Circuit Breaker Podcast Episode 8: Telluride Wrap-Up, Oscar Buzz, and the Acting Races

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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 podcast agenda:

  • Talking about the newest films that premiered at the Venice and Telluride Film Festivals.  Those films include:
    • Moonlight” from Barry Jenkins and A24; starring Trevante Rhodes, Mahershala Ali, and Naomie Harris
    • Una” from Benedict Andrews and starring Rooney Mara and Ben Mendolsohn
    • Wakefield” from Robin Swicord and starring Bryan Cranston
    • Toni Erdmann” from Maren Ade, the German submission for Foreign Language film
    • Bleed from This” from Ben Younger and Open Road Films; starring Miles Teller and Aaron Eckhart
    • Hacksaw Ridge” from Mel Gibson and Lionsgate; starring Andrew Garfield
    • Arrival” from Denis Villenueve and Paramount Pictures; starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner
    • Sully” from Clint Eastwood and Warner Bros.; starring Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, and Laura Linney
    • Manchester by the Sea” from Kenneth Lonergan and Roadside Attractions and Amazon Studios; starring Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, and Lucas Hedges
    • La La Land” from Damien Chazelle and Summit Entertainment; starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone
    • Nocturnal Animals” from Tom Ford and Focus Features; starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, and Laura Linney
  • We also talk about the acting races and how they’re shaping up in terms of the Oscars.  Where can the race go?  The Oscar Predictions are fully underway!

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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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The episode skips or something a lot, mainly when Clayton is talking. Almost every 10 seconds a few words get skipped. I didn’t notice it when Joey or Kris talked though. Just wanted to let you know.


Problem with the last few podcasts. Skips every 10 seconds or so.


Clayton sporadically keeps cutting out. This is not the first time. Everyone sounds fine.

Ian Lane

Yeah fix the sound!

Luke McGowan

So much skipping! These are almost unbearable to listen to!


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