Dan Bayer

Daniel Bayer is a New York-based film and theater reviewer and awards pundit. Dan has been in love with movies all his life, in love with the theater since he could sit still, and in love with tap dance since seeing Singin' in the Rain at nine years old. A nationally-ranked dancer in his teens, his theater credits are many and varied, both behind and on the stage. After getting his degree in Theater Studies from Emory University, he worked for an Off Broadway theater company for five years. Dan began writing about film in 2012 for The Film Experience, and joined the team at Next Best Picture in 2017. Since then he has covered major international film festivals such as the Berlinale, the New York Film Festival, SXSW, and the Toronto International Film Festival. A proud member of GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics, Dan is a fixture on the AwardsWatch and Next Best Picture podcasts, breaking down the Oscar race year-round.
  • Competency: Film, Theater, Dance
  • Alumni: Emory University
  • Member of: GALECA
  • Employer: Next Best Picture, AwardsWatch