The Screen Actors Guild 2015 awards were presented on Sunday, January 25, and were aired on both TBS and TNT, and the satirical comedy Birdman won top honors for the Best Ensemble Cast. On Saturday, the director of the movie, Alejandro G. Inarritu, picked up an award at the Producers Guild awards show. Who were the other big winners? Read on, to find out!
The Screen Actors Guild, or SAG awards, are known for only giving out awards to actors and actresses of movies and TV programs. The awards given are voted on by actors and actresses and the show is also known for moving along at a good pace, and managing to award all of the various awards in just two hours. As actors and actresses also represent the largest voting bloc for the Academy Awards, or Oscars, this could be an indication that Birdman might also pick up an Oscar for Best Picture on February 22.
Michael Keaton led the fine ensemble cast of Birdman with his stellar performance as the washed-out actor, Riggan Thompson. The rest of the cast included Amy Ryan, Kenny Chin, Emma Stone, and Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton and Naomi Watts, among others.
Michael Keaton said backstage that he thought the reason the cast won the SAG Best Ensemble Cast award was that it showed “the courage the actors had, going out there and laying it out on the line.”
The same actors and actresses won SAG awards who won Golden Globe awards two weeks ago. Julianne Moore picked up a SAG award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role for playing Dr. Alice Howland in Still Alice, while Eddie Redmayne was presented with the SAG for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for his acting role as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything.
Also, Patricia Arquette picked up her SAG in the category of Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role for playing single mother Olivia Evans in Boyhood, and actor J. K. Simmons garnished his for his role in the Indie film, Whiplash, as Terence Fletcher, an intense music teacher of a teen jazz drummer. These four actors and actresses, by winning the Golden Globes and SAG awards back-to-back, might have cemented Oscar wins in the same categories on February 22.
Patricia Arquette had been previously nominated six times. It marked her first SAG win. This might be good news come Oscar time for Boyhood, directed by Richard Linklater, though Birdman is probably the one to beat.
Actor Mark Ruffalo earned a SAG award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie fro his role in the HBO production, The Normal Heart, as Ned Weeks. Frances McDormand was presented her SAG for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie for playing Olive Kitteridge in Olive Kitteridge.
Netflix did quite well, with Kevin Spacey winning a SAG for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series for playing Frank Underwood in the political thriller, House of Cards. Also, actress Uzo Aduba picked up a SAG for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series for her role as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren in Orange is the New Black. The series also won a SAG for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.
Actress Viola Davis won her SAG in the category of Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series for playing lawyer Annalise Keating in How to Get Away with Murder. It was her first nomination and also her first win. In her acceptance speech, she said that she loved “you guys so desperately, so much,” and acknowledged that she could not have won the award “without you at all.”
William H. Macy won his SAG award in the category of Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series for his role of Frank Gallagher in Shameless, while the one for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series went to the BBC series, which also airs on PBS, Downton Abbey.
During the awards show, iconc actress Debbie Reynolds picked up a special Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award. She was honored for her long and memorable career as an actress appearing in both film and on TV for 66 years, in movies such as Singin’ in the Rain.
Perhaps the biggest winner of the SAG awards 2015 show was Birdman for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, but all of the winners point out who might be potential winners of Oscars on February 22, 2015. That is likely especially true for the actors and actresses who won and picked up the equivalent Golden Globes awards two weeks ago. Though winning twice in a row is not a guarantee that these same actresses and actors will go on to win Oscars, it is certainly a good sign that they will do so.
Written By Douglas Cobb