Academy Idol Top 20 Voting Open! Let the Games Begin!

Top40_AcademyIdolIt’s finally here.  Academy Idol Season 7 voting opens up today.  The staff writers and I have dwindled the 40 contenders down to 20 and you can now vote on those films.

If you’re unaware of Academy Idol and its existence, let me explain.  Academy Idol, which is loosely based on every competition show that’s currently on television, is one of our many community games that puts the power of awards season in your hands.  Each week, you’ll vote for your favorite films based on the theme of the week.  Past winners of this competition have included Zero Dark Thirty, Shame, The Social Network, Inglourious Basterds, Wall-E, and There Will Be Blood.

The early rounds will work as follows:

You are voting on the 10 Original films and 10 Adapted films separately.  The top five highest vote-getters of each group will move on to the next round of the competition.  This Sunday, the entire staff and I will choose one film to return to the competition.  YOU will then vote once again for those films.  The top two highest vote-getters of that group will complete YOUR Top 12.  From then on, one film will be eliminated each week until we’re down to your Season 7 winner which will be announced on Oscar night during a LIVE broadcast of Power Hour.

The theme of this first round will be: PERFORMANCES – You will vote on each film by the strength of the performances by both lead and supporting actors in the film.

The polls are down below.  Vote for your favorites and make sure to include your suggestions to the staff about which films SHOULD be called back for the Wild Card round.


American Hustle
Blue Jasmine
The Conjuring
Frances Ha
Fruitvale Station
Inside Llewyn Davis
Saving Mr. Banks

August: Osage County
Before Midnight
Captain Phillips
Blue is the Warmest Color
Lone Survivor
Short Term 12
The Spectacular Now
12 Years a Slave
The Wolf of Wall Street

 FILMS ELIMINATED BY WRITERS (but still eligible to return for Wild Card*)

All is Lost (Original)
The Bling Ring (Adapted)
The Book Thief (Adapted)
Lee Daniels’ The Butler (Adapted)
Dallas Buyers Club (Original)
Gravity (Original)
The Great Gatsby (Adapted)
Labor Day (Adapted)
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (Adapted)
Much Ado About Nothing (Adapted)
Mud (Original)
Oldboy (Adapted)
Out of the Furnace (Original)
The Past (Original)
Philomena (Adapted)
The Place Beyond the Pines (Original)
Rush (Original)
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (Adapted)
Stories We Tell (Original)

*The Editor reserves the right to bring any film that was not chosen as a Top 40 contestant into the Wild Card round.  Any of the chosen 20 films can also be chosen as a wild card.

Interested in more of Awards Circuit’s Community games?  You can still join our Fantasy Awards League and we are setting up for ACCA 2013 in early January along with Circuit Madness kicking off the day after the Oscars!

Which film are you rooting for in the competition?
Make your case heard for your peers!
Which five of each group do you predict to get in?