Sunday, May 19, 2024

SAG: “The Butler” Surprises, Redford Snubbed, “Hustle” Has a Problem


The SAG Awards showed a couple of things: first, Lee Daniels’ “The Butler” came roaring back after critics groups forgot it. The movie, released in August, picked up three of the five major SAG Awards: Best Ensemble, Actor, and Supporting Actress– the latter for Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey.

I told you in August that Oprah would sweep through Best Supporting Actress at all the awards shows. “The Butler” may shape up as the surprise Oscar nominee. It’s in 1007 theaters right now. Let’s see if today’s news and maybe tomorrow’s don’t bring a new audience into theaters.

Then: “American Hustle” has a problem. Such a great movie, but voters are thinking of it only as an ensemble. Jennifer Lawrence’s flashy work is getting her into the Supporting category. But all four actors should be nominated. Somehow. Amy Adams is spectacular in this movie. Christian Bale and Bradley Cooper are at the top of their games.

And: Robert Redford! No nomination! “All is Lost” couldn’t be a Best Ensemble (although somehow it made it for Best Ensemble Stunt Work.) He’ll be back for the Oscars.

Also snubbed: “Nebraska,” “Her,” “Inside Llewyn Davis.” Surprised by all.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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