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The 2016 awards season rolls on with the 22nd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards set for Saturday, January 30, at 8 p.m. Eastern time, but will this ceremony tell us anything we different than we already knew?
The SAG Awards, of course, recognizes outstanding performances in both film and prime time television. But what you may not realize, is that this accolade given by the Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, is considered by many to be the real predictors of Oscar glory.
That’s mostly because actors make up the largest percentage of Oscar voters. Looking back to the two previous events, all four film actors who won major SAG awards also went on to take home an Academy Award as well. Last year alone, 17 of the 20 SAG Award nominees were also nominated for an Oscar.
So who will win, and will there be any surprises? Well, surprises, of course, cannot be predicted. But there seems to be a consensus (mostly) among savvy armchair award show handicappers as to who will be triumphant this year.
One of the most talked about is Leonardo DiCaprio, who snagged his sixth nomination for his performance in The Revenant – no matter how many times he’s nominated, Leo gets snubbed at the Oscars over and over again. But, this time, they say, things will be different.
He’s never won a SAG award of any kind, but he’s expected to finally pull off in 2016, 23 years after he received his first nomination, for Best Supporting Actor in 1993’s What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.
The Best Actress race has been a bit tighter with Brie Larson (Room) up against Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn), though most believe the nod will go to Brie.
It’s a wide open race in the Best Supporting Actor category, with Christian Bale (The Big Short) a front-runner as a favorite among his peers, while Variety’s Kristopher Tapley calls Alicia Vikander (Danish Girl) “undeniable this year,” particularly since her performance is “arguably a lead,” though Kate Winslet could be a surprise winner, Tapley says, “doubling up on her unexpected Golden Globe honor for Steve Jobs.”
Game of Thrones is making headlines in the television awards category. The hit HBO show has never won a SAG, but TV Guide writes that “there is no better time” for SAG to recognize its impressive effort. Variety’s Tapley, however, believes there will be another “British invasion,” with Downton Abbey, who pulled off a major upset last year, taking the prize home again.
Find out tonight on TNT / TBS at 8 p.m. Eastern time.