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Analysis: ‘Birdman’ adds plot twist at PGA awards

25 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘Birdman’? ‘Boyhood’? SAG Awards to offer Oscar preview.

The Lego Movie might have been overlooked by the Academy Awards, but it didn’t get the same treatment from the Producers Guild of America: The film won the award for best animated feature at Saturday’s Producers Guild of America Awards. Picking up unbackable odds in the region of 1/8 at most bookies, Richard Linklater’s Boyhood looked to be marching unimpeded to the best film Oscar in February. Next in the long march of award season, the Screen Actors Guild Awards is the only trophy show where actors (or at least, anyone in the SAG-AFTRA union) vote for each other in movie and TV categories.

The win delivers needed momentum to Alejandro Inarritu’s showbiz romp following its upset loss to “The Grand Budapest Hotel” in the Golden Globes’ comedy category earlier this month. You might recognize it because the ceremony always starts with charming anecdotes from stars about why they decided to become actors — it’s also the one that awards casting ensembles. Vying for the evening’s top honor, best ensemble, are: “Birdman,” ”Boyhood,” ”The Grand Budapest Hotel,” ”The Imitation Game” and “The Theory of Everything.” Because actors make up the largest portion of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, the SAG Awards are considered one of the most telling Oscar previews.

Last year, the top four winners — Matthew McConaughey, Cate Blanchett, Lupita Nyong’o, Jared Leto — all went on to win Academy Awards after first scooping up SAG awards. You can also use the Watch TNT and Watch TBS apps for iOS or Android, though for that option, you must sign in with a TV service provider user name and password. Best actor is harder to call, with Michael Keaton (“Birdman”) seen as the front-runner and Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”) close behind. It was Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman that took the Darryl F Zanuck Award last night. “They want me to talk so that I make you laugh with my bad English,” Iñárritu said. “On behalf of all of us, our only ambition was to make a risky and experimental exploration of the cinematic language, of an artist’s complexity played by the incredible Michael Keaton.” Inevitably, the Guild shares quite a few members with the Academy. As for TV, ABC’s “Modern Family” got lots of love, but HBO dominated per usual with noms for “Game of Thrones,” “True Detective,” “The Normal Heart” and “Boardwalk Empire.” E! is on it.

In the last six years, SAG best-ensemble and Academy Award best-picture winners have lined up three times (“Argo,” ”The King’s Speech” and “Slumdog Millionaire”), while diverging just as often. SAG does award an ensemble prize — their slightly cobbled-together notion of a best film — but, with a small cast and few bravura turns, Boyhood was never seen as a likely contender.

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