Variety Awards Circuit

"Variety Awards Circuit" podcast, hosted by Clayton Davis, Jenelle Riley, Jazz Tangcay and Michael Schneider (who produces), is your one-stop listen for lively conversations about the best in film and television. Each week "Awards Circuit" features interviews with top film and TV talent and creatives; discussions and debates about awards races and industry headlines; and much, much more. Subscribe via Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify or anywhere you download podcasts. New episodes post every Thursday.

TV & Film
Jeffrey Wright (“American Fiction”)
“American Fiction” star Jeffrey Wright discusses his Oscar nomination. Also, the Roundtable gives its picks for this weekend’s SAG Awards.
75 min
Lily Gladstone (“Killers of the Flower Moon”) a...
Oscar-nominated “Killers of the Flower Moon” star Lily Gladstone discusses the recognition, what the movie means to her and more. Also, “Poor Things” screenwriter Tony McNamara talks about his Oscar nomination. And the Awards Circuit Roundtable banters on the Oscar nominees luncheon, the DGA Awards and what’s next on the Road to the Oscars.
100 min
Kemp Powers, Joaquim Dos Santos and Justin K. T...
“Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” directors Kemp Powers, Joaquim Dos Santos and Justin K. Thompson discuss their hit, and now Oscar-nominated, film. When will the next installment come out? Also on this episode, the Roundtable discusses why this feels like an extra-long Oscar season, and we recap a fantastic Grammy awards telecast.
89 min
Matthew Libatique (“Maestro”)
Oscar-nominated cinematographer Matthew Libatique talks about collaborating again with Bradley Cooper on “Maestro,” and their growing friendship. Also, the Roundtable discusses the best actress Oscar race, what TV shows they’ve been watching and more.
56 min
Colman Domingo (“Rustin”)
“Rustin” star Colman Domingo talks just hours after learning about his Oscar nomination about his reactions to the news. Also, he reveals some of the big projects he has next, and whether he thinks this is the final season of “Euphoria.” But first, the Roundtable goes through those Oscar nominations — and looks at who has the most momentum and who got the worst snub.
75 min
Emmy Awards Recap: Roundtable Mega Edition
In a special all-Roundtable edition, we recap the big winners of the 75th Emmys, including “Succession,” “The Bear” and “Beef,” as well as the night’s biggest snubs and surprises. Plus, we rave about the nostalgia-laden telecast itself.
36 min
Bradley Cooper and Carey Mulligan (“Maestro”)
“Maestro” director/writer/star Bradley Cooper and star Carey Mulligan discuss the film, and the process of getting into the midset to play Leonard Bernstein and his wife, Felicia Montealegre. The two break down key scenes, and talk about their favorite acting works from one another.
35 min
Emma Stone (“Poor Things”)
“Poor Things” star and producer Emma Stone discusses her Oscar contending film, her love of “Jeopardy” and more. Also, the Roundtable discusses the opening of Oscar voting, SAG Awards noms and final picks for the Primetime Emmy Awards.
69 min
Michael Mann (“Ferrari”)
"Ferrari" director Michael Mann discusses the film and how working with Adam Driver and Penélope Cruz compares to actors from his previous movies. He talks about Hollywood following the end of the strikes and we can expect from the upcoming "Heat" sequel, which he'll start shooting in 2024. Also on this episode, the Roundtable is back, and we catch up on the holidays before previewing this Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards.
52 min
Sandra Hüller (“Anatomy of a Fall”/”The Zone of...
“Anatomy of a Fall” and “The Zone of Interest” star Sandra Hüller talks about her two current films and whether Hollywood came calling after “Toni Erdmann.” Later, “BlackBerry” star Glenn Howerton discusses that film and “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.”
55 min
Sterling K. Brown (“American Fiction”) and Aunj...
Sterling K. Brown talks about his latest project, Cord Jefferson's satirical film "American Fiction." He also shares how he only now, post strike, pay his respects to "This is Us" co-star Ron Cephas Jones, who died in August. Later, we speak with Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor about her new film "Origin," from writer and director Ava DuVernay.
62 min
Danielle Brooks (“The Color Purple”) and Holt M...
"The Color Purple" star Danielle Brooks talks about the film and landing the role once portrayed by Oprah Winfrey in the 1985 version. Also on this episode, "The Iron Claw" actor Holt McCallany talks about playing the legendary wrestler Fritz von Ehrich in that drama. And on the latest edition of the Roundtable, we remember the late Andre Braugher and dissect the Golden Globes nominations.
100 min
America Ferrera (“Barbie,” “Dumb Money”) and Ja...
