Oscars: Golden Globes and SAG Add to a Wide Open Season

spotlight-mark-ruffalo-rachel-mcadams-600x466What a crazy two days it has been.  Nominations for the SAG Awards and Golden Globes were announced and made more than few heads spin.  Completely changing the landscape of a couple of categories, while solidifying some others accordingly.  Let’s try to digest it all (at least some of it):

SAG made jaws drop with some of their choices.  In Cast Ensemble, they opted for some of the suspected films like Open Road’s “Spotlight,” Paramount Pictures’ “The Big Short,” and even Universal Pictures’ “Straight Outta Compton,” which we knew was performing very well with voters and is heavily admired.  Not sure how could foresee the inclusion of Netflix’s “Beasts of No Nation” and Bleecker Street’s “Trumbo” making the cut, especially over presumed lock “The Martian” from 20th Century Fox.  Some have looked back to the 2007 lineup when “No Country for Old Men” was running the gauntlet on critics and industry voters and SAG placed films like “3:10 to Yuma,” “American Gangster,” and “Hairspray” along side it, three movies that had no shot at a Best Picture nod.  While you can make the argument that four of these films may be considered longshots, this is happening at a time where the year is ending and AMPAS will return home to watch their pile of screeners with their families.  This has definitely enticed them to pop in “Trumbo,” a film that can heavily appeal to an Academy voter and “The Big Short,” another movie that could carry some weight.

Best Actor is looking more and more made for Leonardo DiCaprio for his extraordinary work in “The Revenant.”  Scoring both SAG and Golden Globes has solidified his case.  It does hurt his co-star Tom Hardy, who missed both mentions.  In all fairness, the entire Supporting Actor race has been thrown into flux.  No men from “Spotlight” has been nominated yet, more specifically Michael Keaton and Mark Ruffalo, who we all assumed would easily make the lineup, if not be the frontrunners.  There’s an easy to explain it.  It becomes like a “Team Jacob/Team Edward” situation.  There are those who believe one is far and away the better performer in the film while there’s another group who believe the exact opposite.  It’s also been learned that members of the HFPA even voted for either Liev Schreiber and/or Stanley Tucci. It’s interesting that the only female performer in the film Rachel McAdams managed the SAG lineup but missed out on the Golden Globes when contenders like Alicia Vikander and Rooney Mara were out of the way.

On the women’s side, Helen Mirren has emerged as a possible double nominee for her work in “Woman in Gold” and “Trumbo,” and in the case of the latter, I think its going to peak its head at the end of the day.  There’s also the possibility of frontrunners Rooney Mara (possibly making a play in lead) and Alicia Vikander splitting with herself for both “The Danish Girl” and “Ex Machina.”  What a day that would be if both were missing from supporting, eh?  In the Lead Actress race, it is shaping up to be a death match between “Room’sBrie Larson and “Brooklyn’sSaoirse Ronan, both of which are running the gauntlet in critics prizes.  “Room” has been performing very well on the nomination front while “Brooklyn” hasn’t been popping up at the places we thought it would particularly Best Picture (Drama) at the Globes.

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