Erik is the Editor-in-Chief of AwardsWatch and thanks his mother for his love of all things Oscar, having watched the Academy Awards together since he was in the single digits; making lists, rankings and predictions throughout the show. This led him down the path to obsessing about awards. Much later, he found himself at GoldDerby, led by Tom O’Neill and then migrated over to Oscarwatch (now AwardsDaily), headed up by Sasha Stone before breaking off to create AwardsWatch.
He is a Rotten Tomatoes-approved critic, accredited by the Cannes Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival, is a member of the International Cinephile Society (ICS), GALECA (The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics), the International Press Academy and is the founder/owner of AwardsWatch. You can follow him on Twiiter at @awards_watch. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Rubin is the Executive Editor of AwardsWatch. He is also the founder and publisher of Cinemalogue, a partner publication in the coverage of the international film festival circuit.
A voting member of the Dallas-Ft. Worth Film Critics Association, Mr. Safaya is listed at Rotten Tomatoes, accredited by the Toronto International Film Festival, a participant in the IndieWire Annual TIFF Critics Survey, and is quoted in various books, magazines, essays and editorials—most recently by the CBC on the subject of lack of diversity in film criticism as a follow up to the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative.
Mr. Safaya is also an annual speaker in the International Film Series at Richland College’s Multicultural Center. Follow him on Twitter at @rubinsafaya.
Mina is a foreign correspondent for AwardsWatch and the co-founder of The Syndicate, an online news agency that offers original content services to several film brands including Empire Magazine’s Middle East edition and the Dubai Film Festival. Takla has attended, covered and written from over 10 film festivals online including the Dubai International Film Festival, Abu Dhabi Film Festival, Cannes, Venice and Annecy Film Festivals.
He been following the Oscar race since 2000 with accurate, office-pool winning predictions year after year. He writes monthly in Empire Arabia, the Arabic version of the world’s top cinema magazine and conducts press junkets with Hollywood stars in the UK and the US. He holds a Master’s degree in Strategic Marketing from Australia’s Wollongong University and is currently based in Dubai, UAE.
You can find him on Twitter at @mnm.