Friday, January 22, 2016

SAG Winner Predictions: Best Ensemble Cast

The competition: The child soldiers of “Beasts of No Nation,” the money makers of “The Big Short,” the dogged journalists of “Spotlight,” the groundbreaking musicians of “Straight Outta Compton,” and the devious screenwriters of “Trumbo.”

For your information: Only two of these films - “The Big Short” and “Spotlight” - are nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars. Only one film - “The Birdcage” - has ever won without a Best Picture nomination, and only two films have ever won without individual acting nominations. “Trumbo” has two acting nominations, and “The Big Short” and “Spotlight” both have one each. The cast credited for “Beasts of No Nation” includes just three actors, which is a shame considering the many children who were great in the film.

Who should win: “Spotlight,” though these are all strong nominees

Who will win: As best summarized by Nathaniel of The Film Experience, the big joke in this category has been which four films will have the honor of losing to Spotlight. If it was “The Big Short,” that would be a game-changer, but anything else would just be interesting. “Spotlight” does deserve it, so I hope it’s not robbed.

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