Circuit Breaker Episode 38: Nicole Kidman, Fixing the Oscars, and Baseball

Welcome to the Awards Circuit podcast titled “CIRCUIT BREAKER!,” a weekly podcast from AwardsCircuit.com 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 podcast@awardscircuit.com, and submit your comments and questions at the bottom of the episode.

On the agenda:

  • We’re talking about the new rules the Academy released regarding Animated Feature, Documentary Feature, Best Picture and Original Score.
  • “Big Little Lies” has come to a close and we relish in the brilliance of Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern and Zoe Kravitz. Specifically,we put a big focus on the career and greatness of Oscar winner Nicole Kidman.
  • We have a breakthrough where we feel like we “fix the Oscars” in under 20 seconds flat.
  • Circuit Madness is still underway and we’re down to the Final 4. Can you predict our final winner?
  • ACCA 1993 recommendations are still up for grabs! Make sure to get your votes in this week!
  • It’s baseball season! We have moved into betting territory. Join us for the adventure (and name your favorite baseball film).

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About Clayton Davis

Clayton Davis is the esteemed Editor and Owner of AwardsCircuit.com. Born in Bronx, NY to a Puerto Rican mother and Black father, he’s been criticizing film and television for over a decade. Clayton is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association where he votes and attends the kick off to the awards season, the Critics Choice Awards. He’s also an active member of New York Film Critics Online, International Press Academy, Black Reel Awards, and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association. Clayton has been quoted and appeared in various outlets that include The New York Times, CNN.com, Variety, Deadline, Los Angeles Times, Bloomberg Television, AOL, Huffington Post, Bloomberg Radio, The Wrap, Slash Film, and the Hollywood Reporter.
  • Joey Magidson

    Enjoy, and you’re all welcome for the Oscar fix we came up with.

    • Luke McGowan

      Joey that Clint Eastwood impression of Nightcrawler was the hardest I’ve laughed at this podcast ever, just out of sheer unexpectedness

      • Joey Magidson

        As always, I aim to please.

  • Ferdinand

    The idea of changing the nominations announcement to prime time is terrible because the Oscars matter outside the States as well. You might have to wake up an hour or two earlier than usual with the current system but it gives people around the world the chance to actually watch the announcement live without having to actually wake up in the middle of the night. I already have to wake up at 3 a.m. to watch the Oscars ceremony so it’s nice that that at least the nominations announcement is at a somewhat reasonable time

    • I understand where you’re coming from. The thing is, the way they do it now, the nomimations are announced at 5:30 AM local time. This makes it feel like a very exclusive, industry only thing. When most moviegoers already don’t get or take the opportunity to see many of the nominees, this creates a bigger disconnect from potential viewers. By moving the announcement to prime time, you have a great opportunity to show audiences why they should watch these films. It would give the casual movie fan more of a reason to care.

      • Robby Poffenberger

        I was always under the impression that they did it in the morning so it would dominate the news cycle for that day? But maybe I’m overthinking it. Selfishly, as an American, I would friggin’ love a primetime special.

  • Agenor Mark

    “Schindler’s List” did win all the precursors and critics awards, but Spielberg lost best director at NYFC and LAFC to… Jane Campion. 🙂

  • Kevin

    Here’s the reason I think Ledger still would have definitely won even if he hadn’t died. Dying hasn’t helped any other actor in awards contention since. James Gandolfini was immensely respected, yet he didn’t get in for Enough Said. Phillip Seymore Hoffman was considered to be one of the best actors today, and he didn’t get in for A Most Wanted Man. Alan Rickman was beloved but didn’t get in for Eye in the Sky.

    So obviously we can’t know for sure, but the fact it hasn’t happened to anyone else is a pretty big indicator for me that Ledger was winning even if he was alive. And I would also say those three I mentioned were more respected and well liked because they were veterans who had turned in a lot of great performances. Ledger was a great actor but was still very young, and I don’t think anyone really said, “Oh man, we HAVE to get Ledger an Oscar because now it will never happen”. Whereas people did say that about Gandolfini and Rickman, yet they didn’t even get nominated.

    • I would love to agree with you, but I still think we can’t take that as definitive proof. Ledger’s performance would likely have been nominated, but would he still have won? Maybe. The others you listed were great actors, yes. But their nominate-able works were more under-the-radar. If any of them had won posthumously, the assumption would very much have been that the wins were for the performers more than the performances.

      • Robby Poffenberger

        I totally agree that his passing helped him get there, but I just wonder — who beats him if he doesn’t die? Would Josh Brolin or RDJ have competed in any other year, let alone this one? I honestly don’t think so. I think the field helped him win as much as his death.

  • Luke McGowan

    Question: whose Oscar nomination trajectory seems clearest to you right now? And no cop out answers like Emily Blunt. Honestly I would say Rebecca Fergusson is doing all the right things to move in that direction. The fact that she’s gone from relative nobody to third billed behind Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds in a few years is a huge deal, and she’s got the talent.

  • Ryan

    “You’re going to die alone. For sure. For SURE.”
    ‘Someone mentions Schindler’s List’ -> “Speaking of line-ups…”
    “Best Dictator – Hitler”

    This podcast needs a hug.

    Also, Mark and Clayton, please send in your Survivor tapes.