Who will win the SAG award?

This year’s Screen Actors Guild awards show more of the same

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Jillian Leiby , JagWire opinions editor

The 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be held this Sunday, Jan. 25. Basically, the SAG Awards are the pomp of the Golden Globes without the multitude of categories stretching out the night. Since the Oscar nominations are already out, the SAG Awards will officially predict who will win the prestigious award come Feb. 22. To some, the awards hold more wait because randomly selected Screen Actors Guild (a labor union that represents actors and other entertainers in film and television) members choose the nominations and approximately 165,000 members can vote on the win. Despite the controversy surrounding the Oscars, and their whitewashing of the acting nominations many are still excited to see white actors being awarded a SAG award from their peers.

Outstanding performance by a male actor in a leading role: Michael Keaton “Birdman”

With Keaton already guaranteed the Oscar, it is only fitting that the Screen Actors Guild awards him with the prize. Anything else would be a major surprise. Let’s just hope he makes a shorter speech.

Outstanding performance by a female actor in a leading role: Julianne Moore “Still Alice”

Once again, another lock for the February award show. Having been nominated in the film category nine times with no wins, Moore is also grossly overdue for the award.

Outstanding performance by a male actor in a supporting role: J.K. Simmons “Whiplash”

After Simmons won the Golden Globe for supporting actor, I had the opportunity to watch “Whiplash” and, boy, is he deserving. The longtime character actor is brilliant as the intense music instructor of a college jazz band. It only seems fitting that a career spanning 29 years will finally be awarded.

Outstanding performance by a female actor in a supporting role: Patricia Arquette “Boyhood”

Arquette also won the Golden Globe this year and her performance in Boyhood is considered a career high, even though it spanned over 12 years. If SAG were to surprise, Emma Stone might pull an upset, but Arquette seems pretty unstoppable.

Outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture: “Birdman”

While “Boyhood” is getting the most Oscar buzz, that comes from a more technical standpoint. “Birdman” received rave reviews and represents the category better with a bigger and more popular cast. Despite this, SAG may still want to award the cast of “Boyhood” for their 12-year feat.

Tune in Sunday night to see who gets the esteemed prize.

 

 

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