OSCAR CIRCUIT: The Screen Actors Guild Awards ready to weigh in as one of the most influential and telling groups that lead to the Oscars.  Before diving deep into the final thoughts, a few notes on some of the big winners from the last two weeks of precursor awards.

Regina King emerged out of this first wave of winners and nominations, cemented as the leading contender for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her work in “If Beale Street Could Talk.” She came away with the “trifecta” – depending on which awards pundit you speak to, this is defined as winning all three awards at the National Board of Review, New York Film Critics Circle, and Los Angeles Film Critics Association.  King is the first actress to pull off the feat in this category since Penélope Cruz in 2008 for “Vicky Cristina Barcelona.”  Cruz would go on to win the Oscar.

The only other actresses to pull off the feat were Meryl Streep (1977 for “Kramer vs. Kramer”), Anjelica Huston (1985 for “Prizzi’s Honor”), Judy Davis (1992 for “Husbands and Wives”), Amy Ryan (2007 for “Gone Baby Gone”), and the aforementioned Cruz.  Three of those five won Oscars.  As you can see from the list, Regina King is also the first woman of color to achieve this status, and only the second PERSON of color overall, following Forest Whitaker’s historic victories in 2006 for “The Last King of Scotland.”  Whitaker would also go on to win the Academy Award for Best Actor.

King, who is fresh off winning her third Emmy award for her work in Netflix’s “Seven Seconds” is basking in the glow of a consistent and talented actress who is finally getting her due.  The Oscar is hers to lose.

Worth noting, and can’t be applied to SAG since they don’t recognize animated films but if there has ever been a year where Disney/Pixar could be taken down, this looks to be the year as “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” has outperformed all expectations and could be on the road to an Oscar for Sony Animation.  Until proven otherwise, we’ll reserve caution but this could be the year for Spidey.

With all that said, final SAG Predictions are down below, but if you want to see who the next in line are and the actual rankings of them, visit The Circuit Hub.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A CAST ENSEMBLE

  • Black Panther” (Marvel)
  • Crazy Rich Asians” (Warner Bros.)
  • The Favourite” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
  • If Beale Street Could Talk” (Annapurna Pictures)
  • A Star is Born” (Warner Bros.)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

  • Christian Bale, “Vice”
  • Bradley Cooper, “A Star is Born”
  • Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody”
  • Viggo Mortensen, “Green Book”
  • Robert Redford, “The Old Man & the Gun”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

  • Emily Blunt, “Mary Poppins Returns”
  • Glenn Close, “The Wife”
  • Toni Collette, “Hereditary”
  • Olivia Colman, “The Favourite”
  • Lady Gaga, “A Star is Born”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

  • Mahershala Ali, “Green Book”
  • Adam Driver, “BlackKklansman”
  • Sam Elliott, “A Star is Born”
  • Richard E. Grant, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
  • Russell Hornsby, “The Hate U Give”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

  • Claire Foy, “First Man”
  • Regina King, “If Beale Street Could Talk”
  • Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie, “Leave No Trace”
  • Emma Stone, “The Favourite”
  • Rachel Weisz, “The Favourite”

BEST STUNT ENSEMBLE

  • Avengers: Infinity War” (Marvel)
  • Black Panther” (Marvel)
  • First Man” (Universal Pictures)
  • Mary Poppins Returns” (Walt Disney Pictures)
  • Mission: Impossible – Fallout” (Paramount Pictures)

What do you think of REGINA KING’s Oscar chances?  What are your SAG Predictions?  Comment below!

Be sure to check out the Official Oscar Predictions Page to see where this year’s films and performances rank among the contenders!