Sunday, January 19, 2014

20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Winners

Last night the guild had their awards ceremony and to my surprise show was entertaining as was very fluid plus oriented only to give awards, allow winners to speak, presenters had good sketches and was fun in general.

Now Oscar categories like Actress in a Leading Role and Actor in a Supporting Role seem to be locked into SAG winners, if Blanchett or Leno does not win Oscar it will be a major upset. What many believe was also a sure thing, Actress in a Supporting Role, seem is no longer as with Lupita Nyong'o win maker her a contender and a race between her and Jennifer Lawrence. But perhaps there is no other category more different to what critics honor and what is starting to happen in larger awards, including last night, as Matthew McConaughey is beating Chiwetel Ejiofor in Actor in a Leading Role.

This year I am not really sure what the Cast win means or translates into Oscar as what it seems a growing trend (including last night 5,000+ Academy voters result) could be misleading just because there is one movie that has good Oscar possibilities but has NO cast. I'm talking about Gravity with one actor performance that when all Academy members vote Gravity will get votes which could allow 12 Years a Slave to jump pass American Hustle and Gravity. That is a possibility that could be cleared tonight when PGA announces the Darryl F. Zanuck award where we will learn if it was a three way race or not.

Winners are in *BLUE. To check winners in all categories go Official Site.

A few minutes ago the first guild announced their nominations for theatrical Motion Pictures and Television with a few surprises but most were expected, at least by me. Most interesting are the nods for The Butler that at least in those critics groups that have announced their winners or nominations was remarkably absent but here gets 3 nominations out of 5 possible; still, not surprising, 12 Years a Slave leads with 4 as the only category with no nods is Leading Female Actor.

Leading Female Actor category looks and feels like what I can imagine will be same category in Oscars as yes, I imagine that Meryl Streep HAS to get another nomination for her always outstanding performances in dramas and now definitively her movie got a big boost in the award season. From five nominees any can win the award as all are excellent actresses and to my huge surprise film and Sandra Bullock's performance in Gravity was truly outstanding. In supporting female actor category had no idea that Oprah had a supporting role, so was kind of a surprise to find her there.

Also surprising is the absence of Robert Redford in lead male actor and the biggest pleasant surprise is to find Daniel Bruhl nominated for supporting male actor as I have much enjoyed his performances in many European movies.

As we know awards history says that it is almost "impossible" to win a Best Picture Oscar without a SAG ensemble nod, BUT this year could be the exception as Gravity got no ensemble nod but surely will get an Oscar nod to maybe win the category. Most notable is the absence of The Wolf of Wall Street but many are saying that NOT many people have seen it, so it is suffering with the early announcements.

Life Achievement Award this year goes to Rita Moreno.

Theatrical Motion Pictures

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

12 Years a Slave
Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Garret Dillahunt, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Paul Giamatti, Scoot McNairy, Lupita Nyong'O, Adepero Oduye, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt, Michael Kenneth Williams, and Alfre Woodard.

*American Hustle
Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Louis C.K., Bradley Cooper, Paul Herman, Jack Huston, Jennifer Lawrence, Alessandro Nivola, Michael Pena, Jeremy Renner Elisabeth Rohm, and Shea Whigham.

August: Osage County
Abigail Breslin, Chris Cooper, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis, Margo Martindale, Ewan McGregor, Dermot Mulroney, Julianne Nicholson, Julia Roberts, Sam Shepard, Meryl Streep, and Misty Upham.

Dallas Buyers Club
Jennifer Garner, Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto, Denis O'Hare, Dallas Roberts, and Steve Zahn.

Lee Daniels' The Butler
Mariah Carey, John Cusack, Jane Fonda, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Terrence Howard, Lenny Kravitz, James Marsden, David Oyelowo, Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Redgrave, Alan Rickman, Liev Schreiber, Forrest Whitaker, Robin Williams, and Oprah Winfrey.

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
*Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock in Gravity
Judi Dench in Philomena
Meryl Streep in August: Osage County
Emma Thompson in Saving Mr. Banks

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Jennifer Lawrence in American Hutle
*Lupita Nyong'O in 12 Years a Slave
Julia Roberts in August: Osage County
June Squibb in Nebraska
Oprah Winfrey in Lee Daniels' The Butler

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Bruce Dern in Nebraska
Chiwetel Eijofor in 12 Years a Slave
Tom Hanks in Captain Phillips
*Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club
Forest Whitaker in Lee Daniels' The Butler

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Barkhad Abdi in Captain Phillips
Daniel Bruhl in Rush
Michael Fassbender in 12 Years a Slave
James Gandolfini in Enough Said
*Jared Leto in Dallas Buyers Club

To check the Television and stunt nominations go Official Site. Wish only to comment that believe is the first year that Julianna Margulies is not nominated in Drama Series which is a shame as this season her Good Wife characters is back with excellent performances. Most surprising is that Masters of Sex got no actors' performances love but I'm sure that this award season will get lots of love from other awards.

The 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be simulcast live nationally on TNT and TBS on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 at 8 p.m. (ET)/5 p.m. (PT) from the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center. An encore performance will air immediately following on TNT at 10 p.m. (ET)/7 p.m. (PT). A live stream of the SAG Awards can also be viewed online through the TBS and TNT websites, as well as through the Watch TBS and Watch TNT apps for iOS or Android. (Viewers must sign in using their TV provider user name and password in order to view the live stream.)

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