Circuit Breaker Episode 35: Oscar Narrative Preview, ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ and Reader Questions


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On the agenda:

  • We take a look at the narratives that can play out for some veteran actors, such as Michelle Pfeiffer, Annette Bening, Kristin Scott Thomas, Gary Oldman and more.
  • We take plenty of questions from our readers about the season and some of the films of the year so far, including trailers.
  • “Beauty and the Beast” opened in theaters to an impressive box office. Can this point towards some Oscar attention in the technical races, including for Visual Effects?

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  • Aldebaran

    The only awards that ‘Beauty and the beast” should be nominated are the Costumes , Make&hair, Production design and maybe music. Everything more than that would be a travesty , especially if Emma Watson gets nominated.
    She is a mediocre actress at best that still rides the fame that she gained from Harry Potter.
    I like her as a person and I love the work that she has done as a feminist but she is so bad in every single movie that I’ve seen her.

    • Greg

      Seriously she was perfect in Beauty and the Beast. And have you seen Noah? She was amazing in that movie. Perks of being a wallflower? She was outstanding in this and she had Oscar buzz for that performance. So I don’t think she’s a “mediocre” actress. That being said, Beauty and the Beast have real chance to be nominated for Best Costume Design, Best Production Design, Best Visual Effects, Best Music Score and Best Original Song twice (Evermore and How does a moment last forever)

      • Aldebaran

        Dude first of all Noah was crap all together and on top of that she had a very small part were she still managed to be forgettable in it. I have no beef with her but she is a very mediocre actress that hasn’t given a descent performance to date. I feel the same for Keaunu Reeves who is also a very mediocre actor but he a very likable person.

    • Calvin Damon

      There isn’t a chance in hell that Emma Watson gets nominated for this movie, so don’t you worry about that. Costumes and Production design are most likely, with Makeup, Visual Effects, and the sound categories having a small chance too

  • Kevin

    Can you go back to announcing the circuit madness results on the podcast? A simple article just isn’t as interesting. Getting to hear your guys’ preferences and predictions is what makes circuit madness fun.

    Same for Academy Idol. This past season, with the results not being on the podcast, I wasn’t as interested and barely voted.

  • AndreTheTurtle

    Just to point out, Beauty And The Beast beat BVS for domestic box office, but worldwide BVS still has the March record, by like 80 Million Dollars.

    • March isn’t over yet. 😉

      • AndreTheTurtle

        I ain’t saying it isn’t. But for an opening weekend, Beauty And The Beast didn’t get the worldwide record. That being said, it can easily make over a billion this year if it all works out. The rest of the month doesn’t really have that many films I think can top it, so we might be at Beauty And The Beast number one for a few week.

        • As of today, the world wide total on BATB is at $428M and change. It’s already earned almost half of BVS’s entire world wide total and it’s only been out for 5 days.

          • AndreTheTurtle

            Exactly. Like I said, it can easily pass one billion, especially since the rest of the month seems pretty weak from a competitor standpoint, not to mention that it will most certainly not have as big of a second weekend drop as BVS did. Haha.

  • Mike

    Regarding Mark Hamil, while its obviously plenty early to predict anyone you want and could happen, I don’t think he’s comparable to Sylvester Stallone. At least not that much. Stallone was previously nominated for Rocky and won Best Picture. Creed was also a boxing movie, a favorite genre of the Academy, and Stallone was in the trainor or mentor role, which is also loved by them. Burgess Meredith, Paul Giamatti, Clint Eastwood, and Christian were all nominated for that type of role, and Bale won.

    Hamill also really isn’t known for his live action acting for any role besides Luke. And Harrison Ford wasn’t nominated despite it being a similar role that we assume Hamill’s will be.

    So again, definitely possible, and not saying it can’t happen, but I don’t think it’s even remotely similar to Stallone. Sure, it’d both be for their 7th movie in the franchise, but that’s where the similarities end.

    • Totally get what you’re saying. But I think Clayton made the point a week or two ago that Hamill is stepping into sort of the Obi Wan role and Alec Guinness received a Supporting Actor nomination for it.

      • Cornelius Buttersby

        I think Mike is right to point out that Harrison Ford was put into a similar role in the last Star Wars film. Han Solo has always been more beloved than Luke, and Ford has always been a more respected and beloved actor than Hamill. If it didn’t happen for Ford, it’s unlikely to happen here. Stallone was in a previously nominated role, and wasn’t going against genre bias. Plus he’s had more live action work than Hamill.

        • It’s not always about who people love more or who has had more work. People have been nominated and won for their first performance. The question is, would you have nominated Harrison Ford for TFA? And if so, who would you have taken out of the mix to make room for him? Also, Han was a conduit to get Rey and Finn to the Resistance. He wasn’t really much of a mentor. A great character. I love him, but he introduced Rey to the people that will help her become who she will be. He didn’t do the actual training. And since we can only assume right now what Luke’s role will be in TLJ, we can stay open to the possibility that it will be more Obi Wan and less Han.

  • Mike

    I also agree that it’d be nice if the Circuit Madness results were read and talked about on the podcast, and Academy Idol when that happens next oscar season.

  • John

    Oldman was severely underrated by all of you. Prick up Your Ears, Immortal Beloved, State of Grace, JFK and of course Sid and Nancy.

  • Cornelius Buttersby

    Much as it pains me to say it, I think Logan will have the same end-year results as 10 Cloverfield Land, another outstanding (really) first quarter release. I would keep an eye on Millicent Simmons in Supporting Actress – it’s easy to foresee a narrative forming over the 14 year old girl with deafness starring in the silent movie portion of the film. The movie itself sounds like something special which could become big – set across multiple time frames and partially done as a silent film.

    P.S. You caught me Mark, the Russians hacked into your article and I got a sneak peak of it for my comment in the last podcast.

  • Calvin Damon

    So is The Disaster Artist like this generations Ed Wood then?

    • Joey Magidson

      There’s a possibility, yes.

  • Willy Bum Bum

    Try to predict the early winners ahead time for Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Original Screenplay and Adapted Screenplay for the 2018 Oscars. Mine would be

    Best Picture: The Shape of Water
    Best Director: Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water
    Best Actor: Hugh Jackman, The Greatest Showman (Alt. Denzel Washington, Inner City)
    Best Actress: Halle Berry, Kings
    Best Supporting Actor: Steve Buscemi, Lean on Pete
    Best Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo, Novitiate
    Best Original Screenplay: The Shape of Water
    Best Adapted Screenplay: Lean on Pete

    But what about your guys’s picks?