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Circuit Breaker Episode 110: ‘If Beale Street Could Talk,’ NYFF Opening, and Star Ratings for Reviews

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:

  • Kicking things off with a look at the Animated Feature race that includes “Smallfoot” in the race now.
  • NYFF has officially kicked off and it started with “The Favourite” from Yorgos Lanthimos.  We discuss its PROPER category placement.  Also talking about “Cold War,” the official submission for Poland, and “If Beale Street Could Talk” from Barry Jenkins.
  • “Stan & Ollie” debuted a trailer and we’re talking about its entry into the Oscar race.
  • We talk about our “star system,” better known as the way we grade our movies on the site.
  • Cinephile Showdowns have us talking about “The Sandlot” and “Rookie of the Year” (among others).
  • “The Shallow” debuted on radio waves everywhere (including a music video) from “A Star is Born.”
  • Category placements for the co-leads are on our minds.  Who is offending us this season?


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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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