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Circuit Breaker Episode 114: Female Producers, BIFA Nominations, and Spike Lee’s Chances

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:

  • “Under the Silver Lake” moves to 2019
  • “The Other Side of the Wind” from Orson Welles opened on streaming services.  What will it do?
  • Magnolia Pictures launched their FYC site and didn’t send out the awards season “brick” this year, and instead, sent out digital screeners.  We go over their slate that includes “RBG,” “Shoplifters,” and “Dogman.”
  • British Independent Film Award nominations were announced where “The Favourite” led.  Is this the strong start that it needed?
  • Gabriela Rodriguez, producer of “Roma,” is poised to become the first Hispanic woman nominated for Best Picture.  Woman representation is on the rise but still has a long way to go.  We discuss.
  • People seem very confident that Spike Lee could be the one to beat in Best Director.  How many categories can “BlackKklansman” show up in below-the-line?


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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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