20th Annual SAG Awards January 18 (Preview & Predictions)

20th Annual SAG Awards January 18 (Preview & Predictions)


On Saturday, on TNT, the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild, or SAG Awards show as it’s also known as, will air on TNT. It’s often considered to be a precursor of the Oscars, and an indicator of which movies and actors/actresses will win Academy Awards.

Already, it’s known that the SAG 50th Life Achievement Award will be going to the fabulous actress, Rita Moreno. The award is given to deserving actors/actresses based upon both their humanitarian accomplishments and their overall career achievement.

Rita already has several awards for her impressive acting abilities, including a Lifetime Achievement Award, a Latin Grammy, an Oscar, a Tony, two Emmys, and a Grammy. Moreno also has been awarded two medals: the National Medal of the Arts and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

SAG Awards Preview & Predictions

Many of the movies, actors/actresses, directors, and TV series up for SAG Awards were also up for People’s Choice and Golden Globe Awards. So, if you saw those two awards shows, you might feel confident that you can match predictions of who the winners of this year’s SAG awards will be. I admittedly did rather poorly choosing the winners of Golden Globe Awards, though I did get a few right, like predicting that 12 Years a Slave would win the Golden Globe Award for Best Movie, Drama. Can you bet my predictions as to who will win SAG awards? Test your luck out!

First off, I’ll make some predictions about which actors/actresses and what films will win SAG movie awards. There are five nominees for the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance By a Cast in a Motion Picture — 12 Years a Slave, Dallas Buyers Club, American Hustle, August: Osage County, and one I didn’t see nominated for a People’s Choice nor a Golden Globe AwardLee Daniels’ The Butler. The winner will be: 12 Years a Slave. Believe it or…don’t.

Now, on to the SAG nominees for Outstanding Performance By a Male Actor in a Leading Role. The nominees are Bruce Dern as Woody Grant in Nebraska, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northrup in 12 Years a Slave, Tom Hanks as Captain Richard Phillips in Captain Philips, Matthew McConaughey as Ron Woodroof in Dallas Buyers Club, and Forest Whitaker as Cecil Gaines in Lee Daniels’ The Butler. This one is difficult, but I’ll predict that Forest Whitaker will win.

The SAG Outstanding Performance By a Female Actor in a Leading Role
nominees are Cate Blanchett as Jasmine in Blue Violet, Sandra Bullock as Ryan Stone in Gravity, Dame Judi Dench as Philomena Lee in Philomena, Meryl Streep as Violet Weston in August: Orange County, and Emma Thompson as P.L. Travers in Saving Mr. Banks. Cate Blanchett won the Golden Globe Award — I’ll say that she will also win this one.

Now, on to the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance By a Male in a Supporting Role. The nominees are: Barkhad Abdi as Muse in Captain Phillips, Daniel Bruhl as Niki Lauda in Rush, Michael Passbender as Edwin Epps in 12 Years a Slave, James Gandolfini as Albert in Enough Said, and Jared Leto as Rayon in Dallas Buyers Club. Jared Leto won the Golden Globe, but James Gandolfini wasn’t one of the nominees for that award. I’ll say that James Gandolfini will be the (posthumous) winner.

As to the SAG award for Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role, the nominees are Jennifer Lawrence as Rosalyn Rosenfeld in American Hustle, Lupita Nyong’o as Patsey in 12 Years a Slave, Julia Roberts as Barbara Weston in August: Orange County, June Squibb as Kate Grant in Nebraska, Oprah Winfrey as Gloria Gaines in Lee Daniels’ The Butler. Jennifer Lawrence won the Golden Globe, but will Oprah, who wasn’t nominated then, win the SAG? She’s due for another win — I’ll say Oprah will be the winner.

SAG Awards for Primetime Television

The five nominees for the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance By an Ensemble in a Drama Series are: Breaking Bad, Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones, Homeland, and Downton Abbey. Breaking Bad won the Golden Globe award, and I chose it to be the winner — will the same horse win twice? I’ll say…YES, it will — Breaking Bad will be the winner.

Who are the nominees for the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance By an Ensemble in a Comedy Series? I thought you’d never ask. The nominees are: The Big Bang Theory, 30 Rock, Arrested Development, Modern Family, and VEEP. Brooklyn Nine-Nine won the Golden Globe Award, and it’s not one of the TV series nominated here, so…obviously, The Big Bang Theory will win. Or, maybe not; but, it’s my choice.

The nominees for the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance By a Male Actor in a Drama Series are Steve Buscemi as Enoch “Nucky” Thompson in Boardwalk Empire, Bryan Cranston as Walter White in Breaking Bad, Jeff Daniels as Will McAvoy in The Newsroom, Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones, and Kevin Spacey as Francis Underwood in House of Cards. The SAG will go to…Bryan Cranston.

The nominees for the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance By a Female Actor in a Drama Series are: Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison in Homeland, Anna Gunn as Skyler White in Breaking Bad, Jessica Lange as Fiona Goode in American Horror Story: Coven, Maggie Smith as Violet, Dowager Duchess of Grantham, in Downton Abbey, and Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope in Scandal. I chose her as the Golden Globe winner, and she didn’t win. I will jump the sinking ship, long after it sank, and say that Jessica Lange will be the winner.

The SAG nominees for Outstanding Performance By a Male Actor in a Comedy Series are Alec Baldwin as Jack Donaghy in 30 Rock, Jason Bateman as Michael Bluth in Arrested Development, Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy in Modern Family, Don Cheadle as Martin “Marty” Kaan in House of Lies, and Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper in The Big Bang Theory. Aargh! I will say Jim Parsons will win this SAG.

Now, the nominees for the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance By a Female Actor in a Comedy Series are Mayim Bialik as Amy Farrah Fowler in The Big Bang Theory, Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy in Modern Family, Edie Falco as Jackie Peyton in Nurse Jackie, Tina Fey as Liz Lemon in 30 Rock, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Vice-President Selina Meyer in VEEP. I’d like to see Tina Fey win, but…what the heck, I’ll predict that Tina Fey will win this SAG.

The SAG nominees for Outstanding Performance By a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries are Matt Damon as Scott Thorson in Behind the Candelabra, Michael Douglas as Liberace in Behind the Candelabra, Jeremy Irons as King Henry IV in The Hollow Crown, Rob Lowe as John F. Kennedy in Killing Kennedy, and Al Pacino as Phil Spector in Phil Spector.

The SAG for Outstanding Performance By a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries had five women nominated: Angela Bassett as Coretta Scott King in Betty & Coretta, Helena Bonham Carter as Elizabeth Taylor in Burton and Taylor, Holly Hunter as G.J. in Top of the Lake, Helen Mirren as Linda Kenney Baden in Phil Spector, and Elisabeth Moss as Robin Griffin in Top of the Lake. I’ll say that the winner of this SAG will be…Elisabeth Moss.

There are SAG Awards for Stunt Ensembles for Movies and TV series, but I won’t make any predictions for those two categories. Except, that is, to say I think that The Walking Dead will win the SAG TV category for Stunt Ensemble.

Do you agree with my predictions for the SAG Awards, or do you have faves that I didn’t chose? My choices, of course, will all be the winners; but, if you think differently, please leave your comments below!

Written by: Douglas Cobb

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