By winning three awards at the Screen Actors Guild ceremony Sunday night, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” just moved into the lead for the Oscars.
Because actors comprise the largest number of voters in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, it’s likely it’ll do well in the biggest sweepstakes of them all.
Sunday, “Three Billboards” won Best Ensemble (which is equal to a Best Picture win), Best Female Actor (Frances McDormand) and Best Male Supporting Actor (Sam Rockwell).
Gary Oldman won Best Male Actor for “Darkest Hour” and Allison Janney took home Best Female Supporting Actor for “I, Tonya.”
That makes all four the ones to beat, particularly since they won the same prizes at the Golden Globes.
Tuesday, the Oscar nominations will be announced. There, “The Shape of Water” is expected to be the leader, even though it didn’t get a single prize at the SAG awards.
In television categories, “This is Us” won Best Drama Ensemble and one of its stars, Sterling K. Brown, won Best Male Actor in a Drama Series.
Claire Foy won Best Female Actor in a Drama Series for “The Crown.”
Limited Series winners: Nicole Kidman and Alexander Skarsgard for “Big Little Lies.”
Comedy Series winners: Julia Louis-Dreyfus and the cast of “Veep”; and William H. Macy for “Shameless.”
Stunt winners: “Wonder Woman” and “Game of Thrones.”
Morgan Freeman received the Lifetime Achievement Award.