Sunday, January 18, 2015

SAG Winner Predictions: Best Actor in a Leading Role

The competition: Steve Carell’s oddball billionaire (Foxcatcher), Benedict Cumberbatch’s antisocial mathematician (The Imitation Game), Jake Gyllenhaal’s creepy news hound (Nightcrawler), Michael Keaton’s aging actor (Birdman), and Eddie Redmayne’s Stephen Hawking (The Theory of Everything).

For your information: Only Gyllenhaal has been nominated before for his film work, in 2005 for “Brokeback Mountain.” Carell received six TV nods for “The Office” but never won. Keaton was nominated for miniseries “The Company” in 2007. Cumberbatch is a double nominee this year, also contending for “Sherlock: His Last Vow.” Redmayne is a first-time individual acting nominee. Everyone but Gyllenhaal is also nominated as part of their ensemble. Keaton and Redmayne won Golden Globes for their performances this year.

Who should win: Redmayne or Cumberbatch

Who will win: I think it’s Redmayne, though Keaton could soar ahead if he wins this.

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