The Screen Actors Guild awards have been announced, and they contain both upsets and the expected. The Supporting Male & Female Actor and Leading Female Actor categories at the Oscars seem like a give, with Simmons, Arquette and Moore all wining in their respective categories at the SAGs. It’s almost impossible to imagine these three not being the Academy Award winners in 4 weeks time.
In what some would call a major upset, Eddie Redmayne took home the SAG for leading actor. Keaton would have probably been the favourite here, so this was a surprise. Both men won Golden Globes, but the SAG has to tip the scales in Redmayne’s favour. It certainly seems that the other three nominees are completely out of the Oscar race now.
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Eddie Redmayne The Theory of Everything
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Julianne Moore Still Alice
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
J.K. Simmons Whiplash
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Patricia Arquette Boyhood
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
The cast of Birdman
A full list of SAG award winners (including the television categories) can be found here.
Producers Guild Awards
The 26th annual Producers Guild Awards gave their top honour to Birdman, giving the film an edge over Boyhood in the best picture Oscar race. How much of an edge? From Deadline, “Since instituting the top prize in 1989, they have deviated from the ultimate Academy (whose producers they also vet) Best Picture choice six times, most recently in 2006 when they chose Little Miss Sunshine while Oscar went with The Departed“. So while it’s not a given, it is a strong tick in Birdman‘s column, as is the win for ensemble cast at the SAGs – the industry likes Birdman.
The PGAs give absolutely no indication as to which animated or documentary film will win their respective Oscar categories, as PGA winners The LEGO Movie and Life Itself are not nominated in the best animated film or best documentary film categories.
The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures
Birdman (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Producers: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher, James W. Skotchdopole
The Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures
The LEGO Movie (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Producer: Dan Lin
The Award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures
Life Itself (Magnolia Pictures)
Producers: Garrett Basch, Steve James, Zak Piper
A full list of Producers Guild Award winners (including the Television categories), can be found here.