With awards season in full swing, both the Screen Actors Guild and the Producers Guild of America handed out prizes for their favorites of 2012 this past weekend. The big winner at both ceremonies turned out to be Ben Affleck‘s Argo, which had also previously picked up Golden Globes for Best Director and Best Motion Picture – Drama earlier this month. That positions Argo at the front of this year’s Best Picture Oscar race, though if it wins, it’ll be the rare film to do so without getting a Best Director nomination. Only three films in Oscar history have managed to win Best Picture without an accompanying Best Director nomination, the last to do so being Driving Miss Daisy in 1989.

Other notable victories in the film categories included Searching for Sugar Man and Wreck-It Ralph at the PGA Awards, and Lincoln (Daniel Day-Lewis and Tommy Lee Jones), Silver Linings Playbook (Jennifer Lawrence), and Les Miserables (Anne Hathaway) at the SAG Awards. Small screen winners included Homeland and Game Change. Hit the jump to read the full list of awards. Read More »

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After the past six weeks, there’s no surprise that Avatar is in the Monday box office news. Once again the film is making scads of cash, pushing past The Dark Knight‘s domestic total and closing in on Titanic‘s box office record. High 3D ticket prices help quite a bit, as Avatar is still way behind Gone with the Wind and Star Wars on the list of most-seen films.

But while the Avatar box-office steamroller has made the film look like a lock for the Best Picture Oscar, last night’s Producers Guild of America (PGA) awards have changed the odds. The PGA awarded Best Picture for 2009 to The Hurt Locker, which was a stunning upset for Avatar, and makes The Hurt Locker an Oscar front-runner. Read More »

The 2009 Screen Actors Guild Award Winners

Last night marked the 15th annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards at the Shrine Exposition Center. Many see the SAG awards as indicative of who the Oscar winners will be. If that’s the case, then last night’s awards portend an interesting evening on Febraury 22nd. You’ll find a list of last night’s winners after the jump, but first a few quick notes:

  • As expected, the SAG for Best Supporting Actor went to Heath Ledger for his performance in The Dark Knight
  • Prior to last night, The Dark Knight was given the SAG award for “Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble.” This means that TDK actually took home two awards total.
  • Kate Winslet was nominated for both Best Actress (Revolutionary Road) and Best Supporting Actress (The Reader), but only took home an award for the latter.
  • For his amazing performance in Milk, Sean Penn beat out Mickey Rourke for the Best Actor statue. I think either one of them deserved to win this one, and it’ll basically be a coin toss come Oscar night.
  • Meryl Streep won a much-deserved Best Actress SAG Award although I was honestly hoping that Anne Hathaway would beat her out, after Hathaway lost to Winslet at the Globes. Nonetheless, Streep’s performance in Doubt is one of 2008′s bravest, and a marvel to behold.
  • Most significantly, Slumdog Millionaire won the “Outstanding Performance by a Cast” award, making it a favorite for Best Picture come Oscar night.

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