Actors, Directors Portend Oscars

The weekend provided plenty of clues as to who will probably win Academy Awards on March 26. Last night, the Screen Actors Guild dispensed its sixth annual awards for movie and TV performances, portending who’ll take home the Oscar gold. (Nine of the past 10 SAG lead acting winners went on to take home Oscars.) It was pretty much a sweep for “American Beauty,” with leading players Annette Bening (beating out “Boys Don’t Cry” critical favorite Hilary Swank in the actress race for the first time this awards season) and Kevin Spacey receiving top honors. Said Spacey: “We rule.” Advised a very pregnant Bening, whose delivery date just happens to be Oscar night: “To all of you actresses out there: don’t wait to have a baby — do it now.” Angelina Jolie (“Girl, Interrupted”) won the Guild’s supporting female actor, while Michael Caine (“The Cider House Rules”) took supporting male actor honors. Meanwhile, on Saturday, stage director Sam Mendes, who made his feature-film debut with “American Beauty,” won the top prize from the Directors Guild of America. This, too, should tell you who is the Academy favorite: only four times in the 52-year history of the DGA awards has the winner failed to go on to cop the Oscar.

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