So, awards season is really starting to hot up with several of the Guild Awards being handed out. As the Guild Awards are often voted for by people who are also members of the Academy, it can sometimes be a handy indicator of the way things are standing re: the Oscars. Of course, it doesn't always work out like that as we'll see shortly.
Producers' Guild Award
The PGA Awards were given out on 26th January and the film results are as follows:
Feature Film: Argo
Animated Film: Wreck-It Ralph
Documentary Film: Searching For Sugar Man
This is a major boost to Argo's chances for being named Best Picture come February 24th. There's a good correlation between winning the PGA and winning the Best Picture Oscar, although it's not a perfect record: 16 out of 23 PGA winners have won the Best Picture Oscar (notable exceptions being Apollo 13, Brokeback Mountain and Little Miss Sunshine).
Screen Actors Guild Awards
The SAG awards were handed out on January 27th - the film winners are below:
Outstanding Performance By A Cast In A Motion Picture: Argo
Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Leading Role: Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)
Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Leading Role: Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook)
Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Supporting Role: Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln)
Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Supporting Role: Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables)
Again, Argo does well to get the SAG's equivalent of Best Picture. Further wins for Hathaway and Day-Lewis further cement their chances at getting the equivalent Oscar, whilst Lawrence's win may put her slightly ahead of Jessica Chastain in the Best Actress category.
Interesting again that a different name- Tommy Lee Jones- has picked up the Best Supporting Actor nod. It's a wide open field this year (Christoph Waltz picked up the Golden Globe, but Philip Seymour Hoffman won Critics' Choice). It'll be interesting to see who BAFTA give their award to.
Directors' Guild Award
Outstanding Directorial Achievement In Motion Pictures: Ben Affleck (Argo)
Now this is where things get really interesting. Usually, the winner of the DGA award is a practical shoo-in for the Best Director Oscar. However, Ben Affleck was overlooked for the Best Director Oscar. But, as with the PGA and Best Picture, whilst there's a very strong correlation between winning the two awards, it's by no means guaranteed (as we can see here). This does however suggest that Argo is well thought of among the Guild (and by extension, the Academy) voters.
The next major awards to be handed out are the BAFTA Film Awards on Sunday February 10th.