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Circuit Breaker Episode 102: Film Festival 101, Amy Adams’ Oscar Chances, and ‘Mid90s’


CircuiBreaker CoverWelcome to the Awards Circuit podcast titled “CIRCUIT BREAKER!,” a weekly podcast from featuring host Clayton Davis along with panelists Sam Coffey, Mark Johnson, Joey Magidson, Chris James, and Karen Peterson. We discuss movies, television and all the awards shows that need predicting. New episodes are released every Monday.

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On the agenda:

  • With a hangover, Clayton poses the question…what is your favorite drink?
  • We deliver a Festival 101 about how the selections are made and its strategic selection.
  • The Coen Brothers are back in the Oscar race this year from something that was supposed to be a mini-series.
  • Venice, Toronto, and some of the New York Film Festival lineups have been announced.  What is playing and what does it mean to Telluride in a few weeks?
  • Discussing the new trailers for “Mid90s” and “Peterloo.”
  • How much of a sure thing does Amy Adams feel for the untitled Dick Cheney biopic?
  • Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, and Billy Dee Williams are back for the next “Star Wars” film.  How happy are we?
  • We’re taking a bunch of questions from the readers discussing future Oscar winners and past nominees.


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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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I only support the idea of double nominations if the second does not take up a spot on the ballot. For example, it’ll be this:
Leonardo DiCaprio – Blood Diamond, The Departed
plus four
And not this:
Leonardo DiCaprio – Blood Diamond
Leonardo DiCaprio – The Departed
plus three

Joey Magidson



Honestly, I hope there’s a niche podcast out there with a guy named Ryan McDermond where everyone talks about how much they hate me for 5 minutes.


Here’s a question for you guys. I recently saw on a goldderby message board the low box office numbers for Phantom Thread. Now I didn’t like the movie at all but I just assumed with the Oscar nominations it wouldn’t lose money. Anyway do you think there will be a moment when this will become a problem for Anderson regarding financing or do you think he’ll be fine as long as he takes years between movies, keeps them midbudget, and has production companies like Annapurna to cut checks.


The If Beale Street Could Talk trailer looks gorgeous. Seems like an easy cinematography nom.


Circuit Breaker Question:

Does anyone have any ideas on who else could have made for a good high-pitched, over-enthusiastic ‘White Voice’ in Sorry to Bother You? All I can think of is Justin Timberlake and Bobby Moynihan.


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