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Circuit Breaker Episode 79: Oscars Wide Open Races, Top 10’s, and 1 Month to Go

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CircuiBreaker Cover.jpg?zoom=2Welcome 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 podcast@awardscircuit.com, and submit your comments and questions at the bottom of the episode.

On the agenda:

  • We’re going over the Oscar nominations once again but putting a focus on the most wide-open categories including Foreign Language Film, Documentary Feature, Visual Effects, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Film Editing, Cinematography, Original Screenplay, and Best Picture.
  • The staff in attendance announce their Top 10 films of 2017 and commentary to share on why they selected their said films.

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CLICK THE CATEGORY TO SEE THE OSCAR PREDICTIONS:

MOTION PICTURE | DIRECTOR |
LEAD ACTOR | LEAD ACTRESS | SUPPORTING ACTOR | SUPPORTING ACTRESS | 
ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY | ADAPTED SCREENPLAY | ANIMATED FEATURE |
PRODUCTION DESIGN | CINEMATOGRAPHY | COSTUME DESIGN | FILM EDITING | MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING | SOUND MIXING | SOUND EDITING | VISUAL EFFECTS |
ORIGINAL SCORE | ORIGINAL SONG |
FOREIGN LANGUAGE | DOCUMENTARY FEATURE |

ANIMATED SHORT | DOCUMENTARY SHORT | LIVE ACTION SHORT |

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Written by Clayton Davis

Clayton Davis is the esteemed Editor and Owner of AwardsCircuit.com. 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, CNN.com, 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

Enjoy!

Phill Milner

Doubt Three Billboards… at your own peril? It’s getting 4 awards. Screenplay, Mcdormand, Rockwell, and Picture. The Shape of Water is really its only competition and I don’t think the academy will be able to justify giving it to something that is so blatantly plagiarized… not to mention it’s something completely out of the academy’s wheelhouse. Lady Bird is probably the runner up after The Shape of Water falls from the graces. I definitely see a Lady Bird narrative to win considering the current climate… I guess can I see a situation where the Academy wants to attempt to get… Read more »

AndreTheTurtle

Just to point out, Grand Hotel won Best Picture without a screenplay or acting at the 5th Academy Awards, so Dunkirk would be the second film. Just thought I would fact check that. Haha.

Luke McGowan

I’ve been following the Oscar race with you guys for five years, and we’ve had a Picture/Director split on four of those occasions. Every year we say predict the split at your peril, but do you think we might need to start treating it with a little more anticipation?

I.e. Anyone else predicting Three Billboards in Picture and Del Toro in Director?

John

It’s also worth noting that another trend a Get Out, or Ladybird win would break would be a best picture winner without a least a BAFTA nomination for best picture. No film has done that since Million Dollar Baby.
Question for the next circuit breaker: What are Clayton’s and Karen’s thoughts on the Stuhlbarg speech in CMBYN?

Cornelius Buttersby

Question for the next Circuit Breaker podcast: Considering how the preferential ballot tends to result in last-minute frontrunner upsets, largely agreeable winners without many detractors, and divergence from some of the major precursors (i.e. at PGA, Revenant-Spotlight, La La Land-Moonlight) – what would our winners be if the acting categories were voted upon with the same preferential ballot as Best Picture? What previous winners would have lost under such a system? For example – last year, Casey Affleck had more fans, but also arguably more detractors than Denzel Washington, which may have resulted in a Washington win. This year, considering… Read more »

Kevin

Cinephile Showdown:
Jeremy Renner: The Town or Wind River
Christian Bale: American Psycho or Hostiles
James Franco: The Disaster Artist or 127 Hours
Armie Hammer: Call Me By Your Name or The Social Network
Jake Gyllenhaal: Prisoners or Stronger
Ben Foster: 3:10 to Yuma or Hell or High Water

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