Circuit Breaker Episode 43: Memorial Day, Disney Games, and Oscar Swap


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:

  • Happy Memorial Day!  We’re talking about our favorite war films.
  • We go back in time and make a film “unprofitable” so they won’t make a franchise out of it.
  • We’re taking online quizzes regarding Disney movies!  Come play with us!
  • We’re also swapping Supporting Actor/Actress nominees for one of their co-stars.
  • If the Oscars were today, what would win Best Picture and the other major categories?
  • We’re prepping for ACCA 1992 and naming some of the best films of that year.

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  • Joey Magidson


  • RaulSGama

    Better Supporting Actors on films:

    Dicaprio or Sam Jackson over Christalph – Django Unchained (or all of them over some names that year)
    Trevante Rhodes, Ashton Sanders – Over Maharshala Ali
    Sunny pawar over Pattel – Lion

    Recasting Favourite Film,
    Birdman – Robert Downey Jr or Jim Carey as Riggan
    Annie Hall with Emma Stone and Ed Norton or Jesse Eisenberg

  • Cornelius Buttersby

    Dream Oscar Quartet for next year regardless of actual movies: Ralph Fiennes, Gong Li, Ian McKellen, Rebecca Hall.

    Better Supporting Stars to consider:
    Alec Baldwin in Glengarry Glen Ross
    John Goodman in Barton Fink
    Ben Foster in Hell or High Water
    Keaton, Tucci, or Schreiber in Spotlight
    Samuel L Jackson in Django Unchained
    John Goodman or Scoot McNairy in Argo (if anyone had to be)
    Gary Oldman in The Contender or JFK
    John Turturro in Quiz Show
    John Cazale in The Godfather: Part 2 (over Michael V. Gazzo)
    Tom Cruise in Rain Man
    And Mackenzie Phillips in American Graffiti

    War Movies you didn’t mention:
    Forrest Gump, Inglorious Basterds, Born on the Fiurth of July, The Thin Red Line

    MVP of Reservoir Dogs – I maintain Harvey Keitel was the best acting in that movie and that this should’ve been his career nod instead of Bugsy the year before. His character is more significant to the movie than Madsen and he ends up being the heart of the movie without sacrificing the fearsomeness of the character. Worth considering.

  • Cornelius Buttersby

    Question for next podcast: who are some actors who you feel were nominated/won for the wrong role in their year?

    For example Alicia Vikander for Danish Girl over Ex Machina
    Dennis Hopper for Hoosiers over Blue Vevlvet
    Andrew Garfield for Hacksaw Ridge over Silence
    DiCaprio for Blood Diamond over The Departed
    Patricia Clarkson for Pieces of April rather than The Staion Agent

  • Kevin

    Well now that Mark has said he hasn’t seen Tarzan, Mulan, or Hercules he HAS to watch them. All three are very underrated and great Disney films.

  • Mike

    What are some actors that committed category fraud and didn’t get a nomination do you think could have gotten nominated if they went in their accurate category? My example would be Jacob Tremblay in Room.

  • Steve

    Dream quartet for Oscars: Hugh Jackman, Jessica Chastain, Paul Giamatti, Michelle Williams

    For me, a few examples of the wrong Supporting Actor/Actress being nominated:

    JFK: Joe Pesci should have been nominated over Tommy Lee Jones
    Bridesmaids: Rose Byrne should have been nominated over Melissa McCarthy
    Wolf of Wall Street: Kyle Chandler should have been nominated over Jonah Hill

    Choose the Gold: Adapted Screenplay 2006

    Children of Men
    The Departed
    Little Children
    Notes on a Scandal

    To me, all 5 deserved their nomination, but I still choose the winner: The Departed.

  • Ferdinand

    ACCA 1992 FYC:
    Malcolm X for everything
    Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me for everything but especially best actress, best production design, best original score and best sound design. But watch it only if you’ve seen the original series since it won’t make any sense otherwise
    The Last of the Mohicans for cinematography, production and costume design, original score and sound design
    Night on Earth for ensemble