What We Learn From the SAG Awards

Well we knew one thing right off the bat, as Avatar did not have a single nomination. In fact, of the top five contenders right now only three were up for Best Ensemble. After tonight it’s clear that the actors are behind Inglourious Basterds

This doesn’t actually gaurantee a win at the Oscars for the film, however. Even though the actors make up roughly 20% of the voting Academy members, the SAG winner for Best Ensemble has only coincided with the Best Picture at the Oscars 6 out of the last 14 years (they didn’t have a Best Ensemble award their first year). 

What is also still up in the air (no pun intended) is Best Actress. The SAGs have never had the same Actor or Actress win in the Film category two years in a row. Going in that had to hurt Meryl’s chances. And with a contender as popular within the industry as Sandra Bullock, Meryl’s chances of making history were slim at best. At this point this is the only acting race that isn’t clear when it comes to Oscar.


However, after tonight I think it’s pretty safe to say Jeff Bridges has it in the bag. The SAG winner has gone on to win Oscar 11 out of the last 15 year (12 if you count Benicio Del Toro, who won in 2000 for Best Actor in a Lead Role at the SAGs and then Best Supporting Actor at the Oscars).

Both Mo’Nique and Christoph continue to be gracious winners for the most decidedly deserved wins for in the Supporting category.

After tonight the race simmers down a little. Ballots were due for nominations before tonight’s winners were announced, so they’ll have no affect on who gets nom’d, but they may have one on who wins. We have to wait until February 2nd to find out who the nominees and after that what it comes down to now is campaigning. If your film is lucky enough to get nom’d, make sure all voting members have seen it before the final ballots are due. Convince them that your film is the right choice. Cross your fingers and hold your breath and see if on March 7th all your hard work pays off.

Here’s a full list of the SAG film award winners:

  • Best Ensemble — Inglourious Basterds
  • Best Actress — Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side
  • Best Actor — Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart
  • Best Supporting Actor — Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds
  • Best Supporting Actress — Mo’Nique, Precious
  • Best Stunt Ensemble — Star Trek

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Posted on January 23, 2010, in Precursors, SAGs, the Academy Awards and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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