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Hopes Of Oscar For “Birdman” Lifts After Win At Screen Actors Guild Awards

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“Birdman” May Give Tough Competition To “Boyhood”

The weekend brought hope and jubilation for Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Birdman” as it got awards from the acting and producing guilds. It got the best ensemble award on Sunday night at the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild, a day after it also won the top honor at the Producer Guild Awards. The twin wins has made it a strong contender for Oscar and it is a stiff competition for front runner “Boyhood” by Richard Linklater. The best thing is that for the last 7 years, Producers Guild Awards winners have also won best picture at the Academy Awards.

Michael Keaton Misses Best Actor Award

The star of ”Birdman” is Michael Keaton, and he said, “Actors love this movie for showing the courage actors have to kind of go out there and lay it on the line.” However, Michael Keaton missed out on the award for best actor as it was won by “The Theory of Everything” star Eddie Redmayne, whose exceeding technical performance as Stephen Hawking has won him appreciation. The one reason that SAG has so much influence is that actors make up the largest portion of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

Julianne Moore, Patricia Arquette And J.K. Simmons Win Big

Other than “Birdman”, the other big winner for the evening was Julianne Moore who won the award for most outstanding actress for her role in “Still Alice”. In the film, she plays an academic with early onset Alzheimer’s Disease. Other than this, most outstanding supporting actor went to J.K. Simmons for “Whiplash” and Patricia Arquette won supporting actress award for her role in “Boyhood.” Other than this, Netflix prison series “Orange Is the New Black,” got the best ensemble in a comedy award and Uzo Aduba won the most outstanding actress in a comedy series award.