At last evening's 18th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards we learned one thing and one thing only, almost no Oscar race is a safe bet. With 3 major wins at yesterday's ceremony, including a Best Female Actor (Viola Davis) and a Best Supporting Female Actor (Octavia Spencer), Tate Taylor's The Help has risen to the forefront. The summer blockbuster also managed to claim the highly regarded Best Ensemble category as well. Evident by its trio of victories, The Help proves to be a favorite among SAG members. Since the overlap of SAG and Academy members is large, The Help has clearly surpassed Alexander Payne's The Descendants as the main competitor for Best Picture frontrunner, The Artist.
Another notable surprise came in the Best Male Actor race. George Clooney (The Descendants) had been smooth sailing to February 26th's Academy Awards, but The Artist's Jean Dujardin spoiled the ride. Dujardin pulled off the major upset and it has left insiders uncertain of who will claim the Oscar. Furthermore, with consecutive precursor wins for Christopher Plummer (Beginners) and Octavia Spencer, the two Supporting stars seem like the only safe bets for the Academy Awards. For a full recap of last evening's events, click here (courtesy of Matt Goldberg at Collider.com)