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Circuit Breaker Episode 65: Year of the Women Directors, General Audiences, and Middleburg Film Fest

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CircuiBreaker Cover.jpg?zoom=2Welcome to the Awards Circuit podcast titled “CIRCUIT BREAKER!,” a weekly podcast from 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.

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yearofthewomendirectors middleburgOn the agenda:

  • The Middleburg Film Festival concluded this weekend where Awards Circuit was on site to interview some of the talents and watch some good movies.  Those films included “Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri” from Martin McDonagh, “Lady Bird” from Greta Gerwig, “Darkest Hour” from Joe Wright, “A Fantastic Woman” from Chile, “The Divine Order” from Switzerland, “In the Fade” from Germany, “Breathe” from Andy Serkis, “Novitiate” from Maggie Betts, and “I, Tonya” from Craig Gillespie.  We give you a detailed breakdown about the audience reactions to the films and where they currently stand in the Oscar race.
  • Mudbound” also won the Audience Award.  Are the Oscar pundits truly underestimating its chances in the race?  Also, check out our interviews with the cast (Mary J. Blige, Jason Clarke, director Dee Rees, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Mitchell, and Rob Morgan)
  • We also have some questions from the readers!
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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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Clayton you say rumor number one like there are other rumors but you never mention them

Also I wish you guys talked about the Phantom Thread trailer. I thought it was quite bad. Wanted to see what you guys think.


Cinephile Showdown: (2016 Box Office Hits)

Sully OR Hidden Figures
Zootopia OR Moana
Rogue One OR Captain America: Civil War
The Jungle Book OR Deadpool
Jason Bourne OR Finding Dory

Iso Ns

Cinephile showdowns:
Okja OR Minority Report
Wind River OR Detroit
The Meyerowitz Stories OR The Big Sick
It OR Get Out
Blade Runner 2049 OR Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Mother! OR A Ghost Story

Also I want to give a shout-out to my Greek brother Mark Johnson. Γεια σου αδερφέ μου!


Okay I’m really tired and I’m not thinking clearly because it’s 3:00 in the morning and I just deleted a long rambling message that didn’t make sense so I’ll keep it short and maybe I’ll fix this in the morning so sorry if this is a weird question. With the Call Me By Your Name stuff, where’s the point in predicting the Oscars in the first place if you’re going to let homophobia within the Academy be a narrative that keeps you from predicting something further? I know that you have stuff to back up why this could be a… Read more »

Raul Gama

Robbie is at number 1, but she wasn’t the stand out even in her film, from the top 5 she had the weakest reviews, do you think she can win on the Jennifer Lawrence Status, even with this amount of quality in Bast actress?

Raul Gama

Best Actress Comedy at globes seems to be the toughest category. Are these 4 locks? Who’s the 5?

Cornelius Buttersby

Question for the next podcast: Do each of you judge Original and Adapted screenplays in the same way, or do you look for different things in each? I often find in Original I judge the films largely on their originality – the concepts and dialogue – whereas in Adapted, I care less about concepts (which could be from the source text), and more about the structure and challenges of adaptation. For instance, my choices last year were The Lobster (all originality of ideas and tone), and The Handmaiden (adapted to a radically different setting, really strong structure). I’m very curious… Read more »


Fairly new to you guys and the site(about 6 weeks), not big into predicting but love just rooting for my personal favorites to be recognized where they deserve to be(which is obviously where I think they should be haha). But I couldn’t enjoy your thoughts more every week, please keep up the great work. A few questions…hoping this is the right place to post this. I think Tom Cruise has been mentioned in every podcast I’ve listened too so to not break the trend I’d love to hear everyone’s and especially Karen’s thoughts on his Eyes Wide Shut performance as… Read more »


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