Academy Awards: Oscar Loves Long Films, No Matter the Category

How many people like long movies? Personally, there is nothing more satisfying than a well-told hour-and-a-half film. However, it seems Oscar is stereotyped as liking longer movies. When one thinks of a Best Picture winner, they typically think of the long epics – “Titanic,” “Gone with the Wind,” “Ben Hur” and the list goes on. […]

Top 10: Best Dogs in the Movies

There is no greater love than a man and his dog. Dogs have been man’s best friend since the dawn of time. Movies have never been shy about using dogs as sympathetic hooks. For as many joyous moments with dogs, cinema loves to use dogs to make us weep. This weekend sees the release of […]

Historical Circuit: Top 35 Dance Sequences in Film, Vol. 2

If you read and enjoyed my previous foray into the world of dance in cinema, you’ll notice how easy it was determining what constituted a dance scene – anything highly choreographed. When the musical died out in the 1960s, dance became almost exclusively relegated to movies requiring a need for it, so subsequent generations had to get […]

TIFF: Do ppl luv or h8 Men, Women & Children?

Much like the insta-tweet reactions from last weekend’s Telluride, Awards Circuit brings you more insta-tweet reactions from the Toronto International Film Festival.  Toronto is often a very important place for Oscar-winning films to screen, as evidenced by recent Best Picture champs 12 Years a Slave, Argo, The Artist, The King’s Speech, The Hurt Locker, Slumdog […]

Six Spot #5: Best Director 2011

Welcome back to The Six Spot!  In case you missed last week’s 2003 Best Actress Six Spot, you can catch it here. This week, we discuss one of the more interesting pre-nomination races of the last decade, the 2011 Best Director race.  Unlike the four previous Six Spots, where we had a ton of non-nominees […]

Ten Best Studio Films – The Weinstein Company

Continuing the Best Films by the Studios Series. The Weinstein Company, the name that’s synonymous with Oscar-bait projects that gathers excitement from awards lovers everywhere and manages to get shortlisted in dozens of categories, even when the odds are not in their favor.  Harvey Weinstein, love him or hate him, is one of the most […]

Oscar Question of the Day – The Foreign Factor

Clint Eastwood’s Letters from Iwo Jima (2006) was the last film in a foreign language to be nominated for Best Picture by the Academy Awards in the 2007 ceremony.  With the recent announcement of the 71 films that will compete for Foreign Language film, many will agree, there are many in there worthy of a […]

Harvey Weinstein: More Powerful Then Ever?

Once upon a time, Harvey Weinstein and Mirimax, the company he started with his brother Bob and named after their parents, was as powerful a name in the movie industry as any. First as the premiere indie film label and then as a major studio with a seemingly golden Oscar touch. Many didn’t like Harvey’s heavy-handed […]

Producers Guild shifts 2013 PGA Awards date

The Producer’s Guild of America, which last year bestowed it’s highest honor on The Artist, has shifted the date for next year’s award show. Originally planned to be on January 19th, the ceremony will now take place on January 26th, 2013 and will be produced by Michael De Luca (Moneyball, The Social Network). This will […]

Harvey Weinstein to receive the Légion d’Honneur!

Yes, apparently leading a small silent French film to Oscar glory can really do wonders for your standing in France, it seems. The New York Times reports on this award: The kid from Queens is now the toast of France. Harvey Weinstein, who turned “The Artist,” a French-made film, into an Oscar-winning best picture, said […]

Editor’s Final Oscar Predictions

It’s Friday.  Oscars are on Sunday.  I’ve rattled my brain for hours, days, weeks.  It hurts.  I can’t.  I am fully ready to be wrong in many categories.  I also chickened out in several categories. I wanted to put Max Von Sydow instead of Christopher Plummer.  Not happening.  Can I get some type of credit […]

Oscar Circuit: Best Actor

And the Nominees Are: Demian Bichir for “A Better Life” Oscar scene: Telling his son that he does everything for him George Clooney for “The Descendants” Oscar scene: Saying goodbye to his wife Jean Dujardin for “The Artist” Oscar scene: Our introduction to George Valentin Gary Oldman for “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” Oscar scene: Smiley […]

Oscar Circuit: Best Cinematography

And the Nominees Are: Guillaume Schiffman “The Artist” Oscar Scene: Waking up from the sound dream sequence Jeff Cronenweth “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” Oscar Scene: Opening credits Robert Richardson “Hugo” Oscar Scene: Traveling through the train station Emmanuel Lubezski “The Tree of Life” Oscar Scene: Creation Janusz Kaminski “War Horse” Oscar Scene: Joey […]

Making the final case for each Best Picture nominee…

As you’re reading this, the Oscar voters have already made their final selections for each category of the Academy Awards, and there’s nothing left to do but wait for the results at the awards ceremony on Sunday. It got me to thinking, what kind of case has each Best Picture contender made for their shot […]

‘Artist’ and ‘Descendants’ split the 62nd Annual ACE Eddie Awards!

At this year’s ACE Eddie Awards, a few interesting things of note went down. First off, ‘The Descendants’ perhaps surprisingly won for Drama editing over the likes of ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’, ‘Hugo’, ‘Moneyball’, and ‘War Horse’. This could actually make it the prime challenger (despite what I wrote in my Oscar Circuit […]