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The SAG ceremony is one of the most closely watched of the Hollywood awards season because it makes up the largest voting group or around 20 percent of the 6,000 members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences that vote for the Oscars. Bradley Cooper accepted the best ensemble cast award on behalf of a lineup that included Christian Bale and Amy Adams in addition to Lawrence. All four of them are nominated in the four acting Oscar categories, a repeat feat by Russell after his hit last year “Silver Linings Playbook.” “He is an actor’s director,” said Cooper. “That notion is tossed around; he is the embodiment of it. He’s the reason why all of us wanted to become actors when we were children.” “American Hustle” is a romp through loose 1970s New York and tells the story of petty con-artists who are caught and forced to collaborate with the FBI in a sting operation, inspired by the real-life Abscam case.

It won 10 Oscar nominations on Thursday, co-leading the field with space thriller “Gravity,” basically a one-woman show starring Sandra Bullock as a stranded astronaut that is most recognized for its technical innovation. But it is the small film that cost $4 million, “Dallas Buyers Club,” that has done best in individual acting awards this week. McConaughey’s co-star Jared Leto won best supporting actor for his turn as his transsexual side-kick Rayon. Both he and McConaughey, who plays a homophobic Texan who gets AIDS and fights for treatment, impressed the film world with their extreme weight loss for their roles. “There’s a magic place that we, as actors, can get or at least strive to get to. And you know we always don’t get there. But, boy, when we touch it, it’s magic,” McConaughey said in recognizing the much ballyhooed ascent in his career.

In the last decade, the SAG awards have a mixed record on predicting the Oscar best picture with their choice of best ensemble cast for film. They have correctly predicted the Oscar in six of the last 10 years.
For best actor, they have tipped the Oscar winner in all of the last nine years, and for best actress, they have predicted six out of the last nine. The Producers Guild of America, which will hand out their awards on Sunday night, has correctly selected the best picture Oscar winner with their outstanding film producer prize for the last six years.

But it is an abnormally long lead-in to the Oscars, and Academy members have almost a month before voting starts on Feb 14 and ends on Feb 25. The long wait adds to the uncertainty of the race. In a bit of unscripted drama, actress Rita Moreno, 82, received the lifetime achievement award from the Screen Actors Guild on Saturday and dropped an expletive as soon as she hit the stage to accept the honor from actor Morgan Freeman. Soon after, she said, “I am sorry about that word. Actually I am not.” The SAG honors are chosen by some 165,000 actors working in the United States and also reward acting in television drama and comedy as well as stunt work.

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The SAG ceremony is one of the most closely watched of the Hollywood awards season because it makes up the largest voting group or around 20 percent of the 6,000 members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences that vote for the Oscars. But in the last decade the SAG awards have a mixed record on predicting the Oscar best picture with their choice of best ensemble cast for film. They have correctly predicted the Oscar in six of the last 10 years. For best actor, they have tipped the Oscar winner in all of the last nine years, and for best actress, they have predicted six out of the last nine.

The Producers Guild of America, which will hand out their awards on Sunday night, has correctly selected the best picture Oscar winner with their outstanding film producer prize for the last six years. Last year, both SAG and the PGA anointed Iran hostage drama “Argo,” by director Ben Affleck, which went on to win the Oscar. One factor complicating predictions for Oscars is the abnormally long lag time between nominations and the end of voting for the March 2 awards. Voting will occur from Feb 14 to Feb 25.
 

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