Screen Actors Guild Awards 2015: Seven things to watch for

26 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘The Lego Movie,’ ‘Birdman’ nab Producers Guild of America Awards.

LOS ANGELES ( — The 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards should offer a low-key preview to the Academy Awards and a chance for favorites to begin polishing up their acceptance speeches.

LOS ANGELES: Dark comedy “Birdman” took home best movie at the Producers Guild Awards Saturday, boosting its status ahead of the much-anticipated Oscars next month. 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. 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.

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.

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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