Awards Circuit Power Hour Episode 160: TIFF, Non-Surging Contenders, Games


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

On the agenda:

  • Wrap up of Telluride and speaking about “Beasts of No Nation.”
  • TIFF has started and we’re on the front lines with “I Saw the Light,” “Demolition,” and more.
  • The Oscar race is lacking an obvious frontrunner.  Things looked at as “not contenders” or “not in the Oscar wheelhouse” may start to surge.
  • Cinephile Showdowns.

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  • Joey Magidson


  • Steve

    That Star Wars order to watch them was mentioned on a Big Bang Theory episode.

    Some cinephile showdowns:
    Friday Night Lights or Remember the Titans
    Lone Survivor or American Sniper
    Die Hard or Speed
    Juno or Knocked Up
    The Hurt Locker or Zero Dark Thirty

  • Hey, you guys should talk about The Second Mother! Representing my country in the Oscars 😀

  • Ryan

    About that “Let’s all make Kristen feel bad list”, I was able to go as far back as Power Hour Episode 156, but past that I keep getting strange error codes.

    Regardless… The list goes as:
    Episode 160: Lawrence of Arabia, The Bridge on the River Kwai, The Master
    Episode 159: Kristen is not on the podcast
    Episode 158: The Fugitive (Though there is a funny bit where everyone tells Clayton to see The Lion in Winter)
    Episode 157: Saving Private Ryan, North by Northwest
    Episode 156: None

    Past that, of course is the fact that she has not seen five other Star Wars films. Also, if this old podcast error is happening to anyone else, please let me know.

    • Kristen Lopez

      Haha, thank you Ryan for listing my blind spots. As for Star Wars, I agreed to watch the original trilogy of which I have 2 left (and I have them in my possession).

      • Ryan

        Don’t worry, I haven’t seen Casablanca yet, so I have my own problems. I am definitely looking forward to your take on Episodes V and VI, though.

    • Kevin

      I believe it was said on a podcast a few weeks ago they had to take down the older podcasts to make room for the newer ones.

      • Ryan

        That explains a lot, thank you.

  • ryanmcc

    Cinephile Showdowns

    The Fault in Our Stars or 50/50
    Rocky Horror Picture Show or Little Shop of Horrors
    Matthew McConaughey in Interstellar or Sam Rockwell in Moon
    Albert Brooks in Finding Nemo or Tom Hanks in Toy Story
    Disasterpiece’s score for It Follows or Mica Levi’s score for Under the Skin
    Footloose by Kenny Loggins from Footloose or Danger Zone by Kenny Loggins from Top Gun

    What do you think will be a bigger problem during the awards season?

    The Revenant (Alejandro G. Inarritu just won best picture) or Steve Jobs (Aaron Sorkin has already made an award winning biopic on a famous internet icon)

  • travis larson

    Cinephile Showdown:

    Choose the best performance

    Jeff Bridges- The Last Picture Show OR The Big Lebowski
    Johnny Depp- Finding Neverland OR Black Mass
    Ben Kingsley- Gandhi OR Schindler’s List
    Ed Harris- Apollo 13 OR The Hours
    Paul Giamatti- Sideways OR Cinderella Man

  • Ryan

    Cinephile Showdown:
    Out of Africa OR Crash
    Titanic OR Avatar
    Dead Poets Society OR Good Will Hunting
    Forrest Gump OR Back to the Future
    Home Alone OR Mrs. Doubtfire

  • Roberto925

    Cinephile Showdown:

    Bonnie and Clyde or Thelma & Louise
    Blue Velvet or Elephant Man
    Late Spring (1949) or Early Summer (1951)
    A Passage to India or Doctor Zhivago
    Let Me In or Let the Right One In

    Directorial Showdown:

    Choose the better directorial effort

    Robert Altman, Nashville or Bob Fosse, Cabaret
    Curtis Hanson, L.A. Confidential or David Lynch, Mulholland Drive
    Miloš Forman, Amadeus or Stanley Kubrick, Barry Lyndon
    Akira Kurosawa, Ran or Werner Herzog, Aguirre, the Wrath of God
    Ava DuVernay, Selma or Jane Campion, The Piano

  • Sandra

    What are your personal Emmy picks in the major categories (whether nominated or not)?
    Also is ACCA TV still happening?

  • Josh Parham

    Cinephile Showdown (Director Swap Vol. 3)

    Gravity directed by J.J. Abrams or Star Trek directed by Alfonso Cuarón
    Gods and Monsters directed by Tom Ford or A Single Man directed by Bill Condon
    Spring Breakers directed by David O. Russell or American Hustle directed by Harmony Korine
    The Skin I Live In directed by David Cronenberg or Dead Ringers directed by Pedro Almodóvar
    JFK directed by Spike Lee or Malcolm X directed by Oliver Stone
    Schindler’s List directed by Martin Scorsese or Cape Fear directed by Steven Spielberg (this one actually almost happened)

  • Jocelyn

    We were having a discussing in class about Hollywood’s problems with race and gender, which somehow devolved into an argument about which one was worse/ more damaging to the industry and the greater public.

    I know both are still major problems and we still have a long way to go before we have equality on any front, but my question is, which do you think (racism or sexism) is closer to being “cured”
    in Hollywood?

    Sorry if it’s a dumb question, it has just been on my mind a lot recently. Keep up the great work! 🙂

  • Eoin Daly

    Director/Writer Collaborations
    James Stewart/Alfred Hitchcock vs. Cary Grant/Alfred Hitchcock
    Ingrid Bergman/Alfred Hitchcock vs. Grace Kelly/Alfred Hitchcock
    Liv Ullmann/Ingmar Bergman vs. Max von Sydow/Ingmar Bergman
    John Wayne/John Ford vs/ Alec Guinness/David Lean
    Leonardo DiCaprio/Martin Scorsese vs. Johnny Depp/Tim burton
    Marcello Mastroianni/Federico Fellini vs. Toshiro Mifune/Akira Kurosawa
    Jack Lemmon/Billy Wilder vs. Robert De Niro/Martin Scorsese
    Liv Ullmann/Ingmar Bergman vs. Katharine Hepburn/George Cukor

    Oscar winning leading performances
    Broderick Crawford, All the Kings Men vs. Olivia de Havilland, The Heiress
    Alec Guinness, The Bridge on the River Kwai vs. Joanne Woodward, The Three Faces of Eve
    Gene Hackman, The French Connection vs. Jane Fonda, Klute
    Jack Nicholson, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest vs. Louise Fletcher, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
    Peter Finch, Newtork vs. Faye Dunaway, Network
    Robert De Niro, Raging Bull vs. Sissy Spacek, Coal Miner’s Daughter
    Tom Hanks, Philadelphia vs. Holly Hunter, The Piano
    Sean Penn, Mystic River vs. Charlize Theron, Monster
    Daniel Day-Lewis, There Will Be Blood vs. Marion Cotillard, La Vie en Rose

  • Kevin

    What would be your favorite winners in Picture, Director, and the four acting categories since 2000?