The Screen Actors Guild Awards is a peer-group kudofest in which performers are honored by their industry. Since it began in 1994, it has become one of the best precursors for predicting the four acting categories at the Oscars. Indeed, all four of last year’s SAG individual film winners — Matthew McConaughey (“Dallas Buyers Club”), Cate Blanchett (“Blue Jasmine”), Jared Leto (“Dallas Buyers Club”), and Lupita Nyong’o (“12 Years a Slave”) — went on to repeat at the Academy Awards.
However, SAG is less reliable when predicting the eventual Best Picture champ at the Oscars. That was the case last year when “American Hustle” won Best SAG Ensemble while “12 Years a Slave” went on to take the top prize at the Academy Awards.
In the 20-year history of the SAG Ensemble award, it has previewed the Oscar Best Picture only nine times. However, the SAG choice for Best Ensemble did predict two of Oscar’s biggest upsets in recent years: “Shakespeare in Love” over “Saving Private Ryan” in 1998, and “Crash” over “Brokeback Mountain” in 2005.
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