Circuit Breaker Episode 53: ‘Detroit’ Opens, Twitter Games, and ACCA 1992 Nominations


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:

  • We’re going over the trailers that dropped over the past week including Eli Roth’s “Death Wish,” Simon Curtis’ “Goodbye Christopher Robin,” Angelina Jolie’s “First They Killed My Father,” Netflix’s “American Vandal,” and Margaret Betts’ “Novitiate.”
  • Kathryn Bigelow’s “Detroit” didn’t perform too well at the box office.  What does it do for its Oscar chances?  We also review the film, talking its highs and lows.
  • We put two actors against each other, giving one an Oscar and the other NEVER having their time in the sun.  Hear our controversial choices.
  • Has there been a Comedy/Musical lineup at the Golden Globes that has outshined the Drama race?
  • We bring one of the Twitter games to the podcast: 4 actors.  You keep 3 and the one left off is eliminated from history along with ALL their films.
  • Should there be a committee within AMPAS that decides LEAD or SUPPORTING?
  • What’s the best movie TITLE of all-time?
  • Announcing the 1992 Awards Circuit Community Award Nominations.  How much did the readership line up with the Academy from 25 years ago?  Are you still in the mood for “Scent of a Woman,” “Unforgiven,” or “My Cousin Vinny?”


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  • Baggins

    Best Movie Title of all time: Breakin 2: Electric Boogaloo

  • For those worried about “Detroit’s” Oscar chances with a low box office, just know that it has already made twice as much money as “Zero Dark Thirty” had at this point in its release.

  • Ferdinand

    A few things about the ACCA nominees:
    1) How is it possible that you have Aladdin in original screenplay? The story is based on a part of One Thousand and One Nights
    2) For the record, at least this 18-year-old watched and voted for Howards End in several categories (but even I can’t quite understand Redgrave’s nomination)
    3) Though I’m not surprised, I’m really sad to see that once again a David Lynch movie got no nominations. The only movie of his that has gotten any nominations was Mulholland Dr. (and that film didn’t even get nominations for editing, cinematography and score). Maybe films like Lost Highway, The Straight Story and Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me are too weird to get any major nominations but how can’t his movies even get things like sound nominations. For example this year’s sound lineup is ok (Aladdin, Batman Returns, Last of the Mohicans, Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Unforgiven) but none of them compare to a Lynch masterpiece that has the best sound editing of the 1990s in my humble opinion. Well, at least Blue Velvet is probably going to get something in 1986.
    4) The costume design, makeup and adapted screenplay lineups are my favorites
    5) Thank you for completely snubbing Enchanted April
    6) Why did The Player again just get screenplay and director? That movie is worth at least a picture nomination

    And about the best movie title, a really great one is 2046

    • Cody D

      I, too, looked for Aladdin in Adapted Screenplay, didn’t see it there, and then voted for it in Original Screenplay anyway.

      I’m gonna co-sign your sadness about Fire Walk with Me being completely snubbed. I don’t love it as a whole, but some elements of it are (in my mind) undeniably great. Especially Sheryl Lee, I was so sad to not hear her name.

    • Baggins

      although the screenplay to aladdin is inspired by One thousand one nights, it isn’t a direct adaptation. it’s very much its own story

  • Baggins

    i’m overall pleased with how the nominations turned out, but i’m sad that there is no Tom Cruise for lead actor

  • Joey Magidson


  • Matt St.Clair

    Regarding the “Who wins an Oscar between the two?” question,

    In my personal opinion:

    Amy Adams or Jessica Chastain: Chastain
    Michelle Pfeiffer or Annette Bening: Pfeiffer
    Jake Gyllenhaal or Michael Fassbender: Gyllenhaal
    Michael Keaton or Mark Ruffalo: Keaton

  • RaulSGama


    Often you discuss how methodical the academy members vote, for The Ingenue Best actresses, The Over 40 Best actor, Supporting Veteran actor and so on. Knowing that, do u think they do things like: not giving a supporting actor oscar to a “traditional Lead Actor” actor ?

    i.e: Tom Cruise’s loss in Magnolia to Michael Caine, or Dicaprio not even getting nominated for Django, which i assume would be an easy win, so maybe they don’t think he belongs in that category, specially winning over 4 veteran previous winners on his first overdue oscar wouldn’t be that special
    as deserverd! What r your thoughts on that?

  • Ryan

    Power Hour Question:

    Who gave the best performance in…

    Baby Driver
    The Big Sick
    Spider-Man: Homecoming