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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  • Brennan


  • Mark Johnson managed to single-handedly derail my plans for the week. I can’t stop watching The Leftovers!

  • Mike

    You actually never did director for Circuit Madness, and you did do supporting actor. So for the main categories you have director and supporting actress left.

  • Ryan

    Cinephile Showdown:

    A Streetcar Named Desire OR Breakfast at Tiffany’s
    Ben-Hur OR Gladiator
    Big Fish OR The Princess Bride
    Big OR Liar Liar
    Cape Fear OR The Night of the Hunter

  • Mike

    I am looking forward to the new HBO movie, Wizard of Lies and I am sure that there will be Emmy nominations for Robert DeNiro and Michelle Pfeiffer.

    What TV movies do you think, if given a theatrical run, would translate to Oscar? I think strong cases can be made for Behind the Candelabra., Temple Grandin, and Recount.

  • Cornelius Buttersby

    Regarding the ten-wide best picture lists, it’s interesting to consider that in the two years in which a ten-wide ballot was applied, there were four films directed by women, three sci-fi films, two animated films, two Coen-brothers films and a generally higher-grossing line-up than in the previous few years.

    As such, I would say you underestimate Inside Llewyn Davis, Skyfall, Bridesmaids, Zootopia and Inside Out.