Around the Circuit: August 18 – August 24



Link(s) of the week:

Thompson on Hollywood’s Ann Thompson – along with the rest of the Guru’s of Gold – ranks the 15 films with the best shot at winning Best Picture prior to the festival season (though I’m not sure they all deserve that nomenclature). She also wonders if there should be an Oscar for Best Casting. I’ve been screaming this for years! Absolutely there should be! See what she has to say about it.

Other worthy news from around the web…

The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg looks at the growing list of films inspired by current events that are making a play for Oscar.

Collider’s Adam Chitwood looks at potential Oscar films coming from this fall’s festivals.

The Film Experience’s Nathaniel Rogers warns the current Oscar frontrunners that it ain’t over til it’s over.

Cinema Blend’s Katey Rich wonders if Oprah deserves the serious Oscar buzz she is getting for her performance in Lee Daniels’ The Butler.

Rope of Silicon’s Brad Brevet updates his Lead Actress Oscar predictions. And followed the next day with updates to his Lead Actor predictions.

The Wrap’s Steve Pond explains why Alexander Payne and The Coen Brothers are skipping the film festivals.

What Culture’s Lucas Flanagan lists the 10 most deserving Best Picture winners.