The Screen Actors Guild first began handing out awards in 1995 but did not give out the Ensemble prize until the following year when “Apollo 13” was the inaugural winner. Of the 21 times the Ensemble prize has been handed out only 11 films have gone on to win Best Picture at the Oscars (52%). Please enjoy our gallery of SAG Award Ensemble winners above to see which ones were snubbed for the Oscar for Best Picture and what Best Picture winner was snubbed by SAG.
It’s quite possible that when “The Revenant” was snubbed by the Screen Actors Guild for Best Film Ensemble last year its fate was sealed as an also-ran instead of an Oscar Best Picture winner. The academy’s top prize happened to go instead to the SAG Ensemble winner, “Spotlight.” In fact, no film has won Best Picture without at least being nominated for Best Ensemble at SAG since “Braveheart” in 1995.
Which brings us to “La La Land,” the film currently expected to win the Oscar for Best Picture, but which was also snubbed for the SAG Ensemble prize. Both of “La La Land’s” chief competitors for the top Oscar, “Manchester by the Sea” and “Moonlight,” are nominated by SAG. If either film wins it will enjoy a boost to its Oscar prospects and could possibly slow down the “La La Land” bandwagon or even change the direction of the race altogether.
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