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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  • Joey Magidson


  • Casey Chapman

    I’d love to submit some more showdowns for next episode! These are performance based when actors or best film based in film match ups:


    Michelle Pfieffer “Catwoman” VS Anne Hathaway “Catwoman”

    Tom Hardy “Bane” VS Tom Hiddleston “Loki”

    Jack Nicholson “The Joker” VS Danny DeVito “The Penguin”

    Uma Thurman “Poison Ivy” VS Sharon Stone “Laurel from Catwoman”

    Michael Shannon “General Zod” VS Kevin Spacey “Lex Luthor”


    “Come back to the five and dime jimmy dean” VS “3 women”

    “Short Cuts” VS “The Player”

    “Prairie Home Companion” VS “Gosford Park”

    “Mash” VS “Kansas City”


    “Melancholia” VS “Nymphomaniac”

    “Dogville” VS “Dancer in the Dark”

    “Breaking the Waves” VS “Antichrist”


    Angelina Jolie in “girl interrupted” VS Angie in “a mighty heart”

    Tilda Swinton in “Michael Clayton” VS Tilda Swinton in “Lion Witch and Wardrobe”

    Bette Davis in “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane” VS Bette in “All About Eve”

    Jennifer Tilly in “Bullets over Broadway” VS Jennifer Tilly in “The Fabulous Baker Boys”

    Judi Dench in “Iris” VS Judi Dench in “Notes on a Scandal”

    Jessica Lange in “Frances” VS Jessica Lange in “Music box”

    Nicole Kidman in “Birth” VS Nicole Kidman in “To Die For”


    Courtney Love in “The People vs Larry Flynt” VS Naomi Watts “21 Grams”

    Denzel Washington in “Malcolm X” VS David Olyelow “Selma”

  • Josh Parham

    Cinephile Showdown (Directors Swap Vol. 2)

    Slumdog Millionaire directed by Steven Soderbergh or Magic Mike directed by Danny Boyle
    Lincoln directed by Sam Mendes or Road to Perdition directed by Steven Spielberg
    Zero Dark Thirty directed by J.C. Chandor or A Most Violent Year directed by Kathryn Bigelow
    Midnight in Paris directed by Richard Linklater or A Scanner Darkly directed by Woody Allen
    Big Fish directed by the Coen Brothers or A Serious Man directed by Tim Burton
    The Counselor directed by Lee Daniels or The Paperboy directed by Ridley Scott
    Cloud Atlas directed by Wes Anderson or The Grand Budapest Hotel directed by The Wachowskis

  • Ryan

    Cinephile Showdown:

    Ratatouille OR Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
    Gone with the Wind OR The Wizard of Oz
    The Godfather OR The Godfather: Part II
    Lawrence of Arabia OR The Bridge on the River Kwai
    Around the World in 80 Days OR How Green Was My Valley

  • travis larson

    Cinephile Showdown:
    Choose the best performance

    Tom Hanks- Cast Away OR Philadelphia
    Russell Crowe- The Insider OR A Beautiful Mind
    Joaquin Phoenix- The Master OR Walk the Line
    Cate Blanchett- Blue Jasmine OR Elizabeth
    Jessica Chastain- A Most Violent Year OR Zero Dark Thirty

  • Ryan

    Power Hour Question:
    Hypothetical situation time. Recently, the Chicago Film Festival announced their lineup. Out of twenty or so films, there are seven that I would very much like to see. These films are:

    45 Years
    I Smile Back
    James White

    My question to you is: If you were in my position, and could only see three of these, which ones would you choose to see?