Jan 312016
 

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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.

Jan 262015
 

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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.

Jan 202014
 

The SAG and PGA award winners have been announced, tightening up the race for the Oscars.

First the SAGs – with Jared Leto, Matthew McConaghey and Cate Blanchett  repeating their Golden Globe wins, these three are the clear favourites in their respective categories.  I think Leonardo DiCaprio could potentially upset McConaghey, but it’s hard to see either Leto or Blanchett not taking hold the coveted Oscar statues.

Lupta Nyong’o won outstanding female actor in a supporting role for her powerful performance in 12 Years A Slave. It’s going to be a tough to call between Jennifer Lawrence (for American Hustle  -she won the Globe) and Nyong’o in the supporting female actor race at the Oscars. Oscar-winner Lawrence is much-loved and has the much-admired David O. Russell behind her; but I feel that this category belongs to Nyong’o. Her performance was just so incredibly commanding – even more so when you consider this is her first major role acting role.

The PGAs surprised everyone (and made it harder to pick a clear best picture favourite) by awarding the top prize to two films (a tie), for the first time in the guild’s 25 year history. 12 Years A Slave and Gravity were jointly awarded The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures. This award often gives the clearest indicator of the front-runner for the best picture Oscar…not this year!

The PGA for outstanding producer of a documentary was awarded to the Wikileaks doco, We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks which didn’t even make the short-list of 15 documentaries for the Oscar nomination. Frozen picked up best producer of an animated film, cementing its place as the front-runner for best animated Oscar.

While it’s not eligible for any Oscars, it was nice to see Behind the Candelabra pick up two wins from the guild awards – Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries (Michael Douglas) and The David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television.

With only the WGA, DGA and BAFTA awards left (from the big awards), the Oscar race is certainly starting to have very clear favourites in some categories, while in others it is wide open.

Oh I do love award season!

The full list of SAG and PGA award winners (film/miniseries & TV Movie categories) are after the jump.

 

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Dec 122013
 

The first of the guilds, the Screen Actors Guild have announced their nominees for their annual awards, which will be handed out on January 18, 2014. As expected, 12 Years A Slave features prominently with nominations for ensemble, lead actor (Chiwetel Ejiofor), supporting actor (Michael Fassbender) and supporting actress (Lupita Nyong’o). American Hustle picks up an ensemble nomination, along with a supporting actress nod for Jennifer Lawrence, who in my opinion, is about the only reason the film is worth seeing. Somewhat surprisingly Forest Whitaker has picked up a nomination for The Butler, which also received an ensemble nomination and a much-deserved nomination for supporting actress, Oprah Winfrey.

The best actress nominees for the Academy Awards almost seem a lock, with Dench, Streep, Bullock, Thompson and Blanchett all receiving nominations. I’m yet to see Saving My Banks so I can’t comment on Thompson, but I wouldn’t have Dench in my line up. She’s good (i mean, she always is), but it wasn’t a memorable performance. Brie Larson for Short Term 12 would be my dream surprise nominee. The McConaughssance continues with Matthew McConaughey receiving a lead actor nomination for Dallas Buyers Club, which also received a nod for ensemble and supporting actor for Jared Leto. Tom Hanks receives a nomination for Captain Phillips, but not for Saving Mr Banks. I have to admit to being surprised to see Daniel Brühl nominated for Rush. He was good, but I can’t say his performance has stuck with me. Ditto for Gandolfini in Enough Said.

The surprise omissions? Surely Robert Redford for All Is Lost, who has been touted as a potential Oscar winner by many. Michael B. Jordan and Octavia Spencer have both been talked about for Fruitvale Station, but neither gets a look in here. No acting nominations for any of the cast from HerWolf of Wall Street or Inside Llewyn Davis.

The SAGs are a good indicator of Academy Award nominees, as usually most nominated for SAGs are also nominated for Academy Awards. There’s always still a chance for surprises though.

The full list of nominees are after the jump.

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Jan 282013
 

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The Producers and Actors guilds have each given our their annual awards in ceremonies held over the weekend, with Argo fearing well in both. The Academy Award nominee for Best Picture picked up (for producers Ben Affleck, George Clooney and Grant Heslov) won the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures at the PGA Awards; while at the SAG Awards, Argo took home the honours for best ensemble cast. The winner of the PGA award for best film has won the Best Picture Oscar the last 5 years in a row [source], and all but 7 times in the last 24 years. Is Argo a certainty? No, of course not, but it is making the race for the big one even more exciting.

Jennifer Lawrence strengthened her chances in the Best Actress race, taking home the SAG for her role in Silver Linings Playbook. Daniel Day-Lewis won the Best Actor SAG and seems to be a certainty to win the Best Actor Oscar for his role as Abraham Lincoln.

Full feature film winners from each of the respective guild awards are listed below.
 

PGA Awards

Film: Argo
Animated Feature: Wreck-it Ralph
Documentary: Searching for Sugar Man
 

SAG Awards

Male Actor in a Leading Role: Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)
Female Actor in a Leading Role: Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook)
Male Actor in a Supporting Role: Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln)
Female Actor in a Supporting Role: Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables)
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Argo

By Sam McCosh