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“Oppenheimer” Dominates the Oscar Race with His Wins of the Screen Actors Guild Awards

“Oppenheimer,” the historical epic, won further honors on Saturday at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards in Hollywood, increasing the likelihood that it will win best picture at the Oscars the following month.

During a red carpet ceremony in Los Angeles, members of the SAG-AFTRA actors union awarded the top honor—best movie cast—to the movie about the race to build the first atomic bomb.

Best supporting actor went to co-star Robert Downey Jr., while best movie actor went to Cillian Murphy, who portrayed scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer.

Irish actor Murphy claimed that he felt like a “interloper” when he first started his career in acting after attempting to pursue a career in music.

Murphy addressed his fellow performers, “This is extremely special to me because it comes from you guys,” as he took his prize.

Since actors make up the majority of those who vote for the Academy Awards, the highest honor in the film industry, SAG-AFTRA’s selections are closely followed.

“Oppenheimer” seems unstoppable right now. The drama directed by Christopher Nolan has already won prizes at the British Academy Film Awards, the Golden Globes, and other events. On Sunday, the Producers Guild of America will name its honorees, which is another important indicator of Oscar success.

The star of “Killers of the Flower Moon,” Lily Gladstone, took up the best actress prize among other SAG honors. Gladstone portrayed an Osage Native American who endured a series of killings in 1920s Oklahoma because to their abundant oil resources.

Gladstone remarked, “My friends, fellow actors, I feel the good in what you have done.” “We bring empathy into a world that so much needs it.”

Da’Vine Joy Randolph, who portrayed a bereaved mother in “The Holdovers,” took home the supporting actress award. “How lucky are we to get to do what we do. I wake up every day overwhelmed with gratitude to be a working actor,” Randolph remarked.

As part of its endeavors to increase the quantity of live programming it offers, Netflix streamed the Oscars live for the first time.

Last year, in an effort to demand better compensation and safeguards against artificial intelligence, SAG-AFTRA organized a four-month strike against Hollywood companies.

Actor Idris Elba began by saying, “It is especially meaningful to be here with us all together again, for this occasion, after going though a very difficult time with the strike,” 

The FX restaurant dramedy “The Bear” won acting awards for stars Ayo Edebiri and Jeremy Allen White as well as outstanding cast in a TV comedy in the television categories.

“I am so honored to be in this community,”  White remarked. “I wanted to be part of this my whole life. I had no backup plan.”

The actors of HBO’s “Succession,” a drama about the struggle to manage a family’s media dynasty, won best TV drama

The Netflix series “The Crown,” in which Elizabeth Debicki portrayed Princess Diana, took home the best TV drama actress award. Pedro Pascal, star of “The Last of Us,” seemed shocked when he took the stage after winning best actor in a TV drama.

Holding his prize, Pascal said, “I’m a little drunk.” “I thought I could get drunk… I’m making a fool of myself. Thank you so much!”

Additionally, SAG-AFTRA presented Barbra Streisand, the celebrated performer, producer, director, singer, and writer, with a lifetime achievement award.

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