Fri. Oct 30th, 2020

The AW Team


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


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 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.


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.


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.


Amanda 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. She is a freelance entertainment writer, a part time podcast guest and an all time dog-mom with some pretty spot on Emmy predictions. You can find Amanda on Twitter at @msamandaspears.


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. 


Matthew 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 @MatthewJJenner.


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

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