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    NYFF Film Review: ‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’ Is a Thematically Charged Anthology Showcasing Tim Blake Nelson

    2018 NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL: In the offbeat, quirky nature of all Coen Brothers outings, “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” has the life and energy we’ve come to love from the writing/directing duo.  Saturated with comical beats and heavenly production values, the film manifests its own identity, standing out in a year full of impressive […] More

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    Film Review: Hail, Caesar (★★★)

    Being Awards Circuit’s resident “historical expert” — unlike fellow writer, Mark Johnson, I didn’t live the history I’m watching — I fell in love with the Coen brothers latest film, Hail, Caesar from the moment the trailer showed Scarlett Johansson coming out of the water a la Esther Williams. Gearing up to be a hard […] More

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    Alan Alda and Amy Ryan have joins Steven Spielberg’s next film

    Easily one of the highest profile projects in the works right now just keeps increasing its stature. We already know that Steven Spielberg is getting set to shoot a Cold War thriller with Tom Hanks in the lead role and the Coen Brothers working on the screenplay (originally from Matt Charman). Well, now we’ve got […] More

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    2015 Oscar Predictions – Taking a Blind Look, One Year from Now

    The Oscars are over and here at the Awards Circuit we move on to a new film year.  The official Oscar Prediction pages will be updated over the next few weeks little by little but I thought it would be time to reveal what some of these pages would start looking like.  2014 looks to […] More

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    Under the Circuit: John Goodman

    Awards Circuit loyalists will remember our very popular “Under the Circuit” series that we used to run a few years back. UTC gives us an opportunity to shine a light on an actor or actress who has not yet had their name called out on Oscar nomination morning. This series, now covered by newest Staff […] More

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    Las Vegas Film Critics Award ’12 Years a Slave’, John Goodman Gets Lifetime Achievement Award

    Las Vegas Film Critics delivered their winners on the best of 2013 and selected Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave in five categories including Best Picture.  Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity managed four awards as well.  The best part of their listed winners is they selected John Goodman for their William Holden Lifetime Achievement Award.  A fine […] More

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    FYC: Reminders and Highlights from 2013 (Part 1)

    Hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving holiday but beginning on Monday, we’re back to the Oscar race.  Campaigns are in full swing, luncheons are happening daily on both coasts, and the precursor awards will start delivering starting with the Satellite Award nominations followed by New York Film Critics Circle and National Board of Review following.  Voting […] More

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    Oscar Updates Continue with Screenplays, Animated Feature, and Production Design

    Oscar Predictions continue here and with the acting categories getting the updates last week, I thought it was time to start breaking down the “non-major” categories in groups.  Honestly, these are some of the more exciting races because the technical merits of films this year have been the most astounding and have made this year […] More

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