Circuit Breaker Episode 122: Category Fraud, ACCA 2018 Announcement, and End of the Year Questions

Welcome to the Awards Circuit podcast titled “Circuit Breaker! The Awards, Film, & TV Podcast,” a weekly breakdown from featuring host Clayton Davis along with panelists Sam Coffey, Mark Johnson, Joey Magidson, Chris James, and Karen Peterson. We discuss movies, television and all the awards shows that need predicting. New episodes are released every Monday.

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On the agenda:

  • Happy New Year to our entire readership and weekly listeners.
  • Announcing the details for ACCA 2018 (Awards Circuit Community Awards) and our search for the 7 jury members that will select the Lifetime Achievement and Johnny Alba Innovation Award.  You must fill out an application by clicking HERE.
  • We’re taking a ton of questions with #CinephileShowdowns, Oscar Predictions, and more!
  • Clayton watched a movie at the last minute that made him re-work his entire Top 10.  What film has done that to you?
  • Taking some time to talk about Adam McKay’s “Vice” and how some critics are on two different sides.
  • Our most anticipated films of 2019, and using Joseph Braverman’s Genre Geeks from last week as a template.
  • What studio ran the best campaign (and not the most visible)?
  • Big debate erupts regarding “Category Fraud,” an annual topic that seems to split critics and what our responsibility is to hold the studios accountable.
  • Oscar Predictions are an obvious hot topic and we’re discussing where this race can go.


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Written by Clayton Davis

Clayton Davis is the esteemed Editor and Owner of Born in Bronx, NY to a Puerto Rican mother and Black father, he’s been criticizing film and television for over a decade. Clayton is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association where he votes and attends the kick off to the awards season, the Critics Choice Awards. He also founded the Latino Entertainment Journalists Association, the first Latino-based critics’ organization in the United States. He’s also an active member of the African-American Film Critics Association, New York Film Critics Online, International Press Academy, Black Reel Awards, and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association. Clayton has been quoted and appeared in various outlets that include The New York Times,, Variety, Deadline, Los Angeles Times, FOX 5, Bloomberg Television, AOL, Huffington Post, Bloomberg Radio, The Wrap, Slash Film, and the Hollywood Reporter.


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