BIRDMAN Takes Top Prize at SAG Awards; Eddie Redmayne Wins Best Actor

     January 26, 2015

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The SAG Awards were held last night, and Birdman continued its resurgence after winning the Best Picture PGA Award the night before (in an admittedly unexpected turn of events).  That Birdman won the Best Ensemble trophy at the SAG Awards was less surprising.  It always felt like a bit of a foregone conclusion that the film filled with incredibly talented actors, playing actors, in a movie about acting, would do very well with the Screen Actors Guild.  However, Best Ensemble was the only award Birdman won for the night, as The Theory of Everything star Eddie Redmayne made it clear that he is a formidable opponent to Michael Keaton for the Best Actor trophy.  The rest of the film awards were fairly familiar, as frontrunners Julianne Moore, Patricia Arquette, and J.K. Simmons all added to their already impressive trove of acting awards for Still Alice, Boyhood, and Whiplash, respectively.

So what does this mean for the Oscars?  Well traditionally the SAG Best Ensemble award isn’t an incredibly solid predictor of the Best Picture Oscar.  Previous SAG winners include Inglourious Basterds, The Help, and American Hustle, giving folks a bit of false hope when it came to Oscar glory.  However, the likelihood of the SAG Best Ensemble winner taking home the Best Picture trophy is much better when combined with a PGA Award, which Birdman has.  I’m still sticking to my guns so I think Boyhood continues to be the frontrunner, but this certainly isn’t the over-and-done-with race many thought it was a few weeks ago.

the-theory-of-everything-image-eddie-redmayneI’ll have more analysis on the state of the race in a new Oscar Beat column once I return from Sundance.  For now, check out the full list of SAG Awards winners in film below.  Click here for the TV winners.

THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
EDDIE REDMAYNE / Stephen Hawking – “THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING” (Focus Features)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
JULIANNE MOORE / Alice Howland – “STILL ALICE” (Sony Pictures Classics)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
PATRICIA ARQUETTE / Olivia – “BOYHOOD” (IFC Films)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
J.K. SIMMONS / Fletcher – “WHIPLASH” (Sony Pictures Classics)

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
BIRDMAN (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
ZACH GALIFIANAKIS / Jake
MICHAEL KEATON / Riggan
EDWARD NORTON / Mike
ANDREA RISEBOROUGH / Laura
AMY RYAN / Sylvia
EMMA STONE / Sam
NAOMI WATTS / Lesley

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