Circuit Breaker Episode 28: SAG Award Winners and Oscars Check In

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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:

  • The SAG Awards have happened, and “Hidden Figures” upset in Cast Ensemble with Denzel Washington overtaking Casey Affleck in Best Actor.  Did we see our Oscar winners on the night?
  • Quick check in on where the Oscar race is and the categories.

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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



You guys are underestimating Andrew Garfield at least just a bit for BAFTA, he’s the only Englishman in the lineup.

Luke McGowan

I am utterly disgusted that Manchester By the Sea has been branded the “Trump movie”. That is so completely unfair to a film that has no political statement or affiliation. The fact that having no black actors is apparently a legitimate criticism of a movie is bad enough, but to tar the film with a brush I wouldn’t even use for movies like 13 Hours is ridiculous. There’s a way to make the legitimate point you’re making without demonising a good film. Would we call Spotlight and Birdman Trump films too?

Alec Glass

I think that comment was about Hell or High Water, not Manchester, which makes a bit more sense as thematically it examines the class struggle that Trump spoke to in that part of the world. But if I’m wrong and they’re just using it to denigrate Manchester, yeah ew guys…

Alec Glass

Question: I noticed you updated the oscar predictions on the 30th, with still a glaring mistake: WHEN are you going to realize r that Arrival did get nominated for production design and Jackie did not??

Alec Glass

Question: I, like Clayton, was a big fan of Silence, very sad to see it snubbed so badly at Oscar: how many more films do we have out of Scorsese? And how many good ones? (Or great ones?) do we think he gets another Oscar?

Cornelius Buttersby

Cinephile Showdown:
Which of the following alternate pairings would you most have enjoyed in La La Land?
Miles Teller and Emma Watson
Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway
Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick
Michael B Jordan and Tessa Thompson
Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence

Further Showdowns:
Rachel Weisz or Rooney Mara for the lead in Jackie
Matt Damon or John Krasinski in Manchester by the Sea
Joaquin Phoenix or Woody Harrelson as Bobby in Nocturnal Animals
Eddie Murphy or Courtney B Vance in Fences
Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore or Jennifer Jason Leigh in Elle


What actors are you glad to see got a career resurgence, meaning their careers had faded for a while before becoming very successful years later. My example would be Michael Keaton, I always thought he was a great actor that for years never got to do good roles, and am thrilled he’s now very successful, doing both Oscar friendly roles as well as blockbusters.


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