SAG Awards 2016 Oscar Nominees Frontrunner
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Idris Elba shocks with best supporting actor win.

For a moment there, it looked like the casts of “Beasts of No Nation” or “Straight Outta Compton” might be poised for a stunner at the 22nd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. On the heels of the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, SAG-AFTRA produced what felt, at least in part, like a message to the industry: a roll call of winners marked by diversity.

The cast of “Orange is the New Black” won, as did one of the show’s principals, Uzo Aduba. “Beasts” star Idris Elba triumphed in the supporting actor film category, then he double-dipped in the actor – TV movie or miniseries category for his performance in BBC America’s “Luther.” In the corresponding actress field, Queen Latifah won for HBO’s “Bessie,” while in the actress – TV drama category, Viola Davis added another SAG prize to her mantle for ABC’s “How to Get Away with Murder.”

The issue was addressed a couple of times on stage, first by “Orange” star Laura Prepon and then by Elba. “Welcome to diverse TV,” he quipped.

Two things should at least be noted here. First, Netflix sent free three-month subscriptions to the entire SAG-AFTRA membership, greatly helping to expose “Beasts” and “Orange” to voters. (Hard copy screeners of “Beasts” were also mailed out to all 116,000-plus members, a measure taken by only a handful of film contenders.) Second, perceived Oscar frontrunner Sylvester Stallone was not nominated by SAG-AFTRA, largely because the momentum behind “Creed” took hold after the guild’s early deadlines this season.

All of that said, it was still an interesting contrast. By the time the intrigue of the film ensemble category finally rolled around, many on the beat no doubt already had their headlines ready to roll.

But something of interest did happen when Demi Moore opened the night’s final envelope: After “The Big Short” came on strong last weekend with a Producers Guild victory, Tom McCarthy’s “Spotlight” proved to still be very much in the thick of it. The ensemble prize has been a best picture harbinger as many times as it hasn’t, sporting a 10/20 success rate, but it’s nevertheless a crucial win with final Oscar ballots still waiting to go out.

Stars Mark Ruffalo and Michael Keaton took time to shed a sincere light on the issue presented in their film. “This is for the disenfranchised everywhere,” Keaton said, taking it broader in closing with a second-straight SAG ensemble prize in hand. “This is for every Flint, Michigan in the world. This is for the powerful who take advantage of the powerless.”

It was an interesting note in the face of a movie like “The Big Short,” a case study in how the powerful maintain that advantage — even if it means collapsing an economy.

Elsewhere, all Oscar frontrunners reigned — Leonardo DiCaprio (“The Revenant”), finally sailing to a win after being nominated for much more complex work in the past; Brie Larson (“Room”), putting some more distance between herself and Saoirse Ronan; and Alicia Vikander (“The Danish Girl”), cruising to a supporting Oscar win for her leading performance.

The DGA chimes in next weekend. Will the directors clarify the race or keep the waters muddy?

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Silence Picture
  1. "La La Land" Lionsgate

  2. "Fences" Paramount Pictures

  3. "Moonlight" A24

  4. "Manchester by the Sea" Amazon/Roadside Attractions

  5. "Lion" The Weinstein Co.

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Denzel Washington Viola Davis Fences Director
  1. Damien Chazelle "La La Land"

  2. Barry Jenkins "Moonlight"

  3. Denzel Washington "Fences"

  4. Kenneth Lonergan "Manchester by the Sea"

  5. Martin Scorsese "Silence"

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Manchester by the Sea Actor
  1. Denzel Washington "Fences"

  2. Casey Affleck "Manchester by the Sea"

  3. Ryan Gosling "La La Land"

  4. Tom Hanks "Sully"

  5. Andrew Garfield "Hacksaw Ridge"

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Jackie Natalie Portman Actress
  1. Emma Stone "La La Land"

  2. Natalie Portman "Jackie"

  3. Annette Bening "20th Century Women"

  4. Meryl Streep "Florence Foster Jenkins"

  5. Isabelle Huppert "Elle"

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Hugh Grant Florence Foster Jenkins Supporting Actor
  1. Jeff Bridges "Hell or High Water"

  2. Mahershala Ali "Moonlight"

  3. Dev Patel "Lion"

  4. Hugh Grant "Florence Foster Jenkins"

  5. Mykelti Williamson "Fences"

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Nicole Kidman Lion Supporting Actress
  1. Viola Davis "Fences"

