Posted Jan 28 2019

Actors Like Panther

We here at Last Word got to meet Queen the other night – told them they were the third best act at Live Aid (didn’t go down well.) Anyway, also met Rami Malek who was delightful – and we’re not the only ones who think so, given that last night the Screen Actors Guild named him their top film actor of the year, besting favourite Christian Bale and now making the Oscar race a definite two horse thing.

More significantly, SAG’s equivalent of the Best Picture award, the Best Ensemble Cast Award, is a pretty decent bellwether for the Oscars (given the size of the actor members who vote for both) and they went for Marvel’s apparently “revolutionary” Black Panther. Can T’Challa and co really bring home the Oscar gold? Remains to be seen but you could practically feel the bookmakers recalibrating…

Elsewhere on the night, Glenn Close gave Olivia Colman reasons to doubt by nabbing another Best Actress prize, Marhershala Ali has left the wondrous Richard E Grant in the dust in the Best Supporting race, and Emily Blunt won Best Supporting for her husband’s Quiet Place, becoming the first actor to win a SAG award who does not have a corresponding Oscar nom.

The season roles on… (don’t give up, we’re almost there)…


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