Screen Actors Guild Awards is the third of the big five major Hollywood film awards and it serves as a major hint especially to the acting races for the upcoming Academy Awards. To recognize the best of actors in 2018 films, the 25th Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards took place last evening with 9 award categories for television and 6 categories for film. I’ll miss the television section as I don’t watch them.
So here are the list of winners for the 25th Screen Actor Guild (SAG) Awards 2019 (only for film categories) along with my opinions:
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
“A Star Is Born”
“Black Panther” – WINNER
“Crazy Rich Asians”
Opinion: Hated this outcome very much. ‘Black Panther’ is seriously overrated. I don’t find anything spectacular about this movie in every aspects and yet it is so beloved by critics (I don’t get it at all). It is an average superhero movie at most (there’s a lot more much better superhero movies than this one obviously). Anything other than ‘Black Panther’ should win this. I think ‘Black Panther’ won this just because they had a large cast and they are all black (it’s all about celebrating diversity in recent years…but hey, Crazy Rich Asians is slightly more deserving than ‘Black Panther’ too). This doesn’t mean that ‘Black Panther’ is now the frontrunner for best picture in the Oscars because the two do not relate to each other much in recent years (which I’m glad). Well, this outcome also means that ‘A Star Is Born’ is totally out of picture and will only win for original song on next month’s Academy Awards. Its frontrunner status is certainly gone as it doesn’t win any major precursor prize to date. ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ won Golden Globe for best motion picture – drama, ‘Green Book’ won Golden Globe for best motion picture – musical or comedy and Producer Guild Award (PGA) for best theatrical motion picture, ‘Roma’ won best film at Critics’ Choice and now ‘Black Panther’ won best cast at SAG. ‘A Star Is Born’ is no where to be seen. In fact, the movie came before the ceremony with most nominations (at 4) and ended up losing all of them (as predicted). Yes, that’s another overrated movie.
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Christian Bale, “Vice”
Bradley Cooper, “A Star Is Born”
Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody” – WINNER
Viggo Mortensen, “Green Book”
John David Washington, “BlacKkKlansman”
Opinion: So glad that Rami Malek won in a very close competition with Christian Bale. This looks like a repeat in 2015 when Michael Keaton is the frontrunner after winning Golden Globe for best actor – musical or comedy and then winning both best actor – comedy and best actor in Critics’ Choice. Christian Bale is in that exact same position this year. However back in 2015, Eddie Redmayne suddenly surges out of no where and won Golden Globe for best actor – motion picture drama and then won at SAG. He then proceed to win at the BAFTA and the Oscars too in the end. Now, Rami Malek is on the same path with him. It’s the exact repeat of 2015. May people are predicting Christian Bale to win best actor in the Oscar next month after his double win in Critics Choice but I never got persuaded by that. I stay with Rami Malek all the way from the beginning because his performance as Freddie Mercury in ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is marvelous and blew me away. Christian Bale is great too as Dick Cheney in ‘Vice’ but this is certainly Rami Malek’s breakthrough year. Sorry to the other contenders, you are just there to fill in the slots. There is literally no competition from the remaining nominees already clearly at this point.
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Emily Blunt, “Mary Poppins Returns”
Glenn Close, “The Wife” – WINNER
Olivia Colman, “The Favourite”
Lady Gaga, “A Star Is Born”
Melissa McCarthy, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
Opinion: It’s finally the year for Glenn Close to take the Oscar. Although her performance in ‘The Wife’ is not the best in her impressive career that spans few decades or the most outstanding among the nominees, but no one should have a doubt that she is one veteran actress who is very much loved and is long overdue for an Oscar. This is certainly her year and no one will be obstructing her path to grab that Oscar (since now she swept all the best actress prize in the major awards already). She is expected to take the BAFTA next month too although there is a strong competition from a home favourite, Olivia Colman (she’s a British). Sorry, Lady Gaga. For me, she was just doing fine in ‘A Star Is Born’ (great singing of course and some good emotional scenes and that’s it) but so many had gone crazy by over complimenting her performance in that film. Like what I said many times before, she was literally only playing herself in that movie and that’s not a big challenge. Even Melissa McCarthy is better than her as the former nailed that dramatic role in ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ which is a total opposite to her usual comedic roles in the past.
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Mahershala Ali, “Green Book” – WINNER
Timothee Chalamet, “Beautiful Boy”
Adam Driver, “BlacKkKlansman”
Sam Elliott, “A Star Is Born”
Richard E. Grant, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
Opinion: Well. Mahershala Ali is now on his way for his second Oscar although I find that it is way too soon to award him again. I would personally pick Richard E. Grant or even Timothee Chalamet (who shockingly got snubbed at the Oscars nomination). I hope that Oscars will pull off an upset in this category next month.
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Amy Adams, “Vice”
Emily Blunt, “A Quiet Place” – WINNER
Margot Robbie, “Mary Queen of Scots”
Emma Stone, “The Favourite”
Rachel Weisz, “The Favourite”
Opinion: Wow! This is very surprising. Emily Blunt got snubbed for a nomination in the Oscars and yet she won it here at the SAG. She is fantastic in ‘A Quiet Place’ and I’m actually happy for her win here. There is no love for Amy Adams again unfortunately and she is predicted to win this one easily as Regina King is snubbed here (a strong contender after winning Golden Globe and Critics Choice). Both Emily Blunt and Regina King got snubbed in the BAFTA and we will see who will win there. Now, the race for best supporting actress in the Oscar is still wide open but Regina King remains the frontrunner at this stage.
Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
“Ant-Man and the Wasp”
“Avengers: Infinity War”
“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”
“Black Panther” – WINNER
“Mission: Impossible – Fallout”
Opinion: The immense love for ‘Black Panther’ here is insane and had me annoyed. I don’t mind ‘Black Panther’ winning this and not the best cast. But winning this and the ‘best cast’ (the top honor) is beyond what I can bear with. I don’t hate this film but I just don’t enjoy it and certainly didn’t find it deserving to be winning major prizes and even get nominated for best picture in the Academy Awards.
So, next up will be the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) to be held on 10th February 2019 and is the last major film awards before the coveted 91st Academy Awards aka the Oscars on 24th February 2019.
(Images in this post are from various online sources)