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SAG Awards Predictions: Will Win / Should Win

This year’s SAG Awards predictions look a bit different from last month’s Golden Globe picks. Four of the Golden Globe winners—Andra Day, Jodie Foster, Sacha Baron Cohen (for Borat), and Rosamund Pike—missed the cut with their fellow thesps. That number is awfully, but as the only actor of the four nominated at the Oscars, Day could still be in play since SAG voters cast their nominations very, very early and Billie Holiday was very, very late to the game.


The SAG Awards are an annual highlight for Oscar watchers, not just because they’re all about the stars. The actors represent the biggest portion of Academy voters. They can swing a race. Just look at last year’s zany upset that catapulted Parasite from dark horse to major threat. Or when Crash changed the game for the Oscars entirely with a full-throttle campaign that targeted actors, and ultimately left frontrunner Brokeback Mountain 0 for 4 at the SAGs and upset on Oscar night. Maybe amid calls to forget about the Golden Globes, it’s time to upgrade the SAG Awards’ significance on the campaign trail.


To cheer our favourite performances of the year and jeer Jared Leto once again, members of the That Shelf team assembled their SAG Awards predictions and picks. Participants could abstain in any category in which they hadn’t seen enough contenders or had no opinion. Making their SAG Awards predictions this round were Colin Biggs, Courtney Small, Daniel Grant, Emma Badame, Manuel Betancourt, Pat Mullen, and Shane Slater.


SAG Award Predictions and Picks


The Trial of the Chicago 7

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

The nominees: Da 5 Bloods, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Minari, One Night in Miami, The Trial of the Chicago 7



The long-held statistic that a Best Picture Oscar winner was also a SAG ensemble nominee has fallen by the wayside. Both The Shape of Water and Green Book won the former while missing the latter. Nomadland shouldn’t worry too much about going into the show without this one. Consensus favours The Trial of the Chicago 7 for its sprawling cast and Sorkinese showboating. Courtroom dramas offer ACTING aplenty. Ditto Ma Rainey, which has some of the best actors in the world shouting over one another, but might have to settle for a foregone win for Chadwick Boseman. Da 5 Bloods and One Night in Miami, on the other hand, missed some individual nominations that should have been no-brainers. (Delroy Lindo, anyone?) Unlike Chicago, though, Ma Rainey, Bloods, and Miami aren’t Best Picture Oscar nominees. Only once has a non-Best Picture nominee won here: 1996’s The Birdcage.

But there’s the saying that there’s acting you see and acting you don’t see. If voters prefer the latter, they might go for the heartfelt Minari. Unlike the other challengers, it performed as expected, scoring individual nominations for Steven Yeun and Yuh-jung Youn. If any film wants to prove itself Nomadland’s challenger for the final stretch, now’s the time.


Will win:

Da 5 Bloods: Daniel


Minari: Bil, Courtney

The Trial of the Chicago 7: Colin, Emma, Manuel, Pat, Shane


Should win:

Da 5 Bloods: Daniel, Courtney


Minari: Emma, Manuel, Pat

One Night in Miami: Colin

The Trial of the Chicago 7: Shane

Chadwick Boseman in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role


The nominees: Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal; Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom; Anthony Hopkins, The Father; Gary Oldman, Mank; Steven Yeun, Minari



We’re all saying this is T’Challa for the win. Best Actor might be the only race that feels safely locked up on the acting front.


Will win:

Chadwick Boseman: everyone


Should win:


Riz Ahmed: Courtney, Emma, Manuel, Rachel

Chadwick Boseman: Bil, Colin, Shane

Anthony Hopkins: Pat

Frances McDormand in the film Nomadland. Photo Courtesy of Searchlight Pictures.

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role


The nominees: Amy Adams, Hillbilly Elegy; Viola Davis, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom; Vanessa Kirby, Pieces of a Woman; Frances McDormand, Nomadland; Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman


Without either of the (surprise) Golden Globe winners in the mix, this race could go any way. Oddly, it features a list of contenders one could have predicted in November. After her fellow Brits weirdly snubbed her, this is Carey Mulligan’s last chance to pick up steam, while Viola Davis could pull an upset since her film is the only one with an ensemble nod, despite all the other films save Nomadland being heavy-hitters on the cast front. On the other hand, McDormand’s performance carries nearly every frame of Nomadland as she rebounds emotions and reacts to non-professional actors. It’s hard to imagine her fellow actors dismissing the performance for seeming “too easy” as the lazier critics have suggested. The only thing working against McDormand, really, is that she won three years ago.


