Circuit Breaker Podcast Episode 6: Summer Oscars, NYFF Lineup, and Alfred Hitchcock

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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:

  • In honor of Alfred Hitchcock’s birthday, we’re discussing his best movies, along with his most overrated and underrated.
  • New trailers dropped that added to the Oscar conversation including Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight,” Denis Villenueve’s “Arrival,” Robert Zemeckis’ “Allied,” and Gareth Edwards’ “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”
  • The full slate for the New York Film Festival has been announced.  We’re talking the lineup and our most anticipated.
  • This weekend, we saw the opening of “Pete’s Dragon” and “Sausage Party.”  We discuss their merits and our qualms.
  • “Florence Foster Jenkins” from Stephen Frears also opened this weekend, putting Meryl Streep in line for her record 20th nomination.  Is it good enough to pull in Hugh Grant?
  • With summer winding down, what films from the July and August months have a shot with the Academy?
  • We have your questions and comments to share as well.  Send in #CinephileShowdowns, #ChoosetheGold, and #CircuitBreaker Questions every week!

*REMINDER* – ACCA 1994 final ballot voting opens Tuesday.

Comment and Send in #CinephileShowdowns, #ChoosetheGold, and #CircuitBreaker 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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Luke McGowan

Enable download feature please! Pleasantly early which is great!

Joey Magidson


Luke McGowan

There’s some serious skips going on here, Clayton: “(Clayton) The last black gay nominee was Djimoun – (Joey) looking at an Indie Spirit nomination”. It happened at least four times, just so you know.


Where is the voting link for ACCA 1994?


For the podcast: Which one is most likely to happen? A foreign film best picture winner, an animated best picture winner, or a best picture documentary? What filmmakers do you think will be able to accomplish that feat?


This podcast had me screaming. Carol! The last LGBT Oscar threat was Carol! How could everybody forget this!?

Iso Ns

: Do you think Ethan Hawke(Born to be Blue) and Krisha Fairchild(Krisha) have any chance for Leading Actor and Leading Actress categories?
Btw if you haven’t seen Krisha please watch it, this movie is terrific! Won audience and jury award at SXSW last year and is distributed this year by A24!


Power Hour Question:

Since we are pretty much through what many have deemed to be one of the worst summer movie seasons in recent memory, were there any poorly received films this summer that you didn’t think were all that bad? Any well received ones you just didn’t ‘get’?

Cinephile Showdown:

Vertigo OR Gaslight
Singin’ in the Rain OR The Artist
3:10 to Yuma (2007) OR True Grit (2010)
Deadpool OR Guardians of the Galaxy
Gran Torino OR American Sniper



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