Six Spot #8: Best Actor 2013

Welcome back to The Six Spot! In case you missed last week’s 1997 Best Actor Six Spot, you can catch it here. This week, I finally tackle what has by far been the most requested Six Spot: Best Actor 2013. But before we dive into that, I want to assure everyone that I do, indeed, […]

U2 to Perform “Ordinary Love” On The Oscars®

BEVERLY HILLS, CA — World-renowned rock band U2 will perform their Oscar®-nominated song, “Ordinary Love” for a global audience at the Oscars®, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. U2’s exclusive Oscar show performance will be the first time the band will perform the song live. The Oscars, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, will air […]

Oscar Circuit: Best Original Song

Our look at the individual Oscar categories continue.  If you missed a piece, click on the tag titled Oscar Circuit 2014.  You can also see the official Oscar Predictions page for Best Original Song. And the Nominees Are… “Happy” – ‘Despicable Me 2‘ “Let it Go”- ‘Frozen‘ “The Moon Song” – ‘Her‘ “Ordinary Love”- ‘Mandela: Long Walk […]

NAACP Awards Announced – ’12 Years a Slave’ Shows Up Big

Check out the full list below for the NAACP Awards Nominations and if you missed an any awards announcement, please check on our Precursor Station for all the awards listed. MOTION PICTURE Outstanding Motion Picture “12 Years A Slave” (River Road/Plan B/New Regency/Fox Searchlight Pictures) “Fruitvale Station” (The Weinstein Company/Forest Whitaker’s Significant Productions, OG Project) “Lee Daniels’ […]

Community Reactions: Your Thoughts on the Holiday Movie Releases

So many films are opening in theaters today, some just in full release.  Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, Ben Stiller’s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Peter Berg’s Lone Survivor, John Wells’ August: Osage County, John Lee Hancock’s Saving Mr. Banks, and Ralph Fiennes’ The Invisible Woman.  Wow…that was a mouth full.  And […]

Awards Circuit Power Hour Episode 73: AFI Recap, Studio Placements, Oscar Talk

Welcome to another edition of the Awards Circuit Power Hour, our weekly podcast diving deep into all things film, television, and entertainment. We have a jam-packed agenda, while celebrating the centennial of Mark Johnson.  The agenda is down below: Honorary Oscars given out to Lansbury, Martin, Tosi, and Jolie Walt Disney studios submits Frozen and Monsters University […]

AFI Fest: Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (★★)

I know, I know. I’m shocked too. The last thing I’d ever want to do is slam a film dedicated to the heroic liberator of South Africa, the beyond incredible Nelson Mandela. But unfortunately director Justin Chadwick has created a thoroughly average, lethargically paced, overly repetitive biopic that feels so much longer than its 146 […]

‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’ to Screen for President Obama at the White House

President Barack Obama will screen the Nelson Mandela biopic, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, at the White House this Thursday, according to representatives from The Weinstein Company. Idris Elba and Naomie Harris, who play Nelson and Winnie Mandela, repectively, will be in attendance. Our next President, Hillary Clinton will host another screening of the film […]

TWC Releases New Trailer for ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’ with Original Song by U2!

The buzz has been building for The Weinstein Company and their new film “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” by director Justin Chadwick and starring the terrific Idris Elba. From an exclusive at Yahoo! Movies, they have released a new trailer that includes a new original song by U2 called “Ordinary Love.” The film begins screening […]

Best Actor Predictions – Can Hanks Become the New Day-Lewis?

For the past two years, Meryl Streep and Daniel Day-Lewis joined a very small group of actors that have won three Academy Awards.  Streep won two Oscars in Lead Actress for “Sophie’s Choice” and “The Iron Lady” and won in Supporting Actress for “Kramer vs. Kramer.”  Day-Lewis has the most Lead Actor wins in history. […]

Awards Circuit Power Hour Episode 64: More Festival Round-Up, News, and Categorizing the Globes

Welcome to another edition of the Awards Circuit Power Hour, our weekly podcast diving deep into all things film, television, and entertainment. The staff is back this week with lots of talk regarding some of the big films that have premiered at festivals including “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” “Dallas Buyers Club,” and “The Railway Man,” […]

TORONTO : ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’ Puts Idris Elba in the Oscar Hunt!

One of the big question marks of the awards season is Justin Chadwick’s “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” in which the very underrated Idris Elba portrays South African former President, Nelson Mandela.  Listed on every pundits “in contention” lists for the year, no one really knew how good or bad the film could be.  Being […]

Oscar Circuit – Supporting Players Riding the Wave

It’s happened nearly every year since I’ve followed the Academy Awards race this closely.  A performance is touted as THE performance of the year with no way they could lose when the envelope is opened.  Often times, the kick off happens at the Cannes Film Festivals, other times during Toronto.  Regardless, the Lead performer often […]

Ten Best Studio Films – The Weinstein Company

Continuing the Best Films by the Studios Series. The Weinstein Company, the name that’s synonymous with Oscar-bait projects that gathers excitement from awards lovers everywhere and manages to get shortlisted in dozens of categories, even when the odds are not in their favor.  Harvey Weinstein, love him or hate him, is one of the most […]

Awards Season Shuffle – Where Will Actors Be Campaigned?

Moving in on these later summer days, the season is gearing  up for a loud and hopefully entertaining start with Telluride, Toronto, and New York Film Festival all coming in at just over a month’s time.  The staff and I weighed in our predictions, and I’ll probably do one more little tweak just before the […]

2014 Oscar Predictions – Pre-Festival Looks and Optimism for the Season

The pre-festival rounds up have begun.  Studios are assessing their potential for awards success while bloggers, critics, and analysts begin to formulate possible outcomes for films and performers for fall and winter.  We’ve done enough talk about the early year contenders and we can only hope and pray that some of those gems like Before […]

First Trailer for ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’ Drops on Mandela’s 95th Birthday

The Weinstein Company (TWC) and Distant Horizon have released the first trailer for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, starring Idris Elba in the titular role. The date is no coincidence, as July 18 marks the 95th birthday of Nelson Mandela (otherwise known as Nelson Mandela International Day). TWC has shown footage of the film to the United Nations […]

First Poster for ‘Mandela’ Showcases Idris Elba Front and Center!

The Weinstein Company looks to have another impressive slate of films hitting the stateside this upcoming awards season.  Naturally, AMPAS voters, as well as Oscar prognosticators, will be looking to them for strong acting contenders.  For the past several years, the Weinstein Company has produced at least one acting winner every year dating back to […]