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Circuit Breaker Episode 113: New Circuit Hub Predictions, Middleburg Festival, and 25 Animated Features

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:

  • This podcast is dedicated to Mr. Wayne Pratko, the high school Drama and English Teacher of Clayton, who lost his battle with cancer this past week.  We’re highlighting some of our educational influences over the years and what they meant to us.
  • Middleburg Film Festival had a big weekend that included Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma,” Elizabeth Chomko’s “What They Had,” Joel Edgerton’s “Boy Erased,” Jason Reitman’s “The Front Runner,” Matthew Heineman’s “A Private War,” Peter Farrelly’s “Green Book” and more.
  • Is “Roma” a “critic’s darling” and something that won’t translate for general audiences?
  • We’re getting a Yoko Ono/John Lennon film from Jean-Marc Vallee.  How are we excited?
  • First Trailer for “Bird Box” with Sandra Bullock and Sarah Paulson debuted and its going to AFI.  Does it mean anything?
  • 25 Animated Features were submitted for Oscar.  Which film is on top?
  • Other news bits: DiCaprio and Scorsese re-teaming again, George Miller set his next movie, Ruth E. Carter is getting a Career Achievement award, and the first trailer for “Vox Lux” dropped.
  • The entire cast of “A Quiet Place” is being campaigned supporting.  Can any of them sneak into the Oscar race?
  • Who are the best working actresses today?  Cate Blanchett, Viola Davis, Natalie Portman? Who?
  • The first predictions are made for the Independent Spirit Awards with official submissions being named and cited.
  • We go through all the major categories and our predictions.  What’s the frontrunner in Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Original Screenplay, Adapted Screenplay, and Animated Feature.


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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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