Circuit Breaker Episode 21: First Wave of Precursors Recap w/ Guest Jenelle Riley


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 our guest Jenelle Riley (@jenelleriley), Deputy Awards Editor of Variety and two-time Emmy winner. Spoiler alert: She’s the best!
  • We’re talking about the first wave of prizes from the critics including the National Board of Review, New York Film Critics Circle and Critics’ Choice Nominations. (This podcast was recorded before the LAFCA announcement)
  • The team and Jenelle are going on record on who we think will win the Oscar in the major categories.
  • Cinephile Showdowns with YOUR questions.
  • Announcement regarding Academy Idol Season 9.
  • Finally, we announce the reader that won a signed poster of “Elle” by Isabelle Huppert (future Oscar nominee?) and director Paul Verhoeven.


"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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Ryan Jayden

I would like to point out that the sound issues, especially the loud volume of the intro and outro, are still present. Great podcast though!


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Allied OR Flight
Hacksaw Ridge OR Apocalypto
Star Wars: The Force Awakens OR…. you know, whatever the last Star Wars movie you happened to see was…


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