Sunday, January 29, 2012

Screen Actors Guild Winners

ACTOR: Jean Dujardin, The Artist
ACTRESS: Viola Davis, The Help
SUPPORTING ACTOR: Christopher Plummer, Beginners
SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Octavia Spencer, The Help

Before anyone starts to ask the question, is The Help a potential Best Picture spoiler now because of it SAG victory (a la Crash and the waves of misguided judgement that plagued Oscar Season 2005), let's all remember that the Ensemble Award at SAG is typical of responding the not necessarily the Best Ensemble of the year, but the biggest.  And that while past Best Picture winners such as The King's Speech, Shakespeare in Love, Chicago and, indeed Crash took home the top prize at SAG, so did Oscar also-rans such as Inglourious Basterds, Traffic, Gosford Park, The Full Monty as did the un-nominated big cast phenom The Birdcage.

The bigger deal is the wondrous inclusion of Dujardin as Best Actor in a year that has spelled pretty much nothing but CLOONEY throughout...the big question mark out of this years SAG awards is not the relevance of The Help dominating, but the momentum of the charming Frenchman, whose a possibly contender with him SAG award, Golden Globe award, and bona fide a little Weinstein publicity magic and being in the Oscar Best Picture frontrunner likely doesn't hurt either.  The other question is the race between Doubt square-offs and off-screen friends Viola Davis and Meryl Streep for Best Actress...the jury is possibly out for now, but neither can be counted out.  Plummer and Spencer will be safe as they've dominated all the majors heading into the home stretch...

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