Circuit Breaker Episode 41: 1993 Retrospective, Emmy Predictions, and Circuit Madness Finale Results


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:

  • We finally wrap the Circuit Madness tournament naming the single best Oscar-winning score of all-time.  Facing off is “Star Wars” by John Williams against “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” by Howard Shore.  Which composer takes it all?
  • Continuing to celebrate ACCA 1993 (click here to register and vote) we do an entire retrospective of the year.  Talking about the highest grossing films of the year and the time in which many of the films take place.
  • We are entering the thick of the Emmy season and we go through the top categories: Best Drama Series (what takes the thrown from “Game of Thrones” since it isn’t eligible?), Best Comedy Series (is it time for “Silicon Valley” to get its moment on stage?), and Best Limited Series (is there anything that can beat “Big Little Lies?”).
  • We also have questions from our readers to answer.

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Clayton Davis--prolific writer and autism awareness advocate of Puerto Rican and Black descent, known for his relentless passion, dedication, and unique aptitude. Over the course of a decade, he has been criticizing both film and television extensively. To date, he has been either featured or quoted in an array of prominent outlets, including but not limited to The New York Times,, Variety, Deadline, Los Angeles Times, FOX 5, Bloomberg Television, AOL, Huffington Post, Bloomberg Radio, The Wrap, Slash Film, and the Hollywood Reporter. Growing up in the Bronx, Clayton’s avid interest in the movie world began the moment he first watched "Dead Poets Society” at just five years of age. While he struggled in English class all throughout grade school, he dived head first into writing, ultimately taking those insufficiencies and transforming them into ardent writings pertaining to all things film, television, and most importantly, the Academy Awards. In addition to crafting a collection of short stories that give a voice to films that haven’t made it to the silver screen, Clayton currently serves as the Founding Editor of He also holds active voting membership at various esteemed organizations, such as the Broadcast Film Critics Association, Broadcast Television Journalists Association, African-American Film Critics Association, New York Film Critics Online, Black Reel Awards, and International Press Academy. Furthermore, Clayton obtained his B.A. degree in American Studies and Communications.