees Vice Chairs Tom Pollock for movies and Rich Frank for […]

Bigelow and ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ hit big with Washington Film Critics

Thanks to reader Jamie for the heads up! Washington Film Critics have announced their winners after just announcing their nominees a day ago.  Zero Dark Thirty emerged victorious along with director Kathryn Bigelow. Read the Press Release and check out the full list of winners down below: Washington, D.C. — This morning, the Washington, D.C. Area […]