Friday, January 27, 2012

AAN: SAG predictions w/ Fassy, Loki and Owen

NOTE: I hope you all like the new look. There's a few things that I will tweak tomorrow...I got a bit sick of looking at the template designer. What do you think of it?

Coming right off the back of the surprising Oscar nominations comes the equally surprising SAG awards. These awards are basically the last big Hollywood precursor awards before the Oscars, and usually whatever wins the Best Ensemble manages to get Best Picture too. In fact, whoever wins here will almost certainly go forth to get the little golden man. I'm getting in early to predict the SAGs, which are coming up in three days, with the help of Happy Fassy, Lowkey Loki and Overwhelmed Owen. Here are their meanings for the predictions:
Happy Fassy - Who I want to win. Doesn't mean that they will win, though.
Lowkey Loki - Who will win. The only prediction that should be taken seriously.
Overwhelmed Owen - Who won't win. If they do, it would be one hell of a surprise.

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
The Artist / Bridesmaids / The Descendants / The Help / Midnight in Paris 

I know that The Help has no chance of winning Best Picture, especially when The Artist is around. But I think that SAG will go for The Help considering what a strong showing of great performances from women it has. What helps its case further is the fact that it has three individual cast members nominated: Viola Davis, Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer. And beyond them, even more of the actresses could have been nominated (especially Bryce Dallas Howard, but I guess she was too mean). The Artist should give it a real run for it's money, so I wouldn't be too shocked if that took the top prize. If Midnight in Paris' 'ensemble' had all of the really great people in it (like Corey Stoll, Tom Hiddleston, Alison Pill...), then I'd be campaigning for that a lot more, but my heart is with The Help. The Descendants and Bridesmaids virtually have no chance.

The rest after the jump!

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Demián Bichir for A Better Life / George Clooney for The Descendants / Leonardo DiCaprio for J. Edgar / Jean Dujardin for The Artist / Brad Pitt for Moneyball

Considering George Clooney's performance is the only one I saw here and the fact that his performance somewhat underwhelmed me, I'm at a loss as to what I should pick here. He'll probably win the award if we go by what the rest of the awards have been saying, but I'm still holding out hope that this might be Brad Pitt's year. Jean Dujardin could go in for the win, though, which is something I'm also hoping for. It looks like Leo is the real outsider here, considering he is the only one sans Oscar nomination. So I'll just support him, because it is me and Leo forever baby.

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actress in a Leading Role
Glenn Close for Albert Nobbs / Viola Davis for The Help / Meryl Streep for The Iron Lady / Tilda Swinton for We Need to Talk About Kevin / Michelle Williams for My Week with Marilyn

Meryl Streep may have won the Golden Globe, but I just don't think her perfect mimicry could win over Viola Davis' perfect heart here. Basically, the race is between them, and I just hope to God that Viola comes out on top. I would say that Tilda Swinton is the rank outsider because she didn't get the Oscar nomination, but I do think that it should have been Close missing out and not her, considering all of the bad reviews that Albert Nobbs got.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Kenneth Branagh for My Week with Marilyn / Armie Hammer for J. Edgar / Jonah Hill for Moneyball / Nick Nolte for Warrior / Christopher Plummer for Beginners

Before I get started: did anyone know that Armie Hammer got arrested late last year? I only found that out today. Didn't think he'd be the type...interesting. He's also not the type to win this award, considering this is his only big nomination for his performance and everyone dislikes J. Edgar anyway. Oh well, hopefully we see his perfect face at the SAGs. As it has been for the entire awards season, this will be Christopher Plummer's award to win, and I don't have a problem with that at all.

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Bérénice Bejo for The Artist / Jessica Chastain for The Help / Melissa McCarthy for Bridesmaids / Janet McTeer for Albert Nobbs / Octavia Spencer for The Help

Out of all of these categories, this is the only one that remained intact at the Oscars. I guess I should have called McCarthy's nomination a lot earlier - it really doesn't seem that surprising now. However, I doubt she'll be the one to win it. I'd like my darling Jessica Chastain to take the award, but I think everyone is more eager to give everything to Octavia Spencer. Chastain will have a million more chances in the future anyway, so it doesn't matter. I can see Bejo providing some good competition to Spencer, or McTeer sneaking in for the upset, but this is very much a race between the two The Help ladies.

Who are you picking to win these awards?


  1. hehe I still cannot get over the teeth in Fassy's mouth!!

    Love the new banner matey

    1. Great post, although after Fassbender was thrown out of the race mercilessly caouln't possibly be less exciting about this race.
      Are you using picnic too? I'm asking 'casue the font seems familiar :)

    2. I don't know how all those teeth fit in one mouth. But he is Michael Fassbender, and therefore he can do anything. Thanks!

    3. No Fassbender gets no interest from me. And yes, I'm using Picnik. It's kinda sad that they're closing down, but I thought I'd take advantage of the free premium features while they're there!

  2. I still need to watch some of those movies, but oh I wish Leo would win all the awards! I'm so sick of seeing him lose every time, it's torture! I think he's such a good actor, but never gets any recognition, especially from the academy. I won't even get into the fact that so many great performances were left out this year, but Leo, please, it would be wonderful. and surprising, sadly. I agree with you.

    and about the layout, I love it in all honestly. I'm jealous of that sidebar with all your picks, I wish I had thought of something like that for mine!!

    1. It is so sad...I feel so sorry for him. He looked so sad at the Golden Globes. I just want to give him a hug.


  3. Wow, I love the new fancy updates. Looks great!

  4. Nice work on the blog Stevee! Love the header as well as your right sidebar!

    Good set of prediction! It really comes down to Viola Davis and Meryl Streep so I'm always pulling for Viola but I would say it's 51/49 Meryl.

    Male actor: I would venture Jean Dujardin. I would think he and Clooney are 1A and 1B here.

    1. Thanks!

      51/49 - that's a good way of putting it!

      And let's hope that Dujardin wins. That would be grand :)

  5. Ahah, look at that smile. He's one of those good looking actors who have a weird smile, I think it's the teeth. Christian Bale also fits into that category.

    P.S. Loving the header too, very festive!

    1. It is weird when Christian Bale smiles, though, haha.

      And thank you!

  6. I didn't know Hammer was arrested. Wow.
    Good predictions but I disagree with a couple of them. E.g. I'm alsmost 100% certain, it's not Brad Pitt's year (sadly).

    1. I know, he is such a criminal.

      And no, it's not Pitt's year :'(

  7. Looks like your "Loki" predictions did pretty good with 4 out of 5! Although what I enjoyed most was the Owen Wilson look on some of these!


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