USER POLL: You Predict the 2010 Screen Actors Guild Awards!

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The Golden Globes come to a close and less than a week later we must make preparations to receive the 2010 Screen Actors Guild Awards and just as with the Globes I open the door for you to predict the winners. However, instead of like the Globes, the SAGs only offer up five feature film categories for you to vote on as actors weigh in on actors, and this is an award show that can still have ramifications when it comes to the Oscars.

While a few of your were questioning my inclusion of Nine as one of the potential top ten nominees for Best Picture at the Oscars, the reason it remains a contender (for now) is primarily due to the fact it was selected as one of the ten best pictures by the Broadcast Film Critics Association who nominated it in ten of categories for the Critics’ Choice Awards (it, however, didn’t win any). It was also nominated for five Golden Globes, including Best Picture (Musical or Comedy) and was nominated in two of the five categories at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. It may have received some bad reviews, but it still remains a contender. However, should it go home empty handed at the SAGs it may be time to call it quits when it comes to Nine‘s Oscar chances.

But therein lies the difference with this prediction poll. Unlike the Globes, where I also offered my picks for each category, I am holding back my predictions until Saturday morning since the Golden Globe votes lined up with my predictions in all but one category. In an effort to not sway the voting I will only offer a couple of brief notes of consideration on each category and let you decide from there.

With all that said, make your predictions for the 2010 Screen Actors Guild Awards!

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Jeff Bridges won the Golden Globe as well as won at the Critics’ Choice Awards. Is this his year or could Clooney or Firth make an Oscar bid with a SAG win to help them on their way?

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
It appears the Oscar race is coming down to Meryl Streep vs. Sandra Bullock, but a Screen Actors win for Carey Mulligan or Gabourey Sidibe could throw a HUGE monkey wrench in the works. I would love to see it, but if there were to be an upset which one comes out on top? Mulligan had the backing earlier in the year. Is there enough to get her back on track or can Sidibe begin her Oscar path by taking home the Actor?

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
I don’t think I am guiding your votes by saying Christoph Waltz is the obvious front-runner, but I guess if anything was going to derail his run for the Oscar it would be a SAG win for any of his category competitors. Probably the one name with the best chance is Woody Harrelson for The Messenger, but is there any chance for an upset?

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Like Waltz, Mo’Nique seems to have this one in the bag, but both of the Up In the Air girls could pose a threat. Will you go with the front-runner or risk placing your faith in one of the dark horses?

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
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While my predictions won’t be found here, I have already submitted them to Tom O’Neil over at Gold Derby and while he hasn’t posted them yet, I can tell you this was the only category I had a tough time predicting. I mean there is a case to be made for all five films… yes, even Nine.

An Education has Mulligan, Sarsgaard, Cooper and Molina. The Hurt Locker has Renner and Mackie. Precious has Sidibe, Mo’Nique, Patton and Carey. Inglourious Basterds has Waltz, Pitt, Kruger, Fassbender and Laurent. And Nine has Cotillard and Cruz. How do you choose? I have two personal favorites and it was hard to choose between them and I am interested to see how your votes turn out.

Discuss your picks in the comments below and share your reasoning and be sure to stay tuned and head right back here on Saturday, January 23 for the 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, which I will be live-blogging with up-to-the-minute winners. The show will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS from the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center at 8 p.m. (ET/PT), 7 p.m. (CT) and 6 p.m. (MT).


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