The Screen Actors Guild Awards are one of the best predictors as to who will prevail at the Academy Awards.
Last year, Jean Dujardin ("The Artist"), Octavia Spencer ("The Help"), and Christopher Plummer ("Beginners") were SAG champs that went on to even greater glory. The one exception was Viola Davis ("The Help"), who could not parlay her guild trophy into an Oscar; Meryl Streep ("The Iron Lady") won instead.
Who are the frontrunners for SAG Awards nominations in the film categories this year?
Leading contenders for Best Film Actor are past SAG winners Ben Affleck ("Argo") and Daniel Day-Lewis ("Lincoln") as well as previous nominees John Hawkes ("The Sessions"), Anthony Hopkins ("Hitchcock"), Bill Murray ("Hyde Park on Hudson"), Joaquin Phoenix ("The Master"), and Denzel Washington ("Flight"). Also keep an eye on the never-nominated Hugh Jackman ("Les Miserables").
The top ladies under consideration for Best Film Actress are previous champs Helen Mirren ("Hitchcock"), and Maggie Smith ("Quartet"), past nominees Marion Cotillard ("Rust and Bone") and Jennifer Lawrence ("Silver Linings Playbook"), and the never-nominated Keira Knightley ("Anna Karenina") and Emmanuelle Riva ("Amour").
Although Robert De Niro ("Silver Linings Playbook") is an acting legend and Leonardo DiCaprio ("Django Unchained") has had eight nominations, neither has won with SAG before. They could be contending for Best Film Supporting Actor against previous champs Alan Arkin ("Argo"), Russell Crowe ("Les Miserables"), and Philip Seymour Hoffman ("The Master").
Likewise, while both Amy Adams ("The Master") and Anne Hathaway ("Les Miserables") have had multiple SAG bids, neither has ever prevailed. They could both be up for Best Film Supporting Actress against past winners Helena Bonham Carter ("Les Miserables"), Sally Field ("Lincoln"), and Helen Hunt ("The Sessions").