The SAG nominations were announced today. I always have the same reaction every time it’s SAG nominations day, which is, “Oh man, this is big.” And then the nominations happen and it’s just four categories. And I’m like, “Oh, right, it’s just that.” They mean so much and yet you can go over them in about five minutes (‘How did he do such fantastic stunts with such little feet?‘). I think it’s because PGA and DGA are just one thing. This gives the impression of a full show like the Globes or BFCA (which it is… if you care about TV, which I do not).
Anyway, the acting branch has spoken. They are the majority of Oscar voters and what happens here is usually a major sign for what’s to come at the Oscars. Now, I’ve said for about five years now that SAG has gotten oversaturated with voting members and that a lot of the nominees in recent years have felt more like a popularity contest more than anything else. Which is why you always see certain people and performances always seem to make it on even if logic says they’ll never get nominated for the Oscar. I’ve also noticed a definite trend toward a deliberate desire to vote for non-white performers. Which is admirable. But you also have to realize — you’re still dealing with a base of old, stodgy white people, so what happens at SAG does not necessarily equate to everywhere else. These are the things you need to know if you’re trying to guess this shit as I do each year.
So here’s what SAG has given us for 2020 (my guess is this is the year of inclusion and makeup awards since they have no fucking clue what to do and we don’t have the usual publicity cycle where people (who largely don’t watch anything) are told what to vote for and generally do): (more…)
The SAG Awards were handed out tonight.
I actually missed part of the show because I figured they’d wait for the football to be done. But apparently not. Fortunately by the time I realized, the game was already a blowout, so I was able to watch both and not really have to pay full attention to either.
This is my least favorite awards show, but the results mean the most of just about any of them. Plus, going in, I could have told you every single film winner. So there wasn’t really a whole lot of surprise there or anything for me to want to see, and really it was just about seeing who gave the best speeches (Brad Pitt wins again on that front and De Niro had a great one too, specifically when he was speaking from the heart and not reading from his prepared words).
So let’s just get into it. Here are your SAG winners: (more…)
Well, this is early. Okay, sure, this is exactly the same time we get the SAG nominations every year. But it feels early. Mostly because I’m not gonna bother to really pay attention to this list for another month. But hey, here we are. This is it. This is all we’re gonna get, outside of BAFTA to help us with the acting categories. So, let’s just see what we’ve got, rather than try to waste time.
Here are your 2019 SAG nominees: (more…)
So the SAG Awards were last night. I almost didn’t watch. That’s how little I really expected the results to mean anything. At this point they’re almost like every other guild. I almost just looked at the results after the fact.
BUT… had I done that, I would have missed the really important thing that happened during the show, which is — Scott Bakula showed up. And boy, am I glad I got to see Scott Bakula.
Here are your SAG winners: (more…)
I’d call this a SAG preview, but let’s face it — we know what this article is about.
I considered not even putting one out there, but you know what? For me it’s not about the predictions. I don’t even care about guessing half these awards. For me it’s all about the result and what it means for the race. So really all I’m doing is talking about where the race is now and what outcomes seem most likely and how things will be affected based on who wins and who doesn’t.
And it’s a good way to bullshit another article that takes less than twenty minutes to write. Look, I don’t need extra content, but when it’s this easy, screw it, right?
So here’s your SAG Awards “Preview”. (more…)
Okay, so SAG announced today. Which means this is it. The extent of the acting contenders is just about told to us. BAFTA might illuminate some more in a month, but until then — this is what we’ve got. These are the contenders we have to chew on until then. Shit’s getting real, guys. Which is good, because now I can finish watching stuff and really be ready to go in January.
So without further ado, here are your SAG nominees: (more…)
The SAG Awards were announced this morning. As always, I mention that they are the body that helps tell you which way the acting categories are gonna go at the Oscars. But that’s winners. Nominees — usually you get a good sense of where they’re leaning, but the main caveat that no one ever really follows the major caveat with these awards, which is — SAG is a huge voting body. Like ten times the size of the acting branch of the Academy, if not more. There are going to be more populist choices here, and just because the Globes and SAG have nominated certain people does not mean they’re locks for the Oscar. (Or do we not remember The Butler, Jennifer Aniston in that movie, or that year Sarah Silverman got all the guild nominations?)
