3 SAG Awards Wins That Could Change the Course of the Oscar Race

Sacha Baron Cohen and Jeremy Strong in
Sacha Baron Cohen and Jeremy Strong in "The Trial of the Chicago 7"

The Academy Awards are only three weeks away, and winners in some categories are still too difficult to predict. The SAG Awards provided both clarity and confusion and gave us several surprising wins that could change the course of this year’s Oscar race.

Best Leading Actress – Viola Davis

This year’s race for the best leading actress is more unpredictable than ever, and we haven’t had a clear front-runner from the get-go. Viola Davis’ chances are looking good after she won a SAG Award for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, but she still has a tough competition in Carrey Mulligan and Frances McDormand.

Best Supporting Actress – Youn Yuh-Jung

The race for best-supporting actress is equally tense, with Maria Bakalova’s and Olivia Colman’s names being thrown around as major contenders. However, after SAG Awards, it seems that will see Minari’s Youn Yuh-Jung walk away with the trophy come Oscar night.

Best Picture – The Trial of the Chicago 7

Nomadland is the clear front-runner for the best picture Oscar this year, but we’ve seen unexpected movies swoop in and win this award in the past. The Trial of the Chicago 7 is one of the main contenders to pull an upset at the Academy Awards, especially after winning the trophy for the best acting ensemble in the motion picture at the SAG Awards.