The SAG Awards went mostly as expected on the film side, with “Spotlight” taking Best Ensemble a week after it lost Best Picture at the Producers Guild of America to “The Big Short.” However, while the PGA has previewed 19 of the past 26 Oscar champs, the SAG Award for Best Ensemble doesn’t have nearly as much predictive value. (Click here for the complete list of winners.)
Only half of the 20 winners of this SAG award have gone on to take Best Picture at the Oscars. Last year “Birdman” prevailed both here and with the academy while in 2013 SAG picked “American Hustle” for Best Ensemble, while the academy chose “12 Years a Slave” for Best Picture. But SAG has predicted a few major Oscar upsets, including “Shakespeare in Love” (1998) and “Crash” (2005), and helped clarify “Argo‘s” position as Oscars frontrunner in 2012 after Ben Affleck was snubbed for Best Director.
As expected, the lead acting awards went to Oscar frontrunners Leonardo DiCaprio (“The Revenant”) and Brie Larson (“Room”), who also prevailed at the Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice awardsfests. Supporting Actress was won by Alicia Vikander (“The Danish Girl”).
Supporting Actor offered the only surprise on the film side as it went to Idris Elba for “Beasts of No Nation,” who was snubbed by the Oscars. Elba also picked up Best TV Movie/Mini Actor for “Luther.”
Despite being absent from telecast categories, “Mad Max: Fury Road” won Best Stunt Ensemble.
There was little excitement among TV winners, which were mostly repeats.
“Downton Abbey” was named Best TV Drama Ensemble for the third time in four years. They won in 2012, but lost the 2013 race during “Breaking Bad‘s” steamroller through the TV awards season before coming back last year and this. The British import will have one last chance at this prize next year.
Viola Davis repeated as Best TV Drama Actress for “How to Get Away with Murder” and gave a memorable speech about playing an anti-hero. And Kevin Spacey won Best TV Drama Actor for “House of Cards” again defeating, among others, recent Emmy champ Jon Hamm (“Mad Men”).
“Orange is the New Black” once again won Best TV Comedy Ensemble as well as Best Comedy Actress for Uzo Aduba, who won in supporting over on the drama side at the Emmys. And Best Comedy Actor went to reigning Emmy champ Jeffrey Tambor (“Transparent”).
Despite previous losses at the Emmys, Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice, Queen Latifah won Best Movie/Miniseries Actress for “Bessie.”
“Game of Thrones” still hasn’t won ever Best TV Drama Ensemble, but it can’t lose Best TV Stunt Ensemble. It just won that prize for the fifth year in a row.