The SAG Awards handed out their prizes on Sunday night and gave a nitro boost to “Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri.” As a whole, the major precursor that has become a strong indicator for the Academy Awards was pretty standard.  The Fox Searchlight film won 3 prizes for Cast Ensemble, Lead Actress for Frances McDormand, and Supporting Actor for Sam RockwellAllison Janney took home Supporting Actress for her work in “I, Tonya” while Gary Oldman continued his steamroll for his turn in “Darkest Hour.”

As Oscar nominations sit less than 36 hours away, all pundits and awards enthusiasts are looking for signs of changing tide or just staying the status quo.  It’s not that easy as we’ve learned year after year.  “The Shape of Water” is walking into Tuesday’s announcement with PGA and Critics Choice wins while “Three Billboards” seems comfortable with Golden Globe and SAG prizes.  “Get Out” leads the season precursors while “Lady Bird” is right behind including a Golden Globe win in Comedy/Musical.

It’s interesting how the precursor leaders haven’t been able to capitalize on their early support which is just another example to the vocal community during the first week of December, that nothing matters until the Oscar voters get to voting. Laurie Metcalf won the most critic prizes for any actor this year with 23 citations thus far for her work in “Lady Bird” while Willem Dafoe put up an impressive 21 wins for “The Florida Project.”  In the case of the latter, Dafoe is the first person to win NBR, NYFCC, and LAFCA wins since Jack Nicholson in 1983 for “Terms of Endearment,” who went on to win his second Academy Award in Supporting Actor.  On the televised shows, neither have been able to catch on in place of Rockwell and Janney who are heavily the “comic reliefs” of their films.

Even with this said, we could be in store for a shock or two on Oscar morning and we all must prepare.  I spent the weekend watching the Oscar nominations announcements dating all the way back to 1990 and the gasps and shocks when names like Benh Zeitlin (“Beasts of the Southern Wild”), Tommy Lee Jones (“In the Valley of Elah”), Djimon Hounsou (“In America”), Laura Linney (“The Savages”), and Edward Norton (“American History X”) are read when other names like Kathryn Bigelow/Ben Affleck, Emile Hirsch, Peter Sarsgaard, Angelina Jolie, and Jim Carrey are expected in their place is remarkable.

We press on, looking for that big snub or indicator that we nailed the winner in any category.  As it looks now, “Three Billboards” looks poised to win Picture, Actress, Supporting Actor, and Original Screenplay while “The Shape of Water” could win Director, Production Design, Score, and maybe one or both of the sounds.  This is just a hunch and it can change after the nominations are read.

Check out the full list of winners below as well as the final Oscar Predictions.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES:
William H. Macy, “Shameless”
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES:
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ENSEMBLE IN A COMEDY SERIES:
Veep
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE:
Allison Janney, “I, Tonya”
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE:
Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri”
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A TELEVISION MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES:
Alexander Skarsgard, “Big Little Lies”
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A TELEVISION MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES:
Nicole Kidman, “Big Little Lies”
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD:
Morgan Freeman
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES:
Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us”
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES:
Claire Foy, “The Crown”
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ENSEMBLE IN A DRAMA SERIES:
This Is Us
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE:
Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE:
Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri”
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ENSEMBLE IN A MOTION PICTURE:
Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

CLICK THE CATEGORY TO SEE THE OSCAR PREDICTIONS:

MOTION PICTURE | DIRECTOR |
LEAD ACTOR | LEAD ACTRESS | SUPPORTING ACTOR | SUPPORTING ACTRESS | 
ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY | ADAPTED SCREENPLAY | ANIMATED FEATURE |
PRODUCTION DESIGN | CINEMATOGRAPHY | COSTUME DESIGN | FILM EDITING | MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING | SOUND MIXING | SOUND EDITING | VISUAL EFFECTS |
ORIGINAL SCORE | ORIGINAL SONG |
FOREIGN LANGUAGE | DOCUMENTARY FEATURE |

ANIMATED SHORT | DOCUMENTARY SHORT | LIVE ACTION SHORT |

 

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