Circuit Breaker Episode 46: First Half Oscar Contenders, Emmy Races, and Festival Guesses


Welcome to the Awards Circuit podcast titled “CIRCUIT BREAKER!,” a weekly podcast from featuring host Clayton Davis along with panelists Sam Coffey, Mark Johnson, Joey Magidson, and Karen Peterson. 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:

  • Looking at the first six months of the year, what Oscar contenders have we been given thus far?  Has something like “Wonder Woman” ruined any chances for “Logan?”  Are there any “off-beat” choices for the Academy to make down the road?
  • Emmy voting is underway.  What will top the Drama Series without “Game of Thrones” being there?  What could overtake “Veep” in Comedy Series?  Is there anything that can beat “Big Little Lies?”
  • With NYFF announcing their opening night film (“Last Flag Flying”), we’re taking educated guesses about what festivals certain films could play.

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  • Joey Magidson

    Happy listening!

  • Luke McGowan

    Before I forget, let’s lock in next weeks question of weakest supporting actress lineup, same criteria.

    2014 had Arquette and Stone and then three “also ran”. Knightley and Dern struggled for an Oscar scene between them and Streep basically sang “nominate me”.

    • Cody Dericks

      2003 stands out as the weakest for me. Renee’s win is arguably one of the weakest in recent years, and I’ve never heard anything good about Thirteen or Pieces of April (admittedly I haven’t seen either). They also nominated the wrong Mystic River supporting actress (Team Linney!).

      2008 is probably the strongest. Viola gets my vote but any of them are deserving winners.

      • Luke McGowan

        I’ve never understood the love for Davis in Doubt. I think Cruz is one of the worst winners, Tomei saves that year for me.

  • Ryan

    Circuit Breaker Question:

    I’ll follow up the ‘actors who have aged well’ question with: Who are some directors who you think have aged particularly well over the years?

    • Luke McGowan

      Is it funny that Scorsese’s movies have become almost younger as he’s gotten older? When he was a young man he really made dark heavy films like Taxi Driver, but in his seventies he made kid-friendly Hugo and the ultimate frat boy movie Wolf of Wall Street.

      • True, although with regards to Hugo, he said he wanted to make a movie his grandkids could watch.

      • Ryan

        Spot on. Scorsese was exactly who I had in mind when I asked that question in terms of adapting their interests over time for whatever reason.

  • Cody Dericks

    Finishing up my 1992 watchlist and thought I’d throw a few ACCA FYCs out there that are a little different from what the Oscars gave us that year:
    -ALADDIN for Picture, Supporting Actor (Robin Williams), Adapted Screenplay, Costume Design, Production Design
    -DRACULA for Picture, Director, Visual Effects, Editing, Cinematography
    -BATMAN RETURNS for Supporting Actress (Michelle Pfeiffer), Makeup and Hairstyling, Costume Design, Production Design
    -MALCOLM X for Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay
    -GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS for Actor (Jack Lemmon), Supporting Actor (Ed Harris), Cast Ensemble
    -CANDYMAN for Actress (Virigina Madsen)
    -CHAPLIN for Supporting Actress (Geraldine Chaplin)
    -SISTER ACT for Actress (Whoopi Goldberg)

    And don’t sleep on Judy Davis in HUSBANDS AND WIVES, she gives one of my favorite performances of the year.

    • Luke McGowan

      Glengarry Glen Ross could get Lemmon in lead and Baldwin, Harris, and Pacino in supporting and I’d still argue it came up short.

      • Cody D

        Even though I don’t love Pacino in Glengarry, I’ll take that performance over his Scent of a Woman performance any day (it’s my least favorite movie of 1992).

  • RaulSGama

    1- Is there a year that the winner of a category wouldn’t even get nominated in your opinnion, and who would you replace? For me: Tom Hooper for the King’s Speech, shouldnt’ve been nominated, specially over Scorsese’s Shutter Island, Nolan’s Inception, Leen Unkrich’s Toy Story 3, Boyle’s 127 hours.

    2- Kind of different question, do you see that in a way the acting clips shown at the oscars can indicate the result? Ex: when the sup. actor was going to be annaunced in 2016, i had bet with friends that Stallone was a lock, but as soon as they showed his Creed clip, which wasn’t “his scene” telling about the cancer, i knew he wasn’t winning and i took it back!

  • Cornelius Buttersby

    Question for the next podcast:

    Imagine, if you will, that the hosts of each year’s Oscar ceremony were the award-winning actor quartet of the previous year – the actors would split the role of hosting the ceremony between the four of them.
    Which acting quartet of the 2010s do you think would make for the best host-quartet?

  • Robby Poffenberger

    I tried to email my question to the email, but got it sent back?

    Anyway, here’s this:

    Q: Name a movie you love that you wouldn’t give a single Oscar nomination to.

    My example: My #5 movie last year was Paterson, but it wouldn’t break into any category for me except maybe picture.