The Screen Actors Guild
showed that the Oscar race is wide open as “Birdman” took Best Ensemble–the movie is about acting, after all. With its Producers Guild win Saturday, “Birdman” is showing some serious Oscar momentum.
That does not mean that the Academy will go the same way, but the Actors branch does dominate the voters numerically.
Eddie Redmayne’s SAG win for his twisted performance as Stephen Hawking in “Theory of Everything”–following his Golden Globe drama win–means he’s a real competitor for the Best Actor Oscar too. (In his acceptance speech he mistakenly mentioned Bradley Cooper, who wasn’t nominated for “American Sniper,” but landed an Oscar nom.)
As expected, Julianne Moore won Best Actress for her professor with Alzheimer’s in “Still Alice,” fourth generation actress Patricia Arquette won Best Supporting Actress for playing the mom over 12 years in Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” and favorite J.K. Simmons won Best Supporting Actor for his abusive professor in “Whiplash.” They should move on to easy Oscar wins as well.
On the TV side, “Foxcatcher” supporting nominee Mark Ruffalo won the SAG award for lead actor for cable movie “The Normal Heart.” And Viola Davis earned tears and applause for her moving tribute to “How to Get Away with Murder” creator Shonda Rhimes. See video below.
Carrie Fisher gave an edgy and admiring Life Achievement tribute to her mother Debbie Reynolds, who looked anxious about what her daughter might say.
Here’s the list of SAG winners.
THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
EDDIE REDMAYNE / Stephen Hawking – “THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING” (Focus Features)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
JULIANNE MOORE / Alice Howland-Jones – “STILL ALICE” (Sony Pictures Classics)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
J.K. SIMMONS / Fletcher – “WHIPLASH” (Sony Pictures Classics)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
PATRICIA ARQUETTE / Olivia – “BOYHOOD” (IFC Films)
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
BIRDMAN (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
ZACH GALIFIANAKIS / Jake
MICHAEL KEATON / Riggan
EDWARD NORTON / Mike
ANDREA RISEBOROUGH / Laura
AMY RYAN / Sylvia
EMMA STONE / Sam
NAOMI WATTS / Lesley
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
MARK RUFFALO / Ned Weeks – “THE NORMAL HEART” (HBO)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
FRANCES McDORMAND / Olive Kitteridge – “OLIVE KITTERIDGE” (HBO)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
KEVIN SPACEY / Francis Underwood – “HOUSE OF CARDS” (Netflix)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series (6 nominees)
VIOLA DAVIS / Annalise Keating – “HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER” (ABC)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
WILLIAM H. MACY / Frank Gallagher – “SHAMELESS” (Showtime)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
UZO ADUBA / Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren – “ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK” (Netflix)
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
DOWNTON ABBEY (PBS)
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK (Netflix)