Awards Circuit Power Hour Episode 42: SXSW, MPAA Discussion, Possible 2014 Contenders

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PowerHour_Logo_NewThe Awards Circuit Power Hour is back this week and we get into an interesting discussion about a few things.

Terence is back from SXSW Festival where he saw a slew of films including At Any Price and Evil Dead, which he goes on a rave about.  He also talks about his favorite films seen at the film festival.

It was announced that The Great Gatsby will be opening the Cannes Film Festival.  What does this mean for Baz Luhrmann and the Leonardo DiCaprio driven vehicle?  It was pushed back from last year; does Warner Brothers believe in their 3D drama project?  Is the early release date telling about the studios faith in the project?

Terence attended a MPAA panel during SXSW, where they discuss the rules and policies set forth by the controversial institution.  The writers and I discuss our gripes and agreements with the ratings including the controversial NC-17 and bringing children to them.

Circuit Madness (formerly called “Oscar Madness”) is in full swing beginning today.  After hundreds of votes that poured in, the four highest vote-getters of “bottom” 25 Best Picture winners were decided.  We announce them on the podcast.  Over the next three days, we will have the games going on between different films, 32 games in total.  If you go here, games from the HOPE region are competing.  You can also download the full tournament bracket here Oscar_Madness_Full.

What’s a Power Hour podcast without Oscar talk?  We talk about some of the Awards Profiles we’ve uncovered thus far like Ridley Scott’s The Counselor, Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, and George Clooney’s The Monuments Men.  We also expand a bit on my Oscar Circuit piece, talking about the inequalities and shafts of minority performers and filmmakers within the Academy.

Have thoughts about the episode and discussions?  Let us know in the comments!

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Clayton Davis is the esteemed Editor and Owner of AwardsCircuit.com. 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, CNN.com, Variety, Deadline, Los Angeles Times, FOX 5, Bloomberg Television, AOL, Huffington Post, Bloomberg Radio, The Wrap, Slash Film, and the Hollywood Reporter.