Awards Circuit Power Hour Episode 154: Fall Festival Lineups, Awards Season Check-In, and New Trailers

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

On the agenda today:

  • Lineups for the Venice Film Festival and Toronto Film Festival have been announced.  What’s playing?  What isn’t?
  • Box Office estimates – “Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation” takes the weekend.  “Vacation” flops.
  • We talk about the first trailers for “The 33,” “Spotlight,” “Room,” “Son of Saul,” “Freeheld,” “Spectre,” and “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2.”
  • “Beasts of No Nation” and how Netflix can change the landscape for awards.
  • Oscar Temperature Check – Going through some of the major categories.  What can we expect during awards season?
  • Cinephile Showdowns

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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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Aaron Engel G. Peixoto

To the person who pointed out the overrated/underrated dynamic between Jackie Brown and Reservoir Dogs: thank you, that was exactly my point when I asked the question.

Luke McGowan

How is The Revenant #2 in Adapted Screenplay if Leo’s character barely talks?

travis larson

Cinephile Showdown:

The Departed OR Wolf of Wall Street
Annie Hall OR Midnight in Paris
The Silence of the Lambs OR Philadelphia
Her OR Being John Malkovich
Milk OR Good Will Hunting

Josh Parham

The final thirty seconds of the podcast are amazing. Hearing Robert’s delusional/ecstatic laughter was just delightful.

The twist I have for “Cinephile Showdown” is based on the work of a particular tech person. So you would pick the film not based on the overall quality, but on the strength of the one technical element. I’m submitting cinematography this week.

Brokeback Mountain or Argo
JFK or The Aviator
Children of Men or The Tree of Life
Slumdog Millionaire or Rush
There Will Be Blood or Boogie Nights
Goodfellas or Gangs of New York
The Last of the Mohicans or L.A. Confidential


Thanks for putting my game in. Here is a new round of Actor or Director:

Woody Allen
Mel Brooks
Ben Affleck
Ben Stiller
George Clooney

Austin Kemprowski

As a reader of “Room”, I would say roughly the first half the book is about the escape and the second half is about dealing with being reintroduced to society

Aaron Engel G. Peixoto

Cinephile Showdown:

New York, New York OR The King of Comedy
Frost/Nixon OR A Beautiful Mind
A.I. Artificial Intelligence OR Minority Report

Also, I wanted to put another question to you guys. Why do you think Fox Searchlight is being so sucessful with the Oscar in the last couple of years?


Cinephile Showdown

Before Midnight or Love is Strange

Birdman or All That Jazz

Shaun of the Dead or Zombieland

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World or Kick Ass

The Big Lebowski Vs. Inherent Vice

Straw Dogs Vs. Deliverance


Cinephile Showdown:

Moneyball OR Foxcatcher
Birdman OR 12 Years a Slave
The Dark Knight Rises OR Skyfall
Argo OR Zero Dark Thirty
Brave OR Cars


Here are a few cinephile showdowns:

Fiddler on the Roof or Jesus Christ Superstar
The Natural or Field of Dreams
Rudy or Remember the Titans
Blazing Saddles or Young Frankenstein
Good Will Hunting or Dead Poets Society
Gone Baby Gone or The Town



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