Circuit Breaker Episode 18: Oscar’s Box Office, AFI Fest, and ‘Miss Sloane’

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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 and Joey Magidson. We discuss movies, television and all the awards shows that need predicting. New episodes are released every Monday. Find us on Twitter at@Circuit_Pod, email us at, and submit your comments and questions at the bottom of the episode.

On the agenda:

  • We’re looking at the top grossing films of the year so far and how Oscar may not have much to choose from in that regard.  Does this bode well for “The Jungle Book” and “Sully?”
  • AFI Fest brought the premieres of “Miss Sloane,” “Rules Don’t Apply,” and “The Comedian.”  What are their Oscar chances?
  • Taking questions and #Cinephile Showdowns

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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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Joey Magidson



I think due to the nature of Lead Actor this year, it is interesting to consider that Andrew Garfield is the only British actor in contention in lead. That could help him, I imagine it will at least for BAFTA.

Luke McGowan

Okay I have a question – is anyone watching Westworld? Because I swear 100% of the “hype” I have seen is all coming from the media and not from a single person I know. If I have to read the words “the next Game of Thrones” one more time I think the words will lose all meaning.


Power Hour Question:

Has there ever been a coincidence in a film that is so unlikely that it caused you to roll your eyes in annoyance? Because I was re-watching Training Day, and though I won’t spoil what the coincidence was, I nearly shouted ‘What are the odds?’ at my TV.


Cinephile Showdown:

In honor of Live by Night, which is the better film from a directing standpoint- Argo, Gone Baby Gone, or The Town?

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