And last night, Birdman solidified its status as a major Oscar contender with its win at the SAG Awards. Granted, most people expected Birdman to take the SAG Awards (it's the ultimate actors movie and movies like that always win the SAG award) but this is still another critical win for the film. However, American Hustle took the SAG last year and ended up getting completely shut out at the Oscars. So this award is certainly not a guarantee for Birdman, but it's another step in the right direction for the black comedy.
While most of the other SAG's last night went to the expected winners (J.K. Simmons, Julianne Moore and Patricia Arquette continued their awards sweep), Eddie Redmayne pulled a shocking upset and topped Oscar favorite Michael Keaton. Redmayne and Keaton have been going back and forth all year, and it appears that Redmayne may be the front-runner now. Most are also expecting Redmayne to win at the BAFTA's so he might be able to carry that momentum all the way to the Oscars. With only the Directors Guild, Writers Guild and the BAFTA's left before the Oscars, it's crunch time for these major contenders. It will definitely be an intriguing few weeks.
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