Wednesday, January 25, 2017

SAG Winner Predictions: Best Ensemble in a Motion Picture

The competition: Captain Fantastic, Fences, Hidden Figures, Manchester by the Sea, Moonlight

For your information: “Manchester by the Sea” and “Moonlight” both have three actors nominated, “Fences” has two, and “Captain Fantastic” and “Hidden Figures” each have one. Since the SAG Awards were first handed out in 1994, there has only been one eventual Oscar winner for Best Picture – “Braveheart” – that wasn’t nominated here, a statistic being used against “La La Land,” which only really has two main cast members. Only one winner of this award – “The Birdcage” – went on not to be nominated for Best Picture, and eleven of the winners took home the Best Picture award.

Who should win: I was blown away by the cast of “Manchester by the Sea” and I think it deserves it. “Captain Fantastic” is a fun inclusion but doesn’t get my vote. “Fences” is also a good choice, as is “Moonlight.”

Who will win: Honestly, it could be “Hidden Figures,” but I think Moonlight might take this as a way of honoring the portrayers of its protagonist that aren’t individually recognized.

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