Monday, January 30, 2017

SAG Winners

The SAG Awards added their say to the season last night, as I'm sure you saw.
I didn't so much watch the show as listen to it from the discomfort of my bathroom, while an underdone chicken & rice dish from Korean Grill House pulled a U-turn in my digestive tract.

Most of the guild's decisions require little commentary, more or less confirming front-runner status for Mahershala Ali, Viola Davis and Emma Stone.

It wasn't until the final two film categories of the night we got some fat to chew. While I wouldn't have called the wins for Denzel Washington and the cast of Hidden Figures full shockers, they do add enough of a wrinkle to keep things interesting, or at least raise some questions:
Is the uplifting account of brilliant black women at NASA perhaps a stronger Best Picture threat than Moonlight, or Manchester by the Sea (which was blanked 0-for-4 last night)?

Are the old sexual harassment allegations against Casey Affleck (which I understand were settled out of court) hurting him in a Best Actor race that's tighter than the critics made it seem? Or do people in the industry simply like Denzel's performance better? Denzel isn't up for the BAFTA so an Affleck win there might not even clear it up that much. An Affleck loss with the Brits, however, may be telling...

Just some things to keep an eye on as the season winds down over the next four weeks.

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