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 […]

Overdue: Kevin O’Connell Hopes to Get Lucky With 21st Oscar Nomination

Normally, the number 21 is associated with a celebratory rite of passage into legal adulthood. For veteran sound mixer Kevin O’Connell, 21 represents the number of times he’s been nominated for an Oscar without a win. O’Connell’s incredible craftsmanship has ridden tangentially with the evolution of sound technology. Typically films that highlight such breakthroughs are ones […]

Circuit Breaker Episode 30: BAFTA Winners, State of the Race, Q&A

  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, […]

Mica Levi, The Oscars’ Stocatto Relationship With Female Composers

  The Academy Awards have been under scrutiny the last few years for its paucity of diversity – particularly in the acting categories. Online movements such as #OscarsSoWhite have become trending debates that discuss the lack of opportunity for actors of color to receive nominations, a phenomenon which is better understood as being indicative of […]

Oscars: Can ‘Moonlight’ Pull Off a Best Picture Upset?

It seems that nothing can stop the speeding train of Hollywood musical joy that is Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land.” A record-tying 14 Oscar nominations and seven record-winning Golden Globe wins carries insurmountable weight going into the 89th Academy Awards. But where there is the impossible, there is history. From “Gravity” to “Mad Max: Fury Road,” […]

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OSCARS: First Batch of Presenters Includes DiCaprio, Larson, Rylance and Vikander

It is customary at the Oscars for the previous year’s acting winners to present the current year’s winners. The Academy looks to be continuing that tradition, if its first batch of presenters is any indication. The Academy announced Wednesday that Leonardo DiCaprio, Brie Larson, Mark Rylance and Alicia Vikander will present. DiCaprio famously broke his […]

Oscars

Circuit Breaker Episode 27: Final Oscar Predictions and ACCA 2016 Nominations

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 […]

2017 Guild Predictions: WGA and Art Directors Weighing In

A lot of major guilds will be announcing in the next seven days. It seemed like an appropriate time to offer up some predictions on how each of them will go. The major guilds that are announcing are: Writers Guild of America (Wednesday, Jan. 4) Art Directors Guild (Thursday, Jan. 5) BAFTA Nominations (Tuesday, Jan. […]

Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association

BREAKING: ‘Moonlight’ and ‘Loving’ Classified as ADAPTED Screenplays for Oscars

The SAG nominations aren’t the only things throwing a wrench into this year’s Oscar race. In another shocking move, the Academy declared “Loving” and “Moonlight” ineligible for Best Original Screenplay honors. The films will instead be in contention for Best Adapted Screenplay nods. Both films have competed for Original Screenplay honors all season so far. […]

Critics' Choice Documentary Awards

OSCARS: Documentary Feature Shortlist Unveiled – See Which Films Made the Cut!

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences released its documentary feature shortlist today. Familiar names such as “Weiner,” “13th,” “The Eagle Huntress,” “O.J.: Made in America,” “Gleason” and more made the list. The shortlist for Best Documentary Feature is: “Cameraperson,” Big Mouth Productions “Command and Control,” American Experience Films/PBS “The Eagle Huntress,” Stacey Reiss […]

Best Visual Effects

‘Jungle Book,’ ‘Kubo,’ ‘Rogue One’ Among Shortlist for Best Visual Effects

“The Jungle Book,” “Kubo and the Two Strings” and “Rogue One” are advancing in the Best Visual Effects Oscar race. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the 20-film shortlist for the category Friday. Per The Hollywood Reporter, the inclusion of “Kubo” is notable because it’s unusual for an animated film to make […]

'Piper' best animated short

Academy Announces Shortlist for Best Animated Short

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the shortlist for Best Animated Short today. A whopping 69 films were in contention, but the shortlist has whittled those down to 10. Five of the following films will make it on to Oscar nomination morning on Jan. 24. The winner will of course be announced […]

AFI Fest Film Review: Asghar Farhadi’s ‘The Salesman’ Is an Emotionally Unnerving Yet Vital Morality Tale

2016 AFI FILM FEST: Asghar Farhadi’s “The Salesman” is another turbulent familial drama that’s among the very best in the auteur’s oeuvre. Pushing viewers’ stress level to peak capacity, the film addresses the moral consequences of retaliating the cruelest form of dishonor. Issues of sexual assault, female agency, male entitlement and violence are meticulously probed. […]

Oscars 2017

Oscars 2017: Documentary Shorts Contenders Revealed

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its shortlist of 10 documentary shorts for the 2017 Oscars. The list will ultimately be whittled down to five on Jan. 24 when all Oscar nominees are announced. The 10 doc shorts are: “Brillo Box (3¢ Off),” Brillo Box Documentary “Close Ties,” Munk Studio – Polish […]

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 […]

Arrival

Sci-Fi Fridays, Episode 59: Five Ways ‘Arrival’ Can Avoid the Oscar Fate of ‘Interstellar’

Has Denis Villeneuve crafted a new sci-fi classic with his well-received “Arrival?” That’s for audiences to ultimately decide, but critics emerging from recent festival screenings were bowled over by its ingenuity. Several were also quick to remark how esoteric and perplexing it might come across to Academy voters. Like “Interstellar” before it – which nabbed five […]

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Circuit Tech: Cinematography Contenders for the Remainder of 2016

Several weeks back, I discussed some of the potential cinematography contenders on tap for Academy recognition from the first half of 2016. This week, I look ahead to the second half of 2016 where there’s bound to be a plethora of Oscar hopefuls given the encroaching awards season. With the Venice Film Festival and Telluride […]

Circuit Tech: Cinematography contenders from the first half of 2016

Last week, I discussed the potential visual effects contenders at next year’s Academy Awards ceremony. This week, we focus on the men and women (crossing my fingers for the latter) behind the camera who are responsible for a film’s initial visual takeoff. Truth be told, we only have a handful of legitimate threats in the […]

Awards Profile: Captain America: Civil War

Welcome to the 2016 Awards Profiles series, where we talk about high and low-profile films coming to a theater near you at some point this year.  We will analyze the potential for these films to be players for the Academy Awards, and while many of these have the potential to be recognized, many will not […]