SAG Awards Crown ‘Parasite,’ Give the Oscar Race a Shot of Uncertainty

With “1917” winning the Producers Guild Award on Saturday night, we might be looking at a year in which the two leading Oscar contenders don’t have a single acting nomination between them

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More than most years, the film races at Sunday night’s Screen Actors Guild Awards were all about the SAG Ensemble Award that was won by “Parasite,” giving yet another awards-season boost to the twisted Korean-language film. The big takeaway from the show was that actors love Bong Joon Ho’s movie even if they don’t know the names of the actors — so much so that the movie can win the ensemble award without getting a single individual acting nomination. And now the question that will hang in the air for the next three weeks is a related one: Can a movie that isn’t in English and didn’t get a single Oscar nomination for acting be popular enough with the Academy’s huge Actors Branch to actually win Best Picture? We don’t know the answer.