SAG Awards: Birdman Upsets Boyhood!

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It was an evening of upsets at the 2015 SAG Awards. The actor union's annual fete first appeared to be presenting us with a business as usual evening when Golden Globe winner Patricia Arquette and favorite to win the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress won in her SAG category for Boyhood and the same thing happened for J.K. Simmons winning for Best Supporting Actor for Whiplash.  

MIchael Keaton in Birdman

But, then everything changed.

Eddie Redmayne upset Michael Keaton for Best Actor for his work as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. Keaton has won practically every award thus far in this awards season making him a perceived lock for the Best Actor Oscar.

But, that appears to not be such a guarantee anymore -- more on that in our upcoming Oscar Watch column on how the SAG Awards influence the Oscar race.

Another wrench in the machine of the Oscar prediction business arrived when Birdman beat Boyhood for Best Ensemble. Now, the SAG Awards don’t necessarily do a Best Picture, they award the best cast and it’s hard to argue with Birdman winning that category.

Led by Keaton, Birdman also features Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Zach Galifianakis, Amy Ryan, Andrea Riseborough and Naomi Watts. Boyhood is a much simpler story in terms of cast, so we can see how the SAG award went to Birdman.

But, given how the Producers Guild awarded Birdman its top honor earlier this weekend, is Birdman the new front-runner for Best Picture? More on that soon enough, my fair Movie Fanatics!

Here are the winners of the 2015 SAG Awards for Film:

Male Actor in a Leading Role
Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

Female Actor in a Leading Role
Julianne Moore, Still Alice

Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Patricia Arquette, Boyhood

Male Actor in a Supporting Role
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

Watch Boyhood online and discover why this picture is on everyone's list of favorites! 

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