SAG Award winners: Spotlight lands Best Ensemble, DiCaprio and Larson amongst acting victors

The Oscar race is once again starting to heat up following the results of last night’s Screen Actors Guild Awards.

The battle for Best Picture looks like it will be a close one after the media-based drama Spotlight nabbed the coveted Best Ensemble accolade. The film, which focuses on the Boston Globe’s investigation of the Catholic Church over child abuse, beat off fellow Oscar frontrunner The Big Short as well as Beasts of No Nation, Straight Outta Compton and Trumbo.

In the acting categories, Leonardo DiCaprio moved a step closer to clinching his first Oscar after he won the Best Actor award for his performance as vengeful explorer Hugh Glass in the brutal thriller The Revenant.

Another performer certain to land glory later this month is Brie Larson who scooped Best Actress for her powerful turn as imprisoned mother Joy in the indie-drama Room.

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Elsewhere, there was a shock triumph in Best Supporting Actor for British star Idris Elba who celebrated the first of two wins on the night for his role as the ruthless Commandant in the Netflix drama Beasts of No Nation.

His victory came in light of the recent “white Oscars” controversy for which Elba was surprisingly snubbed by the awards group earlier in January. However his success here does affect fellow nominees Christian Bale and Mark Rylance who now need to win at BAFTA in order to provide stern competition for sentimental favourite Sylvester Stallone.

Finally the Best Supporting Actress gong was won by Swedish star Alicia Vikander for her performance as Gerda Wegener in the historical biopic The Danish Girl. She overcame the likes of Rooney Mara and recent Golden Globe winner Kate Winslet.

The full list of film winners are below:

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A CAST IN A MOTION PICTURE
SPOTLIGHT

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Leonardo DiCaprio, THE REVENANT

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Brie Larson, ROOM

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OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Idris Elba, BEASTS OF NO NATION

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Alicia Vikander, THE DANISH GIRL

OUTSTANDING ACTION PERFORMANCE BY A STUNT ENSEMBLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

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Meanwhile, the stars of television were recognised by SAG last night as the British drama series Downton Abbey surprisingly beat off Game of Thrones and Mad Men to secure Best Ensemble in a Drama Series.

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There was back-to-back successes for Kevin Spacey and Viola Davis as the pair won the Best Actor/Actress (Drama) categories for their respective performances in House of Cards and How to Get Away with Murder.

The prison-based sitcom Orange is the New Black landed two wins for Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series as well as another Best Actress (Comedy) prize for Uzo Aduba while Jeffrey Tambor secured another major accolade by winning Best Actor (Comedy) for Transparent.

Finally, Idris Elba celebrated his second award win on the night after he was named Best Actor in a TV Movie/Mini-Series for his role as detective John Luther in the BBC series Luther. Queen Latifah won the female category for her performance in the biopic Bessie.

The full list of television winners are below:

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ENSEMBLE IN A DRAMA SERIES
DOWNTON ABBEY

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

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OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ENSEMBLE IN A COMEDY SERIES
ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Jeffrey Tambor, TRANSPARENT

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Uzo Abuda, ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A TV MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES
Idris Elba, LUTHER

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A TV MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES
Queen Latifah, BESSIE

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY STUNT ENSEMBLE IN A COMEDY / DRAMA SERIES
GAME OF THRONES

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