Tonight is the 21st Annual Screen Actor's Guild Awards. While I could complain about how none of the other guild awards are televised, I'll let it go, because this is a big stepping block to Oscar night, especially after the Producer's Guild Awards last night. The Producer's Guild honored Birdman as the best produced film of 2014, so with Boyhood having won a Golden Globe, and The Grand Budapest Hotel having won both a Golden Globe and the Critic's Choice Award, this Oscar race has gotten exceptionally interesting. If The Imitation Game wins best cast tonight at the Screen Actor's Guild Awards, the Oscar Best Picture winner will be really difficult to call (as if it already isn't). As it is, I do not expect too many big surprises tonight. I really think the acting and directing categories are the easiest to predict this year. The only real blip in the radar can come in leading actress (Reese Witherspoon perhaps) and ensemble, with wins for Birdman, Boyhood, or The Imitation Game all possible. Here are my predictions for the SAG awards, and as always I do not predict the TV nominees.
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role - Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role - J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role - Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role - Michael Keaton, Birdman
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture - The Grand Budapest Hotel