Will win:


Viola Davis: Manuel, Shane

Frances McDormand: Bil, Courtney, Daniel, Emma, Pat

Carey Mulligan: Colin


Should win:

Viola Davis: Bil

Vanessa Kirby: Daniel

Frances McDormand: Courtney, Pat, Shane

Carey Mulligan: Colin, Emma, Manuel


This for that:

Bil says: Swap out Amy Adams for Carrie Coon in The Nest

Colin says: Swap out Amy Adams for Elisabeth Moss in The Invisible Man

Emma says: Swap out Amy Adams for Andra Day in The United States vs. Billie Holiday

Pat says: Swap out Amy Adams for Michelle Pfeiffer in French Exit

Daniel Kaluuya in Judas and the Black Messiah

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role


The nominees: Chadwick Boseman, Da 5 Bloods; Sacha Baron Cohen, The Trial of the Chicago Seven; Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah; Jared Leto, The Little Things; Leslie Odom, Jr. One Night in Miami


The Daniel Kaluuya train continues! At this point, the only thing stopping him from an Oscar win is vote-splitting with his Oscar-nominated co-star Lakeith Stanfield.


Will win:


Daniel Kaluuya: everyone


Should win:


Daniel Kaluuya: everyone


This for that:

Bil says: Swap out Chadwick Boseman and replace him with Da 5 Bloods’ Clark Peters

Emma says: Swap out Jared Leo (because REALLY) for Alan Kim in Minari or Kingsley Ben-Adir in One Night in Miami

Pat says: Swap out Jared Leto (“because REALLY,” indeed!) and replace him with Stanley Tucci in Supernova 

Maria Bakalova in Borat Subsequent Movieflm

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role


The nominees: Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm; Glenn Close, Hillbilly Elegy; Olivia Colman, The Father; Yuh-jung Youn, Minari; Helena Zengel, News of the World


SAG skews much younger than the Academy, so here’s a case where Maria Bakalova could rebound after losing the Golden Globe. But actors could also see Borat more as improve than acting. (Although, frankly, it’s more likely that they’ll recognize the mix of bravery and comedic chops that pulled it off.) If they don’t swing for Bakalova, there’s Yuh-jung Youn to carry the Minari love or Glenn Close to edge her way towards her presumptive let’s-get-this-over-with Oscar win. Close’s Hillbilly Elegy co-star Amy Adams was one of the biggest surprises among the nominees. That bodes well for Close, considering how freaking terrible the film is.


Will win:


Maria Bakalova: Bil, Pat, Daniel, Emma, Shane

Glenn Close: Colin

Olivia Colman: Manuel

Yuh-jung Youn: Courtney


Should win:


Maria Bakalova: Colin, Courtney

Yuh-jung Youn: Daniel, Emma, Manuel, Pat, Shane

Helena Zengel: Bil



Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture


The nominees: Da 5 Bloods, Mulan, News of the World, The Trial of the Chicago 7, Wonder Woman 1984


A bit of a toss-up. Does the film with the most stunts or biggest action sequences prevail? Anyone placing their chips on Chicago 7 is really betting big, though.


Will win:


Da 5 Bloods: Manuel, Pat

Mulan: Bil, Courtney, Daniel, Emma, Shane

Wonder Woman 1984: Colin


Should win:

Da 5 Bloods: Colin, Emma, Manuel, Pat

Mulan: Shane

News of the World: Bil

Wonder Woman 1984: Courtney


SAG Awards Predictions and Picks: TV Categories

Mark Ruffalo in I Know this Much Is True

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series


The nominees: Bill Camp, The Queen’s Gambit; Daveed Diggs, Hamilton; Hugh Grant, The Undoing; Ethan Hawke, The Good Lord Bird; Mark Ruffalo, I Know this Much Is True


After winning an Emmy and a Golden Globe for his performance in the bleak mini-series I Know this Much Is True, Ruffalo may be one of the safer bets of the night.


Will win:

Bill Camp: Colin

Daveed Diggs: Manuel

Mark Ruffalo: Daniel, Emma, Pat, Shane


Should win:

Daveed Diggs: Pat

Ethan Hawke: Colin, Manuel, Shane

Mark Ruffalo: Daniel, Emma

Anya Taylor-Joy in The Queen’s Gambit

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series


The nominees: Cate Blanchett, Mrs. America; Michaela Cole, I Will Destroy You; Nicole Kidman, The Undoing; Anya Taylor-Joy, The Queen’s Gambit; Kerry Washington, Little Fires Everywhere


Anya Taylor-Joy won the Globe, but Twitter nearly burned the house down when Michaela Cole wasn’t nominated at the Globes. All that attention could have inspired voters to look closer at her performance.


