Staff Goes Head to Head in Fantasy Awards League, Top Critics and Pundits Get Involved


OSCAR_DRAFT_LOGOThe Fantasy Awards League has been open for business since Monday.  Lots of our devoted readership has taken to the web, inviting friends and family to join their leagues, and are thinking of strategies about how to choose their movies for their fantasy teams during this Oscar season.

The Awards Circuit staff are in the middle of their own draft.  You can see our team names below:

Clayton Davis“Puerto Rican Weinsteins”
Joseph Braverman“Cinematheque”
Terence Johnson“Team TeJo”
Mark Johnson“Saving Mr. 35 Years a Champion”
Joey Magidson“Argofuckyourself”
Kristen Lopez“The Resident Feminist”
Anna Young“Young Win”
Michael Ward“A Clockwork Orange”
Michael Balderstone“Silver Screen Quotations”

Films are getting picked up by the minute and we’ll be keeping track of the stats on the site as well as shout outs on the podcast for our readers who are crushing it.

On top of the staff rivalry, I’ve invited some of the industry’s top film critics and pundits to join in on the fun in a private league where they will play against each other, including myself..  Introducing the competitors:

  • John Oursler – New York based freelance critic that has appeared in Village Voice, Sound on Sight, and Pop Matters.  He runs his own blog titled, “French Films About Trains” and recently attended the New York and Toronto Film Festivals. – @JMOursler – TEAM NAME: JMOursler
  • Eric Melin – Long time critic who runs the artfully cool and is an active and voting member of the Kansas Film Critics Association.  He’s also the 2013 World Air Guitar Champion. – @SceneStealEric – TEAM NAME: Scene-Stealers
  • Alex Carlson – Running one of the best kept secrets in the Oscar blogging world, Film Misery, Carlson hails from Minnesota and manages to keep his ears to the ground on the beat of the race.  @FilmMisery – TEAM NAME: Film Misery
  • Katey Rich – Probably every movie fans ideal woman, the staple of Cinema Blend as the Editor-in-Chief, as well as the popular podcast OpKino, Katey wiggles her way through Brooklyn, seeking the Oscar contenders and lending her expertise on everything in the movie world. – @Kateyrich – TEAM NAME: Katey
  • Matt Patches – One of the brilliant minds behind OpKino as well, Mr. Patches writes for several publications including Time Out New York, IGN, and  A resident of New York, Patches has his hands in many pots of the Oscar world.  You can see his work collectively on – @misterpatches – TEAM NAME: Patches’ Pictures Classics
  • Laremy Legel – A renowned critic. who has authored his own book, “Film Critic: A Decade Behind the Scenes in the Movie Industry“, Laremy finds his way through rainy Seattle and writes for as well as other publications.  He also runs his own site,  You might also know him as one half of the B-n-L podcast that airs every Tuesday and Friday.  He’s a member of BFCA and OFCS. – @Laremy – TEAM NAME: Laremy
  • Phil Wallace – Once the owner of the, Wallace is now a contributor and continues to run the Screen Picks podcast.  Wallace holds it down in Los Angeles, CA, where he keeps up with the beat of the season. – @philwa – TEAM NAME: ScreenPicks
  • Brad Brevet – Last but not least is Brad Brevet.  One of the first popular movie sites to hit the web nearly a decade ago, Brad runs and operates, where he writes about film, box office, and the Oscar race.  A Seattle native, Brad runs one of the most popular podcasts on the net, B-n-L, and attends all the prestigious festivals including Cannes and Toronto.  He’s an active member of the BFCA. – @ropeofsilicon – TEAM NAME: RopeofSilicon

Hugely competitive, I know I have my work cut out for me but I feel confident I can take down some of the machines.  Let us know about your teams, names, and other tidbits in the comment section.  Who are you rooting for in both pools? (Don’t worry, I won’t be mad if you don’t say Clayton and Team AwardsCircuit, though you should).

If you haven’t signed up for a league yet, please do so HERE or at

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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.