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(Terence)

(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 […]

National Society of Film Critics awards Haneke, Riva, and ‘Amour’

The Full Winners Are: Best Picture: “Amour” (28) Runners-up: “The Master” (25); “Zero Dark Thirty” (18) Best Director: Michael Haneke, “Amour” (27) Runners-up: Paul Thomas Anderson, “The Master” (24); Kathryn Bigelow, “Zero Dark Thirty” (24) Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln” (59) Runners-up: Denis Lavant, “Holy Motors” (49); Joaquin Phoenix, “The Master” (49) Best Actress: Emmanuelle Riva, “Amour” (50) Runners-up: […]

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 […]

Oscar Predictions include more ‘Beasts,’ ‘Master,’ and Dowd!

Short Oscar Circuit this week folks! As LAFCA, NYFCO, and BSFC all proved yesterday, you can’t keep a good ol’ film when its down.  The Master resurrected after being nearly shut out thus far and won Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Supporting Actress with the prestigious Los Angeles Film Critics. Normally, and I mean […]

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 […]

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

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 Film Critics Association (WAFCA) announced their winners for […]

McConaughey and Weisz Surprise with NYFCC, Zero Dark Thirty and Lincoln take 3 awards

The New York Film Critics have announced their winners for the best in cinema for 2012.  The East Coast group that awarded Best Picture to Michel Hazanavicius’ The Artist last year chose the brilliant Zero Dark Thirty directed by Kathryn Bigelow.  The film won a total of three awards from the coveted group including Cinematography […]

Oscar Circuit – Music vs. History

With two (really one) contender left to be unveiled, this is the most exciting awards race I’ve covered in all my years of Oscar prognosticating.  Every category is competitive and with races like this, anything can happen.  Along with updating the official Oscar Predictions, I’ve updated the major precursors such as the Golden Globe Awards and […]

Sight and Sound critics name ‘The Master’ Best Film of 2012

Tis the season for critics groups to begin announcing their “Best of 2012” lists and one of the earliest announcements come from the Sight and Sound critics. Comprised of about 100 international critics, it’s one of the more influential voting bodies, and this year their top spot went to Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master. Other Oscar […]

AFI Fest: Amour (**½)

As saddened as I am by this, I must report that Canne’s recent Palme d’Or recipient, Michael Haneke’s Amour, is one of the most disappointing efforts of the year, especially considering all the hype surrounding its greatness. I realize I am alone here — Editor-in-Chief Clayton Davis and staff writer/film historian John H. Foote have called […]

‘Amour’ leads European Film Awards with 6 nominations

With six nominations, Michael Haneke’s Palme d’Or winning film, Amour, leads the recently announced nominees for the European Film Awards. Receiving noms in all the major categories, including two acting nominations, it’s certainly got widespread appeal, could this translate to Oscar? Amour isn’t the only Oscar contender, past or present, included in the nominations with […]

BFI London Film Festival – DAY 1 (Part 2)

Following screenings of The Sessions and Frankenweenie come two foreign language offerings that both know how to make an impression… Amour (***) After seizing the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes, everyone wants to know whether Michael Haneke’s emotionally charged Amour can go all the way to the Oscars. It follows Georges and Anne, a […]