‘Birdman’ wins top SAG Award, but Eddie Redmayne upsets for Best Actor

The SAG Awards went mostly as expected on the film side, with “Birdman” taking Best Ensemble.

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This follows the surprise at Saturday night’s Producers Guild Awards, where “Birdman” defeated Oscars frontrunner “Boyhood,” a major development given how the PGA mirrors the academy’s voting process and how closely the groups have corresponded; PGA has predicted Best Picture for seven years in a row.

The SAG Award for Best Ensemble doesn’t have nearly as much predictive value. Just under half of its winners go on to win Best Picture at the Oscars. Last year was one such miss; SAG picked “American Hustle” for Best Ensemble, while the academy chose “12 Years a Slave” for Best Picture.

But SAG has predicted a few major Oscar upsets, including “Shakespeare in Love” (1998) and “Crash” (2005), and helped clarify “Argo‘s” position as Oscars frontrunner in 2012 after Ben Affleck was snubbed for Best Director.

Despite “Birdman’s” victory in the top race, however, Michael Keaton didn’t take Best Actor as he was expected to. That went to Eddie Redmayne for his physical transformation into physicist Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything.”

Boyhood” won Best Supporting Actress for Patricia Arquette, as anticipated. Julianne Moore (“Still Alice“) won Best Actress, while J.K. Simmons (“Whiplash“) won Best Supporting Actor, as they have done at recent events including Critics’ Choice and the Golden Globes.

Despite being absent from telecast categories, Angelina Jolie‘s war drama “Unbroken” won Best Stunt Ensemble.

There was even more excitement among TV winners.

Downton Abbey” won Best TV Drama Ensemble for the second time. They won in 2012, but lost the 2013 race during “Breaking Bad‘s” steamroller through the TV awards season.

Viola Davis won Best TV Drama Actress for “How to Get Away with Murder” and gave a memorable speech about being a black woman cast in such a complex, sexual role. She had previously won a pair of SAG Awards for “The Help” (Best Film Actress and Best Film Ensemble) in 2011.

Kevin Spacey won Best TV Drama Actor for “House of Cards,” replicating his recent win at the Golden Globes.

Orange is the New Black” won Best TV Comedy Ensemble, ending “Modern Family‘s” four-year winning streak. “Modern” had also won the PGA Award four years in a row until “Orange” prevailed there as well this weekend.

“Orange” also won Best Comedy Actress for Uzo Aduba, while Best Comedy Actor went to William H. Macy for “Shameless.” It was his first SAG nomination and win for the role; his show was entered as a comedy this year after previous seasons competing as a drama. He previously claimed Best Movie/Miniseries Actor in 2002 for his role in “Door to Door.”

Despite previous losses at the Emmys and Golden Globes, Mark Ruffalo prevailed as Best Movie/Miniseries Actor for “The Normal Heart.” He was also nominated this year for his supporting role in the feature film “Foxcatcher.” It’s his first career SAG win.

As predicted, Frances McDormand won Best Movie/Miniseries Actress for “Olive Kitteridge.” She previously won a SAG Award in 1996 for her role in “Fargo,” which then won her an Oscar. We had also predicted McDormand would win at the recent Golden Globes for “Kitteridge,” but she was upset at that event by Maggie Gyllenhaal (“The Honorable Woman“).

Game of Thrones” still hasn’t won ever Best TV Drama Ensemble, but it can’t lose Best TV Stunt Ensemble. It just won that prize for the fourth year in a row.

15 thoughts on “‘Birdman’ wins top SAG Award, but Eddie Redmayne upsets for Best Actor

  1. Someone from the cast of “Orange Is The New Black” should have picked someone who is not Uzo Aduba to speak for the cast. Jesus give Taylor Schilling a bone for fuckssake!!

  2. I am holding hope that Eddie or Bradley will win the Oscar. Eddie and Bradley transformed themselves into the character of Stephan Hawking and Chris Kyle. It was awesome to see the shock on Eddie’s face tonight.

  3. In 2011,Viola Davis won the sag for “The Help”,but lost out to Meryl Streep for “The Iron Lady” at the Oscars,so MIchael Keaton has still have a chance.Has that for being delusiona,Ed.

  4. Despite what happened at the sag awards in the best actor category,Michael Keaton didn’t leave empty- handed even if he didn’t win one for himself.He’ll lose at baftas,but win at the spirit awards and the oscars.I’m on the Michael Keaton bandwagon and won’t jump off anytime soon until Cate Blanchett announces the winner.

  5. The sag for best picture ensemble is for the actors of the best picture ensemble winner. At the Oscars and other awards the picture that wins best picture the producers come and get their prize not the actors(sometimes actors come up when their movie wins only to celebrate).So as I said before,Michael Keaton didn’t go home empty-handed.

  6. FINALLY Howard K. Macy is recognized for the brilliant job he does every week on “Shameless.” But until their ENTIRE cast (absolutely perfect in every role) is on stage as Best Ensemble, there is no justice. Every single one of them…from the youngest kid to the oldest drunk…deserves an individual award of their own!

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