The SAG Awards 2016 – A Glimpse


It was just a prelude to the Oscars to showcase who would be the prospects at the Oscars this season. The BAFTA, the Critics Choice and the Golden Globes all were towing the same line of offering radical choices by offering a preview to who could win the Oscars. This season the focus was different from what the siblings have to offer. It was rather flat to see the Screen Actors Guild Awards won by Elba, Viola Davis, Queen Latifah and Uzo Aduba. The awards season has become more a routine with a string of ceremonies being shown on the television with the same old clippings repeated every week to the ever decreasing guests.

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The SAG votes on 160,000 films, radio and TV actors who are in the SAG-AFTRA union. They award to the talented actors who will never walk on the Oscar stage on February 28. SAG gives awards to the television and film but the award for Elba for the Best Supporting Actor in Beats of No Nation felt like a dig at the Oscars. The SAG ballots were presented two weeks post the Oscar nominations announcement making all the noise that the 20 nominees were all white for the second consecutive year. Elba was the recipient of two awards including one for Luther, the BBC TV series.

Having been nominated for the Golden Globe, BAFTA and SAG, Elba would make it to the Oscar ballot, it was predicted. But ironically, the actor missing the chance and so did actors like Benicio Del Toro, Oscar Isaac and Michael B Jordan. All this made the most happening night of Hollywood into a boycotting event. The SAG failed to nominate Sylvester Stallone for Creed and this paved the way for Elba. Meanwhile Aduba won the award for Orange Is the New Black, a comedy series, so did Latifah for Female Actor in a Television Movie and Davis for the 2015 How to Get Away With Murder.

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