Circuit Round-Up (Week Ending 12/9)

  • The week is almost over at The Awards Circuit, but what a week it was! On top of Editor-in-Chief Clayton Davis’ updated Oscar Predictions, the New York Film Critics Circle, National Board of Review and Boston Online Film Critics Association had quite a lot to say in regards to this highly competitive awards season. Considering this film was wrapped in secrecy since the start of the year, it’s both crazy and exciting that Zero Dark Thirty has become the first “frontrunner” of the Oscar race. Those quotes are there for a reason — the film remains number one because of the recent onslaught of award dominance, but this is still any film’s prize for the taking…and that’s what makes this year’s award season the most exciting one in ages.
  • On the most recent episode of Power Hour, the staff takes a full dive into the Oscar categories now that predictions have been updated, and Clayton also reveals which adapted films made the Top 13 on Academy Idol. Subsequently, the announcement of the Wild Card show is made, which includes one saved film from each staff writer. The results of the Wild Card voting are found here (fair warning: blockbuster aficionados, grab some Kleenex before watching). If you have not yet submitted your questions for today’s “Power Hour” episode, you’ll be able to ask them LIVE, as we’ll be joined by recent National Board of Review winner Ann Dowd, who won “Best Supporting Actress” for her role in Magnolia Pictures’ Compliance.
  • Several other awards groups announced their nominations as well this week: The International Press Academy Satellite Awards, WGA Awards (for TV, News and Radio), and The Grammys. Speaking of music, The Voice continued to irritate by sending home the best vocalist left in the competition: dynamic rock queen, Amanda Brown. I keep reassuring myself that this season — which started off so well and maintained its quality for so long until now — will end soon!
  • This has been called one of the best years of documentary filmmaking, and so far Searching for Sugar Man has been garnering the majority of accolades in these early precursors. Next to being shortlisted by AMPAS for “Best Documentary,” Searching for Sugar Man won that same top prize from The International Documentary Association.
  • Joey Magidson’s DVD Pick-of-the-Week is a film I consider one of the best conclusions to a film franchise, possibly ever: Christopher Nolan’s masterful The Dark Knight Rises. Few films have been made with such ambition, grandeur and artistic forcefulness — we should be very thankful to have such a film in 2012 with Nolan’s final entry in a franchise that will go into the history books as one of cinema’s finest. Okay, I’ve gushed enough, so now we move on to Joey’s vintage choice. For this week, Mr. Magidson decided to go with several movies in Edward Burns’ filmography in honor of the actor’s latest holiday release, The Fitzgerald Family Christmas. Make sure to check out Joey’s one-on-one interview with said actor right here.
  • John H. Foote and Joey Magidson provide their input on the current state of the race this week. John H. Foote wonders if anyone can stop Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, a film that will most likely rack up the majority of Oscar® nominations the morning of January 10th, 2013, even taking into account the critical sweep of latecomer Zero Dark Thirty. Joey, meanwhile, continues his Sizing Up series with some “Best Adapted Screenplay” talk. Does Tony Kushner have this in the bag, or will David O. Russell’s recent National Board of Review win prove the spoiler?
  • Thanks once again for making us your #1 source for awards, movies, television and general entertainment! This upcoming week is HUGE with announcements of the Golden Globe, SAG and BFCA nominations! Today we’ll hear the voting results from The Los Angeles Film Critics Association. Will this be the end for The Master and Joaquin Phoenix, or will LAFCA breathe some life into the Weinstein’s biggest buzz-dipper by awarding it “Best Picture” and “Best Actor”? I’m crossing my fingers, hopeful that the critics group from my home turf won’t let us down, and possibly reward some out-of-nowhere films, artists and performances. See you on the other side, AC fans!