Circuit Round-Up (Week Ending 12/2)


  • Hello again, all ye faithful readers of The Awards Circuit. As I’m sure you noticed, we were experiencing some technical difficulties earlier in the week due to increased online traffic and had to perform a full update so you all could have the most comfortable experience possible browsing through our beloved site. We thank you deeply for you patience during that necessary transition and update process, and now that it’s finally over…let’s recap the week!
  • On the newest Power Hour, Editor-in-Chief Clayton Davis and staff writer Joey Magidson finally let go of their breath and unveil some of their reactions of Tom Hooper’s Les Miserables and Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty, two late Oscar® contenders that are destined to make quite the splash at next year’s ceremony. The staff also discuss whether Argo — the former frontrunner until the rest of the contenders made their grand appearances — is waning as a major awards player. Will Ben Affleck once again be forgotten and unrewarded this year, or will the third time truly be the charm?
  • What new DVD release threatened to squeeze Joey’s hard-earned money the most this week? Magidon’s DVD Pick-of-the-Week was the first of many Weinstein box office softies this year, Lawless. Joey hopes this little-seen Western might get a better response on the home video market, so do check it out! Joey’s vintage selection is a film I hold dear to my heart, and can’t think on its award snubs too hard otherwise I will go full Hulk (NO ALBERT BROOKS NOMINATION?!?! *SMASH!* — see what I mean?). Yes, my beloved Drive, a film that grows in estimation the more I watch, is Joey’s vintage choice in honor of a potential cult classic-in-the-making (“F” Cinemascore and all!), Killing Them Softly.
  • More television talk came from myself and Anna Belickis. America gave me the finger on The Voice this week despite amazing performances from newly eliminated contestants Dez Duron and Cody Belew. On far greener pastures, Melissa Rycroft won Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars! You can never go wrong when a likable, deserving underdog wins!
  • Following The Hollywood Awards, the second of many award shows commenced this past week with The Gotham Independent Awards, where Moonrise Kingdom, Middle of Nowhere’s Emayatzy Corinealdi and Beasts of the Southern Wild’s Ben Zeitlin won big! Is this small awards show a sign of bigger things to come?
  • Finally, it is essential to highlight some precursor award nominees, not to mention the unveiling of some Oscar® category shortlists. For the former, the Independent Spirit Award nominees and Producers Guild of America documentary nominees were announced! Concerning the latter topic, ten films were shortlisted for Oscar’s “Best Visual Effects” and “Best Live Action Short” categories. If these news stories don’t clue you in that award season has officially begun, I can’t imagine what will. Thank you all so much for your continued readership and loyalty, and stay tuned for another thrilling and informative week at your favorite source for entertainment/awards news!