Circuit Breaker Episode 20: NBR, NYFCC, and Critics Choice Preview With Precursor Kick-Off

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CircuitBreaker_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 are joined by Editor and Co-Founder of Awards Watch, Erik Anderson, to talk about the impending results of the National Board of Review, Critics Choice and New York Film Critics Circle.
  • We also dive into the nominations of the Independent Spirit Awards that were announced last week.
  • We have a few questions and Cinephile Showdowns from the readers.


"Fences" - Opens in theaters on Christmas Day
“Fences” – Opens in theaters on Christmas Day

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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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What are your thoughts on the Best Original Song category? Will La La Land and Moana have two nominations a piece? What fills the split spot? With the popularity of Hamilton, will Lin-Manuel Miranda win and become apart of the EGOT winners?

Luke McGowan

This is a fun two part question for you. With precursor season it is easy to forget that every precursor, from the Gothams to the BAFTAs, comes with a trophy. What do all these famous actors do with their prizes. Oscars and Emmys would take pride display but what about the others? Forest Whitaker has 41 trophies with Last King of Scotland on it, and don’t get me started on how much hardware Meryl Streep has. What do they do? Part 2 – what’s the funniest or most interesting use you could come up with if you were Meryl Streep… Read more »

Andrew Gillespie

Cinephile Showdown: this year’s contenders
Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea vs. Assassination of Jesse James
Viggo Mortensen – Eastern Promises vs. Captain Fantastic
Annette Bening – 20th Century Women vs. The Kids Are All Right
Emma Stone – La La Land vs. Birdman
Jessica Chastain – Miss Sloane vs. Zero Dark Thirty
Viola Davis – Fences vs. The Help
Viola Davis – Fences vs. Doubt


Cinephile Showdown:

In honor of the release of Jackie; Better Natalie Portman FILM (not performance), Black Swan vs. Jackie?


I have to say Clayton might be putting too much faith into Fences almost being a done deal with Adapted Screenplay. The last time a play adaptation won was Driving Miss Daisy, and Gone With the Wind was the last posthumous winner. I think he’s forgetting Silence which would also be an easy way to get Scorsese another Oscar.


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