John Boyega Heads to Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit Race Riot Drama

Newly minted “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” star John Boyega is heading to Kathryn Bigelow‘s latest film about the Detroit race riots of 1967. Details about the film, including its title, are relatively unknown. Up until now, the cast was also unknown. The Hollywood Reporter notes that the cast is being touted as an ensemble, […]

Top 10: Best Memorial Day Movies To Date

Memorial Day is a time for reflection, more so than a time for celebration. Obviously, nowadays it’s a date for barbecues and the beach, but that wasn’t always the case. Going back to the days of the Civil War, Memorial Day was always intended just to pay tribute to United States servicemen and servicewomen who […]

National Board of Review

National Board of Review Chooses 2017 Date for Awards Gala

  Next year’s awards calendar is quickly booking up. The National Board of Review announced today that Jan. 4, 2017 will be its date for its annual film awards gala. The NBRs quick start awards season each year, as it is usually one of the first organizations to announce its winners in early December. The […]

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 […]

Six Spot #9: Best Actress 2012

Welcome back to The Six Spot! In case you missed last week’s 2013 Best Actor Six Spot, you can catch it here. ***DISCLAIMER — please refrain from spoiling the Six Spot is the comment section!  Feel free to point out gaps in my logic and who YOU think would have won, but please don’t say […]

Megan Ellison: Financial Hero of Indie Film

Most audiences probably aren’t familiar with her name or her production company, but the film industry has quickly taken notice to producer Megan Ellison. At just 28 years old, Ellison has produced the films of some of Hollywood’s most revered independent filmmakers, such as Paul Thomas Anderson, Spike Jonze, the Coen brothers and David O. […]

2014 Grammy Nominations – Jay Z leads with Nine, Timberlake Scores Seven

Jay-Z led the 2014 Grammy nominations with nine.  On the film front, “Argo” looks to continue its sweep from last year with a Best Score nomination alongside this year’s “The Great Gatsby.” Some of my favorite artist scored mentions including Bruno Mars, Pink, and they great Justin Timberlake.  Also, big shout out to Marc Anthony […]

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 […]

Circuit 3 Special Edition: James Gandolfini

By now you’ve probably heard the sad news about the death of James Gandolfini. The star of the HBO series The Sopranos died at the age of 51 from an apparent heart attack while in Rome. Gandolfini will likely be remembered best for playing mob boss Tony Soprano, a role that earned him a Golden Globe, three […]

Oscar 2013 Will Win/Should Win Selections (Mark Johnson)

(The annual “Will Win/Should Win” of the Awards Circuit has been our most popular yet most challenging series where each writer let’s their final thoughts be known on the Oscar categories.  Each writer will reveal their choices everyday leading up to the Oscar ceremony.  Think you can do better?  Let your final thoughts be known […]

Oscar 2013 Will Win/Should Win Selections (Melkonian)

(The annual “Will Win/Should Win” of the Awards Circuit has been our most popular yet most challenging series where each writer let’s their final thoughts be known on the Oscar categories.  Each writer will reveal their choices everyday leading up to the Oscar ceremony.  Think you can do better?  Let your final thoughts be known […]

Oscar 2013 Will Win/Should Win Selections (Young)

(The annual “Will Win/Should Win” of the Awards Circuit has been our most popular yet most challenging series where each writer let’s their final thoughts be known on the Oscar categories.  Each writer will reveal their choices everyday leading up to the Oscar ceremony.  Think you can do better?  Let your final thoughts be known […]

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 […]

2013 Writers Guild of America Preview

The Writers Guild of America will be announcing their winners tomorrow, Sunday, February 17.  All season long there have been many instances, which I’m just as guilty of, where we doubt Argo’s chances in an awards show.  The BFCA and Golden Globes seemed expected.  The Producers Guild of America was cool.  The SAG Ensemble win was jaw-dropping.  The Directors […]

