SAG Awards (Film): 10 fascinating facts, records and stats

All but two of the 11 film winners at Sunday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards were first-timers at the podium. The exceptions: Julianne Moore for “Still Alice” and Emma Stone for the “Birdman” ensemble. Moore had previously prevailed for her work in the TV miniseries “Game Change” (2012). Stone was part of the ensemble win for “The Help” (2011).

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Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything“) hopes to continue the trend in his category. The last 10 men to win Best Actor at SAG have repeated at the Oscars: Jamie Foxx (“Ray,” 2004), Philip Seymour Hoffman (“Capote,” 2005), Forest Whitaker (“The Last King of Scotland,” 2006), Daniel Day-Lewis (“There Will Be Blood,” 2007), Sean Penn (“Milk,” 2008), Jeff Bridges (“Crazy Heart,” 2009), Colin Firth (“The King’s Speech,” 2010), Jean Dujardin (“The Artist,” 2011), Day-Lewis (“Lincoln,” 2012), and Matthew McConaughey (“Dallas Buyers Club,” 2013).

Moore also has the odds in her favor as the SAG Best Actress champ has picked up an Academy Awards in four of the past five years: Sandra Bullock (“The Blind Side,” 2009), Natalie Portman (“Black Swan,” 2010), Jennifer Lawrence (“Silver Linings Playbook, 2012), and Cate Blanchett (“Blue Jasmine”). They missed with Viola Davis (“The Help, 2011”) with the Oscar going to Meryl Streep (“The Iron Lady”).

J.K. Simmons (“Whiplash“) should feel comfortable writing another acceptance speech after his SAG win as Best Supporting Actor. Six of the past seven winners of this category have also claimed Academy Awards: Javier Bardem (“No Country for Old Men,” 2007), Heath Ledger (“The Dark Knight,” 2008), Christoph Waltz (“Inglourious Basterds,” 2009), Christian Bale (“The Fighter,” 2010), Christopher Plummer (“Beginners,” 2011), and Jared Leto (“Dallas Buyers Club,” 2013). SAG Voters went their own way with Tommy Lee Jones (“Lincoln,” 2012) Oscar champ Christoph Waltz (“Durango Unchained”) not even in contention here.

Likewise, Patricia Arquette (“Boyhood“) seems safe since Best Supporting Actress has matched up in each of the past five years. Those winners were: Mo’Nique (“Precious,” 2009), Melissa Leo (“The Fighter,” 2010), Octavia Spencer (“The Help,” 2011), Anne Hathaway (“Les Miserables,” 2012), and Lupita Nyong’o (“12 Years a Slave,” 2013).

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Benedict Cumberbatch and Edward Norton had the most nominations (3) of anyone this year. Cumberbatch contended twice for “The Imitation Game” (individual and ensemble) as well as for the telefilm “Sherlock: His Last Vow” (individual) but lost all of them. Norton had two bids for “Birdman” (individual and ensemble) and one for “The Grand Budapest Hotel” (ensemble) and won as part of the “Birdman” ensemble.

Norton was one of the three first-time SAG contenders among of this year’s 20 film nominees; the others were Felicity Jones (“The Theory of Everything“) and Keira Knightley (“The Imitation Game“).

In addition to Moore and Stone, the other film nominees with previous wins were Jennifer Aniston (“Cake“), Steve Carell (“Foxcatcher“), Robert Duvall (“The Judge“), Meryl Streep (“Into the Woods”), and Reese Witherspoon (“Wild“).

Just as with the Oscars, Streep continues to break her own record for most film nominations at the Screen Actors Guild awards. She contended for the 16th time with her Best Supporting Actress bid for “Into the Woods.” All but one of her bids (“Angels in America”) has been for film but she has won only once (“Doubt,” 2008).

Aside from Stone, the rest of the “Birdman” ensemble — Zach Galifianakis, Michael Keaton, Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, and Naomi Watts— are first-time SAG winners. 

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