  2. Michelle Williams "Manchester by the Sea"

  3. Naomie Harris "Moonlight"

  4. Nicole Kidman "Lion"

  5. Greta Gerwig "20th Century Women"

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Arrival Adapted Screenplay
  1. "Lion" Luke Davies

  2. "Fences" August Wilson

  3. "Arrival" Eric Heisserer

  4. "Hacksaw Ridge" Andrew Knight, Robert Schenkkan

  5. "Sully" Todd Komarnicki

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'Whiplash' director Damien Chazelle is back with this musical about a jazz pianist (Ryan Gosling) who falls for an aspiring actress (Emma Stone). Original Screenplay
  1. "La La Land" Damien Chazelle

  2. "Manchester by the Sea" Kenneth Lonergan

  3. "Moonlight" Barry Jenkins, Tarell McCraney

  4. "Hell or High Water" Taylor Sheridan

  5. "20th Century Women" Mike Mills

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Ben Affleck John Goodman Live By Night Cinematography
  1. "Silence" Rodrigo Prieto

  2. "Live By Night" Robert Richardson

  3. "La La Land" Linus Sandgren

  4. "Lion" Greig Fraser

  5. "Jackie" Stephane Fontaine

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Fantastic Beasts and where to find them Costume Design
  1. "Live By Night" Jacqueline West

  2. "Silence" Dante Ferretti

  3. "Allied" Joanna Johnston

  4. "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" Colleen Atwood

  5. "La La Land" Mary Zophres

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Sully Movie Film Editing
  1. "La La Land" Tom Cross

  2. "Sully" Blu Murray

  3. "Moonlight" Joi McMillon, Nat Sanders

  4. "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" Jabez Olssen

  5. "Arrival" Joe Walker

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Star Trek Beyond Makeup & Hairstyling
  1. "Star Trek Beyond"

  2. "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story"

  3. "Hacksaw Ridge"

  4. "Florence Foster Jenkins"

  5. "Gold"

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The BFG Original Score
  1. "The BFG" John Williams

  2. "La La Land" Justin Hurwitz

  3. "The Jungle Book" John Debney

  4. "Lion" Hauschka, Dustin O'Halloran

  5. "Florence Foster Jenkins" Alexandre Desplat

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Hidden Figures trailer Best Original Song
  1. "Audition (The Fools Who Dream") "La La Land"

  2. "How Far I'll Go" "Moana"

  3. "City of Stars" "La La Land"

  4. "Runnin'" "Hidden Figures"

  5. "Faith" "Sing"

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fantastic beasts and where to find them eddie redmayne Production Design
  1. "Live By Night" Jess Gonchor; Nancy Haigh

  2. "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" Stuart Craig, James Hambige; Anna Pinnock

  3. "La La Land" David Wasco; Sandy Reynolds-Wasco

  4. "Silence" Dante Ferretti; Francesca Lo Schiavo

  5. "Rules Don't Apply" Jeannine Oppewall; Nancy Haigh

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Rogue One A Star Wars Story trailer Sound Editing
  1. "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story"

  2. "Hacksaw Ridge"

  3. "Live By Night"

  4. "Deepwater Horizon"

  5. "Sully"

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Hacksaw Ridge Venice Sound Mixing
  1. "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story"

  2. "La La Land"

  3. "The Jungle Book"

  4. "Hacksaw Ridge"

  5. "Live By Night"

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KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS Animated Feature
  1. "Zootopia" Walt Disney Studios

  2. "Kubo and the Two Strings" Laika/Focus Features

  3. "The Red Turtle" Sony Pictures Classics

  4. "Miss Hokusai" GKIDS

  5. "Moana" Walt Disney Studios

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Toni-Erdmann-1 Foreign Language
  1. "Toni Erdmann" Germany; Maren Ade

  2. "Land of Mine" Denmark; Martin Zandvliet

  3. "The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki" Finland; Juho Kuosmanen

  4. "The Idol" Palestine; Hany Abu Assad

  5. "Barakah Meets Barakah" Saudi Arabia; Mahmoud Sabbagh

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Jungle Book Visual Effects
  1. "The Jungle Book"

  2. "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story"

  3. "Doctor Strange"

  4. "Warcraft"

  5. "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them"

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