Good Reads: “Midnight In Paris” & “The Descendants”

Hey y’all, welcome to Good Reads where we look into what makes the screenplay winners Oscar worthy. 2014, 2013 and 2012 are already covered, now it’s time to look back on two winners that added their statues to a mini collection – Woody Allen’s fourth and Alexander Payne’s second. Next week, The King’s Speech and […]

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 […]

Circuit Round-Up (Week Ending 03/18)

Last week saw reviews of Detachment, Being Flynn and 21 Jump Street. Joey Magidson praised Julianne Moore’s performance in his review of Game Change. Anna Belickis’ famed Dancing with the Stars coverage will make its triumphant return this coming week, but for now she teased us with her preview of what’s to come.

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 […]

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 […]

‘The Descendants’ and ‘Midnight in Paris’ take the WGA Awards!

Yes, things aren’t too clear considering ‘The Artist’ wasn’t eligible (among other films that perhaps could have posed a threat) for the Writers Guild, but this still is good momentum for both Woody Allen and Alexander Payne’s features. As you can see below, this is the full cinematic list of what the WGA Awards look […]

‘The Descendants’ takes USC Scripter Award!

It was really a 2 horse race for the Scripter this year, and it seems that ‘The Descendants’ has hurdled past ‘Moneyball’ and taken the prize (and perhaps moved into the lead for Best Adapted Screenplay), as the Los Angeles Times reports: “The Descendants” won the USC Libraries Scripter Award, a prize that honors the […]

‘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 […]

2011 ACCA Winners Announced!

The 2011 Awards Circuit Community Awards was one of the most diverse and hottest choices this side of the internet.  This is the only site that gives its readership a voice to name his/her favorite films and performances of the year.  With a wide open Oscar race, the ACCA race followed suit as you will […]

Oscar Circuit: Adapted Screenplay

The screenplay categories have a strong correlation with past Best Picture winners.  In the past few years, “Slumdog Millionaire,” “No Country for Old Men,” and “The Departed” have all won the Adapted Screenplay race that translated to a Best Picture statue.  Other winners such as “The Social Network,” “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by […]

Oscar Circuit: Best Film Editing

And the Nominees Are: The Artist The Descendants The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Hugo Moneyball Tied into the Best Picture race more than any other tech category is Best Film Editing. Scoring a Best Picture win without at least a nomination here, if not a win, is incredibly rare and almost unheard of. Of […]

Screen Actors Guild Predictions

Tonight, the Screen Actors Guild will present their winners for the very best in film and television.  The SAG awards have presented themselves as the most telling precursor of them all.  Last year, they matched up with Oscar 100% in their choices.  This year will be even more telling as the race seems wide open […]

Michel Hazanavicius wins DGA Award!

If you still weren’t willing to call the Oscar for “The Artist,” you should now.  Not sure if this will necessarily translate to an automatic Directing win for the French director but the film is signed, sealed, and delivered for Oscar gold.  Here’s the press release: LOS ANGELES —The winners of the Directors Guild of America […]

Directors Guild of America Predictions

The Nominees Are: Michel Hazanavicius – “The Artist” Alexander Payne – “The Descendants” David Fincher – “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” Martin Scorsese – “Hugo” Woody Allen – “Midnight in Paris” Prediction: Michel Hazanavicius for “The Artist” Alternate: Martin Scorsese for “Hugo”

Iowa Film Critics Go for ‘Descendants’

Best Picture: The Descendants Best Director: Alexander Payne (The Descendants) Best Actor: Brad Pitt (Moneyball) Best Actress: Viola Davis (The Help) Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer (Beginners) Best Supporting Actress: Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids) Best Animated Film: Rango Best Film Yet to Open in Iowa: We Need to Talk About Kevin AND Project Nim

Costume Design Guild Nominations

Excellence in Period Film: “The Artist” (Mark Bridges) “Jane Eyre” (Michael O’Connor) “The Help” (Sharen Davis) “Hugo” (Sandy Powell) “W.E.” (Arianne Phillips) Excellence in Fantasy Film: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2″ (Jany Temime) “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” (Penny Rose) “Red Riding Hood” (Cindy Evans) “Thor” (Alexandra Byrne) “X-Men: First […]

Sizing Up the Best Film Editing Field

Often called “the invisible art” of the movies, editing is a crucial and frequently undervalued (and misunderstood) element of filmmaking. Even more debatable is how to judge what “best” editing entails. Is it more commendable when an editor cuts a mediocre film out of pure garbage, or if they simply make impeccable footage flow well […]

‘Tinker Tailor’ makes a big showing with BAFTA!

