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Oscar Watching: 2014 SAG Awards Predictions

On Sunday night, the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) will unveil its winners for the best acting in film and television. Naturally, I’ll focus on the film side of things. Also, I’m writing this before the Producers Guild of America (PGA) unveils its pick for best film of 2014, though I’m unsure whether this will go up beforehand. For the record, I’m picking Boyhood for the win there, though American Sniper could give it a run for its money.

Anyway, check out my SAG predictions below.

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

It’s a tough call, but Birdman has the juice to pull this off. Just about any nominee could upset, except for The Theory of Everything, whose nomination (for what’s basically three-person cast) seems like the reward. Watch out for The Grand Budapest Hotel – which boasts the highest gross and the biggest cast of the nominees – to take this.

1. Birdman

2. The Grand Budapest Hotel

3. Boyhood

4. The Imitation Game

5. The Theory of Everything


Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

Julianne Moore is the clear choice here, but a Felicity Jones upset would hardly surprise me.

1. Julianne Moore for Still Alice

2. Felicity Jones for The Theory of Everything

3. Reese Witherspoon for Wild

4. Rosamund Pike for Gone Girl

5. Jennifer Aniston for Cake


Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

SAG tends to side with industry favorites, so veteran Michael Keaton might take this over young blood Eddie Redmayne.

1. Michael Keaton for Birdman

2. Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything

3. Benedict Cumberbatch for The Imitation Game

4. Steve Carell for Foxcatcher

5. Jake Gyllenhaal for Nightcrawler


Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

Patricia Arquette goes virtually unchallenged here.

1. Patricia Arquette for Boyhood

2. Emma Stone for Birdman

3. Keira Knightley for The Imitation Game

4. Meryl Streep for Into the Woods

5. Naomi Watts for St. Vincent


Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

Industry love for J.K. Simmons should help him land this win. His front-runner status helps, too.

1. J.K. Simmons for Whiplash

2. Edward Norton for Birdman

3. Ethan Hawke for Boyhood

4. Mark Ruffalo for Foxcatcher

5. Robert Duvall for The Judge

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Donovan Warren

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Donovan Warren loves the wonderful world of film and all that comes with it. He specifically loves long takes, fabulous actresses, and keeping up with the Oscar season - even when it's far too early to make sense of anything.