McConaughey, Blanchett, Leto, and Nyong’o Triumph at SAG Awards

1390143894230_cate-blanchett-sag-lede[1]McConaughey, Blanchett, Leto, and Nyong’o Triumph at SAG Awards

Matthew McConaughey, Cate Blanchett, Jared Leto, and Lupita Nyong’o were the winners in their individual categories at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Saturday night, while American Hustle walked away with the top ensemble prize. All except Nyong’o were also winners at the Golden Globes on Sunday—American Hustle was named best musical or comedy—while all were winners at Thursday’s Critics Choice Awards, including an ensemble nod for American Hustle. There are years when SAG can throw a twist into a tight awards race, but this was not one of them.
On the television side, there were many other familiar winners—Breaking Bad and Modern Family won the ensemble prizes for drama and comedy, respectively, while Michael Douglas earned another trophy for his role as Liberace in the HBO movie Behind the Candelabra. A full list of SAG Award winners is available here .
With the exception of the supporting actress category, which still seems like a fierce face-off between Nyong’o and American Hustle’s Jennifer Lawrence, the acting races at the upcoming Academy Awards now seem fairly settled. Cate Blanchett has been a frontrunner for best actress since Blue Jasmine opened last summer, while Jared Leto emerged as a supporting actor lock for his Dallas Buyers Club performance only after virtually every critics group handed him their prize. The race for lead actor has been much tighter, seemingly a six-man race among McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club), Robert Redford (All Is Lost), Bruce Dern (Nebraska), Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips), Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave), and The Wolf of Wall Street’s Leonardo DiCaprio. Then came the Oscar nominations, which left out Redford and Hanks and included American Hustle’s Christian Bale. It seemed for a minute there that the best actor race could become a complete toss-up, but the more acceptance speeches McConaughey gives, the more he seems likely to take home his first Oscar at the March 2 ceremony.
Speaking of acceptance speeches, you can watch part of his below. Some see these pre-Oscar awards ceremonies as opportunities to audition for your own “I’d like to thank the Academy” moment, and McConaughey nails that audition every single time.

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