Wednesday, January 20, 2016

SAG Winner Predictions: Best Actor in a Leading Role

The competition: Bryan Cranston’s communist writer (Trumbo), Johnny Depp’s intimidating mobster (Black Mass), Leonardo DiCaprio’s determined trapper (The Revenant), Michael Fassbender’s brilliant inventor (Steve Jobs), and Eddie Redmayne’s transitioning artist (The Danish Girl).

For your information: Redmayne won this award last year, his only previous solo nomination. No actor yet has won this trophy two years in a row. Depp won in 2003 for “Pirates of the Caribbean” and was nominated again the following year for “Finding Neverland.” This is DiCaprio’s fifth Actor nomination. He has never won. Fassbender has been nominated once before, in 2013 for “12 Years a Slave.” Cranston has been nominated for five TV Actors, and won two of them for “Breaking Bad.” He is the only actor in this race also nominated as part of his film’s ensemble.

Who should win: Depp or Fassbender

Who will win: Depp being in this race doesn’t change anything - it’s time for DiCaprio to ride the momentum to his first SAG trophy.

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