brian-mcgee - January 28, 2019
Well, the already close and muddled Oscar Best Picture race just got even closer and more muddled. At last night's Screen Actor's Guild Awards, Marvel's Black Panther took home two awards—the only film to win more than one—for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture and for the film's stunt performers. While not necessarily an indicator of which film might win the Best Picture Oscar as only one branch—the actors—votes on these awards, SAG's Cast award has given films like Shakespeare in Love, Crash, Argo, and Spotlight some last minute juice on their way to winning Best Picture.
Chadwick Boseman gave an outstanding speech which you can watch above, and it really makes me wonder if Black Panther's got a shot at the top Oscar prize. I doubt it, as many in the Academy will still view it as a "comic book movie" but the film clearly has support within the industry.
The other film races clearly cemented front-runners in both Best Actress—Glenn Close for The Wife—and Supporting Actor—Mahershala Ali for Green Book—and with his win for Best Actor, it's also given Bohemian Rhapsody's Rami Malek a slight advantage over Vice's Christian Bale in that race. Presumed Best Supporting Actress frontrunner Regina King from If Beale Street Could Talk wasn't nominated for a SAG, and SAG winner Emily Blunt for A Quiet Place wasn't nominated for an Oscar, so I guess they sort of cancel each other out there. However, anyone who thought Vice's Amy Adams could pick up momentum in that race was likely disappointed that she didn't pull through.
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