I’m Giving Out Wings! – Awards Circuit Catch-Up

While the Oscar Blitz has been going on, the other major ceremonies of this year’s Awards Season have been having their say on the final outcome. Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve gotten results from the BAFTAs, SAG, and the DGA. The Writers Guild and the Independent Spirit Awards are still to come, but I figured this was as good a time as any to catch up on some undercard results, as they will very likely portend the results on Oscar Night.

Speaking of which, for those who haven’t heard, one of the few terrible ideas floated by the Academy has come to fruition. In an effort to increase ratings by not knowing how awards shows work, it was announced today that four categories will not be announced live during the broadcast. Instead, they will be relegated to commercial breaks, with the results and snippets of acceptance speeches aired via montage later in the show. That’s right, in a ceremony with no host, and limiting Original Song performances to 90 seconds each (originally only “Shallow” and “All the Stars” were even going to be performed), somehow the show is so overstuffed that we don’t have time in an awards show to see people winning awards. Falling by the wayside this year are Cinematography, Film Editing, Live Action Short, and Makeup & Hairstyling. The people behind this decision tell us not to be sad, because those four will be guaranteed NOT to be cut next year, though as many as six categories can be cut year in and year out. Unbelievable.

Anyway, on to the results! For the record, anything marked with an asterisk (*) is for a winner who is NOT up for the Academy Award.

Screen Actors Guild Awards:
Best Actor – Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody
Best Actress – Glenn Close – The Wife
Best Supporting Actor – Mahershala Ali – Green Book
Best Supporting Actress – Emily Blunt – A Quiet Place*
Best Ensemble – Black Panther
Best Stunt Ensemble – Black Panther

Directors Guild of America Awards:
Feature Film Director – Alfonso Cuarón – Roma
Documentary Director – Tim Wardle – Three Identical Strangers
First-Time Feature Director – Bo Burnham – Eighth Grade

72nd BAFTA Awards:
Best Film – Roma
Best Director – Alfonso Cuarón – Roma
Best Actor – Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody
Best Actress – Olivia Colman – The Favourite
Best Supporting Actor – Mahershala Ali – Green Book
Best Supporting Actress – Rachel Weisz – The Favourite
Best Original Screenplay – The Favourite
Best Adapted Screenplay – BlacKkKlansman
Cinematography – Roma
British Debut – Beast
Best British Film – The Favourite
Best Documentary – Free Solo
Original Music – A Star is Born*
Best Sound – Bohemian Rhapsody
Production Design – The Favourite
Visual Effects – Black Panther*
Costume Design – The Favourite
Makeup and Hair – The Favourite*
Editing – Vice
Best Film Not in the English Language – Roma
Best Animated Film – Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Best Short Animation – Roughhouse*
Best Short Film – 73 Cows*
Rising Star – Letitia Wright – Black Panther

* * * * *

So what can we glean from all of this? Well, for one, I think you can pencil in Mahershala Ali for Supporting Actor and Alfonso Cuarón for at least Best Director. I think it’s also a pretty safe bet that Roma‘s going to win Foreign Language. Animated Feature seems fairly sewn up as well.

On the flipside, it looks like we’ll have legit competitions in the other acting categories. Olivia Colman and Glenn Close have split the Best Actress honors so far, and the same is true for Rami Malek and Christian Bale for Best Actor. Best Supporting Actress will be very interesting, as we’ve had three different winners in the form of Regina King, Rachel Weisz, and Emily Blunt. Blunt’s not up for the Oscar, but the other two are, and King’s win came in the Golden Globes, the only other award for which she’s been nominated, while Weisz has been up for everything, but the BAFTA is her only win.

Finally, and sadly, we really can’t gauge Best Picture chances at this point, as Roma and The Favourite lead nominations and each won a high prize at the BAFTAs, while Green Book has the most wins among BP and BP-adjacent prizes, while Bohemian Rhapsody and Black Panther have notched a win as well. At best, I think we can eliminate BlacKkKlansmanA Star is Born, and Vice from contention, but that’s not even half the field. We’ll see if the final two circuit ceremonies can offer more intel.

Join the conversation in the comments below! What have you learned from these awards? Which Oscar-snubbed winner do you like best? Do you think the BAFTA mask statue looks kind of creepy? Let me know!

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