Another major award show down, a dozen or so still to go. And while the Oscar race for best picture gold remains wide open, getting more complicated and tougher to predict by the day, three of the four acting contests are starting to have clear-cut frontrunners. First things first, “American Hustle” nabbed the best ensemble trophy at the 20th annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards, looking in splendid form to upset both “12 Years a Slave” and “Gravity” in a bunch of high-profile Academy categories.
Considered a dark horse until not long ago, David O. Russell’s latest dominated the Golden Globes, where it snatched three wins, and then led the Oscar nom count, tied with “Gravity”. So how big is this SAG victory and will it influence Academy members much? In short, not that big, and probably not.
Keep in mind the SAG triumph was in the ensemble cast section, not best all-around film, and “Gravity” was never a contender. Granted, “Slave” was, but somehow, it always seemed more logical to give this one to “Hustle”, where Bale, Cooper and Adams are all roughly as important for the storyline, with Lawrence and Renner also shining in extremely visible supporting roles.
Meanwhile, the McConaughey – Jared Leto duo of “Dallas Buyers Club” continues to march hand in hand towards a final double whammy at the Oscars, and Cate Blanchett (“Blue Jasmine”) is simply unstoppable on her way to a second ever Academy win.
The supporting actress battle is thus the only one a little harder to anticipate, as so far Jennifer Lawrence and Lupita Nyong’o have split the major victories. J-Law took the Globe home, Lupita the SAG cup, so I guess we’ll leave it to the BAFTAs to produce a favorite.
Via [SAG Awards]