Sully, Telluride Film Festival

Oscar Circuit: Following the Box Office to the Best Picture Nomination

Readers and followers on the Awards Circuit social media pages led me to think about the box office and the “follow the money” mentality that plagues Oscar-goers. This, in turn, led me to think about how thin the populist vote will be represented by the Academy Awards this year. At this time of writing, of […]


Oscar Circuit: AFI Film Fest Sets the Stage for Studio Films and Annette Bening’s Best Actress Run

Moving into the month of November means the official launch of Phase 1 for awards season. Marketing plans are in place, publicists are planning events, and the stars are gearing up to plead their cases to members of the guilds. We’ve already spoken about the upcoming “13 days” of the awards season which will shoehorn over […]


Oscar Circuit: Wrapping Up the New York Film Festival and Looking Ahead to Precursors

The festival doors at the Film Society at Lincoln Center have closed. The 2016 New York Film Festival is officially in the books with a few answers coming for questions on the Oscar race. The biggest thing to come out of the festival was surely Mike Mills’ “20th Century Women.” Boasting some beautiful notices for […]


Oscar Circuit: Could Viola Davis See a Best Supporting Actress Campaign?

In a world where the internet explodes with rage over the negative feedback over “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” or the latest incoherent thought from a presidential candidate that gets his hair disheveled on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon,” we approach the point in the early awards season where film campaigns begin to […]

La La Land - Best Director

Oscar Circuit: Venice Wraps, TIFF Is Off, and King of the ‘Land’ (For Now)

When I took a look at the films that were topping the Oscar charts this morning, it was extremely interesting how many of them were littered with minority filmmakers, actors and producers. However, one year of diverse nominees doesn’t solve the problem. There’s an argument to be made that we could have all people of […]


Oscars: Telluride, ‘Silence’, Editor for ‘Fences’, and ‘Live By Night’ staying 2017?

2016 OSCAR CIRCUIT: It’s the week of the Telluride Film Festival where it will officially kick off the Oscar season.  Over the next thirty some odd days, a total of four festivals will attempt to document and set the landscape of the awards season.  Films will rise, while others will inevitably fall.  Some films may get […]


2016 Oscar Circuit Guide: Award Hopefuls Debuting at Venice, TIFF, and NYFF

The Oscar season will officially be underway this week with the start of the biggest festivals of the fall. Over the next four weeks we will venture off into the Venice Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival and New York Film Festival. This is a preview of the fall festivals and what […]


Circuit Breaker Podcast Episode 4: Fall Festivals, Predictions, and ACCA TV Winners

Welcome to the Awards Circuit podcast titled “CIRCUIT BREAKER!“, a weekly podcast from 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, […]


OSCARS: Final Guesses for an Uncommon Year, ‘Mad Max’ and ‘The Revenant’ Predicted to Lead with 10 Each

Pencils and erasers down.  Send your tests to the front of the class.  2016 Oscar Predictions are officially closed here on Awards Circuit.  The Academy Awards will announce their nominations this Thursday tapping John Krasinski, Guillermo Del Toro, and Ang Lee to join Cheryl Boone Isaacs for all 24 categories once again. If you’re looking at […]

J.J. Abrams (God Particle)

Oscars: The Chances for ‘Star Wars’ with the Holiday Upon Us

With a record breaking box office weekend, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has landed with a love that’s palpable in all corners of not just the internet, but among general circles in and out of your life.  The question that has lit up my Twitter feed over the weekend is, “how many Oscar nominations will […]


Oscar Circuit: Could ‘Son of Saul’ Become the First Foreign Best Picture Winner?

Each Oscar season reflects a narrative of the collection of films in contention.  Last year portrayed a passionate underdog against expert filmmaking techniques in films like “Boyhood” and the eventual winner “Birdman or (the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance).”  The year before, it was about history and spectacle as winner “12 Years a Slave” took on […]