Welcome to the Awards Circuit podcast titled “CIRCUIT BREAKER!,” a weekly podcast from AwardsCircuit.com featuring host Clayton Davis along with panelists Sam Coffey, Mark Johnson, Joey Magidson, and Karen Peterson. 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 [email protected], and submit your comments and questions at the bottom of the episode.

On the agenda:

  • Talking about what our favorite summer movies are and what’s our one Oscar wish for one of the summer movies that include “Wonder Woman,” “The Big Sick,” Dunkirk,” and “Detroit.”
  • Do you want to see an Honorary Oscar for Andy Serkis in “War for the Planet of the Apes?”
  • The new trailer dropped for Darren Aronofsky’s “mother!” and we discuss its Oscar chances.  Can Jennifer Lawrence move her way to her fifth Oscar nomination and can Michelle Pfeiffer finally capture her due?
  • Going over the ACCA results once again to see what led the nomination tally.
  • Lionsgate’s “The Glass Castle” opened in theaters and didn’t perform too well with critics.  Does it still have a shot for Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson?
  • Caught up with “Kong: Skull Island” and discuss all its flaws.
  • We have a new Academy President and we discuss what could be in his and the organization’s future.
  • There’s a NYFF lineup and we discuss the films we’re looking forward to and what can make some noise.  This includes “Call Me By Your Name,” “Mudbound,” and “Ismael’s Ghosts.”
  • Thanks to questions we get into discussions about leading men in supporting categories and who can challenge Meryl Streep’s Oscar record.


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  1. About the idea of best vs. favorite and which to choose, I personally like to split the definition to three groups: favorite (the one I like/enjoy the most), greatest (the one I respect the most and is the best-made) and best (a happy medium point for the previous two). I find this to be very useful since pure respect for a film (for example with a film like The Assassin) would otherwise be given too much focus with the phrase “best” but pure enjoyment or liking isn’t the only thing that defines quality either (because in several cases that might emphasize lighter genres as they are often easier to “like” than films that challenge you or make you feel uncomfortable).

  2. POWER HOUR QUESTION: Is there a recent film where one performance is spectacular, despite the overall quality of the movie? I know Clayton has a favorite for Liv Tyler in Armageddon, but I was wondering if there’s something more recent that sticks out? I’d go for Felicity Jones in Rogue One, but that’s the top of my head.

    1. My favorite summer film is still far and away War for the Planet of the Apes. It’s my only 100% of the year (I use an x/15 scale, dividing five for cast, direction, and script), with Spider-Man: Homecoming being a close second. I’ve yet to see The Beguiled or Baby Driver.
    2. Since we’re going with what we want and not what we predict, I’m going to say Andy Serkis for Best Lead Actor for Planet of the Apes.
    3. I’d argue Algee Smith is the lead character- his story is the one we get to follow and see the most. He’s unarguably a lead, in my eyes.
    4. I hate the argument of an ensemble piece- every film needs has a lead character. Michael Keaton and Steve Carrell both got the shaft in 2015 for getting thrown in the Supporting Actor by getting the Ensemble argument.
    5. I think Andy Serkis deserves an Honorary Oscar regardless of his future- his contributions and championing of motion capture performance is groundbreaking to say the least for a digital film era. In the way Chaplin held the torch for silent film in the early 1930’s, Serkis has kept the ideas of motion capture alive.
    6. Joey, that was the best possible answer. “Respect my elders”.
    7. I was not a huge fan of the mother! trailer- it seems a bit all over the place, but that’s certainly fine and I trust Darren Arrenofsky. I think the best part of the trailer is far and away is Michelle Pfeiffer; she’s my new one spot for Best Supporting.
    8. The Glass Castle does not play until August 25th in my state, which is upsetting. The reviews hurt me though, since I was expecting huge things for it.
    9. I saw To The Bone and Okja, they’re both pretty good. Lily Collins is great in the former, and the latter has great visual effects. I also caught up Stanford Prison Experiment; I loved it.
    10. Molly’s Game looks fantastic for a film, but it gives a terrifying reminder in terms of awards season. It gave me a lot of Miss Sloane vibes, which was a great film but did miserably in awards and money.
    11. I liked Steve Jobs…
    12. I’m strangely excited for Last Flag Flying, despite having next to no knowledge about it.
    13. Will Poulter, Harry Styles, Haven’t seen it, Haven’t seen it, Tom Holland
    14. There’s a lot more than Cruise and DiCaprio; Pitt in Tree of Life, Cruise again in Tropic Thunder, Idris Elba for Beasts, Gyllenhaal in Prisoners, and George Clooney for Gravity.
    15. Cate Blanchett or, to be honest, Jennifer Lawrence. The former you guys talk about, and Jennifer Lawrence has shown to be a favorite for the Academy and she has the time.
    16. Great job Joey.
    17. I think Jennifer Lawrence should’ve won, but she got the wrong performance.
    18. 13th not getting the win
    19. 10 Things I Hate About You is a film I love to pieces.
    20. The lack of My Cousin Vinny hurts, especially there being no Joe Pesci.

    • Eddie Redmayne in Fantastic Beasts. I overall thought the movie was fine but he was always enjoyable in it. I’d also say just about the entire cast of Free Fire. not really a good movie but they are all just having a blast!

  3. I guess if I had one that I want to happen at the Oscars, it would be Huge Jackman for lead actor. To this day, I feel he gave the most hard hitting and impactful performance from a lead actor all year, and it will be a shame come award season that we don’t see his name show up anywhere.

    Edit: Like Mark, I didn’t hear Summer only. XD. If Summer exclusive, I would go Jon Hamm from Baby Driver in supporting actor.

  4. You were talking a week ago about the best movie titles. What do you think are some of the worst movie titles? Or for for example other readers from non-English language countries, what are some of the worst-translated movie titles. For example in my country A Hard Day’s Night was translated into “Yeah, Yeah, Here We Come” and The Shawshank Redemption was translated into “Rita Hayworth – The Key to Escape”.

    Also, do you think that we have an animated short film frontrunner in World of Tomorrow Episode Two: The Burden of Other People’s Thoughts for this year or next year?

  5. Power Hour Question:

    This is sort of a loaded question and might need some time to answer, but it was something fun that Clayton suggested a few years back: Predict your own Top Ten of 2017.

  6. Delete the Actor:

    -Leonardo DiCaprio
    -Joaquin Phoenix
    -Sean Penn
    -Tom Hanks

    -Kate Winslet
    -Kate Blanchett
    -Amy Adams
    -Michelle Williams

    -Ian McKellen
    -Michael Caine
    -Anthony Hopkins
    -Harrison Ford


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