My process with this is to see who they’ve nominated, appreciate everything, but wait and see how everything plays out before I start making wild claims. This year, I’m pretty sure we’re gonna end up with pretty standard fare, and I can probably guess where the major ‘populist’ nominations are gonna go. But we’ll see.
Here are your 2017 SAG nominations: (more…)
The SAG Awards were tonight. This puts all the acting categories into focus. We can still look at BAFTA next week, but this pretty much will tell you how things are gonna go.
We’re gonna roll through categories the way they handed them out, and then at the bottom we’ll talk about what, if anything, it means for the acting categories going forward.
Here are your SAG Award winners: (more…)
And now the SAG Awards. Oscar season is here, people.
These are the first awards that truly matter. BFCA was medium, the Globes were light. This is the one that will truly set the pace.
I’m already thinking about what the outliers are gonna be, and which random acting nomination Harvey Weinstein is gonna manage to get this year
Here are your 2016 SAG nominations: (more…)
Here’s the recap of last night’s SAG Awards.
It won’t be that much in depth, since it’s one of the most boring shows to actually sit down and watch. They speed through a bunch of categories and all that really matters is the results.
I’ll hurry through the categories and then tell you what it means for the Oscar race at the bottom.
Here are your SAG Awards results: (more…)
The SAG Awards are being given out in about four hours or something. So I figure I’ll preview those now. The list of favorite supporting male performances will go up later on. That’s not as interesting as an Oscar race.
Actually, it’s appropriate that article is going up today, since Best Supporting Actor is going to be the most interesting category of tonight’s awards. But I’ll get to that in a second.
Here’s what I’m thinking is going to happen tonight at the SAG Awards: (more…)
All right. We have our first set of nominees that matter. The SAG Awards.
A reminder — this isn’t what will be nominated. This is just what stands a good chance at being nominated. It’s what wins here that you need to watch out for.
This is based on the thousands upon thousands of members of SAG vote for. The Academy acting branch is much smaller and skews older and features more Brits. Don’t be slavishly devoted to whatever is nominated here. Because they tend to nominate weird stuff. And you have to factor into it that people who aren’t in SAG won’t be nominated here, and some films that are coming out late won’t have been seen in time.
That said, let’s see who SAG nominated this year: (more…)
The SAG Awards were tonight.
They’re an important awards show, but they’re also boring as shit. They never change the format at all. They start with the boring “I’m an actor” speeches, which are so poorly written. And then they just rush through categories and make speeches about the union and stuff.
But we’re in it for the winners, so we trudge on.
Here are the winners of the 21st Screen Actors Guild Awards: (more…)
Coming right on the heels of last night’s Birdman PGA win, we have the SAG Awards, which could provide a huge momentum swing in the favor of Birdman. If Birdman walks away with more than one statue tonight, then you need to really look out and see if it’s gonna take Best Director. (And more so, see which way the BAFTAs go next month. Because if they go Imitation Game, and go off the board entirely, then you’re looking at a really close race that’s firmly in the favor of Birdman.)
Anyway, the real factor tonight is going to be who wins the acting awards. As SAG has always been the best prognosticator for who is going to win the acting categories at the Oscar, since the Acting branch is the biggest branch of the Academy.
So, let’s take one last look at the categories and see who is most likely to win the awards in… oh, about thirty minutes. (more…)
Oh boy. The first big set of nominations are here. (And are gonna be followed almost immediately by the second.)
The SAG Awards are a big deal. Mostly because the acting branch is the biggest branch in the Academy. So whoever gets nominated here is essentially short-tracked to a nomination. It’s not completely set in stone. But it helps.
Anyway, I won’t get into too much in the intro. It’s SAG. We know them. We know how important they are.
Here are your 2014 SAG nominations: (more…)
Last night, they gave out the SAG awards.
