5 takeaways about ‘CODA,’ ‘Squid Game’ and more : NPR

Ariana DeBose accepts the SAG Award for excellent efficiency by a feminine actor in a supporting position. She performed Anita in “West Facet Story.”

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Ariana DeBose accepts the SAG Award for excellent efficiency by a feminine actor in a supporting position. She performed Anita in “West Facet Story.”

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The Display Actors Guild Awards occurred on Sunday evening — the primary of the guilds to offer out their massive prizes this season. The guilds — your Display Actors Guild, but additionally your Administrators Guild and your Producers Guild and your Writers Guild — make significantly fascinating predictors of Oscar season (in contrast to, for example, the Golden Globes), as a result of they’re chosen by among the identical voters. That may make guild awards stable predictors, or at the very least as stable as any. As an example, earlier than Parasite gained what was initially thought-about a longshot finest image Oscar two years in the past, it picked up a win on the SAG Awards, and that is when its win for finest image began to appear to be a shot that was not fairly so lengthy.

So what can we take away from Sunday evening’s wins?

1. Right here comes Squid Sport. The South Korean drama sequence a few sport that provides contributors the possibility to get out of debt or actually die attempting gained massive in tv drama: Lee Jung-jae and Jung Ho-yeon gained for lead actor and actress, and the present’s stunt ensemble gained of their class as effectively. (The SAG Awards are one of many solely locations the place stunt performers are honored, a regrettable omission elsewhere that was famous by my colleague Glen Weldon in a current lament concerning the Oscars.)

When the Emmys come round within the fall, will Squid Sport handle to beat out the lauded Succession, the solid of which gained final evening’s ensemble award? It is at all times exhausting to know when reputation — hotness, if you’ll — goes to translate into awards recognition. Early indicators for Squid Sport (and thus Netflix) are good, however Succession remains to be a beast, and it had an excellent third season. Must be a great combat.

2. CODA is getting some good momentum. CODA, the crowd-pleaser a few younger woman named Ruby on the brink of depart for school (or not), gained the award for its ensemble — the closest factor the SAG Awards must finest image. And Troy Kotsur, who performs Ruby’s father, gained the supporting actor award. Word that Kotsur was the primary deaf actor to win a solo SAG award, and the solid was the primary predominantly deaf solid to win.

Here is a facet be aware about Troy Kotsur and CODA: I used to be just lately watching an episode of Meals Community’s The Nice Meals Truck Race, as you do, and the individuals engaged on one of many meals vans have been overcome once they have been visited by Marlee Matlin, whom they (appropriately and fairly) went gaga over. They didn’t, nevertheless, pay any consideration to the man who was together with her. That man was Troy Kotsur, present Oscar frontrunner.

The movie has been on a little bit of a roller-coaster: When it got here out at Sundance, it was lauded and bought for a ton of cash; hopes have been excessive. However possibly as a result of it bought to Apple TV, nonetheless a service that does not have the attain of one thing like Netflix, and possibly as a result of its theatrical launch got here in August, when theatrical attendance was nonetheless fairly rickety, it appeared to fade slightly within the public consciousness.

Till just lately, it felt to me — this, admittedly, is my extraordinarily unscientific intestine intuition — that finest image would most likely go to both Energy of the Canine or Do not Look Up, but it surely’s straightforward to wonder if CODA would possibly sneak in there. A crowd-pleaser does, in any case, generally please simply sufficient of the gang.

3. Will Smith could also be shut. Will Smith has been nominated for Oscars twice earlier than, for The Pursuit of Happyness and Ali. A few of his different performances have felt, for lack of a greater phrase, awards-y, however haven’t been nominated: your Concussion, your Seven Kilos, and so forth. This 12 months, he is nominated for King Richard. He is already gained the Golden Globe — however as we have mentioned up to now, that does not let you know a lot. Now, nevertheless, he is gained the SAG Award, which advances the notion that we could also be trying on the Will Smith Oscar 12 months.

4. Your film does not must be an enormous knockout so that you can win. Full disclosure: The Eyes of Tammy Faye remains to be on my Oscar spreadsheet as “To Watch,” not as “Watched.” However that movie was nominated for simply two Oscars: Jessica Chastain for finest actress and the movie’s make-up and hairstyling. It is not an enormous haul, and the critiques have been what we’d name good-not-great. However, Chastain gained the SAG on Sunday, and like Will Smith, she’s on her third Oscar nomination. But when she beats out, on Oscar evening, Nicole Kidman, Olivia Colman, Kristen Stewart and Penélope Cruz? That is an enormous win for a film that has not essentially been distinguished this season.

5. It is an Ariana DeBose world. Ariana DeBose gained for West Facet Story on Sunday, persevering with — as a few people famous — a talent pipeline from Fox’s actuality present So You Assume You Can Dance. However extra straight, DeBose is simply on an enormous roll, and whereas there aren’t loads of “rising star” tales anymore the place all people appears to suppose the individual is simply luminous and fabulous, she’s received what seems like an especially excessive approval score at this level. She’s additionally the primary Latina actress and the primary overtly queer girl of shade to win for movie. If you happen to’re on the lookout for a great story this Oscar season, look no additional.

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