22nd Screen Actors Guild Awards; my thoughts on the winners in films’ categories.
The 22nd Screen Actors Guild Awards (commonly referred to as SAG) was held last weekend to honour the best of both Hollywood films and TV series in 2015. This is the third of the annual ‘Big Five’ movie awards with the other four being the concluded Golden Globes and Critics Choice and the upcoming BAFTA and the prestigious Oscars. As usual, I won’t be posting up the list of winners for the TV categories. I’m only into the films’ section of which there is not much surprise to the result.
Outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture
“Beasts of No Nation”
“The Big Short”
“Straight Outta Compton”
Opinion: From earlier on, people already see it as a fight between ‘The Big Short’ and ‘Spotlight’. Either of them win is very much expected. I didn’t see ‘The Big Short’ yet but I do heard of good reviews for the movie, but still not as better as ‘Spotlight’. Hence, ‘Spotlight’ won. However, I don’t really enjoy watching ‘Spotlight’ and it’s not a best picture material for me.
Outstanding performance by a male actor in a leading role
Bryan Cranston, “Trumbo”
Johnny Depp, “Black Mass”
Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Revenant”*
Michael Fassbender, “Steve Jobs”
Eddie Redmayne, “The Danish Girl”
Opinion: This is Leo’s 9th nomination in SAG Awards and he had never win before. Everyone would have gone crazy if he couldn’t win it this time. He is long overdue and totally deserved the award this year for his excellent performance in ‘The Revenant’. The other nominees were all splendid too, but it’s Leo’s year. Nobody can take anything away from him.
Outstanding performance by a female actor in a leading role
Cate Blanchett, “Carol”
Brie Larson, “Room”*
Helen Mirren, “Woman in Gold”
Saoirse Ronan, “Brooklyn”
Sarah Silverman, “I Smile Back”
Opinion: Another very much expected result as Brie Larson had already taking home many best actress prizes for her marvelous portrayal of a mother in ‘Room’. I love this movie a lot and she totally shined in this role. Having Helen Mirren and Sarah Silverman in this category is quite surprising and I’m certainly sure they won’t win.
Outstanding performance by a male actor in a supporting role
Christian Bale, “The Big Short”
Idris Elba, “Beasts of No Nation”*
Mark Rylance, “Bridge of Spies”
Michael Shannon, “99 Homes”
Jacob Tremblay, “Room”
Opinion: This is a surprise. Idris Elba didn’t get nominated in the coming Oscars but win here ultimately, defeating even the Oscar nominees, Christian Bale and Mark Rylance. I have heard many positive reviews for his performance in ‘Beasts of No Nation’ but I didn’t watch that movie. It’s good for him to win so that we can all still cracking our head on who will win in Oscars end of this month. There is no guarantee or any lock in frontrunner status till now in this category which makes it the most exciting category ever in this year’s race. I would have prefer Jacob Tremblay to win but I think his chance is low. Anyway, he still has many years to come and so I think he can wait.
Outstanding performance by a female actor in a supporting role
Rooney Mara, “Carol”
Rachel McAdams, “Spotlight”
Helen Mirren, “Trumbo”
Alicia Vikander, “The Danish Girl”*
Kate Winslet, “Steve Jobs”
Opinion: I’m happy that Alicia Vikander won for her amazing performance in ‘The Danish Girl’. She defeated two other hot favourites in this category, Rooney Mara (won Cannes Film Festival for best actress) and Kate Winslet (won Golden Globes for best supporting actress). Since Alicia had now won the Critics Choice and SAG Awards, her chance for BAFTA and the Oscars are now much higher. Rooney Mara’s award buzz is getting a lot lower now since few months ago, she had even been regarded as a lock to sweep all best supporting actress’ prizes. Now, everything turned to Alicia Vikander, another very deserving woman in this category.
Outstanding action performance by a stunt ensemble in a motion picture
“Mad Max: Fury Road”*
“Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation”
Opinion: ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ must be recognized in at least an award and so here it comes. It is a great film and I’m very positive that it will win not one but some trophies in the Oscars end of this month especially in technical achievement. However, my personal choice in this category would actually be ‘Furious 7’ for its heart-stopping and wonderfully captured action sequences in most of the movie’s running time.
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