Surprise in store for Oscar frontrunners
Hollywood loves a sequel, and this awards season is shaping up to be one.
Just as 'Argo' emerged as the unlikely victor over Steven Spielberg's 'Lincoln' last year, another 1970s-set crowd-pleaser is turning into the Academy Awards' favourite over a solemn historical epic about slavery.
David O Russell's 'American Hustle' took the Screen Actors Guild Awards' top honour for outstanding cast on Saturday night, beating Steve McQueen's acclaimed '12 Years a Slave'. The SAG Awards are considered one of the best indicators of the Oscars.
Just days ago, the Academy Awards nominations set up a trio of front-runners, bestowing 10 nods on 'American Hustle' and 'Gravity', and nine on '12 Years a Slave'. But though no actor was individually honoured by the guild for 'American Hustle', the tale of the 1970s' Abscam political corruption scandal now appears to have the edge.
One of the night's biggest winners was Lupita Nyong'o, for best supporting actress. Though '12 Years a Slave' is her feature film debut, the Kenyan actress's composed speech was the kind of display that can turn Oscar voters' heads.