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The winners in the five film categories for the  22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild awards are listed below.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant as Hugh Glass
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: Brie Larson – Room as Joy “Ma” Newsome
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role: Idris Elba – Beasts of No Nation as The Commandant
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role: Alicia Vikander – The Danish Girl as Gerda Wegener
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Spotlight – Billy Crudup, Brian d’Arcy James, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery and Stanley Tucci

What does this mean for the Oscars? Well, betting against DiCaprio or Larson would be akin to throwing money into a bottomless pit. They were already Oscar favourites before their SAG wins, and this only strengthens their respective positions. Elba is unfortunately not nominated for an Oscar, so his win has little impact on the Oscar race. Stallone is surely still the favourite here. Vikander’s win is a big one, as the supporting actress field is a little more open. If Spotlight is going to win best picture, there’s a very good chance McAdams will win here, although she is the rank outsider according to awards sites like Golden Derby. I’m personally cheering for either Mara (who should have been nominated in the lead category) or Winslet.

The ensemble prize going to Spotlight over The Big Short means we have ourselves a real race for the Best Picture prize. The Big Short took the PGA award, which is one of the most reliable indicators of a Best Picture winner. However, Spotlight was in the awards conversation long before The Big Short, and it’s SAG win gives it some much-needed momentum. Let’s see what the DGA awards bring, now that will make things very interesting indeed.


The award winners in all categories and their acceptance speeches can be viewed at the SAG website.