Awards Circuit Power Hour Episode 36: Oscar Nomination Reactions, Golden Globe Predictions, Academy Idol Results


POWERHOUR_LOGO_NEWThis past week AMPAS presented their nominees for the very best of 2012.  We go through a slew of categories to discuss our reactions and who could be winning in six weeks time.  With Spielberg’s Lincoln leading with 12 nominations and Lee’s Life of Pi close behind with 11, are we due for an upset or can a film with no directing nomination like Ben Affleck’s Argo pull through at the last minute?

We also talk some of the BFCA winners, the show, and how the first award show of the season can be perceived.

The Golden Globes are tonight and we make our final predictions of who and what can receive a boost from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

Your Academy Idol Results are at the top of the show.  Which film was axed after your votes?  Check it out.

Comment and discuss!


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Clayton Davis is the esteemed Editor and Owner of Born in Bronx, NY to a Puerto Rican mother and Black father, he’s been criticizing film and television for over a decade. Clayton is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association where he votes and attends the kick off to the awards season, the Critics Choice Awards. He’s also an active member of New York Film Critics Online, International Press Academy, Black Reel Awards, and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association. Clayton has been quoted and appeared in various outlets that include The New York Times,, Variety, Deadline, Los Angeles Times, Bloomberg Television, AOL, Huffington Post, Bloomberg Radio, The Wrap, Slash Film, and the Hollywood Reporter.
  • Roxy

    When was the last time that an awards season had been as unpredictable as this one has been so far? Last year, around this time, ‘The Artist’ had already won the Oscar for Best Picture. And, usually, it is a battle between only two (or three) films for the major prizes. For Best Picture, if we have to think back to the last major, unexpected, big shocking upset, it would have to be ‘Crash’ winning Best Picture (completely out of the blue). So will the Academy actually present Best Picture to ‘Life of Pi’ simply to make up for the shocking loss of ‘Brokeback Mountain’ all those years back?

  • steve

    Lincoln can’t win for Film Editing since they made an enormous mistake by not ending it ten minutes earlier…where there was a great ending and fantastic final shot.

  • Ian

    I hope we can blog tonight during the Golden Globes. No one seems to know.


    • Joey Magidson

      There will be one here tonight, yes…

  • Josh P.

    It is really fun to have the Oscar race so open this year. Several categories that have been deemed locks in the past are now completely wide open, like Director, Supporting Actor and the Screenplays. Even the crafts are proving difficult. Hell, even Animated Feature, which is usually the one category everyone is guaranteed to predict correctly is proving difficult.

    On that note, I’m still predicting “Frankenweenie” for the moment. It could very well go to “Wreck-It Ralph” or “Brave” (ugh), but I think people will also be aware that it is a Tim Burton film, and the guy is respected in the industry and has spoken at lengths about how personal this project is. Even though I thought “Wreck-It Ralph” was better, I do admit that the thought of Burton winning an Oscar for this film does make me happy. Still, any one of those three can take it.

  • Josh P.

    Also, I find it funny how in the beginning, we were all saying how weak we thought the Best Actress race was, and now it has easily become the most competitive category this year. I honestly would not be surprised if any one of them could take it because there is a strong case to be made for all of them. I’m personally rooting for Riva though.

  • Nathan Mitchell

    You guys mentioned you weren’t sure what Lawrence’s Oscar scene could be. Though it may be too plot revealing to use, her explaining what happened to Tommy is magnificent. That scene alone is enough for me for her to win the Oscar.

  • me


    Bubble Guppies is a Nick Jr. show that has I think tiny mermaids getting into hijinks or stuff like that. I didn’t want to click on any links. Hope this vague description helps you in one way or another!

    • Joey Magidson

      Well, now I know…

  • oscarfan1

    Hi Clayton/Joey,

    Quick question – are we allowed to vote multiple times for Academy Idol this week? I’ve voted a few times for a film and get the following message:

    “Thank you, we have already counted your vote.”

    Just wondering whether or not to vote many times for the same movie 🙂


    • Joey Magidson

      Multiple votes are allowed this week, yes…so have at it!