Circuit Breaker Episode 29: ACCA 2016 Winners Special, DGA, and ASC

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 […]

Venice Film Festival: Portman Takes Aim at Best Actress in ‘Jackie’

As the Venice Film Festival sets to wrap, an (unexpected?) Oscar contender has emerged: Pablo Larraín‘s Jackie.  The film stars Oscar winner Natalie Portman as First Lady Jackie Kennedy.  According to the insta-reviews coming from Venice, Portman sets the screen ablaze as Kennedy.  While Jackie doesn’t yet have a 2016 distributor, it easily could be a Still Alice situation, […]


Venice Film Festival: ‘ARRIVAL’ Arrives to Strong Reviews and Another Bid for Amy Adams

As our own Mark Johnson heads to Telluride, the Venice Film Festival keeps chugging along.  Denis Villeneuve‘s latest sci-fi linguistic drama, Arrival,  premiered today.  Amy Adams has two big movies coming out this awards season: Nocturnal Animals and Arrival, with the latter premiering at Venice to positive reviews/buzz.  Could Arrival be this year’s prestige sci-fi movie […]

2016 Awards Profile: ‘Sully’ from Clint Eastwood

Welcome to the 2016 Awards Profiles series, where we talk about high and low-profile films coming to a theater near you at some point this year. We will analyze the potential for these films to be players for the Academy Awards, and while many of these have the potential to be recognized, many will not […]

Certain Women

IFC Acquires Kristen Stewart Film, “Certain Women”

The company that handled Richard Linklater‘s Boyhood through a turbulent 2014 awards season has just picked up Kelly Reichardt’s new film, Certain Women, starring 3-time Oscar nominee Michelle Williams, 2-time Oscar nominee Laura Dern, and Cesar winner Kristen Stewart. The film premiered to positive reviews out of Sundance and is slated for a 2016 theatrical release, further […]

2016 Oscar Circuit: Best Director

Welcome to our annual Oscar Circuit series, our deep down look into each and every category that will be presented at the upcoming Academy Awards.  Each writer of will tackle a different category, offering up their own perspectives on those specific races.  If you miss a piece, click on the tag titled Oscar Circuit 2016. You can […]

WATCH: First Trailer for Steven Spielberg’s ‘The BFG’ from Walt Disney

Steven Spielberg, looking for his EIGHTH Best Director nomination this year for Bridge of Spies, unveils first teaser for Disney’s THE BFG! The talents of three of the world’s greatest storytellers – Roald Dahl, Walt Disney and Steven Spielberg – finally unite to bring Dahl’s beloved classic “The BFG” to life. Directed by Spielberg and written by […]

Sizing Up: Best Director 2015

Welcome back again to the Sizing Up Series folks. It’s time to continue this 2015 incarnation with an in-depth look at the Director candidates competing for a spot in this year’s Oscar lineup. As was the case last year (and the many years before it, for that matter), there are a few things to keep […]

New ‘THE H8FUL EIGHT’ Trailer from Quentin Tarantino!

Check out the new trailer for Quentin Tarantino‘s upcoming western, The Hateful Eight.  Not surprisingly, it looks awesome. In post-Civil War Wyoming, eight travelers try to find shelter during a blizzard but get involved in a plot of betrayal and deception. Will they survive? Starring Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Tim […]

Awards Circuit Power Hour Episode 167: Tech Category Check In, The Martian, and Oscar Rematches

Welcome to another edition of the Awards Circuit Power Hour, our weekly podcast diving deep into all things film, television, and entertainment. On the agenda: Gotham Nominations The weekend box office along with new Oscar talk surrounding “The Martian” winning Best Picture and Director.  Is it true? A look at some of the technical categories […]