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Circuit Breaker Episode 106: Telluride, ‘First Man,’ and the Real “FRONT RUNNER”

Welcome 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:

  • Awards Circuit is LIVE at the Telluride Film Festival with Mark and talking about “The Old Man & the Gun” with Robert Redford, “First Man” with Ryan Gosling, “The Front Runner” with Hugh Jackman, “Roma” from Alfonso Cuaron, “The Favourite” with Emma Stone, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” with Melissa McCarthy, “Destroyer” with Nicole Kidman, and “Boy Erased” with Lucas Hedges.
  • Venice is still underway with big premieres of “At Eternity’s Gate,” “A Star is Born,” and more.  We’re talking about the reactions.
  • TIFF, NYFF, and London are next on the docket.  What’s going to be big there?


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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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