Awards Circuit Opens Community Awards, Staff Announces Best of 2013, Academy Idol Top 5 Open

ACCA_MoviesIt’s going to be a big week for the Awards Circuit Community and Awards Circuit Staff.  We have lots to announce and introduce to all of our readers.  First, let me just say, and I firmly believe this, the community is among the best people out there on the internet movie-blogosphere.  We have respectful, dignified, and intelligent individuals who love film and most of all, can support their claims day in and day out.  That is why I created the Awards Circuit Community Awards.  It gives you all an opportunity, and a voice, to choose what you all think is the best films and performances.  While we often get some consensus picks, as you would expect with a community of over 100,000 people who visit this site, per month, from all over the world, you can’t fault what you all choose.

This is how it works this year:


  • You will all vote in 18 categories (Picture, Director, Lead Actor, Lead Actress, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Original Screenplay, Adapted Screenplay, Animated Feature, Production Design, Cinematography, Costume Design, Film Editing, Sound, Visual Effects, Original Score, Documentary Feature, and Foreign Language Film).
  • There are roughly anywhere between 20 and 70 names listed per category.  You will check off 10 films in Best Picture, and 6 names and films in every other category.  I’ve decided to give another voting choice to the readers to encourage more eclectic and dynamic choices.  There will still be five nominees announced per category, with the exception of Best Picture.  In the Picture category, any and all films that received at least 4.45% of votes from the readers will be declared a Best Picture nominee.
  • In every category, there is a space for a film or performance that IS NOT listed.  You can add any film or performance in that space BUT if the film is found to be listed already, the vote WILL NOT count.
  • In the Screenplay categories, Original and Adapted, the listed films are a mix of both types.  In Original, you will vote for the six films and follow the same in Adapted.  The top five Original films will be announced as nominees for Original Screenplay along with the top five Adapted films being announced for Adapted Screenplay.
  • In Foreign Language Film, you can vote for a film NOT listed ONLY if the film was submitted for the Academy Awards by a country OR it was released in U.S. theaters in 2013.  For instance, “Blue is the Warmest Color” IS eligible because it had a U.S. release BUT “Stranger by the Lake” IS NOT eligible because it didn’t receive either.  Same goes for Documentary Feature.


Another contest that has been running since November is our annual “Academy Idol” competition.  We combine singing-competition style voting with some of your favorite films of the year.  We are down to the Top 5 films at this point.  Last week, due to technical difficulties, we didn’t run any voting.  This week, voting is open and running again.  The theme….is “#1’s Week,” which means you will only have 1 VOTE for the ENTIRE week.  Because we missed a week, it will be a DOUBLE elimination.

VOTE on the Homepage or the ACADEMY IDOL page.


Last, but certainly not least, the entire Awards Circuit staff has come together and voted on our second annual awards.  Without talking about the backroom dealings, threats, or anything else that transpired, I’m proud of what we chose.  I challenge the readers to take the same risks.

Enjoy a great week of some very tough choices.

Here are our nominees:

short_term_twelve_ver2Best Picture
12 Years a Slave
Before Midnight
Captain Phillips
The Conjuring
Inside Llewyn Davis
Short Term 12
The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Director
Joel Coen & Ethan Coen – Inside Llewyn Davis
Alfonso Cuaron – Gravity
Spike Jonze – Her
Steve McQueen – 12 Years a Slave
Martin Scorsese – The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Actor
Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf of Wall Street
Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years a Slave
Tom Hanks – Captain Phillips
Oscar Isaac – Inside Llewyn Davis
Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club

spectacular_nowBest Actress
Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock – Gravity
Adele Exarchopoulos – Blue is the Warmest Color
Brie Larson – Short Term 12
Shailene Woodley – The Spectacular Now

Best Supporting Actor
Barkhad Abdi – Captain Phillip
Ben Foster – Ain’t Them Bodies Saints
Jake Gyllenhaal – Prisoners
Jonah Hill – The Wolf of Wall Street
Jared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club

Best Supporting Actress
Scarlett Johansson – Her
Jennifer Lawrence – American Hustle
Lupita Nyong’o – 12 Years a Slave
Margot Robbie – The Wolf of Wall Street
Emma Watson – The Bling Ring

Best Original Screenplay
Greta Gerwig & Noah Baumbach – Frances Ha
Spike Jonze – Her
Joel Coen & Ethan Coen – Inside Llewyn Davis
Bob Nelson – Nebraska
Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg – This is the End

Best Adapted Screenplay
WolfofWallStreet_PosterJohn Ridley – 12 Years a Slave
Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy – Before Midnight
Destin Cretton – Short Term 12
James Ponsoldt – The Spectacular Now
Terence Winter – The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Animated Feature
The Croods
Despicable Me 2
Ernest & Celestine
Monsters University

Best Foreign Language Film
Blue is the Warmest Color
The Broken Circle Breakdown
The Great Beauty
The Hunt
The Past

Best Documentary Feature
20 Feet from Stardom
The Act of Killing
Stories We Tell
The Square

Best Score
Christophe Beck – Frozen
Steven Price – Gravity
Arcade Fire – Her
Anthony Gonzalez & Joseph Trapenese – Oblivion
Thomas Newman – Saving Mr. Banks

Best Song
“For the First Time in Forever” – Frozen
“Let It Go” – Frozen
“Young and Beautiful” – The Great Gatsby
“Please Mr. Kennedy” – Inside Llewyn Davis
“So You Know What It’s Like” – Short Term 12

GravityPosterBest Cinematography
Sean Bobbit – 12 Years a Slave
Emmanuel Lubezki – Gravity
Hoyte Van Hoytema – Her
Bruno Delbonnel – Inside Llewyn Davis
Roger Deakins – Prisoners

Best Production Design
12 Years a Slave
The Great Gatsby
Inside Llewyn Davis

Best Costume Design
American Hustle
The Bling Ring
The Great Gatsby
Oz: The Great and Powerful
Saving Mr. Banks

evil_dead_ver2Best Makeup
Dallas Buyers Club
Evil Dead
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Best Editing
Captain Phillips
Inside Llewyn Davis
Stories We Tell
The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Visual Effects
Iron Man 3
Man of Steel

Best Sound Design
Captain Phillips
Inside Llewyn Davis
Lone Survivor

12-years-a-slave-promo-poster-422x600Best Ensemble
12 Years a Slave
American Hustle
August: Osage County
Saving Mr. Banks
The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Breakthrough Performance
Adele Exarchopolous – Blue is the Warmest Color
Michael B. Jordan – Fruitvale Station
Brie Larson – Short Term 12
Lupita Nyong’o – 12 Years a Slave
Keith Stanfield – Short Term 12

Body of Work
Amy Adams
Sean Bobbit
Leonardo DiCaprio
Ben Foster
Matthew McConaughey

Share and discuss your pleas for your favorite 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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