Circuit Breaker Episode 159: ‘The Irishman’ Debuts, All Women DGA Lineup, and ‘The Farewell’ at the Globes

Welcome to the Awards Circuit podcast titled “Circuit Breaker! The Awards, Film, & TV Podcast,” a weekly breakdown from AwardsCircuit.com 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:

  • Clayton had jury duty this week and tells us all about it. A discussion of past experiences on juries follows.
  • A look at the box office, which was led by “Abominable.” Following that, a look at if any of the year’s top-grossing films will be major award contenders like “Aladdin” and “Captain Marvel.”
  • Where and when will the world experience Sam Mendes’ “1917” and how is Universal Pictures going to handle its slate that includes “Cats,” “Queen & Slim,” and “Us.”
  • The New York Film Festival officially opened up with Martin Scorsese‘s epic “The Irishman.” Going over the reactions from those that were in attendance.  Is it an awards player and can Scorsese nab a second Oscar for it?
  • A discussion on where everyone sees “Avengers: Endgame” in the Best Picture race.
  • Best Director talk, with a focus on the DGA and if First Time Feature could have an all-female lineup for the first time in history?  Can any of them translate to the Academy?  Is that category made for Olivia Wilde for “Booksmart?”
  • Some further Oscar check-ins following screenings of Taika Waititi’s “Jojo Rabbit,” (the Thomasin McKenzie show?) Rupert Goold’s “Judy,” (which opened in theaters) and the Best Actor race (top-heavy with just nine contenders?).
  • Ending with Golden Globe chatter that includes some exclusive news on Lulu Wang’s “The Farewell” and its eligibility and all the classification discrepancies that the HFPA continues to have.

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