Last year, Idris Elba became the first person to win a SAG Award after being snubbed at the Oscars. In addition to his prize as Best TV Movie/Miniseries Actor for “Luther,” the performer surprised everyone by besting eventual Oscar victor Mark Rylance (“Bridge of Spies”) in Best Supporting Actor for “Beasts of No Nation.” Could Amy Adams (“Arrival”), Emily Blunt (“The Girl on the Train”), or Hugh Grant (“Florence Foster Jenkins”) do the same this year?
Adams and Blunt compete at SAG against Oscar contenders Natalie Portman (“Jackie”), Emma Stone (“La La Land”), and Meryl Streep (“Florence Foster Jenkins”) in Best Actress. Grant is nominated alongside Mahershala Ali (“Moonlight”), Jeff Bridges (“Hell or High Water”), Lucas Hedges (“Manchester by the Sea”), and Dev Patel (“Lion”), all of whom were cited by the Academy for Best Supporting Actor. Adams and Blunt were replaced at the Oscars by Isabelle Huppert (“Elle”) and Ruth Negga (“Loving”), while Michael Shannon (“Nocturnal Animals”) took Grant’s spot.
It’s likely that several SAG voters had already turned in their ballots prior to the nomination announcement on Tuesday, January 25. Many probably assumed that Adams, Blunt, or Grant would make it in at the Oscars, much the same way they believed Elba to be safe last year, and may very well have voted for them. Or perhaps the ones that still had ballots were stung by their snubs, and want to cast a protest vote. That’s unlikely, given that the guild tries to predict what the Academy will do, but the point is these three shouldn’t throw out their acceptance speeches just yet or plan to skip the ceremony thinking they have no hope.
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