ACCA 2018 Timeline Announced: Jury Selections Begin and Contest for Best #AwardsCircuitFYC Ad Begins


Lots to announce as we’re announcing the timeline for the Awards Circuit Community Awards, the information regarding the selection of the seven jury members that will choose two individual awards, and the details about our #AwardsCircuitFYC contest.

One of the bedrocks of AwardsCircuit is ACCA.  The Awards Circuit Community Awards had been in existence since the site’s birth ten years ago.  It’s been so popular; it’s even made its way to the IMDB Awards listings.  In the off-season, we travel back in time to respective years, where YOU, the reader, have a say on every category like you’re an Oscar voter.  This year’s festivities are nearly set to begin.

Down below are the critical dates to for ACCA 2018:

  • Monday, January 14, 2019 – ACCA nomination voting opens for readers.
  • Saturday, January 19, 2019 – ACCA nomination voting closes.
  • Monday, January 21, 2019 – ACCA 2018 nominations announced on a podcast episode of Circuit Breaker as well as custom nomination video on the AwardsCircuit YouTube channel.
  • Wednesday, January 23, 2019 – ACCA 2018 final ballots open for voting.
  • Sunday, January 27, 2019 – ACCA 2018 final ballots close.
  • Monday, January 28, 2019 – ACCA 2018 winners announced.

Past winners chosen by the AwardsCircuit readership have included “La La Land” from Damien Chazelle, “Mad Max: Fury Road” from George Miller, “Birdman” from Alejandro G. Inarritu, and most recently “Call Me by Your Name” from Luca Guadagnino.  You can see a full list of past ACCA winners on our page that’s sorted by year.

But the readers’ job isn’t done yet. We are also looking for seven (7) readers, from any part of the world, to come together and choose the recipients of the Lifetime Achievement and Johnny Alba Innovation Awards, both of which were introduced in 2016.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is given to an individual whose dedication the film industry has made a lasting impact. The past two recipients have been Kevin O’Connell, the prolific sound re-recording mixer and Roger Deakins, the master cinematographer, who has won four ACCA prizes.

The Johnny Alba Innovation Award is named after the founder of The Oscar Igloo, who inspired the creation and innovation of It is an award given to a person who made a significant impression on the film year.  In 2016, the selected jury chose Pablo Larrain, director of “Jackie” and “Neruda,” while the 2017 jury went with Jordan Peele, the writer, director, and producer of “Get Out.”

The requirements and instructions for joining the jury are as follows:

  • You must fill out an application by clicking HERE.
  • You must be able to read and write English, as the entire selection takes place over e-mail.
  • You must be responsive to e-mail as the selected seven will be chosen on January 3, 2019, with deliberations beginning immediately.
  • One person will be chosen as Jury President (who will write the official press release and represent the jury with a quote), and another will be selected as Vice Chair (responsibilities include accountability of jury and tiebreaker votes).
  • You cannot have participated in any former jury selections on AwardsCircuit before.  You can only serve on this committee once.

So who will be in the running this year?  Oscar pundits believe that the Top 3 contenders are “Green Book,” “Roma,” and “A Star is Born” but does our readership feel the same way?  Can blockbuster hits like “Black Panther” or “Avengers: Infinity War” make a play in a big way or can the readers choose something smaller like “Eighth Grade” or “Support the Girls?”

Will they buy the categorization of controversial placements such as Emma Stone (“The Favourite”) or Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie (“Leave No Trace”) in Supporting Actress?  The readers have corrected such placements in the past like Rooney Mara (“Carol”), Jacob Tremblay (“Room”), and William H. Macy (“Fargo”), who were all nominated (or won) in Lead despite placement of supporting by their respective studios.  It even happens the other way around once in a while as actors like Steve Carell (“Foxcatcher”) popped up in supporting despite a lead campaign.

Oh wait, there’s more! CONTEST ALERT!

You can create your own FYC ads, and share them in the comments below or on social media with the hashtag #AwardsCircuitFYC.  We’ll retweet and share them over the next few weeks and who knows, maybe your efforts will make a difference for a particular film or performance.  But that’s not all.

We will also be giving away two pieces of awards season swag.  One winner will be chosen at random, and each of your entries gives you another chance to win.  So if you make 10 FYC images, you have ten entries in the box.  You must use the hashtag when sharing on social media AND include it somewhere on your model image.  The other winner will be chosen by members of the AwardsCircuit staff.  If you take cool, creative liberties on your FYC ad, you will be rewarded handsomely.

All entries must be made by Friday, January 18, 2019.

As a friendly reminder, the categories that you will be voting on are listed below.  Get SPECIFIC in your FYC advertisements.  Our more than half a million readers need convincing sometimes.

  • Best Motion Picture
  • Best Achievement in Directing
  • Best Actor in a Leading Role
  • Best Actress in a Leading Role
  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role
  • Best Actress in a Supporting Role
  • Best Original Screenplay
  • Best Adapted Screenplay
  • Best Cast Ensemble (awarded to the casting director)
  • Best Animated Feature
  • Best Documentary Feature
  • Best Foreign Language Film
  • Best Stunt Ensemble
  • Best Production Design
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Costume Design
  • Best Film Editing
  • Best Makeup and Hairstyling
  • Best Sound
  • Best Visual Effects
  • Best Original Score
  • Best Original Song


Be sure to check out our Official Oscar Predictions Page to see where your favorite films and performances rank!