Oscars 2014: New Faces, Few Spaces

OSCAR CIRCUIT: A few changes have occurred in the 2014 Oscar Predictions.  Rumors of Saul Dibb‘s Suite Francaise, Todd Haynes’ Carol, and Justin Kurzel‘s MacBeth moving to 2015 have floated around so I jumped the gun and removed them from the predictions.  Sadly on the surface, with those three big films moving, I’m beginning to […]

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Stray Dog (★★★)

LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL 2014: Debra Granik’s Stray Dog is a slow burn but a worthwhile one. As the follow-up to her acclaimed 2010 indie Winter’s Bone (you know, the film that gave *the* Jennifer Lawrence her big break!), this documentary could easily have been another hokey biopic with either Mickey Rourke or Jeff Bridges […]


OSCARS: New Overhaul Continues with Best Actor and Best Actress

The major Oscar Predictions update continue with a new an improved look for Best Actor and Best Actress.  Yesterday, I revealed the new Best Picture and Director looks.  As always, when you look at the categories in June, they are stacked with big stars and some outstanding, up and coming talent. With the men, there’s […]


Awards Profile: The Judge

Directed by: David Dobkin Written by: Nick Schenk, David Seidler, and Bill Dubuque Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, Leighton Meester, Dax Shepard, Billy Bob Thornton, Melissa Leo, and Vincent D’Onofrio Synopsis: A successful lawyer (Downey Jr.)  returns to his hometown for his mother’s funeral only to discover that his estranged father (Duvall), the town’s judge, is […]


’12 Years a Slave’ Wins Best Picture at the Academy Awards

History was made tonight! Steve McQueen‘s “12 Years a Slave” becomes the first film directed and produced by a black filmmaker to win the top category of Best Motion Picture at the 86th Academy Awards.  The Fox Searchlight Pictures distributed film netted three wins including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress for Lupita Nyong’o, and Best […]


List of 86th Annual Academy Awards Winners – As They’re Announced

JOIN THE LIVE BLOG CONVERSATION TO SPEAK ABOUT THE WINNERS! BEST MOTION PICTURE “12 Years a Slave” BEST DIRECTOR Alfonso Cuaron for “Gravity” BEST ACTOR Matthew McConaughey for “Dallas Buyers Club” BEST ACTRESS Cate Blanchett for “Blue Jasmine BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR Jared Leto for “Dallas Buyers Club BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS Lupita Nyong’o for “12 Years […]


Awards Circuit Staff Collective Oscar Predictions Chart

GAME ON!   CLAYTON JOEY MARK TERENCE JOSEPH ROBERT KRISTEN MICHAEL SAM PICTURE 12 Years a Slave Gravity 12 Years a Slave Gravity Gravity Gravity 12 Years a Slave 12 Years a Slave Gravity DIRECTOR Cuaron Cuaron Cuaron Cuaron Cuaron Cuaron McQueen Cuaron Cuaron LEAD ACTOR McConaughey McConaughey McConaughey McConaughey McConaughey McConaughey McConaughey McConaughey McConaughey […]


Oscars 2014: Will Win/Should Win Selections (Mark Johnson)

I’ve said it many times before, but I believe it bears repeating: the calendar year for most people runs January through December, but for such Oscar-obsessed people as you will find writing here at The Awards Circuit, the year ends with Oscar Sunday. Everything we do at this site leads to and culminates with the Academy Awards. […]


Oscar Circuit: Best Foreign Language Film

With the Oscars just days away, we turn our heads to the films from our brothers and sisters from various countries.  The Best Foreign Language Film category has yielded itself to many surprises over the years.  Argentina’s “The Secret in their Eyes” besting “The White Ribbon” and “A Prophet” was quite shocking (though predicted by […]


Awards Circuit Power Hour Episode 86: Final Oscar Predictions, Casting Remakes, Academy Idol Finalists

Welcome to another edition of the Awards Circuit Power Hour, our weekly podcast diving deep into all things film, television, and entertainment.   We’re back this week to go head first into our semi-final Oscar Predictions.  We go through all the categories to discuss the power and uncertainty of many of the races. There’s also news […]


Oscar Circuit: Best Costume Design

It’s the costume designer’s job to properly design a wardrobe of costumes that symbolize the characters in a film and set the right mood for every scene. The following nominees did a fantastic job completing this task. And the nominees are… • American Hustle- Michael Wilkinson • The Grandmaster- William Chang Suk Ping • The […]