Quick: Can you name the second major televised awards show of the year? You know it, we swear. And that would be...
The answer? The SAG Awards pay homage to film and television. The accolades are chosen for actors by other actors, with two panels of 2,200 thespians each selecting the nominees. Up to 111,228 SAG-AFTRA union members can vote on the winners. We know, you didn’t come here for math, but now you'll nail that "Jeopardy!" question.
For the evening's most coveted category, performance by a cast, the ensembles of “Birdman,” “Boyhood,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “The Imitation Game" and "The Theory of Everything" are in the running.
The Times’ Gold Standard columnist Glenn Whipp predicts the actors in director Robert Linklater’s coming-of-age tale, “Boyhood,” will prevail. The dedication. The cast. The passion. It’s in the bag.
Unless, that is, the cast of Wes Anderson’s whimsical “Budapest Hotel” or Alejandro G. Inarritu’s dark comedy “Birdman” pulls off an upset. Gauge all of Whipp’s predictions here.
Offering another take on the performance by a cast category is The Times’ Betsy Sharkey. “Birdman,” yes. But “Theory of Everything”? It’s puzzling, Sharkey writes, only because the interplay between professor and prodigy in Damien Chazelle’s intense drama “Whiplash” and the physical contact in Bennett Miller’s eerie biopic “Foxcatcher,” among others, defined the true meaning of a cast. Read Sharkey’s entire piece here.
To see our picks of snubs and surprises, delve into our photo gallery that compiles them all here. A nod for “Selma’s” lead David Oyelowo? Snub. A nod for “Orphan Black’s” Tatiana Maslany? Surprise.
Certainly, there were actors surprised by their nominations. Take “Cake’s” Jennifer Aniston, who said she couldn’t put to words how blessed she felt to be recognized by her peers. Or “The Imitation Game” and “Sherlock’s” Benedict Cumberbatch, who called his double nominations an amazing early Christmas present.
Check back with us during and after the ceremony for up-to-the-minute coverage of the SAGs, with red carpet arrivals, show highlights and analysis of what it all means.
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