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The AW Team

ERIK ANDERSON

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 Twitter at @awards_watch. He can be reached at erik.anderson@awardwatch.com.

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RUBIN SAFAYA

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.

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MINA TAKLA

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 Mina on Twitter at @mnm.

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VALERIE COMPLEX

Valerie Complex is a military veteran, movie nerd and freelance writer. As a lover of Japanese animation, comics, and all things film, she is passionate about inclusion across all entertainment mediums. She has reported from the Sundance Film Festival and SXSW Film Festival.

You can find Valerie on Twitter at @ValerieComplex.

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CATHERINE SPRINGER

Catherine is a shameless child of the ‘80s who discovered her passion for movies when she was 12 and has never looked back. As the daughter of an American diplomat, she spent the first 18 years of her life as an international nomad, but, when it came time to choose a college and set down roots, there was no other option than Los Angeles, a true industry town where movies touch and flavor everything. She wouldn’t be anywhere else. The only thing she loves as much as watching movies is writing about them, and her reviews have been seen in the Glendale News-Press, Magill’s Cinema Annual and on Prodigy. 15 years ago, she started her own her own movie blog, CathsFilmForum.com, which has been her pride and joy. And, although she loves sports, there is no better season than Oscar season. She owes everything to Tootsie for lighting the flame and to Premiere Magazine for keeping it lit.

You can find Catherine on Twitter at @crspringer9.

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MATTHEW JENNER

Matthew Joseph Jenner is an avid part-time writer and full-time film obsessed millennial who has been following awards shows since he was in elementary school, waking up at ungodly hours of the morning to watch the live broadcast of the Academy Awards, never looking back since. If it has celebrities handing out shiny trophies, you know he’s watching. Other film-related interests include cult cinema, independent filmmaking and reviving the careers of long-irrelevant actors, rebranding them as Beloved Veterans™. He has been writing for his review site Movies Unchained since 2012.

You can find Matthew on Twitter at @MoviesUnchxned.

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AMANDA SPEARS

Amanda Spears is a film and television fanatic. Awards expert. Proud founder of #PresentAll24 that helped push the Academy to reinstating the presentation of all 24 Oscars live at the Academy Awards. Freelance entertainment writer. Part time podcast guest. All time dog-mom.  

You can find Amanda on Twitter at @msamandaspears.

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EDDIE MOURADIAN

Eddie Mouradian is a consultant and freelance entertainment writer living in New York. He has written for Newsday, Urban Daddy, Moviefied NYC among other publications. Follow him on Instagram at @emouradian to read about his latest obsession ranging from outrage over Blake Lively’s Oscar snub for A Simple Favor to general affection for The Other Two and Shrill.

You can find Eddie on Twitter at @eddie_mouradian

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JACK KING

Jack is British film journalist, exhibitor and screenwriter. He currently resides in South East London but spends at least an hour per day wishing he was in the Italian Riviera – and no, not just because he watched Call Me By Your Name twenty-six times, thank you very much. He has attended all of the major festivals other than Venice but he’s hoping to knock that off later this year. He sees himself much like his film taste: unashamedly queer and far tackier than he’d like to admit. When not writing the next great indie flick, or sat in a barely-lit art house auditorium, he can typically be found in a gay bar ranting about Ronald Reagan.

You can find Jack on Twitter at @_Jarking

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