The race to this year’s Oscars just became far less interesting and much more predictable.
The SAG Awards contained no real surprises. While some were expecting that either Birdman‘s Michael Keaton or The Imitation Game‘s Benedict Cumberbatch would upset the odds and win, that didn’t happen.
Eddie Redmayne, Julianne Moore, J.K Simmons and Patricia Arquette all took home statues. All four actors were already favourites to win at next month’s Academy Awards, and now that they have been honoured by the Screen Actors Guild, it’s almost certain that the Academy will follow suit (SAG members make up a significant voting bloc at the Academy).
The likes of Mark Ruffalo, Ed Norton, Michael Keaton, and Reese Witherspoon will have to do some serious campaigning if they are to sway Academy voters between now and February 22nd. Expect to see even more of those annoying For Your Consideration adverts in the trade papers.
The complete list of winners:
Best Actress in a Comedy Series: Uzo Aduba for Orange is the New Black
Best Actor in a Comedy Series: William H.Macy for Shameless
Best Ensemble Cast of a Comedy Series: Orange is the New Black
Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette for Boyhood
Best Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons for Whiplash
Best Actor in a Television Movie or Mini-Series: Mark Ruffalo for The Normal Heart
Best Actress in a Television Movie or Mini-Series: Frances McDormand for Olive Kitteridge
Best Actor in a Television Role: Kevin Spacey for House of Cards
Best Actress in a Television Series: Viola Davis for How To Get Away With Murder
Outstanding Ensemble in a Drama Series: Downton Abbey
Best Actor in a Leading Role: Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything
Best Actress in a Leading Role: Julianne Moore for Still Alice
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Birdman