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
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  2. "La La Land" Lionsgate

  3. "Fences" Paramount Pictures

  4. "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk" Sony Pictures

  5. "Live By Night" Warner Bros. Pictures

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Denzel Washington Viola Davis Fences Director
  1. Martin Scorsese "Silence"

  2. Damien Chazelle "La La Land"

  3. Denzel Washington "Fences"

  4. Kenneth Lonergan "Manchester by the Sea"

  5. Barry Jenkins "Moonlight"

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

  2. Casey Affleck "Manchester by the Sea"

  3. Andrew Garfield "Silence"

  4. Ryan Gosling "La La Land"

  5. Matthew McConaughey "Gold"

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

  2. Natalie Portman "Jackie"

  3. Viola Davis "Fences"

  4. Annette Bening "20th Century Women"

  5. Meryl Streep "Florence Foster Jenkins"

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Hugh Grant Florence Foster Jenkins Supporting Actor
  1. Stephen McKinley Henderson "Fences"

  2. Hugh Grant "Florence Foster Jenkins"

  3. Jeff Bridges "Hell or High Water"

  4. Lucas Hedges "Manchester by the Sea"

  5. Liam Neeson "Silence"

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Nicole Kidman Lion Supporting Actress
  1. Michelle Williams "Manchester by the Sea"

  2. Naomie Harris "Moonlight"

  3. Octavia Spencer "Hidden Figures"

  4. Nicole Kidman "Lion"

  5. Sienna Miller "Live By Night"

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Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk Adapted Screenplay
  1. "Fences" August Wilson

  2. "Silence" Jay Cocks

  3. "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk" Simon Beaufoy, Jean-Christophe Castelli

  4. "Lion" Luke Davies

  5. "Hidden Figures" Theodore Melfi, Allison Schroeder

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  1. "La La Land" Damien Chazelle

  2. "Manchester by the Sea" Kenneth Lonergan

  3. "Moonlight" Barry Jenkins, Tarell McCraney

  4. "20th Century Women" Mike Mills

  5. "Florence Foster Jenkins" Nicholas Martin

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

  2. "La La Land" Linus Sandgren

  3. "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk" John Toll

  4. "Live By Night" Robert Richardson

  5. "Rules Don't Apply" Caleb Deschanel

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Fantastic Beasts and where to find them Costume Design
  1. "Silence" Sandy Powell

  2. "Florence Foster Jenkins" Consolata Boyle

  3. "La La Land" Mary Zophres

  4. "Live By Night" Jacqueline West

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

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Sully Movie Film Editing
  1. "Silence" Thelma Schoonmaker

  2. "La La Land" Tom Cross

  3. "Live By Night" William Goldenberg

  4. "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk" Tim Squyres

  5. "Sully" Blu Murray

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

  2. "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story"

  3. "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them"

  4. "Florence Foster Jenkins"

  5. "Hacksaw Ridge"

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

  2. "Florence Foster Jenkins" Alexandre Desplat

  3. "Silence" TBA

  4. "The Jungle Book" John Debney

  5. "Moana" Opetaia Foa'i, Mark Mancina

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SING TIFF Best Original Song
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  2. "City of Stars" "La La Land"

  3. "Victory" "Hidden Figures"

  4. "We Know the Way" "Moana"

  5. "Faith" "Sing"

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Rules Don't Apply Production Design
  1. "Live By Night" Jess Gonchor; Nancy Haigh

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

  3. "Silence" Dante Ferretti; Francesca Lo Schiavo

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

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

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Hacksaw Ridge Venice Sound Editing
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  2. "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk"

  3. "Hacksaw Ridge"

  4. "Live By Night"

  5. "Deepwater Horizon"

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Rogue One A Star Wars Story trailer Sound Mixing
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  3. "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk"

  4. "Live By Night"

  5. "Deepwater Horizon"

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Moana trailer Animated Feature
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  2. "Kubo and the Two Strings" Laika/Focus Features

  3. "The Red Turtle" Sony Pictures Classics

  4. "Moana" Walt Disney Studios

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Jungle Book Visual Effects
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  2. "The Jungle Book"

  3. "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them"

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