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OSCARS: 10 Films AMPAS Should Watch Over the Break

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charlize-theron-mad-maxAs AMPAS members enjoy their holiday weekend, and venture off into this next week before New Year’s, many are sitting by their fireplaces, getting through their screener piles in order to fill out their Oscar ballots that will be in hand on 12/30.  There are quite a few we’re afraid not enough Academy members are popping in.   Enter: Awards Circuit.

As we have a complete list of what screeners went out this year, I’d like to offer ten films for AMPAS (and general movie-goers if you can) to watch over the break.  Maybe falling into the category, ” haven’t heard too much about” or simply not having enough time to get everything they can in, we ask you all to step outside your comfort zones,  Obviously, all of AMPAS belongs to different branches, but ALL are able to vote on Best Picture.  

Its always worth saying, the Academy Awards are an institution that represents the best in the industry.  If you are a member, please take this gift seriously.  Consider why you were asked to join in the first place, and the power you have to influence not only the industry but cinema lovers around the world.  We know you’re going to watch the “Spotlight’s,” “Carol’s,” and other great films that you should watch but its not all about what’s been nominated at the Globes, SAG, Critics Choice, etc..  It’s also not all about what your friend or colleague is in or has done.  It’s about ALL films and performances.

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Written by Clayton Davis

Clayton Davis is the esteemed Editor and Owner of Born in Bronx, NY to a Puerto Rican mother and Black father, he’s been criticizing film and television for over a decade. Clayton is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association where he votes and attends the kick off to the awards season, the Critics Choice Awards. He also founded the Latino Entertainment Journalists Association, the first Latino-based critics’ organization in the United States. He’s also an active member of the African-American Film Critics Association, New York Film Critics Online, International Press Academy, Black Reel Awards, and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association. Clayton has been quoted and appeared in various outlets that include The New York Times,, Variety, Deadline, Los Angeles Times, FOX 5, Bloomberg Television, AOL, Huffington Post, Bloomberg Radio, The Wrap, Slash Film, and the Hollywood Reporter.


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Luke McGowan

Do not under any circumstances watch I Smile Back. It is utterly unwatchable. Watch Me and Earl and the Dying Girl instead.

Christian Thompson

I hope that voters in all branches watch Amy, it should definitely be considered outside of the documentary category. Also, Trainwreck remains one of the funniest films of the year and would be an awesome citation in Original Screenplay or Best Actress Amy Schumer.


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