Awards Circuit Power Hour Episode 159: LIVE from Telluride, Venice Screenings, and Awards Season Beginnings


PowerHourLogo_BlackWelcome to another edition of the Awards Circuit Power Hour, our weekly podcast diving deep into all things film, television, and entertainment.

On the agenda:

  • Live from the Telluride Film Festival, Mark Johnson talks about the screenings and awards chances for films like “He Named Me Malala,” “Suffragette,” “Room,” “Steve Jobs,” “Spotlight,” and “Black Mass.”
  • We talk about some of the other films that have premiered like “Beasts of No Nation,” “The Danish Girl,” and “Everest.”
  • We also talk briefly about “Sicario” from Denis Villenueve and its chances at the Oscars.
  • We have a bunch of your questions and Cinephile Showdowns.

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Clayton Davis--prolific writer and autism awareness advocate of Puerto Rican and Black descent, known for his relentless passion, dedication, and unique aptitude. Over the course of a decade, he has been criticizing both film and television extensively. To date, he has been either featured or quoted in an array of prominent outlets, including but not limited to The New York Times,, Variety, Deadline, Los Angeles Times, FOX 5, Bloomberg Television, AOL, Huffington Post, Bloomberg Radio, The Wrap, Slash Film, and the Hollywood Reporter. Growing up in the Bronx, Clayton’s avid interest in the movie world began the moment he first watched "Dead Poets Society” at just five years of age. While he struggled in English class all throughout grade school, he dived head first into writing, ultimately taking those insufficiencies and transforming them into ardent writings pertaining to all things film, television, and most importantly, the Academy Awards. In addition to crafting a collection of short stories that give a voice to films that haven’t made it to the silver screen, Clayton currently serves as the Founding Editor of He also holds active voting membership at various esteemed organizations, such as the Broadcast Film Critics Association, Broadcast Television Journalists Association, African-American Film Critics Association, New York Film Critics Online, Black Reel Awards, and International Press Academy. Furthermore, Clayton obtained his B.A. degree in American Studies and Communications.