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Circuit Breaker Episode 112: Awards Voting, Cooper’s Direction, and ‘First Man’

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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:

  • Talking about “First Man” and its box office struggle.  Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy are the highlights.  Where do they fall on the prediction chart?
  • Talking about “A Star is Born” and its Oscar chances this season.
  • Talking about “Roma,” “Ben is Back,” “Widows,” “Capernaum,” and “Green Book.”
  • Oscar and critics group voting has different procedures.  Should it change?


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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 think you guys are completely underestimating The Mule. Eastwood is extremely hit or miss but The Mule trailer is great and it seems like Eastwood is actually trying with his shot choices.

Also have you guys watch Haunting of Hill House? If so what do you think. I loved it.

Michael R

I think we’re all sleeping on Linda Cardinelli in Green Book for Supporting Actress. She feels like Minnie Driver in Good Will Hunting to me…


Sorry Clayton but a bit of research will disprove your take on “Can you Ever Forgive Me?”. Forgery rarely leads to severe punishment, and in Israel’s case she has successfully destroyed the majority of the evidence against her making it harder to even convict towards a more severe penalty. All American white boy Frank Abagnale got a far more severe punishment than her, so it is hardly race that is the deciding factor when it comes to the punishment of that particular criminal act.


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