Southside with You

Community: Who are your favorite movie presidents (real or fictional)?

Film history is chock-full of movie presidents, and this weekend, we get another depiction of a sitting president. However, unlike films like “Lincoln,” “W.,” or “Lee Daniel’s The Butler” this story far predates the president’s time in the Oval office. “Southside with You” tells the story of Barack Obama and Michelle Obama on their first date in the late 1980s. […]

Circuit 3: Best of the Decade… So Far

It’s hard to believe, but we are already halfway through the decade. It seems like just yesterday I was naming The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001-2003), No Country for Old Men (2007), and There Will Be Blood (2007) my three best films of the aughts. Obviously, there is a lot to choose from. Looking […]

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 […]

Rick Carter to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at Art Directors Guild Awards

Academy Award-winning Production Designer, Rick Carter, has been selected by the Art Directors Guild to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award during the 18th annual Art Directors Guild Awards on February 8. Carter has been nominated four times, winning for his outstanding work in both Avatar (2009) and Lincoln (2012).  Here is the official release from […]

Winners of the ‘Lincoln’ Blu-Ray Contest!

Sorry it took so long.  The winners of our Blu-Ray/DVD contest of Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln is down below.  Please send your address information to the editor’s e-mail.  Go to the “About Us” section in the menu and select CONTACT EDITOR. Winners Are: Stephen Nettles (chosen by Terence) CW (chosen by Clayton) missionstatement1224 (chosen at random)

Circuit 3: Daniel Day-Lewis

I’m sure I’m not alone in thinking that Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis is the finest actor working today, and that by the time his career comes to an end, could be the greatest actor to ever grace the silver screen. Born April 29, 1957 in London, England, Day-Lewis is notoriously known for being an incredibly […]

Circuit Round-Up (Week Ending 3/31)

Hello again, Awards Circuit readers! I hope you all had an enjoyable week, be it celebrating Easter, Passover, or appreciating the simple joys derived from moviegoing. As usual, there was plenty to hunt for at the site this week, though we aren’t in the business of hiding anything worth entertainment value. We began the festivities […]

Oscars 2013: Will Win/Should Win (Hamer)

I knew this day would come, and it is with a sense of both excitement and sadness.  By the end of my long deployment, I will have earned the most difficult and significant achievement of my life – Surface Warfare Officer Qualification, and finally perform the mission that my ship and I have been training […]

Oscar Circuit: Best Director

And the nominees are: Amour – Michael Haneke Beasts of the Southern Wild – Benh Zeitlin Life of Pi – Ang Lee Lincoln – Steven Spielberg Silver Linings Playbook – David O. Russell Ah, the film director: the man or woman behind the curtain. The director is the person responsible for the entire production – […]

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 […]

Circuit 3: Oscar Wishes

This week’s Circuit 3 is simple enough. I am the Oscar Genie, here to grant you three wishes! If you had the power to stuff the envelopes for three categories this weekend, what categories would you control the fate of and who would you hand the Oscar to in each? My Circuit 3 Oscar Wishes: Lincoln – Best […]

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 2013 Will Win/Should Win Selections (Melkonian)

(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 Supporting Actor

And the Nominees are… Alan Arkin – Argo Oscar Scene: “Argo fuck yourself” Robert De Niro – Silver Linings Playbook Oscar Scene: “When life reaches out with a woman like this it’s a sin if you don’t reach back, I’m telling you its a sin if you don’t reach back!” Philip Seymour Hoffman – The […]

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 […]

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 […]

2013 Writers Guild of America Preview

The Writers Guild of America will be announcing their winners tomorrow, Sunday, February 17.  All season long there have been many instances, which I’m just as guilty of, where we doubt Argo’s chances in an awards show.  The BFCA and Golden Globes seemed expected.  The Producers Guild of America was cool.  The SAG Ensemble win was jaw-dropping.  The Directors […]

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 […]

Happy Birthday, Mr. Lincoln

The Walt Disney Studios publicity team has issued a birthday card of sorts to honor our greatest president, while at the same time throwing in some last minute campaigning for Steven Spielberg’s film, Lincoln. Have a look at their sentiments toward our 16th President – and more notably the film – after the jump.

Awards Circuit Power Hour Episode 40: BAFTA, Screenplays, and 2014 Contenders!

The Awards Circuit Power Hour generates some lively discussions this week among the staff.  I’m joined by Terence, Joey, and Mark to dive into the Oscar race as well as other various topics: We talk about the BAFTA Awards that took place on Sunday where Argo reigned supreme.  How many awards will Ben Affleck’s film […]

Watch the 25th Annual USC Scripter Awards Here Tonight

The USC Scripter awards are tonight and you can watch the live stream here at the Awards Circuit. At the Oscars, the category that will most likely reveal early on what will win Best Picture is Adapted Screenplay, where Tony Kushner (Lincoln), Chris Terrio (Argo), and David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook) will all go […]

Oscar Circuit: Film Editing

And the nominees are: Argo – William Goldenberg Life of Pi – Tim Squyres Lincoln – Michael Kahn Silver Linings Playbook – Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers Zero Dark Thirty – Dylan Tichenor and William Goldenberg Film editing takes place on a movie in post-production, and is best described as the art of choosing shots […]

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 […]

Steven Spielberg Honored by American Cinema Editors

The 63rd annual ACE Eddie Awards will be presented Saturday, February 16th, honoring excellence in film editing for 2012. The Board of Directors of the American Cinema Editors (ACE) has selected Steven Spielberg to give their highest honor to, the ACE Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year Award. Have a look at the official release after the jump.

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 handsomefrank.com was chosen, and the work is quite impressive. Have a look at the beautiful images after the jump or click the gallery below.

Oscar Circuit: Adapted Screenplay

Faithfully and successfully adapting an original source into a workable feature film screenplay often poses itself as a daunting task to even the most seasoned writers.  Combined with the constant concern of providing a captivating narrative to drive a story, the added pressure of doing justice to the source increases expectations.  Ranging from a stage […]