Denver Film Critics Society Nominations: Doubling Down on the Aaron Taylor-Johnson Surge

The Denver Film Critics weighed in with their nominations with some surprising citations along the way. Their notables were in Supporting Actor where they have doubled down on the sudden surge for Aaron Taylor-Johnson in “Nocturnal Animals,” but he also came alongside Timothy Spall from “Denial” and John Goodman from “10 Cloverfield Lane.” Check out […]


WATCH: First Trailer for Rachel Weisz’s Holocaust Drama ‘Denial’

It may only be June, but don’t doubt that awards season contenders are already vying for recognition. One such film is “Denial,” which is sure to crop up again in awards conversations later in the year. Rachel Weisz, who is fresh off fantastic reviews for her latest film “The Lobster,” stars as Deborah Lipstadt, who […]

European Film Awards, ‘Ida’ Tops with Spall and Cotillard winning

It was a great night for the team behind Oscar’s Foreign Language Film frontrunner Ida, as the film dominated the European Film Awards held in Riga, Latvia. Ida won every award it was up for, except Best Actress (which went to Marion Cotillard for Two Days, One Night). Timothy Spall took the other acting award, […]

Stat Awards Monday #1 – Making sense of the fresh faces in Best Actor

Welcome to Stat Awards Monday (or, SAM, for short—see what I did there?—I know, but just go with me here). In this new awards season weekly column for Awards Circuit, I—Sam—will be taking you on an investigation of interesting stats currently brewing in the Oscar race. Sometimes, it’ll be big (have the Oscars ever “split” […]

Oscars: Best Actor Comparisons, and Loading the Awards Season Gun

As pundits and fans of the awards season, we are constantly looking back to past races to see the similarities, and try to predict the possible outcome.  Last year, many of us said the Best Picture race resembled the 2000 race (“Gladiator” vs. “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” vs. “Traffic”).    This year, don’t be surprised […]

Film Review: Mr. Turner (★★★★)

BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL: Four years ago, Mike Leigh released one of the finest films of his oeuvre. I saw Another Year at the London Film Festival gala premiere and I still consider it the only perfect film of this decade thus far. As a result, expectations for his long awaited followup Mr. Turner were very […]

Film Review: Mr. Turner (★★)

NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL: Mike Leigh has always been a detailed and passionate filmmaker.  “Secrets & Lies,” “Vera Drake,” and “Another Year” are among the best of his career.  When his newest venture “Mr. Turner” premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, the word suggested he may have hit a new high.  Sadly, this is his […]

NYFF Trailer has arrived! Clips of ‘Inherent Vice,’ ‘Gone Girl,’ & ‘Mr. Turner’

Entertainment Weekly has released a trailer for the 52nd Annual New York Film Festival.  Awards Circuit will be bringing deep coverage of NYFF starting next Monday and running through early October. The NYFF trailer features clips from a ton of Oscar hopefuls.  Best Actor favorite Michael Keaton is seen running half-nude in Birdman.  Best Actress […]

67th Annual Cannes Film Festival Award Predictions

The final in-competition entry at this year’s Cannes Film Festival has screened, and with the time gap between speculation and results much smaller than the Oscar race, it’s time once again for my spitballing, mostly-in-the-dark, probably inaccurate predictions on who will emerge victorious from the Croisette tomorrow. Strict Academy Award hounds shouldn’t write off these upcoming results […]