Awards Circuit Power Hour Episode 46: Awards Profiles, Tom Hanks, and the Year of Hailee Steinfeld?

PowerHour_Logo_NewAwards Circuit Power Hour is back this week with a great in-depth talk about some of the highlights of the past week.

We kick off the podcast talking about the new trailer for Romeo and Juliet.  Is it a story that needs to be told…again?  Also, Academy Award nominee Hailee Steinfield has a terrific year ahead of her including a role in Tommy Lee Jones’ next directorial effort.  Is there wiggle room for her to make a second showing with Oscar so soon?

Awards Profiles are in full effect again and we talk about some of them from the past week:

Akiva Goldsman directorial effort, Winter’s Tale doesn’t have much faith from the staff and it leads us to talk about the state of star Will Smith’s career.  What is he doing wrong and what can he do right again to get in good graces with AMPAS voters?

The Weinstein Company is handling Lee Daniels’ next film The Butler with Forest Whitaker.  Some of the staff remains doubtful with some miscast issues but it remains a viable contender if it hits the right chords throughout the season.

ACCA 1999 is going on and we talk about some of the great and forgotten gems of the year.  What films do we remember fondly?  Remember to vote.

We’re hoping for the return of Tom Hanks this year as he is starring in Paul Greengrass’ Captain Phillips.  We talk about how he owned the 90s, probably taking John Travolta’s only shot for an Oscar, and how he should have three or four Oscars by this time in his career.

We keep coming back to the highly anticipated Gravity from Alfonso Cuaron.  Awards Circuit reader Dan asks a great question about the science fiction genre and what it will take for Oscar to truly notice.  It gets us talking.  We also touch on the search for its female lead from Angelina Jolie to Olivia Wilde.

We end on a high note, talking about our childhood, which was touched on in last week’s Childhood Circuit.  What films were great to you as a kid, that otherwise, is terrible to a normal adult?

Listen and discuss!  Enjoy!  Include your thoughts in the comment section.

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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