“Barbie” and “Dumb Money” star America Ferrera discusses her big year, including those two outstanding performances. She also talks about her journey through Hollywood following “Ugly Betty” and what to expect from her upcoming directorial feature debut. Also on this episode, Jack Black talks about “The Super Mario Bros. Movie.” All that, and the latest edition of the Roundtable.
93 min
Emily Blunt (“Oppenheimer”) and Eve Hewson (“Fl...
“Oppenheimer” star Emily Blunt discusses the film, her marriage to John Krasinski, her upcoming action film “The Fall Guy” and working with Christopher Nolan. Also, “Flora and Son” star Eve Hewson on her songwriting process and teaming with director John Carney. But first, the Roundtable dives into the Robert DeNiro controversy at the Gotham Awards.
92 min
Natalie Portman (“May December”) and Peter Sars...
“May December” star Natalie Portman discusses the film, the state of the industry and why she warns against child actors in Hollywood. Also on this episode, “Memory” star Peter Sarsgaard. And we share what we’re thankful for on the Roundtable.
90 min
Da’Vine Joy Randolph (“The Holdovers”) and Kazu...
“The Holdovers” star Da’Vine Joy Randolph discusses Alexander Payne’s new critically acclaimed film and her busy career. Also, prosthetics artist Kazu Hiro talks about transforming Bradley Cooper in “Maestro.” And on the Roundtable, we take a victory lap for solving the SAG-AFTRA strike and check in on the latest movies hitting the circuit.
95 min
Cord Jefferson (“American Fiction”)
“American Fiction” writer and director Cord Jefferson discusses how the film — his first — came together so quickly. Also, on the Awards Circuit Roundtable, the SAG-AFTRA strike is over, and we discuss what it means for Awards Season moving forward.
57 min
Greta Gerwig (“Barbie”)
"Barbie" writer/director Greta Gerwig breaks down countless moments from the film, as well as what a “Barbie” sequel could look like and where she is in her upcoming adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ “The Chronicles of Narnia” for Netflix. But first, we remember the life and career of the late Matthew Perry on a special edition of the Roundtable.
73 min
Celine Song and Greta Lee (“Past Lives”)
“Past Lives” writer and director Celine Song shares her experience with making her love story; later, “Past Lives” star Greta Lee also discusses what is arguably one of the best performances on film in 2023.
73 min
Eva Longoria (“Flamin’ Hot”)
75 min
Film Awards Season Kick-Off Mega Roundtable Edi...
The Variety Awards Circuit Podcast is back for fall! Michael Schneider, Clayton Davis, Jenelle Riley and Jazz Tangcay discuss the state of the Hollywood strikes (including the big gains for the WGA), plus “Barbenheimer” and some of the early Oscar frontrunners.
35 min
Mega Roundtable Final Emmy Predictions Edition
The Variety Awards Circuit Podcast’s Michael Schneider, Clayton Davis, Emily Longeretta and Jazz Tangcay give their picks on who will win the Emmys, who should win the Emmys… and whether the Emmys will actually take place on January 15 as currently scheduled! A final look at this year’s Emmy race before it takes a hiatus.
65 min
Padma Lakshmi (“Top Chef,” “Taste the Nation”)/...
Emmy-nominated Padma Lakshmi, the outgoing host of Bravo's “Top Chef” and exec producer/host of Hulu's “Taste the Nation,” talks about her nominations, why she’s leaving 'Top Chef' and more. But first, on the Awards Circuit Roundtable, Cody Heller, the showrunner behind the Emmy-nominated breakout Amazon Freevee hit "Jury Duty," shares more stories behind the production and brainstorms what might come next.
66 min
Kathryn Hahn (“Tiny Beautiful Things”)/Ben Wins...
Emmy nominee Kathryn Hahn talks about excelling at playing women without boundaries, and the origins story behind her Hulu series “Tiny Beautiful Things.” Later, we catch up with producer and 12-time Emmy winner Ben Winston, who’s still adjusting to life after producing 'The Late Late Show with James Corden,' while also enjoying his latest Emmy nominations, including for the Disney+ special “Elton John Live: Farewell from Dodger Stadium.”
72 min
Paris Barclay (“Dahmer”)/Mark Mylod (“Successio...
Emmy-nominated "Succession" director/exec producer Mark Mylod talks about the end of the hit HBO series, the episode “Connor’s Wedding,” his idea for a spin-off, and also the impact of his recent film "The Menu." But first, on the Awards Circuit Roundtable, Paris Barclay, the Emmy-nominated director and executive producer of "Dahmer — Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story" sits down with us to talk about the Emmys, the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes, the DGA, "Dahmer," his career (including those LL Cool J videos) and more.
83 min