Alejandro G. Inarritu‘s quirky epic Birdman is beating the popular drama Boyhood in the run-up to the Oscars, if the annual Screen Actors Guild Awards are anything to go by.
The Michael Keaton spearheaded dramedy took out the top prize at the 21st annual SAG Awards ahead of the 12-years in the making Richard Linklater project.
The win comes after Boyhood won the top gong at the recent Golden Globe Awards, making the hotly contested ‘Best Picture’ category at the upcoming Academy Awards ceremony are 50/50 affair.
And to make predictions even more difficult, The Theory of Everything‘s Eddie Redmayne upended Keaton — the undeniable favourite — to win Best Actor at the SAG’s.
Other major winners included Julianne Moore (Still Alice), J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) and Boyhood‘s Patricia Arquette.
The full list of winners is below:
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 Female Actor in a Supporting Role:
Partricia Arquette, Boyhood
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role:
JK Simmons, Whiplash
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture:
Birdman – Zach Galifinakis, Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries:
Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries:
Frances McDormand, Olive Kitteridge
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series:
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series:
Viola Davis, How To Get Away With Murder
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series:
William H. Macy, Shameless
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series:
Uzo Aduba, Orange Is The New Black
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series:
Downton Abbey – Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Kevin Doyle, Joanna Froggatt, Lily James, Robert James-Collier, Allen Leech, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Sophie McShea, Matt Milne, Lesley Nicol, David Robb, Maggie Smith, Ed Speleers, Cara Theobold and Penelope Wilton
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series:
Orange Is The New Black – Uzo Aduba, Jason Biggs, Danielle Brooks, Laverne Cox, Jackie Cruz, Catherine Curtin , Lea Delaria, Beth Fowler, Yvette Freeman, Germar Terrell Gardner, Kimiko Glenn, Annie Golden, Diane Guerrero, Michael J. Harney, Vicky Jeudy, Julie Lake, Lauren Lapkus, Selenis Leyva, Natasha Lyonne, Taryn Manning, Joel Marsh Garland, Matt Mcgorry, Adrienne C. Moore, Kate Mulgrew, Emma Myles, Jessica Pimentel, Dascha Polanco, Alysia Reiner, Judith Roberts, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Barbara Rosenblat, Nick Sandow, Abigail Savage, Taylor Schilling, Constance Shulman, Dale Soules, Yael Stone, Lorraine Toussaint, Lin Tucci and Samira Wileylife
Screen Actors Guild 51st Annual Life Achievement Award:
SAG AWARDS HONORS FOR STUNT ENSEMBLES
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture:
Unbroken – Lee Adamson, Joel Amos Byrnes, Richard Anderson, Yoshianao Aonuma, Glenn Boswell, Damien Bryson, Glenn Chow, Jimmy Christiansen, Simon Crane, Haydn Dalton, Ashley Fairfield, Toby Fuller, Scott Gregory, Brendan Jakins, Alex Jewson, Chris Mitchell, Craig Morgan, Chris Patton, George Saliba, Mick Saliba, Nik Schodel, Brett Sheerin, Neil Stoddardt, Leon Stripp, Ben Toyer, Nick Turello, Darko Tuskan, Bernadette van Gyen, Gavin Wilde and Darren Yost
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series:
Game of Thrones – Lucy Allen, Cole Armitage, Gary Arthurs, Rachelle Beinart, Ferenc Berecz, Richard Bradshaw, Andy Butcher, Michael Byrch, Neil Chapelhow, Nick Chopping, Jonathan Cohen, Joel Conlan, Gary Connery, James Cox, Tom Cox, Jason Curle, Nicholas Daines, Bill Davey, Kelly J. Dent, Ben Dimmock, Levan Doran, Jamie Edgell, Bradley Farmer, Neil Finnighan, Jozsef Fodor, Dean Forster, David Garrick, James Grogan, Tim Halloran, Paul Heasman, Robert Hladik, Al Holland, Gergely Horpacsi, Paul Howell, Stewart James, Gary Kane, Ian Kay, Robbie Keane, George Kirby, Cristian Knight, Laszlo Kosa, Geza Kovacs, Norbert Kovacs, Guy List, Phil Lonergan, Russell Macleod, Tina Maskell, Adrian McGaw, Nick McKinless, Erol Mehmet, Andy Merchant, Sian Milne, Daniel Naprous, Chris Newton, Ray Nicholas, Bela Orsanyi, Sam Parham, Ian Pead, Justin Pearson, Martin Pemberton, Heather Phillips, Rashid Phoenix, Andy Pilgrim, Christopher Pocock, Curtis Rivers, Marcus Shakesheff, Matt Sherren, Anthony Skrimshire, Mark Slaughter, Karen Smithson, Mark Southworth, Helen Steinway Bailey, Shane Steyn, Matthew Stirling, John Street, Gaspar Szabo, Gabor Szeman, Roy Taylor, Gyula Toth, Tony Van Silva, Reg Wayment, Linda Weal, Richard J Wheeldon, Heron White, Maxine Whittaker, Simon Whyman, Donna C. Williams, Lou Wong, Annabel E. Wood, Liang Yang and Steen Young
And the highlight from the night? Well that went to Australia’s own Naomi Watts for tripping on Emma Stone‘s dress during the Birdman cast acceptance speech, and just after Michael Keaton declared “I’m proud to be apart of this group”. With perfect comedic timing, he quipped “Except for Naomi!”.
Take a close look in the video below at Stone’s face when it happened – classic!