“The Artist” and “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” lead the way with the BAFTA Nominations.  The most exciting is Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Drive” was nominated for Best Film and Director but Ryan Gosling and Albert Brooks were snubbed in their respective categories.  Carey Mulligan will be the sole representation for the acting ensemble with her supporting […]

‘The Artist’ triumphs at the Golden Globes with 3 Wins

“The Artist” lead the way with three golden statues including Best Picture (Musical or Comedy) and Best Actor for Jean Dujardin.  Alexander Payne’s “The Descendants” followed with two wins including Best Picture (Drama) and another award for lead George Clooney.  Probably the biggest surprise of the night was Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris” winning Best […]

“The Artist” Leads at the Critics Choice with Four Awards

Read the Official Press Release: LOS ANGELES, CA. – January 12, 2012 – The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) announced the winners of the 17th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards earlier this evening. Hosted by comedians Paul Scheer and Rob Huebel, the star-studded ceremony was held at the Hollywood Palladium and aired live on VH1. “The Artist” was named the year’s Best Picture and Michael […]

Year-In-Review: Editor’s Specialty Awards

The Year-In-Review continues with some non-traditional citations on certain films and performances that did or did not make head way in 2011. What are your choices for “Limited Performance” of the year? or Most Underrated Film? or share what you thought about the Year-in-TV as I dish out my favorites in Television Drama and Comedies. […]

Year-In-Review (Editor’s Honorable Mentions)

2011 presented a nice eclectic view of cinema we haven’t seen throughout the years.  If we summed it up to a ‘theme’ for the year, “silence” or “origins of cinema” would come to mind.  Films like Michel Hazanavicius’ “The Artist” and Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo” would fall in line with those thoughts.  When creating my ballots […]

Circuit Round-Up (Week Ending 01/01)

Happy New Year, everyone!  We concluded 2011 with reviews of Sleeping Beauty, Declaration of War, Project Nim, 13 Assassins and A Separation. Anna Belickis concluded her countdown of the worst, most vile, most inhumane offenses to art that graced the TV screen last year.  What was the worst of the worst, and what was the […]

Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards

TOP TEN FILMS The Descendants The Artist Hugo Moneyball The Tree of Life Drive Midnight in Paris Win Win War Horse The Help BEST ACTOR Winner – George Clooney (The Descendants) Runner-up – Michael Fassbender (Shame) BEST ACTRESS Winner – Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady Runner-up – Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin

St. Louis Film Critics Awards

Best Film The Artist runner-up: The Descendants Best Director Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist) runner-up: Terrence Malick (Tree of Life) Best Actor George Clooney (The Descendants) runner-up: Ryan Gosling (Drive) Best Actress Rooney Mara (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) runners-up – tied: Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady) and Michelle Williams (My Week With Marilyn)

Women Film Critics Circle Awards

BEST MOVIE BY A WOMAN – tied The Iron Lady We Need To Talk About Kevin Pariah The Whistleblower BEST MOVIE ABOUT WOMEN The Help Albert Nobbs Cracks Rid Of Me BEST WOMAN STORYTELLER Screenwriting Award The Iron Lady [Abi Morgan]  In The Land Of Blood And Honey [Angelina Jolie] Pariah [Dee Reese] We Need […]

Screen Actors Guild Nominations Reactions

Below are the reactions for this year’s Screen Actors Guild Award Nominations. It was quite interesting with surprises coming from Janet McTeer nominated for Best Supporting Actress and the great Demian Bichir receiving a Best Actor nomination for his work in “A Better Life.” This will be interesting to see how it all plays out. […]