Awards Circuit Power Hour Episode 51: Cannes Wrap-Up, Before Midnight, and Critics Choice Television Nominations

PowerHour_Logo_NewOur weekly podcast is back this week with an awesome discussion on various movie topics. Check out the agenda listed below.  And guess what?  We’re actually an hour today!  Give or take two minutes.

  • HAPPY JUNE!  What’s your favorite music band now?
  • Around the Room – What’s on your mind? Funny/Interesting stories from our week
  • Question from Josh P. – This is just a general Oscar related question: what is the one Best Picture winner that you have not yet seen that feels like your biggest blind spot? For me, it would probably be “Rebecca” or “Lawrence of Arabia”.
  • Casting Check w/ Joey Casting announcements of the week
  • TV Finale Recaps – Cochran wins Survivor, Candice wins Idol
  • Critics Choice Television Awards – Not much Modern Family. No Scandal, No Mad Men in Drama Series, No House of Cards.  What does this mean for Emmy? – Airs June 10, 2013 via UStream.  Check for details.
  • Your Weekly Movie Horoscopes and Movie Recommendations
  • Question from Robert Hamer – There’s been a lot of controversy surrounding the sexual content of Palme d’Or champ “Blue is the Warmest Colour,” and whether or not its enthusiastic response from critics and the jury was at least partially motivated by titillation at its explicit and lengthy sex scene(s). Having not seen “Blue” yet, how do you feel about this debate? Can a straight male director like Abdellatif Kechiche portray romance between young lesbians honestly? Would “Blue” have won the Palme d’Or had it shown frank sexuality between two men?
  • News – Palme d’Or Winner is “Blue is the Warmest Colour” –  Will it ever see the light of day on U.S. soil?
  • Best Actor went to Bruce Dern for “Nebraska” – Talk about him going Supporting + mixed reaction for the film + Veterans getting their due late in their careers. (Robert Redford in “All is Lost”)
  • New Shows hitting this summer and what shows are coming back.
  • Question from Alexander  – Since it’s become such a big trend in the last 10-ish years for an indie ingenue/veteran to crack the Best Actress lineup, who do you see filling out that slot this year, if it happens again? It’s especially something that happens whenever big studio contenders start to fall off the map (Swank in 2009 & 2010, Blanchett in 2008, etc.), I notice, and I can’t help but feel that’s bound to happen again this year. My money would be on Julie Delpy for now, since the Before series has grown in stature so much since the last film. What are your thoughts on this?
  • Best Actress at Cannes went to Berenice Bejo. Is she a contender? Sony Pictures Classics making a push.
  • What films died at Cannes? What film boosted at Cannes?
  • Before Midnight  Oscar chances
  • June 1 was Morgan Freeman’s birthday>> Your favorite Morgan Freeman performance? What should he have won the Oscar for?
  • “The Broken Circle Breakdown” picked up by Tribeca, Weinstein Company picks up “Philomena”
  • We’re playing “Guess that killer” for all you horror fans out there!
  • Oscar Temperature Check – Your #1’s in Picture, Actor, and Actress

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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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