There’s a great dichotomy with the SAG awards — they mean so much in terms of who’s going to win the Oscar (probably. I should say probably), yet — it’s one of the worst awards shows to watch. It almost feels like a chore. They just go through the motions, get the show in under two hours every year, and there’s no fun to be had. Ever. I know I’m in the minority, but I prefer three hour awards shows. Because if you’re gonna celebrate yourself, do it right. Don’t rush it. What’s the point of bringing everyone there and then catering to a TV audience?
But, you know, the winners matter, so we watch it. (Oh, and did I mention — same format every year. It’s pretty boring that they never change it up, either.)
Anyway, here are the results of the SAG awards: (more…)
It’s gonna be a double whammy of nominations today and tomorrow. Today, SAG has announced their nominations, and tomorrow are the (irrelevant but fun) Golden Globes nominations. Let’s focus on today, because today is the big one.
SAG, as we all know, is a really good prognosticator for guessing Oscar nominations. I’m going to get to specifics in a bit, but the actors branch is the biggest branch of the Academy, so what they like tends to be mirrored in the Oscar nominations. The only real difference between SAG and the actors branch of the Academy is that the Academy skews older. So while SAG will nominate a cool, up and coming actor in a film, the Academy is more likely to stick with veterans. Example: in 2007, SAG nominated Emile Hirsch and Ryan Gosling for Best Actor (for Into the Wild and Lars and the Real Girl, respectively), whereas the Academy nominated Tommy Lee Jones and Johnny Depp (for In the Valley of Elah and Sweeney Todd) instead. That’s the kind of stuff that happens. So don’t always take the SAG nominations to heart.
That said, though, they’re a really good prognosticator for who’ll be nominated for the acting awards. So let’s show just how accurate they usually are, and then get into this year’s SAG nominations. (more…)
Last night was the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
It consistently remains one of the best Oscar precursors and one of the worst awards shows. God, it’s so boring. They speed through two hours and there’s no fun in it. It’s ridiculous. That’s the joy of these shows. Letting everybody get drunk and ramble and have fun.
But anyway, we’re not here for the show, we’re here for the results. This show really started cementing in the probable outcomes for the Oscars.
So let’s take a look at the winners of the 19th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards… (more…)
Tonight is the SAG Awards.
In terms of the Oscars, the place the SAG Awards have the most weight (obviously) is with the acting categories.
Most of the time (I’ll go over the numbers when I get to the categories), whoever wins SAG is a good bet to go on and win the Oscar.
So really that’s what this article is gonna be about. The predictions are just here because I needed an article to go up today.
So here are my predictions for tonight’s SAG Awards: (more…)
The Sag Award nominations were announced yesterday.
I’m kind of liking this, “Doing shit the day after” thing, because it allows me to collect my thoughts on things. (Plus, honestly, I’m working so much that I honestly had no idea they were even announced until like, ten o’clock last night.) So expect the Globes nominations (which were already announced) tomorrow. Since I don’t need to play by no rules.
But anyway, they announced the SAG nominees. These are usually really helpful in predicting the acting categories, since SAG makes up most of the Academy. Though, the Academy group skews older, so it’s usually easier to tell which people won’t get nominated from the SAG list.
But anyway, we have nominees. Who cares about the other shit, those are the most important things we can be talking about right now. (more…)
The Screen Actors Guild Awards were just handed out, and — gotta tell you, only one real surprise in the bunch. I’m not really gonna spend too much time on it. Just a quick rundown of the awards in the order they gave them out.
First was Best Supporting Actor (since when has every award show adopted the “Best Supporting Actor first” rule?), and Christopher Plummer winning again for Beginners. The train doesn’t end, folks. He’s on it all the way to Oscar station. (Or, The Last Station, if you will. Congratulations to the 30 people who got that joke.) The Academy skews older, which is how Alan Alda beats Eddie Murphy, and Morgan Freeman beats Clive Owen. But when SAG goes veteran — it’s over. Plummer is your Oscar winner, folks. As we suspected from New Year’s.
Second award was Best Male Actor in a Comedy Series, which went to Alec Baldwin for 30 Rock, which is not surprising at all. Alec wins this every year.
Next was Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series, which went to Modern Family. Totally expected development. Pretty ho-hum night to start. (more…)