Tuesday, 31 January 2012

SCREEN ACTORS GUILD WINNERS



Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
JEAN DUJARDIN (THE ARTIST)
There was something of a feeling going around that The Artist couldn't possibly win nothing at the SAGs, despite not being the frontrunner for any category. Most thought its best chance was for Ensemble Cast, but considering the love for The Help, it was here that The Artist triumphed, in Best Actor. This means that Clooney has still to win an award from his fellow actors, and also puts Dujardin right up there with him in the lead. For me, it comes down to this: if the Academy loves The Artist Slumdog-style, this'll go to Dujardin. But if they only like it, this'll go to Clooney.


Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
VIOLA DAVIS (THE HELP)
In the less-shocking of the two leading categories, Davis' win was nevertheless not wholly expected. But, in the end, the actors' collective adoration for The Help trumped their collective adoration for Meryl Streep. Although now, with a disappointing Oscar tally, The Help stands very little chance at winning the Best Picture Oscar, the actors' support for this film will surely provide great boosts for both Davis and Octavia Spencer. I've never put much faith in the theory that the SAG Ensemble Cast award is their version of Best Picture, but it's always a significant win.


Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER (BEGINNERS)


Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
OCTAVIA SPENCER (THE HELP)


Best Ensemble Cast
THE HELP


Best Stunt Ensemble
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 2