Will win:

Anya Taylor-Joy: everyone


Should win:

Michaela Cole: Colin, Daniel, Emma, Manuel, Shane

Nicole Kidman’s green coat: Pat

The Crown

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series


The nominees: Better Call Saul, Bridgerton, The Crown, Lovecraft Country, Ozark


With five overall nominations this year and a win in the category last year, The Crown should repeat on its best season yet. It helps that the series had two iconic roles with Princess Diana and Margaret Thatcher, with both stars nailing the parts.


Will win:


The Crown: Colin, Daniel, Emma, Manuel, Pat, Shane

Lovecraft Country: Courtney


Should win:

Better Call Saul: Colin

The Crown: Emma, Pat, Shane

Lovecraft Country: Courtney, Manuel

Ozark: Daniel

Emma Corrin and Josh O’Connor in The Crown

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series


The nominees: Jason Bateman, Ozark; Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us; Josh O’Connor, The Crown; Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul; René-Jean Page, Bridgerton


This one’s a bit of a toss-up. Our group gives a slight edge to Josh O’Connor for his turn as Prince Charles. It’s not a particularly flattering take on the character, which seems doubly spot-on after that Oprah interview.


Will win:

Jason Bateman: Colin, Manuel

Josh O’Connor: Emma, Pat, Shane

Bob Odenkirk: Daniel


Should win:

Jason Bateman: Daniel

Josh O’Connor: Emma, Pat

Bob Odenkirk: Colin, Shane

Gillian Anderson in The Crown

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in Drama Series


The nominees: Gillian Anderson, The Crown; Olivia Colman, The Crown; Emma Corrin, The Crown; Julia Garner, Ozark; Laura Linney, Ozark


Well, it’s safe to say someone from The Crown or Ozark is winning, but who? Emma Corrin and Gillian Anderson are going head to head after wins at the Golden Globes and Critics Choice Awards. Lead performances tend to trump supporting turns here, but Anderson’s take on Thatcher is extra juicy. Alternatively, the three Crown stars could split the vote and help team Ozark, but that seems less likely given the heat for The Crown this year. This could be one of the night’s closer calls.


Will win:

Gillian Anderson: Pat

Olivia Colman: Colin

Emma Corrin: Bil, Manuel, Emma, Shane


Should win:


Gillian Anderson: Manuel, Pat, Shane

Olivia Colman: Bil

Emma Corrin: Emma

Julia Garner: Colin, Daniel


Schitt’s Creek

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series


The nominees: Dead to Me, The Flight Attendant, The Great, Schitt’s Creek, Ted Lasso


It seems inevitable that the Schitt’s sweep will end with a long-overdue recognition for the cast. But some of our writers really dug The Great, which might have to wait its turn just like the Roses did.


Will win:

Schitt’s Creek: everyone


Should win:

The Great: Daniel, Manuel, Shane

Schitt’s Creek: Courtney, Emma, Pat


This for that:

Manuel says: Swap out Dead to Me for Insecure

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series


The nominees: Nicholas Hoult, The Great; Dan Levy, Schitt’s Creek; Eugene Levy, Schitt’s Creek; Jason Sudeikis, Ted Lasso; Ramy Youssef, Ramy


We’re an even split in terms of Dan Levy versus Jason Sudeikis. The latter could prevail here if Levy and Levy split the Schitt’s Creek vote.


Will win:

Dan Levy: Colin, Courtney, Daniel

Eugene Levy: Manuel

Jason Sudeikis: Emma, Pat, Shane


Should win:

Nicholas Hoult: Daniel

Dan Levy: Colin, Courtney, Emma, Pat

Ramy Youssef: Manuel, Shane

Catherine O’Hara in Schitt’s Creek

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series


The nominees: Christina Applegate, Dead to Me; Linda Cardellini, Dead to Me; Kaley Cuoco, The Flight Attendant; Annie Murphy, Schitt’s Creek; Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek


Saving the best for last, our consensus favours Catherine the Great for her memorable turn as three-time Daytime Emmy Award attendee Moira Rose. It’s hard to imagine a performance this central to making a show a cultural phenomenon going unrecognized by the actors.


Will win:

Kaley Cuoco: Colin

Catherine O’Hara: Bil, Courtney, Daniel, Emma, Manuel, Pat, Shane


Should win:

Linda Cardellini: Courtney

Catherine O’Hara: Bil, Daniel, Emma, Manuel, Pat


What are your SAG Awards predictions?