Here are the winners of the 13th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards:
Best Actor: Forest Whitaker, “The Last King of Scotland”
Best Actress: Helen Mirren, “The Queen”
Best Supporting Actor: Eddie Murphy, “Dreamgirls”
Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Hudson, “Dreamgirls”
Cast: Little Miss Sunshine
These awards are often seen as a good indicator for the acting categories at the Oscars. I think everyone now knows that Helen Mirren is a virtual certainty to win Best Actress so her victory here isn’t a big shock.
Forest Whitaker’s win confirms his status as the Best Actor frontrunner although if there is a huge swell of sympathy for Peter O’Toole in Venus then the veteran could spring a surprise.
Actors form the largest block of voters in the Academy so any trends here are also likely to spill over to Oscar night, which could be good news for Little Miss Sunshine. It is clearly a much loved film and its win for Best Ensemble could be another indicator that it might sneak Best Picture.