Circuit Breaker Episode 24: Guilds, In Line, and the New Oscar Frontrunner


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On the agenda:

  • After the announcement of the Awards Circuit In Line Series, we talk a little about those listed and where we see them going.
  • Some of the major guilds announce this week and we comb through a few of them including Writers Guild of America.
  • Is “Manchester by the Sea” the new frontrunner? Can “Moonlight” do what “Brokeback Mountain” failed to do? Does the “La La Land” SAG Ensemble snub really mean anything?


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

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  • Luke McGowan

    Thanks for the in depth discussion, and I understand what you mean about lists shaping and responding now, but I stand by the argument that Gleeson is far more due than Krasinski, his son or Jack O’Connell. Why doesn’t Gleeson get to be Stanley Tucci? You might not notice but it’s hard to deny Gleesons making all the right decisions and is growing towards it since In Bruges and his Emmy winning portrayal of Winston Churchill. He’s doing lead roles in critically acclaimed indies whilst increasing his supporting presence in Oscar bait roles like Live By Night and Suffragette. He was Globe nominated for The Guard and won a few awards for Calvary, which is as much as O’Connell can say and more than Krasinski can.

  • Phill Milner

    I don’t think Denis gets into director. I also don’t think Arrival is getting into picture either. It doesn’t seem like the kind of movie the academy will go for. I think Hacksaw Ridge is the number 4 movie and Gibson is gonna get into director.

    • Phill Milner

      Its Moonlight, LaLa Land, Manchester, Hacksaw Ridge, Fences, Hell or High Water… I have Arrival at 9 behind… I think only 6 or 7 gets the nod this year.

  • Joey Magidson


  • Tee

    There is no theater in my state that is showing La La Land or Silence, and didn’t show Moonlight, Jackie, or Moonlight. I’ll have to wait for DVD’s for all of them, so I want to hear no complaining!

  • Mike

    Topic for discussion for Awards Circuit staff: Do you think after two years of “Oscar so White” that race will influence this year’s nominations and winners? Is this where Moonlight, Fences, and Hidden Figures come out strong? Will guilds take this in account?

    This could be the first time in Oscar history where there is an African American nominee in all four acting categories, two potential director nominees,and at least one for producing and writing. It can even extend to craft with Bradford Young being nominated for Arrival.

  • Cornelius Buttersby

    If any movie should’ve been pushed back, it should’ve been 20th Century Women. That film has been buggered by its late release, but it could’ve been a sure fire actress winner, supporting actress nominee and even a best picture player if it had time to settle as the gentle nostalgic charm-bomb of the year.

  • Iso Ns

    Two questions for the next podcast:
    1)If this year we have 8 best picture noms, which films do you think will get the 7th and 8th slot. I think Hacksaw is safe, but I’m contemplating between Lion, Jackie, Hidden Figures for 8th slot.

    2)Do you think that Billy Lynn’s has a chance to get nominated for Sound Editing?