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Poll: Who will win the SAG Award for best actress?

December 17, 2009 |  9:30 am
SAG Awards nominations-2

Let's take a stab at predicting a winner among the Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations. Usually, SAG Awards nominees and winners line up, uncannily, with the Oscars, but sometimes they don't. Last year the five contenders for best actress almost matched up, with one glitch. Instead of being nommed for "The Reader," eventual Oscar champ Kate Winslet ended up making SAG's best actress list for "Revolutionary Road." She lost to Meryl Streep ("Doubt").

This year, the SAG five for best actress look like a good bet to repeat at the Academy Awards (unless "Young Victoria" star Emily Blunt can bump a front-runner), so maybe we'll be predicting the Oscar race too. But this poll focuses specifically on SAG. So please forecast that champ. Don't vote for your own fave performance. That's cheating!

Photos (left to right): Meryl Streep in "Julie & Julia" (Columbia), Sandra Bullock in "The Blind Side" (Warner Bros.), Gabourey Sidibe in "Precious" (Lionsgate), Carey Mulligan in "An Education" (Sony Pictures Classics)

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So far, I have only had the pleasure of seeing 3 of the 5 nominated performances: Sandra Bullock, Gabourey Sidibe and Meryl Streep, so I can only base my opinion on having seen these 3 fine performances. I have to say that Gabby Sidibe stole my heart within 10 seconds of her appearing on screen. She by far gave the most raw, real and untainted performance of the year and I expect great things to come from her. Meryl Streep was incredible as always, so if she were to win, it wouldn't be undeserved. This leaves the lovely Sandra Bullock. The box office juggernaut that is "The Blind Side" can either take this home for her, or ruin her chances completely. The fact that she just made film history with "The Blind Side" crossing the $200M mark on her name alone will speak volumes in Hollywood. She's also been in the business for nearly 3 decades, and while she has made some questionable choices in the past, she has turned in some great work and she seems to have the utmost respect of her peers, which will carry her far with SAG. I am going to go out on a limb and say that Sandra Bullock will take home the trophy in an upset and as a result, lift her to front runner status come Oscar night.

Carey Mulligan's performance was the performance of the year for me. I hope voters don't reward Streep just because it's been years since her last win, which is clearly what some people here want to happen. There is no doubt that Streep is a great film actress but Carey Mulligan's superb performance in 'An Education' was perfection, and the best performance of 2009 by far.

Meryl Streep will win the oscar! She is so talented and I don't know of anybody else in the near future that can top her! Go Meryl!

Meryl Streep should win for Julia Child. While Sandra gave a really good performance in the Blindside, which was a surprise feel good movie for me, she can't compete against Meryl as Julia. I do give both women credit for playing real women--there was authenticity in both perfomances (this after seeing the real mom Sandra played being interviewed). That being said, I think Carey Mulligan could surprise a lot of people with her performance.

I honestly think it's between Meryl and Sandra. Hard to say which way the Academy will go.

Bruce, I appreciate the opinion but if you don't care, why did you even bother to read the page, much less leave a comment?

I think Abbie Cornish deserves a nomination for her amazing turn in Bright Star. She seems to have slipped off the Oscar radar

MERYL STREEP will win like last year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I say Meryl Streep. She's the closest thing to Katherine Hepburn's acting and Katherine won 4 Oscars.

Okay, body of work people, Meryl got it all: From Adaptation, The Devil Wears Prada, Doubt to Julie & Julia and It's Complicated. For the last 4 years, no one gave an outstanding performance except Meryl. It's not that she's overdue but look at her credentials, she should be honored this year from Critics Choice all the way to the big O!

I rest my case...

All great performances and worthy of a win in my humble opinion. Yet, there can only be one victor and for that, I'll have to go with Meryl Streep. Not only was she the sole reason for "julie and julia" being a fun film to watch, she's due another Oscar (3) because she's been the most consistent actress of this generation and it's been 27 yrs since her last win for Sophie's Choice and 12 losses of Ocar ever since. She deserves it just for being patient, a great sport and the most humble of actor's out there. Kate stole the Oscar last year from her, it's hers now. She's also a box office star (last 4 films have been moneymakers) and she's been nominated the last 4 yrs. running. Not any other actress in the last 5 yrs has even come close. If there is an upset it will be the young igenue Carey Mulligan. But she's new and the film hasn't really taken off yet. Meryl should prepare for a wonderful salute from her peers in February. :)

Meryl Streep is having the momentum, the critical acclaim, the awards (she won the NYFCC!, which is a huge boost - after all it's the oldest critics' award) and she has the overdue factor for the Oscars! The SAG will vote for her. They love. They gave Zellweger two awards in two years and Meryl is after all Meryl.

Gabby Sidibe should win hands down. Am I the only one who thought Meryl was struggling with Julias accent and lost it from time to time?

Streep should win for her brilliant turn as Child.

Bruce, I think you're either brilliant or OOC. Depends on if you're being ironic or serious. Hard to tell with these things. I'll be positive, give you the benefit of the doubt, and go with the former.

I think it's going to Streep, even though for some reason, I really liked Bullock's performance.

Why didn't you post my comments about another option needed on your voting above called, "I could care less who wins. These are just ordinary people like the rest of us just doing their jobs!!".

So is Sandra Bullock somehow better than the rest of us because she has money? Or Meryl Streep or anyone else. Stop trying to put people on a pedistal.

Even though I didn't care for 'Precious,' Gabourey Sidibe should be the only one with a chance against 'An Education's' brilliant Carey Mulligan.

Why doesn't Mirren get a picture. THis is outrageous!

You forgot the option, "I could care less who wins". I think that option should garner the most votes!! Who cares!! Their just ordinary people doing their JOB just like the rest of us.



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