The 2016 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards ceremony will be held in Los Angeles tonight (Saturday, 30 January), with live broadcasts on channels TNT and TBS. The annual event, which begins at 8pm (ET)/5pm (PT) (1am GMT)recognises outstanding talent across the previous 12 months in both film and TV, with the winners decided upon by more than 110,000 members of the US SAG-AFTRA actors' and performers' union. These awards have traditionally served as a helpful indicator of predicting Oscar acting nominees so it will be interesting to see who comes up trumps on the night.
Tony Hale (Veep, Arrested Development) will join Vitalie Taittinger, Champagne Taittinger artistic director, to open the red carpets to the stars presenting the various accolades. Presenters will include Idris Elba, Anna Faris, Corey Hawkins, SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard, O'Shea Jackson, Jr, Michael Keaton, Anthony Mackie, Rachel McAdams, Jason Mitchell, Mark Ruffalo, Susan Sarandon and Kristen Wiig. Priyanka Chopra, Tina Fey, Brie Larson, Eva Longoria, Julianne Moore, Amy Poehler, Eddie Redmayne, Sarah Silverman and Jacob Tremblay are also set to appear during the show.
Regardless of who wins, the SAGs will definitely draw more attention to the Oscars diversity row that has dominated entertainment news outlets in recent weeks. More so than any other awards, the SAGs have acknowledged great performances by black actors over the last year, however most of these have been given in the TV categories. Further proving that Hollywood is miles behind the TV world when it comes to keeping up with the times.
If you want to tune into the show itself online to see all the winners announced live, then check out our where to watch guide. To tide you over until later though, we have a guess as to who we think might take the title in each category…
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
Johnny Depp, Black Mass
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl
DiCaprio seems to be the one to beat in every award ceremony's lead actor category, so chances are he will scoop one up here as well.
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Helen Mirren, Woman In Gold
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn
Sarah Silverman, I Smile Back
Larson is swiftly becoming the award darling for 2016, but there is no denying that Ronan offered up a flawless performance in Brooklyn. We're suspecting that Larson will take it, but it could go either way.
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Christian Bale, The Big Short
Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation
Mark Rylance, Bridge Of Spies
Michael Shannon, 99 Homes
Jacob Tremblay, Room
Whether he will actually pick up the accolade on the night considering he is only nine-years-old is questionable, however, if you've seen Room, you know he should.
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Rooney Mara, Carol
Rachel McAdams, Spotlight
Helen Mirren, Trumbo
Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs
Every single actress in this category could rightfully earn the award, and whilst we personally would like to see Mara walk away with the trophy, Vikander is likely to win it.
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Beasts of No Nation
The Big Short
Straight Outta Compton
Spotlight successfully balances out all of its lead actors despite them all being big stars in their own right. It certainly warrants this particular accolade over any others.
Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
Mad Max: Fury Road
Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation
It was a crazy, dystopian car chase that lasted an entire movie. What more persuasion do you need that they'd be the right choice?
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Kevin Spacey, House Of Cards
Rami Malek, Mr. Robot
It is his last chance to pick up an award for the 1960s-set show seeing as it concluded in the summer of last year, and considering award shows typical sentimentality we are expecting to hear Jon Hamm's name called in this category.
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Claire Danes, Homeland
Viola Davis, How To Get Away With Murder
Julianne Marguiles, The Good Wife
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Robin Wright, House Of Cards
Davis triumphed over a virtually identical slate last year (minus Orphan Black's Tatiana Maslany). Odds are she will stage a repeat performance.
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
It aired its last episode on Christmas Day 2015 so this is the last time, particularly in the near future that the show could win this award. Given the US love of all things English when it comes to TV too, we would wager this comes out on top.
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Louis CK, Louie
William H. Macy, Shameless
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent
The Big Bang Theory tends to fare very well at this types of events, and looking at this category, we do not think this time will be an exception.
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Uzo Aduba, Orange Is The New Black
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Amy Poehler, Parks & Recreation
This one is arguably one of the toughest categories to call as each actress could warrant walking away with the accolade on the night. Parks And Recreation concluded last year which stands Poehler in good stead but Louis-Dreyfus has been receiving a lot of awards buzz lately.
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory
Key & Peele
Orange Is The New Black
It could be Transparent, it might even go to Modern Family again but we're thinking its Orange Is The New Black's year.
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
Idris Elba, Luther
Ben Kingsley, Tut
Ray Liotta, Texas Rising
Bill Murray, A Very Murray Christmas
Mark Rylance, Wolf Hall
Let us just say, we will be very, very surprised if Elba is snubbed here in favour of one of the other nominees.
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
Nicole Kidman, Grace Of Monaco
Queen Latifah, Bessie
Christina Ricci, The Lizzie Borden Chronicles
Susan Sarandon, The Secret Life Of Marilyn Monroe
Kristen Wiig, The Spoils Before Dying
All due respect to the other nominees, there's one performance that stands out here and that's Queen Latifah's. She didn't win an Emmy or a Golden Globe for the role, so surely she deserves to triumph at the SAGs.
Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series
Game Of Thrones
The Walking Dead
Daredevil's wonderfully choreographed fight scenes could make it the surprise champion of the night, but considering how many times Game Of Thrones has won this award, it's hard to tell between the two.