And the SAGs go to… exactly who you expected!

Forest_lHearing yet another predictable list of winners in the SAG Awards races for best acting trophies (in film) gave me what I think is a brilliant idea for the Feb. 25 Academy Awards ceremony. Instead of having the various presenters rip open their respective envelopes and read the winners’ names, wouldn’t it be more fun to solicit some audience participation? Think about, for example, Reese Witherspoon going up to the podium, reading the list of Best Actor nominees, and then saying, "and the Oscar for Best Actor goes to…all together now…" and the crowd shouting in unison, "FOREST WHITAKER!" The same could be done for Helen Mirren, Eddie Murphy, and Jennifer Hudson, since, all of ‘em are pretty much looking hard to beat in their respective categories.

This scenario, of course, could set us up for a strangely surprise-free Oscars — which will either make for an exhilarating or monotonous telecast, depending on how you view it. On one hand, lopsided wins can be awesome — like when Secretariat annihilated his competition on the way to inevitable Triple Crown glory (I dare you to watch his Belmont Stakes without getting choked up). Or it can be a total snoozer. What I’m curious about is this: Does the perceived dominance this year of Whitaker (pictured), Mirren, Hudson, and Murphy make you more or less excited for the Oscars? Do you feel like the quartet should be polishing up their acceptance speeches, or could some longshot winner come and spoil the party? And if a dark horse is going to pull off an upset, who would you like it to be? And I am telling you… I am going to be awaiting your responses in the comments section below.

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  • brandonk

    I think I kind of prefer things to go the way I expect. For instance, I was terribly disappointed when “Brokeback Mountain” didn’t win last year. Likewise, if Jennifer Hudson or Helen Mirren don’t win, I’ll be disappointed this year. However, there are always some surprises and lots of fun moments, especially if you don’t watch all of the other awards shows.

  • maloney

    the academy will be sentimental this year. peter o’toole will win for best actor.

  • Michael

    I, for one, am counting on at least one surpise upset. As worthy as Forest Whitaker is, it’d be a nice blast of adrenaline if Ryan Gosling won for his brilliant work in half Nelson. Or if one of the Babel ladies find themselves at the podium. These may be long shots, but I am rooting for em.

  • Ceballos

    Generally, I don’t think it’s a great thing for the Oscars to be as predictable as they’re shaping up to be this year (at least in the acting categories).
    However, this year, I DO think it’s fantastic, but it’s because of these four particular performers. Whitaker gets an Oscar for a career of solid performances (and for being ripped off of an Emmy nom/award for his work on “The Shield”). Helen Mirren has been excellent for years and years, and seems to be getting better. Who doesn’t love a good ol’ fashioned comeback story like Eddie Murphy, pretty much the world’s biggest movie star for a while, then “reduced” to starring in toothless family movies. And then there’s Hudson…her story is (i’m sorry) truly a Dream. From nobody, to seventh place finish on “Idol” to Oscar?! Huh?!

  • junior

    First of all, if there is an “upset” it won’t be justified since the actors who are winning “everything” this year are doing so because they’re the best. If they weren’t, they wouldn’t be winning everything. Secondly, instead of turning an award show into a horse race, why don’t people focus on celebrating the winning artists. The SAGs weren’t boring for me at all because I was SO happy for J-Hud (who gave the perfect speech) and Helen Mirren (who was quite funny) and all the other winners. This is not a sporting event, if anything, that’s the movie itself. This is just the medal ceremony.

  • Stacey

    It is going to be boring, if there aren’t some shockers come Oscar night. Come on, someone. It’s a month to Oscar night, and something needs to happen to bring a surprise like last year when Crash won. Although Little Miss Sunshine seems headed for a shocker to those who though it might be Departed or Babel. But still, someone or all of the preceived front runners in the acting fields need to lose. Helen and Forrest, Jennifer have been winning all the big awards. BORING. Hopefully the host Ellen can keep me entertained, if the winners won’t.

  • Dave

    Mirren, Whitaker, Murphy, Hudson, and Scorsese all look like locks to win their respective categories. They all deserve to win, so I won’t be disappointed if/when they do. If anyone does pull an upset, I’d love to see Ryan Gosling, Kate Winslet, Cate Blanchett, and DiCaprio win as well. Interestingly enough, the Oscars’ biggest toss-up is its biggest award: Best Picture. With Babel taking the Golden Globe, Little Miss Sunshine winning the SAG and Producers Guild, and The Departed likely (hopefully!) winning Best Director, it’s anyone’s guess as to which movie will ultimately take home the top prize. That, along with host Ellen Degeneres, will keep me watching.

  • tazman76

    I think that it’s an exciting year in movies and award shows, even if it is predictable in the acting categories. You still have to decipher who’ll win for Best Picture. Little Miss Sunshine might pull the upset on the star-studded cast of The Departed, or the seriousness of Babel.
    I for one will be upset if Peter O’Toole were to win Best Actor. There hasn’t been a lot of talk about his performance, Forest Whitaker was AMAZING in The Last King of Scotland, and it’s a long time coming for him as well. I mean, Mr. O’Toole got the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Oscars, and I believe that’s amazing right there. Give it to Forest!!! :)
    I think the SAG winners will win the Oscars, because they all were amazing in their performances, IMHO. :)

  • Winn

    One of the (many) things that have made the Oscars lose their credibility over the years is trying to strike a balance between honoring the true best performances, popular/sentimental favorites, deserving or not, and the excitement necessary to keep audiences tuning in. I happen to think all the nominees in the acting category are worthy this year, but I sincerely hope the “predictable” happens and Forrest Whitaker and Helen Mirren take home the little gold guy. They deserve it. I don’t want the Academy to feel they have to “shake things up” to keep it interesting for the audience at home; that negates the work of all the nominees and diminishes the awards’ cachet even further. Even thogh the Golden Globes are now considered a strong barometer for the Oscars, they went through several ignominous years as a laughing-stock award because they allowed the awards to be high-jacked by the highest bidder, including those who wished to inject “excitement” into the proceedings.

  • will

    This year won’t be completely boring-there’s absolutely no frontrunner for best picture. It could go to any of the 5

  • Ed

    Jennifer Hudson won’t win the Otsker. I keep telling myself that because she keeps winning everything else. Plus, she doesn’t have enough experience for jealous peers to vote for her.

  • The Big One

    I for one hope the the fantsatic 4 Mirren, Whitaker, Hudson, Murphy do Win…they were the best this year….the big surprise will be Best Picture……I hope things are shaken up a bit and the Departed wins.

  • Kati

    As much as I love Forest Whitaker’s work in The Last King of Scotland, his acceptance speeches make me want to kill myself… so either he should have someone else give it for him, hire a speechwriter, or just let Ryan Gosling have the Oscar.

  • Scott P

    I really don’t care about it this year, since as always they’ve ignored the best movies of the year (Children of Man as already discussed, the Fountain, etc.). Plus they didn’t have the guts to bring back Jon Stewart as the host, that is more than enough to keep me away this year.

  • Anonymous

    just let them talk for over 45 seconds. i think the ‘dreamgirl’ best song performances will keep me tuned in – as long as the songs are substitued by the likes of people who didn’t sing them (debbie allen, peabro bryson, melissa manchester, jewel, queen latitah…

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