January 22, 2015 at 9:32 pm #175686
This mystery is DRIVING ME CRAZY! Hey, you SAG voters among our readers: Did you get a DVD of “Grand Budapest Hotel”? ARE YOU SURE ONE WAY OR THE OTHER?
According to the SAG FYC site, “Budapest” DVDs were NOT sent to the full membership:
Just “Boyhood,” “Birdman,” “Cake,” “The Judge,” “Theory of Everything” and “Imitation Game.” Other top contenders were available by digital download, but that’s not usually a big factor. In the past, the winners tend to be among films that were shipped via DVD to the mass membership.
However, two SAG members SWEAR to me that they got the screener as a result of their guild membership. They claim that they do not belong to any other guild and so there’s no way they could’ve received it otherwise. One of these people is my neighbor. When I asked him to show me the Budapest DVD today he said, oops, he couldn’t find it. Oh, jeeeez. Who is to be believed?
This matters because, if Budapest wasn’t sent to the members, its odds of winning that ensemble award are greatly diminished. I’ve asked other SAG members and I get yes/no answers that are uttered
without authority. I don’t trust what they’re saying. They “think” they
got it, or they “think” they didn’t get it. Five times today I bugged the execs at Fox Searchlight to give me the correct answer and they refused. DAMN IT!January 22, 2015 at 10:57 pm #175688
They didn’t send DVDs. They sent a code for a free ITunes download.
January 23, 2015 at 12:01 am #175689
Anyone – considering himself or herself a worthy awards committee voter – who haven’t seen “The Grand Budapest Hotel” despite all the awards mentions and buzz so far, is complitely an IDIOT and should really leave the certain committee. There are movies you need to see in an awards season, it’s definitely among these movies this year.January 23, 2015 at 12:53 am #175690
Tx for your input. It’s CONFIRMED. I just got emails from 3 other voters. Voters did NOT receive a DVD of “Budapest.” Do any of you guys think this fact will make a difference in the outcome of the SAG race for Best Ensemble?January 23, 2015 at 2:59 am #175691
I think “Boyhood” is going to win, with “Birdman” as a strong alternative. It’s pretty hard to win ensemble without a single acting nomination. Only “Argo” did win that way lately.
I prefer “The Grand Budapest Hotel” to everything, but they are 3rd in line. At best.January 23, 2015 at 9:43 am #175694
[quote=”EmmyFan123″][quote=”Vincelette”] It’s pretty hard to win ensemble without a single acting nomination. Only “Argo” did win that way lately.
Gosh. He was so forgettable in it. How did he get nominated at all?[/quote]
Who knows? I constantly forget his Oscar nomination even.January 23, 2015 at 10:43 am #175695
I sure wish that I knew that The Judge was sent to the entire SAG membership before I logged my final Oscar nomination predictions.
SAG has too many members to win without sending to them. The Grand Budapest Hotel is in third.
I wonder if Ralph Fiennes would have been nominated if they sent to SAG to complement his BAFTA, BFCA and Globe nominations.January 23, 2015 at 11:40 am #175696
All I know is that any chance that Budapest had to win ensemble is gone now. Too bad, it deserved it.January 23, 2015 at 2:11 pm #175697
It’s weird how some movies have these large ensembles and don’t give every single “name” actor a separate title card (Lincoln) and some do (The Grand Budapest Hotel). Anybody know who decides this?January 23, 2015 at 6:16 pm #175698
The weird thing about this year’s SAG For Your Consideration stuff was they sent the 6 dvds as Tom mentioned above plus downloads to a bunch of films and sent emails notifying members of them.
somewhere over the holidays they added some films which could be streamed: (Foxcatcher, Whiplash, Still Alice, Nitghtcrawler) but they never (that I noticed) sent an email announcing their addition.
I was just going by the list I got in December as I bet a lot of people did. I only realized the streaming stuff was available when someone on Goldderby told me about it last week.
I bet a lot of people didn’t notice the new additions either. I think if there are any surprises on Sunday (especially JK Simmons seems vulnerable since Boyhood and Birdman sent both screeners and downloads) this is why.
Another issue was the itunes downloads were really slow. (this happens every year.) I’ve heard lots of people complaining it takes 12 hours or so to download the itunes things depending on how strong of a computer/internet provider you have.)
So overall I think the DVD sending films definitly have an edge.