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Circuit Breaker Episode 111: Acting Dark Horses, NYFF Centerpiece, and ‘A Star is Born’

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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:

  • Opening this past weekend was the poorly received “Venom” and the perceived awards juggernaut “A Star is Born.”  In the case of the latter, does it have the energy to deemed not only the frontrunner but win a ton of Oscars?  Is Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga the frontrunners for the acting categories?
  • SPOILER ALERT for “A Star is Born” begins at 20:00 and lasts essentially the entire episode but there is plenty of stuff sprinkled in that is non-spoilery.  Enter at your own risk.
  • NYFF premiered “Roma” from Alfonso Cuaron, “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” from Joel & Ethan Coen, and “Private Life” from Tamara Jenkins.
  • We’re talking about the dark horses in the acting categories.  Who are the people we’re not talking about…yet?
  • The Best Documentary Feature race is hot.  What can make some noise?


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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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