‘The Shape of Water’ Gets Awards Season Release Date

Guillermo del Toro‘s upcoming film, “The Shape of Water,” will be released on December 8, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film stars Michael Shannon, Octavia Spencer, Michael Stuhlbarg, Sally Hawkins and more. Shannon, Spencer and Hawkins have all been nominated for Oscars. Spencer won for the 2011 film, “The Help.” Set in the Cold […]

Awards Speculation: #OscarsSoWhite Returns From Hiatus?

Welcome back to the 2017 Awards Speculation series, where we speculate on specific Oscar categories, analyzing big players, potential dark horses and upcoming narratives. For the next few weeks, we will bring you a category every Friday to talk about how it might shake out over the upcoming months. If you have a suggestion, please include it in the comments below. […]

Film Review: ‘Gifted’ Utilizes Strong Acting to Overcome Cliches

Without question, you’ve seen something like “Gifted” before. In fact, the plot developments in the film are almost entirely predictable. This drama doesn’t miss a single cliche in the book, but at the same time, it handles them nearly perfectly. That makes for a surprisingly good movie, one that’s in no way original, but still […]

Circuit Breaker Episode 31: Final Predictions for Oscars 2017

Welcome to the Awards Circuit podcast titled “CIRCUIT BREAKER!,” a weekly podcast from AwardsCircuit.com featuring host Clayton Davis along with panelists Sam Coffey, Mark Johnson and Joey Magidson. We discuss movies, television and all the awards shows that need predicting. New episodes are released every Monday. Find us on Twitter at @Circuit_Pod, email us at podcast@awardscircuit.com, and […]

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‘Hidden Figures’ Nabs Capitol Hill Screening

As Oscar voting gets underway this week, Best Picture nominee “Hidden Figures” is getting a special screening on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, according to a new report from The Hollywood Reporter. The report claims that four Democrats – U.S. Senators Tim Kaine, Mark Warner, Sherrod Brown and U.S. Rep Bobby Scott – will host the […]

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First Lady Michelle Obama Hosted ‘Hidden Figures’ Screening at White House

First lady Michelle Obama brought “Hidden Figures” to the White House. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the first lady hosted the cast and director of the film at the White House Thursday. The outlet also notes that she had already seen the film, and gave remarks on it at the event as well. “Hidden Figures” follows […]

Houston Film Critics Society Nominations – ‘The Nice Guys’ and Rebecca Hall Get a Deserved Boost

The Houston Film Critics Society released their nominations where “The Nice Guys” surprisingly popped up in their Best Picture lineup, alongside films like “The Handmaiden” and “Nocturnal Animals.” Other notable mentions include Octavia Spencer (“Hidden Figures”) and Rebecca Hall (“Christine”). Mahershala Ali (“Moonlight”) was noticeably left out of the Best Supporting Actor category. Check out […]

Film Review: ‘Hidden Figures’ Is Pure Goodness Featuring a Stellar Cast

There’s much to admire in Theodore Melfi‘s newest uplifting venture “Hidden Figures.” His ability to tap into the human condition and spirit has been proven with efforts like “St. Vincent.” Boasting an all-star cast that includes the talents of Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monae and Octavia Spencer, the 20th Century Fox feature emerges as one of […]

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WATCH: New ‘Hidden Figures’ Trailer With Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson and Janelle Monáe

Capitalizing on excellent early buzz for “Hidden Figures,” 20th Century Fox has released a new full-length trailer for the film. “Hidden Figures” follows Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughn (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe), brilliant African-American mathematicians who were part of the NASA brain power behind the launch of astronaut John Glenn […]

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‘Hidden Figures’ Headed to TIFF For Exclusive First Look

“Hidden Figures” is shaping up to be a film to look out for. Fox is pulling out all the stops for the project by providing an exclusive first look at some footage from the film at Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), a frequent stop for Oscar hopefuls. The Hollywood Reporter, who first broke the news, […]

Director Guillermo del Toro Begins Principal Photography on ‘The Shape of Water’

Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg and Octavia Spencer to Star Read the Press Release: Los Angeles, CA, August 15, 2016 – Fox Searchlight Pictures’ Presidents Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley announced that principal photography on THE SHAPE OF WATER began today in Toronto, Canada.  The film stars Academy Award nominee Sally […]

Check out the First Poster for ‘Hidden Figures’ from 20th Century Fox!

