'Spotlight' Bounces Back In Oscar Race With SAG Awards Win

'Spotlight' Bounces Back In Oscar Race With SAG Awards Win

By Robert Dougherty Feb 01, 2016 10:30 AM

Last weekend's Producers Guild Awards seemed to turn the tide of the Oscar race towards The Big Short, after it beat out original favorite Spotlight. However, the Screen Actors Guild went another way on Jan. 30, giving Spotlight the top award for Best Ensemble and providing yet another curveball to an unpredictable season.

The Big Short seemed primed to take this award for his big cast of Oscar nominated Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and many other showy players. Yet the comparatively quieter work of Michael Keaton, Oscar nominees Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams and others prevailed after all, drawing things dead even once again.

In contrast, the individual acting categories continued to go as expected. Leonardo DiCaprio broke his long time SAG drought four weeks before he likely breaks his Oscar drought for The Revenant, while Brie Larson prevailed again for Room and Alicia Vikander took another Supporting Actress prize for The Danish Girl.

Best Supporting Actor was the only other unpredictable race, since presumed Oscar favorite Sylvester Stallone wasn't nominated here. Bale or Mark Rylance could have won and become Stallone's biggest threat, yet SAG went with the controversially Oscar snubbed Idris Elba for Beasts of No Nation -- not long before his TV SAG win for Luther.

Out of the six major Oscar categories, only half of them look settled while the other half are still more up in the air than ever -- especially Best Picture. The next chance to get an edge is at the Directors Guild Awards on Feb. 6, but there's a good chance that will go to George Miller or Alejandro González Iñárritu instead of Tom McCarthy or Adam McKay.

In that scenario, there really will be no definitive Oscar favorite up to the grand finale on Feb. 28.

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