By Patrick Shanley
The SAG Awards are one of the great indicators of who may be looking at walking the stage at the Oscars to receive a statuette. In particular, SAG’s ensemble award has often been presented to casts that have later gone on to receive nominations, and wins, from the Academy.
This year there are a number of films with star-studded casts who look to make the SAG voters task difficult. Possible best picture contenders Spotlight, The Big Short, Joy, and The Martian all boast stellar casts featuring Oscar winners.
Spotlight, which many theorists have as their best picture frontrunner at the moment, was just awarded the best ensemble prize at the Gotham Awards. The film features Oscar nominees Mark Ruffalo, Stanley Tucci, and last year’s best actor nominee Michael Keaton. Keaton’s close loss to Eddie Redmayne last year may prompt the Academy to show him some extra love this season.