Awards Circuit Power Hour Episode 66: Ambiguous Endings, Prisoners, and Emmy Predictions

POWERHOUR_LOGO_NEW1Welcome to another edition of the Awards Circuit Power Hour, our weekly podcast diving deep into all things film, television, and entertainment.

We’re a day early this week due to tonight’s Emmy Awards.  We wanted to give you a nice dose of the best of television and what we think will win.

We kick it off with the news of the week.  We get into the discussion and problems with Pixar and the firing of their directors every few films.  Also, Leonardo DiCaprio playing a President?  Some of us are done with it.  Finally, why haven’t we seen a trailer for “Labor Day” and “Foxcatcher?”  Can we get on that?

We get into Denis Villenueve’s “Prisoners” which opened at #1 this weekend.  Our gripes with the film as well as the things it does right especially Jake Gyllenhaal.  What did you think of the film?  Do we think it has chances with Oscar?

The talk about Villenueve’s film gets us into a discussion about “cliffhanger endings” and what it does for a film.  We of course, touch on a few from the past few years including Christopher Nolan’s “Inception.”

We also touch on Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity” – of course, spoiler free, and what it can do in the major Oscar race.  Can it be the first Science Fiction film to win Best Picture?  Is Sandra Bullock the threat for Cate Blanchett in Best Actress? We discuss.

Finally, we end with our predictions about who will win the Emmy tonight in various categories.  It’s split across the board which makes for an interesting night.

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