20th Century Fox has just released the FIRST poster for their upcoming film, HIDDEN FIGURES, based on the women you don’t know behind the mission you do. This incredible untold story stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer & Janelle Monáe and hits theaters this January. Also, be sure to check out the the trailer for […]


Marc Webb’s ‘Gifted’ Sets Release Date

Director Marc Webb’s (“500 Days of Summer,” “The Amazing Spider-Man”) latest project has set a release date. “Gifted,” which stars Chris Evans and Octavia Spencer, has been given the go-ahead for an April 12, 2017 release. The film stars Evans as Frank, a single man raising a child prodigy – his spirited young niece Mary […]

John Hawkes and Octavia Spencer headline Thriller “Small Town Crime”

The Hollywood Reporter announced that John Hawkes, Octavia Spencer, Anthony Anderson and Robert Forester have joined the cast of an upcoming crime drama, “Small Town Crime.” The film will be directed by Eshom and Ian Nelms (previously directed “Waffle Street”) and Spencer will also serve as an Executive Producer on the film. She has actually worked […]

Pharrell Williams Boards ‘Hidden Figures’ to Produce, Write Music

“Hidden Figures” is shaping up to be a film to look out for. Pharrell Williams has signed on to the film as producer, and will also create and write original songs and oversee musical elements of the film and its soundtrack. In addition, Kirsten Dunst (“Midnight Special”), Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory”), Janelle Monáe […]

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Octavia Spencer in Talks to Star in Guillermo Del Toro’s Upcoming Project

Octavia Spencer is in talks to join Guillermo Del Toro’s latest mystery project for Fox Searchlight. According to Variety, Del Toro is writing, directing and producing the film, which will be an otherworldly love tale set in America during the Cold War era. The outlet reports that Del Toro had been weighing several options for […]

Kevin Costner Joins Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer in ‘Hidden Figures’

“Hidden Figures” has nabbed another big name. Variety confirmed today that Academy Award winner Kevin Costner will join Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer in the astronaut drama. Costner has been cast as the head of the space program, according to Variety. “Hidden Figures” follows Katherine Johnson (Henson), a brilliant African-American mathematician who was part […]

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Octavia Spencer Joins Taraji P. Henson in “Hidden Figures”

Octavia Spencer will star alongside Taraji P. Henson in Fox 2000’s “Hidden Figures.” “Hidden Figures” follows Katherine Johnson (Henson), a brilliant African-American mathematician who was part of the brain power behind the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit. Two other women, Dorothy Vaughn and Mary Jackson, served with Johnson on the mission, which was […]

Film Review: Black or White (★★★)

I’ve always admired the work of filmmaker Mike Binder a bit more than most (particularly the underrated gem Reign Over Me, though also many of his smaller comedies as well), particularly in terms of the material he gives his actors. As such, I’ve had my eye on this bit of would be awards bait (or more […]

Get On Up (★½)

“The hardest working man in show business;” “The Godfather of Soul;” “Mr. James Brown.” If I wasn’t already aware of these monikers, director Tate Taylor wouldn’t help me along. When a Brown biopic was first announced, so close after Brown’s death as to leave you wondering whether the man was even cold, questions were raised about […]

Snowpiercer (★★★½)

LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL 2014: Give me a moment to catch my breath as I type up this review for Snowpiercer, because my lord was this movie a relentless experience, filled with more bloodshed and bodies than one train can handle! Nope, “train” isn’t a metaphor – South Korean director Joon-ho Bong’s dystopic action thriller […]

The Funk Don’t Quit in the New ‘Get On Up’ Trailer with Chadwick Boseman

Today we have a new trailer for Tate Taylor‘s upcoming James Brown biopic Get on Up starring Chadwick Boseman, Viola Davis, Nelsan Ellis, and Octavia Spencer.  This could be a potential Oscar player in several categories based on the trend of the Academy and their love for biopics like Ray and Walk the Line.  We […]

Awards Profile: Get On Up

Directed By: Tate Taylor Cast: Chadwick Boseman, David Andrew Nash, Nelsan Ellis, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Dan Aykroyd, Jill Scott, Tika Sumpter, Craig Robinson Synopsis: A chronicle of James Brown’s rise from extreme poverty to become one of the most influential musicians in history. Why It Could Succeed: On paper, this project sounds really exciting. […]

Awards Profile: Snowpiercer

Directed By: Bong Joon-ho Written By: Bong Joon-ho and Kelly Masterson Cast: Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Ed Harris, Song Kang-ho, Octavia Spencer, Alison Pill, John Hurt, Ewen Bremner, Go Ah-sung, and Luke Pasqualino. Synopsis (From IMDB): In a future where a failed global-warming experiment kills off most life on the planet, a class […]

86 Years A Snub – The Struggle for Black Actors in Hollywood

Lupita Nyong’o joined the coveted Oscar ranks earlier this month, becoming the seventh black actress (who is of Kenyan descent) to win an Oscar at the 2014 Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday, Mar. 2. While the accolades collected by 12 Years a Slave that night (including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay) set a precedent for African-American nominees, as […]

A Place at the Table – Minorities in Desperate Need of More Roles

I know it’s a horse that’s been beaten for years but it’s always worth bringing up…with examples.  The status of minorities getting valued works in Hollywood is lower than I’ve seen in years.   Black actors are regulated to the yearly Tyler Perry rom-com and black filmmakers are rarer than meteor heading towards Earth, at least in terms of […]