Top 10: Best Martin Scorsese Films

Martin Scorsese is one of the few directors to have a lifelong pass. The legendary director has worked for over 40 years, turning out classics in each decade. His latest venture, “Silence,” has already earned praise and Oscar buzz. The film, which opens on Friday, chronicles two Jesuit priests (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) as […]

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 […]

Circuit 3: The Best Movies to be Shut Out by Oscar

One of the ugliest terms that you hear uttered over and over again during awards season is the word snubbed. The Academy simply can’t recognize everyone, and it’s true, they often times get it wrong. Sometimes they award the wrong performance, other times they might pass over a brilliant screenplay, and occasionally an entire film gets ignored, even […]

Six Spot #8: Best Actor 2013

Welcome back to The Six Spot! In case you missed last week’s 1997 Best Actor Six Spot, you can catch it here. This week, I finally tackle what has by far been the most requested Six Spot: Best Actor 2013. But before we dive into that, I want to assure everyone that I do, indeed, […]

Oscar Circuit: Lead Actor

 And the Nominees are… Christian Bale – American Hustle Bruce Dern – Nebraska Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf of Wall Street Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years a Slave Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club This year marks the first time since 1966 that the entire field is comprised of performances from Best Picture-nominated films. Prior to this quintet, the acting categories were filled with […]

Oscar Circuit: Best Director

Our look at the individual Oscar categories continues.  If you missed a piece, click on the tag titled Oscar Circuit 2014.  You can also see the official Oscar Predictions page for Best Director. And the Nominees are… Alfonso Cuarón – Gravity Steve McQueen – 12 Years a Slave Alexander Payne – Nebraska David O. Russell – American […]

Oscar Circuit: Supporting Actor

And the Nominees are… Barkhad Abdi – Captain Phillips Bradley Cooper – American Hustle Michael Fassbender – Twelve Years a Slave Jonah Hill – The Wolf of Wall Street Jared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club The Supporting Actor Oscar race is one that has produced a number of surprises over the years. Since the Screen Actors Guild came into play in 1994, only 11 out […]

Oscar Circuit: Best Adapted Screenplay

Our look at the individual Oscar categories continues.  If you missed a piece, click on the tag titledOscar Circuit 2014.  You can also see the official Oscar Predictions page for Best Adapted Screenplay. And the Nominees are 12 Years a Slave – John Ridley OSCAR SCENE: Soloman says that he will survive Before Midnight – Julie […]

Ziegfeld Theater Presents A Film Retrospective Celebrating The Collaboration of Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese on February 13th and 14th

Read the Press Release: NEW YORK, NY (February 10, 2014) – Bow Tie Cinemas Ziegfeld Theater will celebrate the longtime collaboration between Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese and Academy Award®-nominated actor Leonardo DiCaprio with a two day, five film retrospective on  February 13th and 14th. Kent Jones of the New York Film Society at Lincoln Center will moderate a conversation with DiCaprio, Academy Award®-winning editor […]

Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill will re-team on a new film

Anyone who saw The Wolf of Wall Street (and that should be all of you) can attest to the great chemistry that Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have with each other. Apparently, they’re well aware of it too, since DiCaprio and Hill are planning another film together. They’re going to be tackling the fascinating story […]

Writers Guild of America Award Predictions – ‘Hustle’ vs. ‘Her’

The Writers Guild of America will bestow their honors this weekend.  Naturally, we have some Oscar overlay but we’ll be looking to the guild for one answer and one answer alone: how strong is David O. Russell‘s American Hustle?  The exact Oscar nominees for Best Original Screenplay are nominated by the Writers Guild.  We are […]

Blonde Angels and Devils Litter Scorsese’s Landscape

WOMEN IN CINEMA: And we’re back with part two in my on-going exploration of blonde females in the work of directors David O. Russell and Martin Scorsese.  Part one explored the women of Russell’s filmography and I ended on a question: Whether Russell’s recent downturn in complex blonde female characters was his attempt to mimic […]

Leonardo DiCaprio Adds Another Oscar Nomination as Producer on ‘Wolf of Wall Street’

The Academy has announced the producer credits for Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-nominated film The Wolf of Wall Street which scored five nominations last week including Best Picture.  The listed producers are Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio, Joey McFarland, and Emma Tillinger Koskoff. This will be DiCaprio’s fifth overall Oscar nomination and Scorsese’s twelfth overall, his second as a […]

Awards Circuit Power Hour Episode 79: Guilds, Wolf, and Our Personal Oscar Winners

