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Circuit Breaker Episode 170: Oscar Nominations, Critics Choice, and SAG Predictions

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Screen Shot 2018 11 27 at 11.59.51 PMWelcome to the podcast “Circuit Breaker! The Awards, & TV Podcast,” part of the CIRCUIT BREAKER MEDIA NETWORK. “Circuit Breaker” is a weekly podcast show with host and site editor and owner Clayton Davis. With a team of panelists including Mark Johnson, Joey Magidson, Chris James, and Karen Peterson, along with other guests, we discuss movies, television and all the awards shows that need predicting. New episodes are released every Monday. Podcasts produced by Drew Griffith.

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On the agenda:

  • Critics Choice Awards results! Clayton and Karen talk about their experience at the show. They discuss their opinions on the ties, and whether or not Best Visual Effects was an easy choice.
  • The Academy Award Nominations were announced! How did Clayton, Karen, and Mark’s predictions stack up? Also, see how close Clayton got with his “After the Oscars” choices.
  • See how this season’s “Best Picture” nominations stack up against previous years. What does it take for a movie to win the category? Also, this is the first year where four films have received double-digit nominations. The crew discusses whether this is due to laziness or not.
  • Finally, find out everyone’s SAG predictions!




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You skipped over any analysis of Supporting Actress – and once again churn and churn around who qualifies as people of color. It would have been interesting to hear a discussion of why J-Lo was snubbed, how Kathy Bates got in.

Damian Pietrzak

I can’t believe how stupid Mark Johnson is

Damian Pietrzak

I can’t believe how clueless Mark Johnson is. These thing about race people learn in primary school. its not freaking rocket science

Alec Glass

With 1917’s editing miss – important to remember that Birdman also got snubbed in editing as a one-shot take movie, and still went on to win BP

Jon Low

I mean this with so much respect, but please follow through with educating Mark about Europeans being white and why people living in South America speak European languages.

Kaleb Fleenor

Two questions for the next podcast:
#1 Can you rank the movie years of the past decade 10-1 (2010-2019)?

#2 Name 5 actors and 5 actresses who you want to see win an Oscar in the next 10 years ?


Michael R

Mark : the word you were struggling to come up with was “polarizing”.


FYI: Egerton was the first Globe winner snubbed in favor of one of his co-nominees, since James Franco in The Disaster Artist who beat future Oscar nominee Daniel Kaluuya.


Cinephile Showdowns (Most Recent Films with 11 or more Oscar nominations):

The Shape of Water OR La La Land
The Revenant OR Lincoln
Life of Pi OR Hugo
The King’s Speech OR The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Aviator OR The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Chicago OR The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Gladiator OR Shakespeare in Love
Saving Private Ryan OR Titanic
The English Patient OR Forrest Gump
Schindler’s List OR Dances with Wolves


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