Well, after a brief respite, Awards Season rears its head for a brief moment as two important Guild Awards were handed out over this last weekend.
PRODUCERS' GUILD AWARDS
The Producers' Guild Awards were handed out on 24th January. The film winners were:
Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures: Birdman
Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures: The Lego Movie
Documentary Film: Life Itself
The fact that Birdman got the PGA over Boyhood has been seen as a sign that the tide is starting to shift away from Linklater's epic. Of course, there are no guarantees- but a win at the PGA is a pretty good indication of Oscar success (if you're nominated, unlike The Lego Movie and Life Itself).
SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS
The Screen Actors' Guild Awards were announced on 25th January. The film winners were:
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture:
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role:
Eddie Redmayne (The Theory Of Everything)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role:
Julianne Moore (Still Alice)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role:
J.K. Simmons (Whiplash)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role:
Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)
No surprises with Moore, Simmons and Arquette adding to their impressive haul of silverware, but a win for Eddie Redmayne in the awards voted for by actors (many of whom are also Academy members) puts him ahead in the Best Actor race (with Michael Keaton probably the second-placed runner). Birdman's win for Best Cast (essentially the SAG's Best Picture) adds to the speculation that it might be a triumph for Birdman come late February.
Up next in awards season is the Directors' Guild Award on 7th February and the BAFTA Film Awards on 8th February.