Welcome to another edition of the Awards Circuit Power Hour, our weekly podcast diving deep into all things film, television, and entertainment. We have a great episode of Power Hour today brought to you by the staff and the return of Robert Hamer.  A lot of great conversations going on this week. We kick things off […]

Producers Guild of America Announces Nominations – ‘Blue Jasmine’ and ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ Get Boost

The Producers Guild of America announce their nominations today for film, animation, and television.  Getting a huge boost today was Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine” and Jean-Marc Vallee’s “Dallas Buyers Club” which both received nominations.  Also included among their ten nominees were Paul Greengrass’ “Captain Phillips” and John Lee Hancock’s “Saving Mr. Banks,” both of which […]

The Wolf of Wall Street (★★★★)

I remember the very first time I saw the initial trailer for Martin Scorsese‘s The Wolf of Wall Street. To be honest, I didn’t really care for it. It seemed like something perhaps even beneath the legend (entertaining as it might have been), but I was actually pretty curious to see how Leonardo DiCaprio embraced […]

Awards Circuit Power Hour Episode 78: Questions, New Years, and the 2014 Slate

Welcome to another edition of the Awards Circuit Power Hour, our weekly podcast diving deep into all things film, television, and entertainment. Hope everyone enjoyed their holidays but we’re kicking off our New Year’s podcast with some good ol’ movie fun.  We have lots of games, questions, and other discussions today. We take some of your […]

Around the Circuit: December 22 – December 28

  Hello there, faithful readers of The Awards Circuit! I hope everyone had a joyous holiday, complete with great food and wonderful company. Several high profile Oscar contenders landed in theaters this past week, and I share with you several of the pundit reactions for a few of them, among other news. The most notable […]

15 Best Screenwriters of 2013

Everyone has their favorite performances and their favorite films of the year but no one really gives their proper due to the writers of our beloved films that we’ve seen.  In a year where films exceeded many of our expectations, the screenwriters came through in a big way.  As AMPAS voters have their ballots and […]

Community Reactions: Your Thoughts on the Holiday Movie Releases

So many films are opening in theaters today, some just in full release.  Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, Ben Stiller’s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Peter Berg’s Lone Survivor, John Wells’ August: Osage County, John Lee Hancock’s Saving Mr. Banks, and Ralph Fiennes’ The Invisible Woman.  Wow…that was a mouth full.  And […]

Around the Circuit: December 15 – December 20

Hello, readers! As you may have noticed from the byline, I am NOT Mark Johnson (though considering his love for Star Wars, I do wonder sometimes if it’s possible we’re related). Mark just received a new promotion at work — huge congrats, by the way — and will naturally need to dedicate more of his […]

The Wolf of Wall Street (★★★★)

Martin Scorsese has done it again.  His newest and most refreshing effort he’s contributed to the world of cinema in years, The Wolf of Wall Street is a roaring thrill ride that is both absolutely hilarious and meticulously constructed.  It also presents Academy Award nominee Leonardo DiCaprio in possibly his finest acting performance of his career.  At one-minute shy of […]

Awards Circuit Power Hour Episode 76: Globes, SAG, and The In-Between

Welcome to another edition of the Awards Circuit Power Hour, our weekly podcast diving deep into all things film, television, and entertainment. Another week and more revelations on how we know absolutely nothing about how the season can play out.  The first thing that we dive into is the shortlist for Makeup and Hairstyling and the […]

San Francisco Film Critics Heavy on ’12 Years a Slave’ and Harrison Ford

San Francisco Film Critics have weighed in and heavily favored Steve McQueen‘s 12 Years a Slave with nine mentions overall.  Also popping up were Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese for The Wolf of Wall Street.  The two beauties of Blue is the Warmest Color also received nominations. Surprising were the Supporting Actor nominations for James […]

Around the Circuit: December 8 – December 14

  Link(s) of the week: Awards Daily’s debuted Marshall Flores’ (who I’m a big fan of) new column dealing with one of my favorite aspects of the awards race: stats! Other worthy news from around the web… In Contention’s Kris Tapley assessed the fallout of the first round of critics’ awards, which left the race […]

2014 Oscar Predictions – Quick Updates to the Major Categories

With the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild unveiling their nominations over the past two days, the race has taken a shape, many didn’t see happening.  Jean-Marc Vallee’s Dallas Buyers Club has risen considerably while actors like Barkhad Abdi and Daniel Bruhl have become the hands on favorite to be nominated in their respective categories.  Oprah Winfrey got a huge blow earlier today, […]