The Screen Actors Guild will unveil their winners this Sunday night simultaneously on TBS and TNT. As a very good indicator for what can happen at the Oscars, all eyes will be on the actors to see what and who they crown. As a group, the SAG mania can be overtly misleading. In 2003, the Best Actor race was down to then three-time nominee Sean Penn for Mystic River and first-time nominee Bill Murray for Lost in Translation. Both gentlemen had won their Golden Globe categories respectively before being trumped over at the Screen Actors Guild Awards by pop culture tornado of Johnny Depp who had just received his first Oscar and SAG nominations for Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. If anything Depp winning just proved that Murray would surely lose because any votes going to a comedy performance will be split between the two. Penn emerged victorious on Oscar night.
Last year, Oscar-winner George Clooney had started building momentum and seemed nearly assured to win his second Oscar for Alexander Payne’s The Descendants. Clooney had won the Critics Choice and Golden Globe awards but on the night of the SAG awards, he lost to Jean Dujardin in the eventual Best Picture winner, The Artist. Those last three weeks of the season catapulted Dujardin to the forefront and the little-known French actor beat out megastars Clooney and Brad Pitt. I can’t help but think Daniel Day-Lewis could suffer the same fate on Sunday.
Day-Lewis has won two SAG awards thus far for There Will Be Blood (2007) and Gangs of New York (2002) and while Lincoln is making a strong case for itself to be a big winner on the night, there is a huge amount of popularity surrounding Hugh Jackman among fellow actors. His performance in Les Miserables is the actor’s finest work and it may be one of those times that voters may feel this is the only opportunity to reward him. You can make the same case for Bradley Cooper, who delivers the best performance in the group in my humble opinion, and who knows if Cooper can deliver the goods like this again. I’d keep an eye on both of those good-looking movie stars to stop DDL in his tracks.
Of the Female Actor categories, Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Lawrence will be making a pull for them to jump ahead in their race. Zero Dark Thirty has a lot of vocal protesters declaring that the film will not receive any votes and encourages fellow voters to do the same. I was speaking with Staff Writer Michael Ward yesterday and both seem to think in a year of five, Zero Dark Thirty may not have made the cut. The film, as previously stated in past Oscar Circuits, is too controversial though an amazing work of cinema. David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook is on a whole other level right now. The film managed eight Academy Award nominations, is being pushed by the Weinstein Company, and is building serious momentum at the right time. Though the film is problematic in spots, most critics and audiences cite the fantastic performances of its wonderful ensemble of talented actors. Lawrence can become either the sole representation for the film or get the ball rolling for a potential sweep.
In the Supporting categories, Anne Hathaway, who I believe is being a tad overexposed at the moment, should be able to pull in her win for Les Miserables with no problem. If Hathaway were to lose, which is possible, two-time Oscar-winner Sally Field has only won a SAG award once for her role on ABC’s “Brothers and Sisters” in 2009, and some may want to throw one to her at this stage in her career. On the Male Actor side, any of the five supporting men can reign supreme. The fact that Javier Bardem is there is beyond my comprehension but his inclusion is telling and they obviously liked him/like Skyfall. Alan Arkin won a SAG award along with his cast members of Little Miss Sunshine but didn’t win his individual category. If Argo is going for an unprecedented upset at the Oscars, an Arkin win along with Cast Ensemble would place it firmly in position to do so.
Not realizing, this is the first time Robert DeNiro has received an individual SAG nomination in his illustrious career. His only other citation was part of the cast of Marvin’s Room (1996). If they feel this is their opportunity to reward his terrific career and his welcome back, DeNiro may find himself winning over presumed frontrunner Tommy Lee Jones and SAG favorite Philip Seymour Hoffman.
The predictions for the categories are down below and don’t be afraid to include your own in the comment section. Also, don’t forget to join us for our LIVE blog on Sunday night beginning at 7:30 pm Eastern Time.
Prediction: Silver Linings Playbook
Best Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Prediction: Daniel Day-Lewis for Lincoln
Alternate: Hugh Jackman for Les Miserables
Surprise: Bradley Cooper for Silver Linings Playbook
Prediction: Jessica Chastain for Zero Dark Thirty
Alternate: Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook
Surprise: Naomi Watts for The Impossible
Best Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Prediction: Robert DeNiro for Silver Linings Playbook
Alternate: Tommy Lee Jones for Lincoln
Surprise: Philip Seymour Hoffman for The Master
Best Performance by a Female Actor in Supporting Role
Prediction: Anne Hathaway for Les Miserables
Alternate: Sally Field for Lincoln
Surprise: Nicole Kidman for The Paperboy
Alternate: Downton Abbey
Surprise: Breaking Bad
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Prediction: Modern Family
Alternate: 30 Rock
Surprise: The Office
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Prediction: Damien Lewis for Homeland
Alternate: Bryan Cranston for Breaking Bad
Surprise: Jon Hamm for Mad Men
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Prediction: Claire Danes for Homeland
Alternate: Maggie Smith for Downton Abbey
Surprise: Jessica Lange for American Horror Story: Asylum
Prediction: Louie C.K. for Louie
Alternate: Alec Baldwin for 30 Rock
Surprise: Ty Burrell for Modern Family
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Prediction: Amy Poehler for Parks and Recreation
Alternate: Tina Fey for 30 Rock
Surprise: Sofia Vergara for Modern Family
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Mini-Series
Prediction: Kevin Costner for Hatfields & McCoys
Alternate: Ed Harris for Game Change
Surprise: Woody Harrelson for Game Change
Prediction: Julianne Moore for Game Change
Alternate: Nicole Kidman for Hemingway & Gelhorn
Surprise: Sigourney Weaver for Political Animals
Comment and discuss your predictions!