Circuit Breaker Episode 75: Happy New Year, Oscar Ballots, and Last Minute Recommendations


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On the agenda:

  • Happy New Year!  Was 2017 a good or bad year for the movies?
  • Oscar voting begins on Jan. 5 and we give a few suggestions for what AMPAS should check out before turning in their ballots.
  • We’re kicking off an Op-Ed series from the award contenders themselves and we read the entry by Virgil Williams, the co-writer of Netflix’s “Mudbound,” who is in the running for Adapted Screenplay.
  • We offer up Circuit Considerations, which officially kicks off later this month.
  • Talking about Ridley Scott’s “All the Money in the World” and the chances for Michelle Williams and Christopher Plummer.

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  • Sadie

    This was a great year-end wrap up guys!

    Could I have done without 20 minutes of complaining about Call Me By Your Name? And TLJ?

    Sure. It was pretty unbearable.

    (I can’t get behind disparaging the inability of certain people to be flexible when I see a lot of inflexibility in the predictions here as well. And I don’t judge! It’s easy to get locked on to a certain idea)

    But other than that, it was really well-done.

  • Joey Magidson

    Happy listening!

  • Julie

    Good job. I really enjoyed the podcast!

  • Julie

    Good job. I really enjoyed the podcast!

  • Calliope

    Funny how you complain about the passion of Call Me By Your Name and Get Out fans, and then go on to say that none of the year’s films will have longevity. Because to me, those two seem like the ones that will be regarded in 20, 30 years time as classics, because of the passion. They’re the ones that have had the biggest effect on audiences, intellectually and emotionally. The passion is there for a reason, and yes, some people take it too far, but for you to develop such a negative reaction to the films because of that is ridiculous considering how much you talk about objectivity.

    • Jason

      Admiration and love for a movie is the kind of passion that makes movies viewed as classics decades from now. Angry, snarling, rabid defending isn’t a passion that does that, which is how many CMBYN fans act.

      CMBYN is similar to The Last Jedi. People think The Last Jedi is mostly hated when it’s not, it’s just that the fans that do have a deep burning hatred are the loudest and most obnoxious. That’s how CMBYN is, but the loudest and most obnoxious fans have an obsessive, over the top worship for it instead of hating it.

  • Luke McGowan

    Game for next podcast: “Ever Again”

    Will these actors/actresses get nominated ever again?

    Morgan Freeman
    Rachel McAdams
    Ed Harris
    Tim Robbins
    Nicholas Cage

  • Jason

    Question for Circuit Breaker:
    What bothers you more about accents for roles, when an actor attempts to use an accent but does a terrible job (like any time DiCaprio tries a Boston accent), or when a character clearly should have an accent, but the actor doesn’t even attempt one. Also, which actors do you think are the best at accents?

  • Mike

    I am very interested to see what your thought process for keeping Mudbound in Best Picture and Dee Rees for director. Based on critic groups (in the end don’t directly influence the Academy), and love from the guilds (I know DGA has not announced), I can’t bring myself to put her in my five at the moment (she ranks within my person five). Especially when big names like Nolan and Spielberg are in the running.

    As for the film, I think it has a better chance, but again Netflix has yet to get into a major category, grant it, there were not many options to begin with. Personally, I hope it happens, but my gut is telling me otherwise.

  • Raul Gama

    The image that comes to my mind whenever you guys complain about any fanboyism, but this group you never bothered to bring up..

  • Andrew Gillespie

    Question for next podcast: Is it possible that her legendary acceptance speech at New York Film Critics Circle could put Tiffany Haddish back into the conversation the way it did for Meryl Streep last year? I recognize there is a vast difference in clout between the two but I think Streep’s speech at the Globes last year had a lot to do with putting her back in the conversation.

    • Raul Gama

      I’m sure you could take out the “i think” from the beggining of the sentence, “I think Streep’s speech had a lot to do with putting her back in the conversation”, in fact, they should’ve put a clip of her globes speech as her oscar clip.

  • Ryan

    Cinephile Showdown:

    Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri OR In Bruges
    The Shape of Water OR Pan’s Labyrinth
    The Post OR Bridge of Spies
    Dunkirk OR Interstellar
    Darkest Hour OR Anna Karenina

    • You’re mean, Ryan! 🙂

      • Ryan

        If I wasn’t mean, then Cinephile Showdowns would be called Cinephile Agreements.

  • Agenor Mark

    I think this podcast is the most mean spirited so far… It’s really disheartening to hear so many hateful comments from people who should be advocating movies, not tearing them down with evident snarking and distasteful remarks. Just my two cents.