The SAG Awards are usually a great way to determine the front-runner for the Oscars of that year, but this time there were more impressive wins that previously discussed. With such a non-definitive year in cinema the possible winners for the Oscars could indeed be different from the SAG Winners, but it’s possible that the SAG Winners are a predictor for who will take home the gold at the Academy Awards.
From the winners shown below, this may be what we see some of the major film categories look like. Besides Hidden Figures taking home best Ensemble Cast which is the equivalent to Best-Picture at the Oscars, there are some pretty notable wins from last night. Mahershala Ali was my dark horse for the Oscar for Best-Supporting Actor, but now he may jump to my front-runner.
Denzel taking home the statue last night also makes me wonder how much of a favorite Casey Affleck can be as of now. Sexual assault accusations never help anyone in life, but it makes you wonder if that’s affected his chances. That being said, Denzel was damn good in Fences and definitely brought more depth to his role compared to Affleck. Heck, even Denzel in his acceptance speech said he thought the “young man” was going to get the award and pointed towards Affleck.
The one winner I’m most excited about is Emma Stone. La La Land is unmatched as my favorite film of the year as well as being the overall best film made in 2016. Her win last proves, one, she’s absolutely adorable and incredibly funny, and two, her performance made as much an impact on other people as it did on me. She acted as an actor in a musical where she sang and danced live alongside an incredibly talented Ryan Gosling and still stole the spotlight. That’s nothing short of impressive. In the end, I think the SAG’s may prove to be yet again another accurate depiction of what is yet to come at the Oscars this coming month.
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
*** WINNER: Hidden Figures
Manchester by the Sea
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
Ryan Gosling, La La Land
Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic
*** WINNER: Denzel Washington, Fences
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Amy Adams, Arrival
Emily Blunt, The Girl on the Train
Natalie Portman, Jackie
*** WINNER: Emma Stone, La La Land
Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
*** WINNER: Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
Hugh Grant, Florence Foster Jenkins
Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea
Dev Patel, Lion
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
*** WINNER: Viola Davis, Fences
Naomie Harris, Moonlight
Nicole Kidman, Lion
Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea