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Circuit Breaker Episode 69: Pre-Post Premiere, Lady Bird’s Secret Weapon, and Justice League’s Woes

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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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On the agenda:

  • We give our thoughts BEFORE some of the staff ventured out to see Steven Spielberg’s “The Post” – what does the heavy embargo mean?
  • Justice League” fell way below expectations and we give our thoughts on the future of the DECU and Warner Bros.
  • Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird” is killing it at the box office.  How far will it go at the Oscars?  We also give the proper due and love to Beanie Feldstein, one of the film’s secret weapons.
  • Catching up with screeners that have gone out to guild members and sharing thoughts on “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool,” “Mudbound,” “”The Leisure Seeker,” “The Killing of a Sacred Deer,” and “Girls Trip.”
  • We share our wishes that feel like they MAY NOT be happening in the Oscar race.
  • Adapted Screenplay is thin but are we open to a surprise or two?
  • Cinephile Showdowns and Questions from our readers!

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#ChoosetheGold, and #ACCircuitBreaker questions in the comment section below!

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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


Raul Gama


Do the Spirit award noms say Gerwig and Rees actually aren’t in the hunt for director? I, Tonya and Three Billbords are more diviseve than preconcived (not BP noms?), Dafoe might not even make the line up? and CBYN is as strong in the hunt as it was in the beggining of the race?

Calvin Damon

I’ve seen Get Out four times now, and even the last time, I found it hillarious. I don’t get what the controversy about it being a comedy it is. It’s not Scary movie, it’s more in the same vein as Scream, Cabin in the Woods, and Tucker and Dale vs. Evil.

Luke McGowan

Cinephile showdown: Which double nomination would you prefer, in line with Clayton’s Bugsy article? I’ve gone some obscure choices but they’re for well known movies. Actor Steve Carrell and Channing Tatum in Foxcatcher OR Forest Whitaker and James McAvoy in The Last King of Scotland Actress Emma Stone and Viola Davis in The Help OR Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada? Supporting Actor Alan Arkin and John Goodman in Argo OR Heath Ledger and Aaron Eckhart in The Dark Knight? Supporting Actress Angelina Jolie and Whoopi Goldberg in Girl, Interrupted OR Gloria Stuart and Kathy Bates… Read more »


Controversial opinion, but DC saying that only minority/women crews will be used is one of the worst PR moves possible. Not only is that going to upset minorities like myself who feel insulted at the idea of “pity jobs”, with this move suggesting that we only get jobs because of our skin color or gender, but it will alienate an extraordinarily large group of people (that same crowd that murdered Battle of the Sexes and Miss Sloane at the box office).

Raul Gama

Do you see Mcdormand winning the globes (as Denzel won Sag) and get tracktion since she didn’t win for Fargo?

Cornelius Buttersby

A couple of questions for the next podcast: – What do you all think will have the most nominations without a win this year? And – How would you all rate the chances of Lady Bird coming away with Best Picture? It’s sitting on 100% RT score with over 140 reviews (nobody seems to hate it), it’s atypical enough that it’ll fly under the radar as a contender (a la Moonlight), it could easily come away with Picture Comedy/Musical at the Globes and could surprise into a SAG ensemble win, it fits the mold of an Original Screenplay winner and… Read more »



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