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SAG Awards nominations could herald Oscars glory

December 17, 2009 |  1:02 pm

Last year four of the five SAG-nominated ensembles appeared in films that went on to earn best picture Oscar nominations -- SAG contender "Doubt" was replaced by "The Reader" -- and "Slumdog Millionaire" won both prizes.

Two years ago, only one SAG ensemble nominee -- "No Country for Old Men" -- made it into the best-picture race, although that film won both awards. Three years ago it was three of five, with "Little Miss Sunshine" taking the SAG prize but losing the top Oscar to "The Departed."

Kate Winslet SAG Oscars Last year, 18 of the 19 SAG acting nominees repeated at the Oscars. As double SAG nominee Kate Winslet was bumped up by the Oscars from supporting to lead for "The Reader," she was denied a lead Oscar nom for "Revolutionary Road." She won both awards for "The Reader" while Meryl Streep took the SAG lead prize for "Doubt." With that promotion of Winslet, the Oscars had room for the addition of Marisa Tomei ("The Wrestler") in the supporting race -- she lost to Penelope Cruz ("Vicky Christina Barcelona").

Michael Shannon ("Revolutionary Road") knocked SAG supporting nominee Dev Patel of "Slumdog Millionaire" out of contention at the Oscars -- they both lost their respective races to Heath Ledger ("The Dark Knight"). The lead actor roster matched up perfectly and Sean Penn ("Milk") won both prizes.

Two years ago, 15 of the 20 SAG nominees went on to compete at the Oscars. The only SAG lead actress nominee not needing a babysitter come Oscar night was Angelina Jolie ("A Mighty Heart"), whose spot went to "The Savages" star Laura Linney. While Julie Christie ("Away From Her") prevailed at SAG, Marion Cotillard ("La Vie en Rose") was the champ on Oscar night. The supporting actress race also went four for five with SAG nominee Catherine Keener ("Into the Wild") replaced by Saoirse Ronan of "Atonement." While Ruby Dee ("American Gangster") won over the SAG voters, it was Tilda Swinton ("Michael Clayton") who took home the Oscar.

The 2007 lead actor Oscar race went three for five as SAG nominees and relative newcomers Emile Hirsch ("Into the Wild") and Ryan Gosling ("Lars and the Real Girl") were replaced by Hollywood vets Johnny Depp ("Sweeney Todd") and Tommy Lee Jones ("In the Valley of Elah"). Daniel Day-Lewis ("There Will Be Blood") won both awards. While SAG supporting nominee Tommy Lee Jones ("No Country for Old Men") was replaced by Philip Seymour Hoffman ("Charlie Wilson's War"), it was Javier Bardem ("No Country") who took both races.

Three years ago, a staggering 19 of the 20 SAG nominees contended at the Oscars with the one variation coming from the same film -- "The Departed" -- as SAG supporting nominee Leonardo DiCaprio was replaced at Oscar time by Mark Wahlberg. And the supporting actor race was the only one with different winners -- Eddie Murphy ("Dreamgirls") at SAG and Alan Arkin ("Little Miss Sunshine") at the Oscars. Forest Whitaker ("The Last King of Scotland"), Helen Mirren ("The Queen") and Jennifer Hudson ("Dreamgirls") won both awards.

Left photo: Kate Winslet with her supporting actress SAG Award for "The Reader." Credit: SAG. Right photo: Winslet with her lead actress Academy Award for "The Reader." Credit: AMPAS

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