Well that didn’t help.
That’s what Oscar prognosticators were thinking when Emily Blunt won the Female Supporting Actor Award for A Quiet Place. In doing so, she became only the second winner in the 25 year history of the Screen Actors Guild Awards to not even be nominated for an Oscar in the same category. (The first was in 2015, when Oscar snubbed Idris Elba won Supporting Male Actor for Beasts of No Nation.)
For pundits looking to SAG as a major tea leaf for who’ll win on Oscar night, the Blunt win only confused evolving awards season narratives.
In less shocking fashion yet still an upset, Rami Malek took Male Actor in a Leading Role honors for his turn as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, beating out the perceived Oscar favorite Christian Bale for Vice. In doing so, Malek won for a singing performance in which he lip synced while Bradley Cooper, who actually sang his songs in A Star Is Born, was left as an also-ran.
Capping off the night was one last worthy surprise: Black Panther winning Best Cast, SAG’s Best Picture equivalent. (The Marvel blockbuster also won for Best Stunt Ensemble.) That’s a hit for fellow Best Picture Oscar nominees BlacKkKlansman, Bohemian Rhapsody, and A Star Is Born.
So what does that all mean for predicting the Academy Awards? Perhaps not as much confusion as it may appear. The SAG voting body is much bigger and more populist than the Academy acting branch. (Case in point: Emily Blunt had two nominations from SAG this year but zero from the Academy.) SAG membership spans the country while Academy voters are mostly centered in the L.A. and New York industries.
Consequently, the Malek win here makes sense for the hugely popular Bohemian Rhapsody. However, I wouldn’t expect a lip sync performance to get top honors with the more discerning Academy. (I’m still betting on Bale or Cooper.)
Likewise, and for similar reasons, as much as I’d love to see a Black Panther Best Picture win, don’t hold your breath. Of the SAG nominees, it’s BlacKkKlansman and A Star Is Born that are still the strongest Best Pic contenders, with BlacKkKlansman holding the edge.
And what to make of that Emily Blunt stunner? Ironically, it probably means that Regina King, who wasn’t even SAG nominated, is now the Best Supporting Actress frontrunner (joining Close and Ali for their respective races). Despite the SAG snub, Oscar nominee King dominated the critics group awards for her supporting standout work in If Beale Street Could Talk, while also taking the same prize at the Golden Globes and Critics Choice Awards.
The 25th Screen Actors Guild Awards were handed out live on Sunday January 27, 2019, with host Megan Mullally.
SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARD WINNERS
Films of 2018
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
WINNER: Black Panther
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
WINNER: Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
WINNER: Glenn Close, The Wife
– Emily Blunt, Mary Poppins Returns
– Olivia Colman, The Favourite
– Lady Gaga ,A Star Is Born
– Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
WINNER: Mahershala Ali, Green Book
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
WINNER: Emily Blunt, A Quiet Place
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
WINNER: Black Panther
– Ant-Man and the Wasp
– Avengers: Infinity War
– The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
– Mission: Impossible – Fallout
54th Life Achievement Recipient
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