Circuit Breaker Episode 21: First Wave of Precursors Recap w/ Guest Jenelle Riley


CircuitBreaker_CoverWelcome to the Awards Circuit podcast titled “CIRCUIT BREAKER!,” a weekly podcast from featuring host Clayton Davis along with panelists Sam Coffey, Mark Johnson and Joey Magidson. We discuss movies, television and all the awards shows that need predicting. New episodes are released every Monday. Find us on Twitter at @Circuit_Pod, email us at, and submit your comments and questions at the bottom of the episode.

On the agenda:

  • We are joined by our guest Jenelle Riley (@jenelleriley), Deputy Awards Editor of Variety and two-time Emmy winner. Spoiler alert: She’s the best!
  • We’re talking about the first wave of prizes from the critics including the National Board of Review, New York Film Critics Circle and Critics’ Choice Nominations. (This podcast was recorded before the LAFCA announcement)
  • The team and Jenelle are going on record on who we think will win the Oscar in the major categories.
  • Cinephile Showdowns with YOUR questions.
  • Announcement regarding Academy Idol Season 9.
  • Finally, we announce the reader that won a signed poster of “Elle” by Isabelle Huppert (future Oscar nominee?) and director Paul Verhoeven.


"Fences" - Opens in theaters on Christmas Day
“Fences” – Opens in theaters on Christmas Day

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  • Ryan Jayden

    I would like to point out that the sound issues, especially the loud volume of the intro and outro, are still present. Great podcast though!

  • Ryan

    Cinephile Showdown:

    Moana OR Zootopia
    Arrival OR Prisoners
    Allied OR Flight
    Hacksaw Ridge OR Apocalypto
    Star Wars: The Force Awakens OR…. you know, whatever the last Star Wars movie you happened to see was…

  • Ryan

    Power Hour Question:

    Given the way that Best Supporting Actor is shaping up, is it possible that Hugh Grant would have a better shot at an Oscar nomination if he campaigned in Lead Actor where he belongs?