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Here Are the 2016 Screen Actors Guild Awards Winners, and What They Mean for the Oscars

Surprise! Leonardo DiCaprio won a SAG Award for The Revenant.


Leo can start practicing that Oscar speech now. (Who are we kidding? He’s had it memorized since What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.) As expected, DiCaprio took home the SAG Award for Best Actor in The Revenant, which means the odds are pretty excellent that he’ll be walking up on stage at the Dolby Theatre in a few weeks to finally take home the little golden man. For the last decade, every winner in this SAG category has also won at the Oscars.


Now that the most boring part of the awards is out of the way, a quick look at some of the other big wins: While SAG’s best actress winners have been a little less consistent with the Oscars (seven have won both in the last ten years), Brie Larson’s win for Room is a promising sign of things to come, as she is currently favored as the Oscar frontrunner in her category. Ditto for Alicia Vikander, who won here in the supporting actress category for The Danish Girl. Interestingly, the Supporting Actor win here doesn’t tell us anything about the corresponding Oscar race because Idris Elba wasn’t nominated by the academy as a whole, as I’m sure we all know by now. (Better to just defer to the pundits for now, who mostly think Sylvester Stallone is a lock.)


While The Big Short won the Producers Guild Award last week—and in the last eight years, that guild has aligned with the academy—Spotlight’s SAG win for best cast performance suggests the Best Picture race might still not be a total lock for any one movie quite yet. (Still, it couldn’t hurt to bet on Adam McKay’s Wall Street comedy.) Check out all of the winners—made up of a notably diverse crop of actors, including two-time winner Elba—in bold, below.

Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

Beasts of No Nation
The Big Short
Straight Outta Compton

Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
Johnny Depp, Black Mass
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl


Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Helen Mirren, Woman in Gold
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn
Sarah Silverman, I Smile Back

Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Rooney Mara, Carol
Rachel McAdams, Spotlight
Helen Mirren, Trumbo
Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Christian Bale, The Big Short
Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation
Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
Michael Shannon, 99 Homes
Jacob Tremblay, Room


Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
Mad Men

Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (six nominees due to a tie)
Key & Peele
The Big Bang Theory
Modern Family
Orange Is the New Black

Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Idris Elba, Luther
Ben Kingsley, Tut
Ray Liotta, Texas Rising
Bill Murray, A Very Murray Christmas


Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Nicole Kidman, Grace of Monaco
Queen Latifah, Bessie
Christina Ricci, The Lizzie Borden Chronicles
Susan Sarandon, The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe
Kristen Wiig, The Spoils Before Dying


Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Rami Malek, Mr. Robot
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Claire Danes, Homeland
Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Robin Wright, House of Cards

Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Louis C.K., Louis
William H. Macy, Shameless
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black
Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Read more in Slate about the 2016 Oscars.