Circuit Breaker Podcast Episode 6: Summer Oscars, NYFF Lineup, and Alfred Hitchcock

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 […]


WATCH: First Breathtaking Trailer for ‘Moonlight’ from A24

Today, A24 released the poster and trailer for its very first production “Moonlight” from writer/director Barry Jenkins. Early rumblings have already suggested that a strong Oscar player is in our midst with suggested standout performances from Mahershala Ali and Naomie Harris. Check out the trailer below: Look at the latest Oscar Predictions and see where […]


Film Review: Spectre (★★★)

In many ways, the modern incarnation of the James Bond character has finally collided with the classic 007 in Spectre. The result isn’t nearly the success that Casino Royale or Skyfall was, though this Bond flick is not without its charms (and much better than Quantum of Solace). Daniel Craig is more at ease with […]

Film Review: Southpaw (★★★)

The right casting can often make all the difference when it comes to a slightly generic film. In the case of Southpaw, while you can tell that this was initially designed as a starring vehicle for rapper Eminem (who contributes to the soundtrack instead), having Jake Gyllenhaal in the lead boosts this in a rather […]

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AFI Fest: Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (★★)

I know, I know. I’m shocked too. The last thing I’d ever want to do is slam a film dedicated to the heroic liberator of South Africa, the beyond incredible Nelson Mandela. But unfortunately director Justin Chadwick has created a thoroughly average, lethargically paced, overly repetitive biopic that feels so much longer than its 146 […]


‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’ to Screen for President Obama at the White House

President Barack Obama will screen the Nelson Mandela biopic, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, at the White House this Thursday, according to representatives from The Weinstein Company. Idris Elba and Naomie Harris, who play Nelson and Winnie Mandela, repectively, will be in attendance. Our next President, Hillary Clinton will host another screening of the film […]

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TORONTO : ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’ Puts Idris Elba in the Oscar Hunt!

One of the big question marks of the awards season is Justin Chadwick’s “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” in which the very underrated Idris Elba portrays South African former President, Nelson Mandela.  Listed on every pundits “in contention” lists for the year, no one really knew how good or bad the film could be.  Being […]

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Oscar Circuit – Supporting Players Riding the Wave

It’s happened nearly every year since I’ve followed the Academy Awards race this closely.  A performance is touted as THE performance of the year with no way they could lose when the envelope is opened.  Often times, the kick off happens at the Cannes Film Festivals, other times during Toronto.  Regardless, the Lead performer often […]


Awards Season Shuffle – Where Will Actors Be Campaigned?

Moving in on these later summer days, the season is gearing  up for a loud and hopefully entertaining start with Telluride, Toronto, and New York Film Festival all coming in at just over a month’s time.  The staff and I weighed in our predictions, and I’ll probably do one more little tweak just before the […]


First Trailer for ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’ Drops on Mandela’s 95th Birthday

The Weinstein Company (TWC) and Distant Horizon have released the first trailer for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, starring Idris Elba in the titular role. The date is no coincidence, as July 18 marks the 95th birthday of Nelson Mandela (otherwise known as Nelson Mandela International Day). TWC has shown footage of the film to the United Nations […]

First Poster for ‘Mandela’ Showcases Idris Elba Front and Center!

The Weinstein Company looks to have another impressive slate of films hitting the stateside this upcoming awards season.  Naturally, AMPAS voters, as well as Oscar prognosticators, will be looking to them for strong acting contenders.  For the past several years, the Weinstein Company has produced at least one acting winner every year dating back to […]