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Good Reads: “The Hurt Locker” & “Precious”

Welcome to Good Reads, where we look into what makes the screenplay winners Oscar worthy – every detail the writer leaves feeds into the drama. The 2010s are done and dusted, find them here under the tag. Now we’re onto two surprises from 2009. Next week, Slumdog Millionaire – adapted winner based on a fictional […]

Women in Cinema: Best Directors

Could the Academy Nominate Two Women Directors this Year?

Women in Cinema: The Academy has the opportunity to do the unthinkable this year: nominate two women directors in the Best Director category. Even in a year when women-led films are few and far between, 2014 could be the year that women directors finally, truly become recognized as equal to their male counterparts. I know. I […]

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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 […]

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Where Have All the Cowgirls Gone? Female Directors Scarce in Hollywood

WOMEN IN CINEMA: There hasn’t been a banner year for female directors since 2010 when Kathryn Bigelow received the Oscar for Best Directing for her pessimistic war film The Hurt Locker (2009), making her the first Oscar-winning female director. The monumental moment came after decades of unacknowledged efforts of female helmers. There were just three […]

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You Can’t Vote for What You Don’t See – An Awards Season Plea

I’m starting it early this year.  I’ve long championed some of the little guys but have admitted out loud, that I do fall into the consensus crowd more times than not.  I still agree with the rewarding of Slumdog Millionaire and am not offended by the rewarding of films like The King’s Speech, Chicago, or even Crash.  With that being […]

The Tarantino Effect – When Will Oscar See Him as a Director, Not a Writer

With all the craziness of awards season, I hadn’t fully noticed the big story circulating among the writers branch that the two great screenwriters Mark Boal and Quentin Tarantino were squaring off in the Original Screenplay category once again.  The last time the two dueled was in 2009 when Boal’s The Hurt Locker triumphed over Tarantino’s Inglourious […]

Kathryn Bigelow Gets the Cover of TIME Magazine

Oscar winning director Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker) has sparked a lot of controversy and debate around her latest film, Zero Dark Thirty. This week, she graces the cover of TIME Magazine in which she partakes in a pretty in depth and fascinating interview. When asked about the torture scenes depicted in her film, Bigelow replied: […]

Bigelow and ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ hit big with Washington Film Critics

Thanks to reader Jamie for the heads up! Washington Film Critics have announced their winners after just announcing their nominees a day ago.  Zero Dark Thirty emerged victorious along with director Kathryn Bigelow. Read the Press Release and check out the full list of winners down below: Washington, D.C. — This morning, the Washington, D.C. Area […]

Bigelow and ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ hit big with Washington Film Critics

Washington Film Critics have announced their winners after just announcing their nominees a day ago.  Zero Dark Thirty emerged victorious along with director Kathryn Bigelow. Read the Press Release and check out the full list of winners down below: Washington, D.C. — This morning, the Washington, D.C. Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA) announced their winners for […]

Chastain Front and Center in New Poster and Pics for ‘Zero Dark Thirty’

It doesn’t look like Universal is going to be shy about their campaign for Jessica Chastain this awards season. The star of Kathryn Bigelow’s (The Hurt Locker) Bin Laden pic, Zero Dark Thirty, is up front and center in the new poster and images for the currently unseen film. This bodes well for Chastain, the darling […]

Oscar-Winner Kathryn Bigelow’s ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Teaser

Kathryn Bigelow (deservedly) became the first female to win the Best Director Oscar for her Best Picture winning film The Hurt Locker (2010). Her controversial follow-up to Locker looks to be just as intense, as she and her Oscar winning scripter, Mark Boal, take us into the mission to kill Osama Bin Laden, a hunt […]

Academy Idol Announcement in 5 Days!

With the beginning of the fifth season of Academy Idol, we are counting down with our favorite Academy Idol moments throughout the years.  What is the most shocking elimination witnessed in the competition in the five years?  Is it No Country for Old Men going out in sixth place? or maybe the following week when […]

Women In Cinema: Kathryn Bigelow

Before Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to win the Academy Award for Best Director, she was either known as James Cameron’s ex wife or just another woman director. On Sunday, March 7th, 2010, Bigelow made Oscar history and for that, she will never be considered just another woman director. Bigelow was born November 27th, […]