Colin Firth and Natalie Portman scored top honors for acting at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, making them the odds on favorites for Oscars. The favorites dominated, but “The Kings Speech,” won best cast ensemble; “The Social Network” won the equivalent award at the Golden Globes.
The Fighter” once again was limited to best supporting actor awards for Christian Bale and Melissa Leo. They also won Golden Globes.
With the Academy Awards ahead next month, “The King’s Speech,” a Weinstein Co. film, is considered to be in the driver’s seat with 12 Oscar nominations. It’s also won Producers Guild and Directors Guild awards.
While the SAG awards often widely presage Oscar winners, the SAG film ensemble winner and the best picture Oscar winner have been the same only half the time over the past 10 years, according the Hollywood Reporter.
The King’s Speech win now puts the film in almost head-to-head competition with “The Social Contract,” for Oscar honors.
“It shouldn’t be called the SAG Award, it should be called the uplifting award,” said the film’s Geoffrey Rush, who plays therapist Lionel Logue, in his acceptance speech for the group.
Other winning actors seemed to hold similar sentiments about the awards, which are voted on by some 120,000 SAG members in movies and television.
“I’d like to thank security for letting me into the building,” said Firth.
As an English actor, a SAG card wasn’t “something you expect to see in your wallet,” he said, explaining how he used it to impress friends and attract women, he said. “It didn’t,” he deadpanned.
“I’ve been working since I was 11 years old, and SAG has taken care of me,” said Portman. “I’m so grateful to have this union protecting me every day.”
“Thank you for helping me get a man I can bring home with me tonight,” said Leo, referring to the statuette called The Actor.