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The Screen Actors Guild Awards have an impressive track record of foreseeing the Academy Awards. Of last year’s 20 SAG acting nominees, 17 contended at the Oscars. All four of the SAG film acting winners went on to prevail at the Academy Awards. And SAG ensemble champ “The King’s Speech” was also named Best Picture at the Oscars.
All the winners of Best Film Ensemble at SAG have gone on to reap Academy Award nominations for Best Picture save one (“The Birdcage,” 1996). Seven SAG champs — “Shakespeare in Love,” “American Beauty,” “Chicago,” “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King,” “Crash,” “No Country for Old Men,” “Slumdog Millionaire” and “The King’s Speech” — also won the top Oscar.
Thirteen of the 17 SAG Best Actor champs went on to win at the Oscars, including the last seven in a row. Among this year’s frontrunners are George Clooney (“The Descendants”), Leonardo DiCaprio (“J. Edgar”), Jean Dujardin (“The Artist”), Michael Fassbender (“Shame”), Woody Harrelson (“Rampart”), Brad Pitt (“Moneyball”) and Michael Shannon (“Take Shelter”). None of them have won individual SAG Awards but Clooney, Pitt and Shannon all shared in ensemble victories.
Twelve of the SAG winners for Best Actress repeated at the Academy Awards. Of these, Charlize Theron (“Young Adult”) is in contention once again. Three other SAG film winners are looking to take this prize for the first time: Meryl Streep (“The Iron Lady”), Tilda Swinton (“We Need to Talk About Kevin”) and Rachel Weisz (“The Whistleblower”). Past nominees hoping to contend again include SAG TV champ Glenn Close (“Albert Nobbs”), Viola Davis (“The Help”), Vera Farmiga (“Higher Ground”), Keira Knightley (“A Dangerous Method”), Carey Mulligan (“Drive”) and Michelle Williams (“My Week with Marilyn”).
Ten of the SAG Supporting Actors repeated at the Oscars, including the last four in a row. Of these double champs, Christoph Waltz (“Carnage”) is back in the hunt. Among the other featured fellows who have won SAG awards are George Clooney, Paul Giamatti and Philip Seymour Hoffman (all for “The Ides of March”), Colin Firth (“Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”), Ben Foster (“Rampart”), Tom Hanks (“Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”), Ben Kingsley (“Hugo”), Viggo Mortensen (“A Dangerous Method”), Sean Penn and Brad Pitt (“The Tree of Life”), Alan Rickman (“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2”) and Andy Serkis (“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”).
Ten of the SAG Supporting Actress winners claimed the same award at the Oscars while Kate Winslet (“The Reader”) got a bump up to Best Actress at the Academy Awards. She is contending in this category again for “Carnage.” Other SAG champs on the ballot once more include Kathy Bates (“Midnight in Paris”), Sandra Bullock (“Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”), Judi Dench (“J. Edgar” and “My Week with Marilyn”), Jodie Foster (“Carnage”), Gwyneth Paltrow (“Contagion”), Vanessa Redgrave (“Coriolanus”) and Emily Watson (“War Horse”).