Wed. Oct 27th, 2021

The AW Team


Erik is the founder/owner and 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 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 in film school and the film forums of GoldDerby, and then migrated over to the former Oscarwatch (now AwardsDaily), before breaking off to create AwardsWatch in 2013.

He is a Rotten Tomatoes-approved critic, accredited by the Cannes Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival and more, is a member of the International Cinephile Society (ICS), GALECA (The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics) and the International Press Academy. Among his many achieved goals with AwardsWatch, he has given a platform to underrepresented writers and critics and supplied them with access to film festivals and the industry and calls the Bay Area his home.

You can follow him on Twitter at @awards_watch. He can be reached at


Rubin is the Executive Editor of AwardsWatch.  He is also the Founder, Executive Editor and Principal Critic of Cinemalogue—a partner in international film festival coverage.

A voting member of the Dallas-Ft. Worth Film Critics Association, he 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. Rubin is also an annual speaker in the International Film Series at Richland College’s Multicultural Center.

You can find him at @rubinsafaya on Twitter.


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 has 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 and is only the second Arab-based critic on Rotten Tomatoes. 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.


Tyler is from Tuscaloosa, Alabama and is the TV Awards Editor for AwardsWatch where you can find his predictions, awards analysis and interviews with Emmy, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild contenders both in front of and behind the camera.

He’s been obsessed with television, movies and the Oscars since he was about 14. He enjoys reading, but even more, he loves talking about Amy Adams more and will, at any given moment, bring up her Oscar snub for Arrival. 

The only thing he spends more time on than watching TV is sitting on Twitter. If you ever want to discuss the movie Carol at length, he’s your guy.

You can find Tyler at @wordswithtyler



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. You can find Catherine on Twitter at @crspringer9.



Zach is a part-time film critic and a full-time film fan based out of Omaha, Nebraska. When they aren’t focused on trying to fervently finish their collegiate studies in English and communications, you can find them either writing for Loud and Clear Reviews or mourning Margot Robbie’s Best Actress loss on Twitter at @zachbgilbert.



Eddie Mouradian is a consultant and entertainment writer living in New York. He has written for Newsday, Urban Daddy, Moviefied NYC, among other publications. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram where here is likely talking about Survivor, ranting about a 20 year old Oscar snub or seeking attention with a series of not-at-all staged selfies. 



Valerie 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 and from the Cannes Film Festival for AwardsWatch in 2019.

You can find Valerie on Twitter at @ValerieComplex.



In a world where viewers are lost and confused, one man can show them the way. Jeff Beachnau is the symbol the moviegoers have been waiting for. With sarcastic wit and deadpan humor, if you weren’t aware he’s always joking you’d think he was a dick. When not watching movies or catching up on 1980s sitcoms he hasn’t seen yet, Jeff likes to ride his bike, go to the beach, and protect the people from the forces of evil. And, when he’s got the time, he works as a grip (to the extreme).



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



Paddy is a 28-year-old movie blogger originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, now living in London, England, where he’s currently studying for a BA(Hons) in Journalism. He first got into movies 15 years ago, and loves nothing better than sitting front row at a press screening of a movie he knows he’ll probably never get a chance to see again. He also enjoys the queerest of queer culture, eating way too much, and being a dirtbag on Twitter. You can find Paddy on Twitter at @screenonscreen



Roberto is a 32-year-old movie buff hailing straight from Venice-ish, Italy. Disdained by the modern world and its ostracism against Ken Russell’s undisputable masterpiece “The Devils”, he finds solace in watching films of debatable quality, sipping beer and being as queer as possible. Roberto reported from the Venice Film Festival for AwardsWatch in 2019 You can find Robert on Twitter at @RobRuggio.



Dewey Singleton has been reviewing movie and television releases for seven years. He’s excited to have finally found a way to turn his passion for watching things on the big or small screen into a career direction. Dewey is a proud member of the BFCA and his work can be found on and You can find Dewey on Twitter at @eatbreathewatch.



Kevin Jacobsen is a captioner and entertainment writer at such publications as Gold Derby and is stuck in an unhealthy relationship with the Oscars, the Emmys, and most other award shows. More of his intense feelings can be heard on his podcast, And the Runner-Up Is, which covers the likely runner-up in each Best Picture race at the Oscars. You can find Kevin on Twitter @Kevin_Jacobsen.



Daniel Trainor is writer, podcaster, son and friend from Los Angeles, California. Originally from Michigan, his love for all things pop culture started early, once using pancakes to bribe his way onto the Oscars red carpet bleachers with his mother. In addition to writing for AwardsWatch, he is an huge sports fan and hosts the LGBTQ sports podcast “Same Team.” One day, he hopes Jane Krakowski will win an Emmy.



Sam Stone is a writer and actor based in Brooklyn, New York. He writes humor, culture, and travel among other things, and spends his free time reading about all those things. You can find him on twitter @sam_the_stone or on Instagram @samstone000.



Zofia resides in Los Angeles and is a film and television critic. She has previously written for The Mary Sue, First Showing, Film Threat, In Their Own League, Film Inquiry, and more. She loves the Scream movies, CarolAmerican Horror Story, and Schitt’s Creek. Her Twitter – @thefilmnerdette



Amelia Merrill is a New York-based journalist and theatre artist. Her writing can be seen on Shondaland, American Theatre magazine, Bright Wall/Dark Room, and more. You can follow her on Twitter @Miajmerrill

AwardsWatch is always looking for fun and ambitious writers who want a place to call home and a platform for their charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent. Ping Erik at if you think you have something great to offer and that we can offer you.

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