Oscar Circuit: Best Original Screenplay

Whether viewed as a consolation prize for a well-regarded film that has no chance of winning Best Picture, or a sign that a film in the discussion for the Academy’s highest honor has broad and far-reaching support, the Writing categories – Adapted Screenplay and Original Screenplay are not always that easy to predict. A case […]

Oscar Circuit: Film Editing

And the nominees are: Argo – William Goldenberg Life of Pi – Tim Squyres Lincoln – Michael Kahn Silver Linings Playbook – Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers Zero Dark Thirty – Dylan Tichenor and William Goldenberg Film editing takes place on a movie in post-production, and is best described as the art of choosing shots […]

Oscar Circuit: Best Actress

This year we don’t have the fortune of knowing exactly who will win Best Actress. We have five nominees that include two frontrunners, one possible upset and two actresses who should be honored to receive recognition for their work. And the nominees are: Jessica Chastain- Zero Dark Thirty Jennifer Lawrence- Silver Linings Playbook Emmanuelle Riva- Amour […]

Incredible Looking Posters for the BAFTA Nominated Films

Every year, The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) selects one lucky artist to create posters for the films nominated for their awards. This year, Jonathan Franks of handsomefrank.com was chosen, and the work is quite impressive. Have a look at the beautiful images after the jump or click the gallery below.

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: […]

Oscar Circuit: Sound Editing

And the nominees are: Argo – Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van der Ryn Django Unchained – Wylie Stateman Life of Pi – Eugene Gearty and Philip Stockton Skyfall – Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers Zero Dark Thirty – Paul N.J. Ottosson When it comes to the Oscars, one of the questions I hear most often […]

ACE Eddie Nominations: Round Up The Usual Suspects

The American Cinema Editors (ACE) nominations used to be announced prior to the Oscar nominations, and would be a good bellwether towards the eventual Oscar outcome. But with AMPAS moving up their date to turn in ballots, and ACE sticking firmly to their normal procedures, their noms ended up coming in after the fact. The ACE Eddies […]

Weekend Openings: 1/11/2013

With the New Year’s hangover slowly wearing off and few new stimulants entering circulation, there’s now ample time to catch up on the overload of awards-contending films, with the nationwide release of Zero Dark Thirty finally completing the best picture category.  Expect the box-office to reflect some of the film’s early critical acclaim, especially since […]

Weekend Openings: (12/19-12/21)

Having emerged as somewhat of the frontrunner in the awards race in recent weeks, Zero Dark Thirty opens to special limited engagements this week before nationwide release in January.  It’s a pretty strong week in terms of variety, with Judd Apatow’s latest, This Is 40, foreign drama powerhouse, Amour,and Walter Salles’ adaptation of On the […]

In the Editing room with William Goldenberg and Dylan Tichenor!

On Monday I was able to conduct a couple of ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ interviews on behalf of The Awards Circuit. Today I’m bringing you my chat with editors William Goldenberg and Dylan Tichenor. Both gentlemen are Oscar nominated craftsmen who rank in the top tier of their field. Collaborating on ‘Zero Dark Thirty’, they’re each […]

Chicago Film Critics Association Honors ‘Zero Dark Thirty’

The Chicago Film Critics Association has bestowed five awards upon Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty, including Best Picture and Director of 2012. Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master continues to have a nice showing as of late, winning four awards, including Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress for Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams, respectively. Full list after […]

Houston Film Critics Society announces nominations, Lincoln leads with 8

Contrary to popular belief, I am not a member of the Houston Film Critics Society. But you’ll be hard pressed to see me arguing with the nominations they’ve released. Lincoln leads the diverse groups of chosen films with 8 nominations, with Les Miserables and The Master behind it with 6. They also threw some love to […]

Circuit Round-Up (Week Ending 12/16)

Aside from the 84th Annual Academy Awards™, there was no bigger week this year at The Awards Circuit than this one. Sunday began with three critics groups — Los Angeles Film Critics Association, Boston Film Critics and New York Film Critics Online — announcing their winners and runners-up for the best in Film 2012. Zero […]