Circuit Breaker Episode 36: Forgettable Best Picture Winners, Circuit Madness Results, and ‘Justice League’


Welcome 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:

  • Recording from San Juan, Puerto Rico, we speak about our favorite spanish language films.
  • Talking about the “Kid Shows” would we love to see rebooted, in celebration of “Power Rangers.”
  • Thanks to a reader question, we try to call our predicted Oscar winners for 2018.
  • The new trailer for “Justice League” dropped and we talk about the problems with the DC Universe and what they can do to fix it.
  • Thanks to a reader question, we speak about the most “forgettable” Best Picture winners and the best (and worst) winners of all-time.
  • What actor or actress has the worst Oscar win that represents them?  We venture some guesses.
  • Clayton and Mark talk about what movies we want to start showing our children (and when).
  • We get into the actors that we love (unapologetically) including Kevin Costner and Tom Cruise.
  • Looking at two specific contenders for 2017: “The Snowman” from Tomas Alfredson and “Molly’s Game” from Aaron Sorkin.  Is Michael Fassbender and Jessica Chastain a sure thing for the season?
  • Circuit Madness results read LIVE on the episode!  What big upsets are in the future? PLENTY!

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  • Calvin Damon

    Which 2 time Oscar winning actor do you think is most likely to win acting Oscar number 3? Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman, Denzel Washington, Cate Blanchett, Michael Caine, Jessica Lange, Tom Hanks, Sean Penn, Jodie Foster, Sally Field, Kevin Spacey, Hillary Swank, or Christoph Waltz? I think Cate Blanchett is the most on track to do it, but I could see Denzel Washingtion or Tom Hanks pulling it off as well. Also, which 3 time Oscar winning actor is most likely to join Katherine Hepburn? DDL, the Streep monster, or Jack Nicholson? I have to go DDL because he seems unstoppable right now.

  • Joey Magidson


  • Ferdinand

    As one of the younger ACCA voters (I’m an 18-year-old), I’d say that advertising for films on the site would definitely help. Another thing that I recommend is that if you haven’t seen that many movies from these years, I recommend watching old Siskel and Ebert episodes like the top 10 and for your Oscar consideration episodes.They usually talk about at least one or two movies that weren’t really in the Oscar discussion that are usually really good. And also the smaller critics associations used to do some interesting things.

    And to ACCA voters in general: as we keep going into the past, I’m afraid that there will be less representation for non-English-language films until we get to the 70s when we get to classics that have been seen more widely. Please vote for these films because English-language cinema is only a small representation of the great films that were made around the world

  • John

    Circuit Madness feels so pointless with so many clearly voting without having seen, or this case even heard, both choices.

  • Ryan

    Speaking of Circuit Madness (films not scores)

    Cinephile Showdown:

    Lawrence of Arabia OR Beauty and the Beast
    Atonement OR Brokeback Mountain
    Jaws OR Gravity
    Dances with Wolves OR E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring OR The Wizard of Oz
    The Lion King OR The Sound of Music
    Titanic OR La La Land
    Star Wars OR Up

  • Ryan

    Power Hour Question:

    Is there an actor/actress who you feel without question will one day win an Oscar?
    What about someone who already has one that you feel confident will win another?

  • RaulSGama


    If we had always had 10 BP and preferencial ballot, is there a year you would see a film that was almost in the 5 BP, that could have gotten in and maybe won because f the preferencial system?