Awards Circuit Power Hour Episode 45: Circuit Madness Finals, Roger Ebert, and Potential 2014 Director Nominees

PowerHour_Logo_NewThe Awards Circuit Power Hour team is back this week with a fun-filled agenda.  We start the podcast on a somber note and speak about the passing of the film critic, Roger Ebert at the age of 70.  What did he mean to the staff?  We also look at his number #1 films of the year and what kind of taste the great critic had for films.

The final two of Circuit Madness came and went.  Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List faced off against Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather.  One of them is about to be named the “Best” Best Picture Winner of All-Time!  Which one will it be?  You have to listen to find out.

Trailer Talk is up next and we speak about the stylistic promises of Nicolas Winding Refn’s Only God Forgives with Ryan Gosling and Kristin Scott Thomas.  Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby gets a similar conversation but with less enthusiasm.  What are some problems we see for the upcoming adaptation are also discussed.  Finally, the less than stellar trailer for the upcoming remake of Carrie with Chloe Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore has almost no faith in most of the writing staff.

We play an exciting horror edition of “Do, Dump, or Marry?” – Terence brings up quite a bit from the The Omen to having the staff choose between the scream queens of cinema.  What would you do?

The MTV Movie Awards are airing LIVE this Sunday and is being hosted by Rebel Wilson, star and nominee of Pitch Perfect (2012).  We go over their “better-than-usual” slate of nominees and try to discuss who and what will win at the ceremony.

It’s not the Awards Circuit Power Hour without Oscar talk.  Last week, we spoke about high-profile writers that have something to deliver this year.  This time around, the directors are our focus.  Going down the line from Alfonso Cuaron for Gravity to Richard Linklater for Before Midnight, even an outside shot for a documentary director like Sarah Polley for Stories We Tell is toyed with.

Terence makes a new plea to Hollywood in this week’s edition of Stop! Making It Happen and it circles around NBC’s newest show “Hannibal.”

Finally, ACCA 1999 is almost set to begin this week and we discuss Year 1999 and what it had to offer as well as playing “Give Them an Oscar.”

Enjoy and discuss! Thanks for listening.

What do you think?


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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