SAG Awards film slugfest: Can ‘Parasite’ upset ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ as the year’s best cast … and Best Picture? [WATCH]

“‘Parasite’ is just the second foreign language film to make the ensemble cut after ‘Life is Beautiful,’ and I’m so happy for it because I was not expecting it at all,” says Gold Derby Editor Joyce Eng about the nomination for the Korean class satire in the top category at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. That was one of many film nominations that took us by surprise, so Eng joined her fellow Editors Chris Beachum, Marcus James Dixon, Daniel Montgomery and Susan Wloszczyna to debate these nominations and what they mean for the Oscars. Watch above.

Dixon switched his Best Picture Oscar prediction to “Parasite” after seeing these nominations, and Montgomery agrees. Though another foreign-language film, “Roma,” failed to win the top Oscar last year despite strong momentum, Montgomery thinks “Parasite” “has the potential to be more like a ‘Spotlight’ or ‘Moonlight'” in terms of its trajectory from art-house favorite to Oscar winner.

The “Parasite” cast is nominated at the SAG Awards against the ensembles of “Bombshell,” “The Irishman,” “Jojo Rabbit” and “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” Can it take them all down when the SAG winners are announced in January? Beachum doesn’t think so. “My rule of thumb on most of these ensemble categories … is pick the biggest cast,” he explains. That benefits “Once Upon a Time,” which has the most nominees in its ensemble (14), and also has some of the biggest names in the category, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie, plus stars that appeal to voters who work in TV like Damian Lewis, Timothy Olyphant, Margaret Qualley and the late Luke Perry.

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