Denzel Washington, Inner City

Denzel Washington’s ‘Fences’ Gets Awards Season Release Date

  Denzel Washington’s “Fences” has been given a huge boost of confidence in the form of a release date in the heart of awards season. Paramount has announced the film will have a limited showing in Los Angeles and New York December 16, and will open wide on Dec. 25. Washington directed, produced and starred in […]

Octavia Spencer, The Shack

Octavia Spencer Joins Taraji P. Henson in “Hidden Figures”

Octavia Spencer will star alongside Taraji P. Henson in Fox 2000’s “Hidden Figures.” “Hidden Figures” follows Katherine Johnson (Henson), a brilliant African-American mathematician who was part of the brain power behind the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit. Two other women, Dorothy Vaughn and Mary Jackson, served with Johnson on the mission, which was […]

Women in Cinema: The Ladies of the Summer Blockbuster

WOMEN IN CINEMA: Summer blockbuster season is upon us, and as is the case each year, the studio releases include a slate of predominantly male-led films. This year is a little different, though. Because this year, 17 out of the 40 summer films feature women in major, if not leading, roles. In comparing this with years […]

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 […]

86 Years A Snub – The Struggle for Black Actors in Hollywood

Lupita Nyong’o joined the coveted Oscar ranks earlier this month, becoming the seventh black actress (who is of Kenyan descent) to win an Oscar at the 2014 Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday, Mar. 2. While the accolades collected by 12 Years a Slave that night (including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay) set a precedent for African-American nominees, as […]

Will Jessica Chastain Join the Cast of ‘A Most Violent Year?’

It looks more and more likely that Jessica Chastain will join Javier Bardem in A Most Violent Year. The Academy Award nominated actress of The Help and Zero Dark Thirty is currently in negotiations to star in J. C. Chandor’s next project. Little is known about the film other than it being a crime/thriller. Chastain […]

Awards Circuit Power Hour Episode 3: Post-Oscar Talk

It’s been 24 hours and I’m joined by Joey, Robert, Anna, and Joseph to dish on the things of the night.  Here’s the agenda. The Not-So Surprising Wins (Plummer, Spencer) Quick note about our Academy Idol winner Billy Crystal:  How did he do? Technical aspects of the show (pacing, circus act, etc.) Surprises of the […]

Oscar Circuit: Best Actress

And the Nominees Are: Glenn Close for “Albert Nobbs” Oscar Scene: “I could live here.” Viola Davis for “The Help” Oscar Scene: “You’re a Godless Woman!” Rooney Mara for “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” Oscar Scene: “He’s had a long standing sexual relationship with his co-editor of the magazine. Sometimes he performs cunnilingus on […]

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 […]

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 […]

Oscar Circuit: Best Supporting Actress

The 2011 Nominees For Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role are… • BÉRÉNICE BEJO • THE ARTIST • JESSICA CHASTAIN • THE HELP • MELISSA MCCARTHY • BRIDESMAIDS • JANET MCTEER • ALBERT NOBBS • OCTAVIA SPENCER • THE HELP The Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress carries a much storied and […]

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 Web Series Launches on Oscar.com

Oscar.com has launched its brand new web series, “Nominated with Dave Karger”, that provides moviegoers with an in-depth look at each of the 2012 Oscar Nominees for Best Picture. Entertainment Weekly’s Oscar columnist, Dave Karger, hosts the web-series with insightful commentary that is inter-cut between clips of the films and interview footage from the crew, […]

Tate Taylor to Receive 2012 WGAW Paul Selvin Award

Read the Press Release: LOS ANGELES – Screenwriter-director Tate Taylor has been named recipient of the Writers Guild of America, West’s 2012 Paul Selvin Award for his adapted screenplay for the civil rights-era drama The Help. The Guild’s Selvin Award recognizes written work which embodies the spirit of constitutional rights and civil liberties. Filmmaker Taylor will be […]

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 […]

Isolation of the Issues

Sasha Stone of Awards Daily wrote this very passionate piece about racism and the Oscars.  I never share opinion pieces with readers but I was very taken by the truth that was said in the piece.  Here’s an excerpt and please give it a quick read: It’s really hard, isn’t it, to defend, spend time […]

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 […]

‘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” 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 […]

Directors Guild of America Preview & Predictions

Probably the most important precursor of them all, the Directors Guild of America announces their nominees tomorrow.  With the field of Best Picture anywhere between five and ten, the names called tomorrow morning will be essential to making the final cut in both Motion Picture and Director.  Last year, the group chose Darren Aronofsky (Black […]

Sizing Up the Costume Design Field

So what could one possibly say about Best Costume Design that one couldn’t possibly infer from all of my previous installments? Even non-Oscar watchers could tell you that the most ornate and attention-grabbing costumes get the lion’s share of these prizes, meaning that period pieces and fantasy films almost always clean up here (but almost […]

Year-In-Review: 2011 Davis’ Film Awards (Editors’ Choices)

Putting together a best of the year list can be a daunting task, especially when you have so many films and performances you feel passionate about.  There are obvious performances and films I thought I felt one way about, that either grew on me or was forgotten altogether by year’s end.  You’ll never find a […]

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. […]

Circuit Round-Up (Week Ending 12/25)

Happy holidays, everyone!  Last week saw reviews of Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close and The Adventures of Tintin. On top of revisiting The Help and Rise of the Planet of the Apes on Blu-Ray, Michael Ward also weighed in on Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, A Dangerous Method, The Artist, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo […]

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

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 […]

Black Film Critics Circle Awards

Best Picture – THE HELP Best Director – Dee Rees for PARIAH Best Actor – Olivier Litondo for THE FIRST GRADER Best Actress – Viola Davis for THE HELP Best Supporting Actor – Albert Brooks for DRIVE Best Supporting Actress – Octavia Spencer for THE HELP Best Independent Film – PARIAH Best Original Screenplay – […]

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. […]

Houston Film Critics Nominations

Best Picture Drive, Film District Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Warner Bros. Midnight in Paris, Sony Pictures Classics Take Shelter, Sony Pictures Classics The Artist, The Weinstein Company The Descendants, Fox Searchlight The Help, Dreamworks & Touchstone The Tree of Life, Fox Searchlight War Horse, Dreamworks & Disney Win Win, Fox Searchlight Best Director Alexander […]