Cannes Rewind: 10 Essential Palme d’Or Winners

In just a matter of hours, the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival will open with Arnaud Desplechin’s “Ismael’s Ghosts,” kicking off an 11-day celebration of contemporary film. Amid the cinephilia, most of the attention will be focused on a select 19 films competing for the coveted Palme d’Or, the most prestigious film festival prize in […]

Tye Sheridan Lands Lead in Spielberg’s “Ready Player One”

Tye Sheridan, who has an impressive list of film credentials despite his young age (he’s 19), has been cast as the lead in director Steven Spielberg’s upcoming “Ready Player One.” Sheridan joins Olivia Cooke and Ben Mendelsohn on the project. The film is based on the Ernest Cline novel of the same name. Sheridan will play […]

Circuit 3: Best of the Decade… So Far

It’s hard to believe, but we are already halfway through the decade. It seems like just yesterday I was naming The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001-2003), No Country for Old Men (2007), and There Will Be Blood (2007) my three best films of the aughts. Obviously, there is a lot to choose from. Looking […]

Circuit 3: Films Starring Brad Pitt

I have just one question for you: Who the hell doesn’t love Brad Pitt? Not only is the guy one of the coolest people in the world (I mean, he landed Angelina, amiright?), but he is also one of our finest, most under appreciated actors working today. Even when he stars in a sub-par film (The […]

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 […]

Director Terrence Malick Being Sued for Not Finishing ‘Voyage of Time’

You can file this under some random news.  Two outlets, WhatCulture.com and The Guardian are both claiming that Academy Award nominated director Terrence Malick is being sued for not finishing one of his films, Voyage of Time, a documentary described as an examination of birth and death in the universe. According to sources, Malick is […]

TIFF: Byzantium, The Iceman, and To the Wonder

BYZANTIUM (***)…A rock solid Gothic horror film, looking for distribution Byzantium is a vampire thriller unlike any I have seen. Two women with a secret, the vicious and sexual Clara (Gemma Atherton) and Eleanor (Saoirse Ronan), a thoughtful young woman, move from town to town hunting prey realizing with a genuine terror that they too […]

Will ‘To The Wonder’ be Terrence Malick’s shortest film?

An interesting little bit of information has been uncovered in regard to Terrence Malick’s latest film. Over at the website for the Venice Film Festival (found here), there’s a running time listed for all of the films at the fest, including ‘To The Wonder’, and believe it or not, it’s going to be the director’s […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

American Society of Cinematographers Award Winners!

Behold: Feature Film: Emmanuel Lubezki, “The Tree of Life” Television Episodic Series/Pilot, One Hour: Jonathan Freeman, “Boardwalk Empire,” episode “21” Television Episodic Series/Pilot, Half Hour: Michael Weaver, “Californication,” episode “Suicide Solution” Television Movies/Miniseries: Television motion picture/miniseries: Martin Ruhe, “Page Eight”

Natalie Portman Joins the next two Terrence Malick films!

Natalie Portman has been relatively quiet since winning the Oscar, most notably turning down the lead in Gravity, but it seems she’s back in the game now. Deadline has the details: Natalie Portman has committed to her first two movie roles since winning the Best Actress Oscar for Black Swan and taking maternity leave. Portman […]

Which Films Can Stand the Test of Time?

Every year, even though the vast majority of movie releases are all but instantly forgettable, we have some films come out that you just know will be still remembered fondly 25 years later. 2011 was no exception. It’s a bit early to know which will survive the test of time, but I’m willing to bet […]

MPSE Sound Editors Nominees

Thanks to Sasha Stone @ Awards Daily FEATURE FILMS CATEGORY BEST SOUND EDITING: SOUND EFFECTS AND FOLEY IN A FEATURE FILM Drive Fast Five The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol Rise of the Planet of the Apes Super 8 Transformers: Dark of the Moon War Horse BEST SOUND EDITING: MUSIC IN […]

Sizing Up the “Bake-Off” Fields

Now that we’re just one week away from the Academy Award nominee announcements, some categories are becoming narrowed down in a more literal sense. Best Makeup and Visual Effects have a “Bake-Off,” where only a few eligible contenders are squeezed into a small group until being squeezed further into the final set of nominees. It’s […]

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 […]

Circuit Consideration: Hunter McCracken for “The Tree of Life”

For Your Consideration: Best Actor in a Leading Role Film: “The Tree of Life” Director: Terrence Malick Writer: Terrence Malick Realistic Nominations: Picture, Director, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Cinematography, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Visual Effects Oscar Scene: “Father, mother, always you wrestle inside me.” Say what you will about Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life” but […]

Circuit Consideration: Terrence Malick for The Tree of Life

For Your Consideration – Achievement in Directing – Terrence Malick Film: The Tree of Life Director: Terrence Malick Screenplay: Terrence Malick Realistic Nominations: Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Cinematography, Best Sound Mixing/Editing, Best Visual Effects, Best Picture To the surprise of some, Terrence Malick’s challenging, divisive and indispensable spiritual odyssey has stayed alive in 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

Sizing Up the Best Cinematography Field

Continuing with our look at the crafts categories is the favorite of many an Oscarphile, and it’s easy to see why.  After all, aren’t the specific lighting and camera choices made by a DP what distinguishes cinema as, well, cinematic?  As with Best Art Direction, the Academy historically tends to nominate the “most” of this […]