The SAGs are coming! The SAGs are coming! No, but seriously, they’re coming…like today.
A quick tidbit of wisdom for you about the Screen Actors Guild—the SAGs are not like the Golden Globes or the Academy Awards, which have associations and academies casting the votes and making the winner selections. The Screen Actors Guild is an actor union, so the people within the union cast the votes for these awards. Basically, it’s going to be a popularity contest that will show us who the actors respect and don’t respect. God, I love the gossip possibilities.
Here are some quick links to all of the SAG nominated films I’ve seen with their reviews, in case you need to catch up on some of these films before the SAGs (If it seems like there are less compared to my Globes list, that’s because these are, as I said, awards for actors only):
So for each category below, I will highlight two in the nominee list: orange will be my first guess, and green will be my second guess. Please note: I will only be discussing the films portion of the SAGs nominations in my predictions, as I don’t keep up with all of the nominated television shows. I will write a follow-up post after the SAGs to discuss whether or not I was right about my predictions and comment on the overall show. Here we go!
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
- The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
- Les Misérables
- Silver Linings Playbook
WHY: Although I think Les Misérables should be my first pick, I’m going with Argo. Ben Affleck’s been getting a lot of love since his Oscar snub. Argo won Best Picture and Best Director at the Golden Globes, and all of the actors gave Affleck a standing ovation when he won Best Director at the Critics’ Choice Awards. So I’m confident with Argo on this one.
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
- Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
- Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
- John Hawkes, The Sessions
- Hugh Jackman, Les Misérables
- Denzel Washington, Flight
WHY: This one is tough. I think it would be great if Hugh Jackman nabbed this award, but I have a feeling Daniel Day-Lewis is just too awesome to beat.
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
- Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
- Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone
- Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
- Helen Mirren, Hitchcock
- Naomi Watts, The Impossible
WHY: I’m really curious about this one. I still think Lawrence is the top choice with Chastain being the second, but I have a feeling this one could be an upset. All of these other actresses are much older and more experienced than Jennifer Lawrence, and they might choose to honor someone older. If, however, the actors voted for the actress with the better performance, than it’ll be Lawrence.
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
- Alan Arkin, Argo
- Javier Bardem, Skyfall
- Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook
- Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
- Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
WHY: I thought about choosing Philip Seymour Hoffman as my first choice, but I have a feeling there’s going to be some love for Robert De Niro, as he hasn’t been nominated for a role in a while.
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
- Sally Field, Lincoln
- Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables
- Helen Hunt, The Sessions
- Nicole Kidman, The Paperboy
- Maggie Smith, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
WHY: Is this one a no-brainer? I think so. Anne Hathaway will get it.
The Screen Actors Guild Awards will be live Sunday, Jan. 27th on TNT and TBS at 8pm E/7pm C.
If you have any predictions about the nominated films, actors, actresses, etc., please discuss them in the comments below! I’d love to hear what you think!