Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, There Will Be Blood
George Clooney (for Michael Clayton) might have been the sentimental favorite for he’s a local Hollywood-ite, while Daniel Day-Lewis (above, with Paul Dano), who plays a ruthless oil baron in There Will Be Blood, is an Englishman living in Ireland. Clooney, however, won an Oscar (for Syriana) a mere two years ago, while Day-Lewis’ SAG win has solidified his position as this year’s front-runner.
Best Actress: Julie Christie, Away from Her
Until the SAG Awards, it was a three-lane race: veteran Julie Christie for Away from Her, Marion Cotillard for La Vie en Rose, and Ellen Page for Juno — by far the biggest box office hit among the films nominated in the best actress category.
As a result of her SAG win, Julie Christie, for her portrayal of a woman suffering from Alzheimer’s, is now the front-runner.
Best Supporting Actor: Javier Bardem, No Country for Old Men
Javier Bardem — the third non-American in this list — was the favorite from the very start. He’s won nearly every US film critics’s group award, in addition to the Golden Globe and the SAG Award, for his turn as a demonic killer in Joel and Ethan Coen’s No Country for Old Men.
Best Supporting Actress: Ruby Dee, American Gangster
This is still a messy category. It’s true that not every SAG Award winner goes on to win the Oscar, but considering that Ruby Dee is a longtime veteran, that Cate Blanchett (up for I’m Not There) has already won an Oscar (for The Aviator), and that Amy Ryan (for Gone Baby Gone) is well known on Broadway but not in Hollywood, since this past Sunday Dee has unexpectedly become the front-runner.