Clayton Davis

Clayton Davis

Oscars Predictions: Adapted Screenplay – ‘Women’ Looks to Keep Ahead of the ‘Living’ Nobel Prize Winner

Variety Awards Circuit section is the home for all awards news and related content throughout the year, featuring the following: the official predictions for the upcoming Oscars, Emmys, Grammys and Tony awards ceremonies, curated by Variety senior awards editor Clayton Davis. The prediction pages are Davis’ assessment of the current standings of the race and […]

Andrea Riseborough Controversy Shares Similarities With 2004 FYC Ad Where Shohreh Aghdashloo Wasn’t Disqualified From Oscars

There may be hope for Andrea Riseborough to keep her Oscar nomination for “To Leslie,” considering a similar case that didn’t disqualify another surprise nominee from the past, Shohreh Aghdashloo. In 2004, the Academy was riding a new voting schedule. It had come off implementing new rules for studio marketers that would take some of […]

‘To Leslie’ Instagram Post Referencing Cate Blanchett Could Factor Into Academy Board Meeting

UPDATE: The Instagram post shared on the “To Leslie” account has been removed. The movie awards industry is buzzing following the news that the Academy is “conducting a review of campaign procedures” after Andrea Riseborough received a surprise best actress Oscar nomination for the independent drama “To Leslie.” The “grassroots” campaign enlisted numerous famous names […]

WGA Nominations: ‘Everything Everywhere,‘ ’Nope’ and ‘Wakanda Forever’ Among Recognized Screenplays

More to come… ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY Everything Everywhere All At Once, Written by Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert; A24 The Fabelmans, Written by Steven Spielberg & Tony Kushner; Universal Pictures The Menu, Written by Seth Reiss & Will Tracy; Searchlight Pictures Nope, Written by Jordan Peele; Universal Pictures Tár, Written by Todd Field; Focus Features ADAPTED SCREENPLAY Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, […]

Antoine Fuqua to Direct Michael Jackson Biopic for Lionsgate, Set to Begin Shooting This Year

Director Antoine Fuqua will direct the upcoming biopic film, “Michael,” based on the life of Michael Jackson from Lionsgate, which will distribute the film worldwide. Set to begin principal photography in 2023, the movie will be produced by Graham King, Oscar-winner for “The Departed” (2006), and three-time nominee for “The Aviator” (2004), “Hugo” (2011) and […]

Oscar Voting Closes: From Possible Category Switches to International Support, Members Indicate Surprising Revelations

At 5 p.m. PT, voting for the 95th Academy Awards nominations closed. It seems mundane, but we venture into the unknown each year, trying to determine the tastes of over 9,500 Academy members. I’ve had dozens of conversations with voters, industry experts and awards strategists, trying to determine which way the Academy could be leaning […]

Brendan Fraser and ‘Everything Everywhere’ Could Go All the Way to the Oscars After Critics’ Choice Victories

I wasn’t sure if “Everything Everywhere All at Once” could win best picture, but I might be convinced now. The A24 multiverse comedy had a fantastic night at the Critics’ Choice Awards, winning five statuettes including best picture, supporting actor for Ke Huy Quan, director and original screenplay for Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert and […]