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Circuit Breaker Episode 158: Late Year Releases, Renée Zellweger, and ‘Downton Abbey’

Welcome to the Awards Circuit podcast titled “Circuit Breaker! The Awards, Film, & TV Podcast,” a weekly breakdown from AwardsCircuit.com 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:

  • The hit television show “Downton Abbey” opened to a lot of money and talk about how the fans like it and how Maggie Smith looks prime bait for a Golden Globe and BAFTA nomination but will that translate to Best Picture?
  • Giving some more thoughts on “Ad Astra” and how it deserves an awards push despite the low audience scores.
  • Diving into the Oscar-hype for Jennifer Lopez and her work in “Hustlers” and if it is, in fact, real.
  • NEON is gearing up for a strong campaign for Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite.” It can begin to rack up nomination tallies as we begin to add up picture, director, supporting actor, original screenplay, editing, and perhaps sound categories, but will Oscar go for it?
  • Exploring our thoughts on Edward Norton’s “Motherless Brooklyn,” which screened for SAG members and Rupert Goold’s “Judy,” which is showing power for Renée Zellweger in Lead Actress.
  • What gives on Greta Gerwig’s “Little Women” lately?  Can late releases such as “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” or still make an impact?
  • Is the Supporting Actress REALLY the weakest acting race?  We share our thoughts on the contenders and how the Academy won’t look in places they should for more viable options (i.e. Billie Lourd in “Booksmart” and Frances Conroy in “Joker“).
  • Speaking of “Joker,” Karen Peterson offers her initial thoughts while Clayton Davis does his best imitation of “Film Twitter.”
  • Animated Feature race has lots of room for movement with GKIDS releasing a bunch of possibilities.
  • LEJA (Latino Entertainment Journalists Association) announced its inaugural LEJA TV nominees where “Barry” led.

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Written by Clayton Davis

Clayton Davis is the esteemed Editor and Owner of AwardsCircuit.com. 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, CNN.com, 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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