Is it time for both Rami Malek and Glenn Close to clear a space on their shelf for an Oscar? Both performers scored big at the 2019 Screen Actors Guild Awards (or SAGs), winning Best Actor and Best Actress for their performances in Bohemian Rhapsody and The Wife, respectively.
Malek's electric portrayal of tortured Queen frontman Freddie Mercury has been lauded for its complexity, a mixture of Mercury's flamboyant stage persona and anguished inner torment. Meanwhile Hollywood veteran Close gives a career-topping performance as the emotionally neglected spouse of an arrogant, Nobel Prize-winning novelist.
Malek saw off strong competition from the likes of Vice's Christian Bale and A Star is Born's Bradley Cooper, while Close warded off apparent front runner Olivia Colman from The Favourite. Both actors have now further cemented their chance of winning at the 91st Academy Awards, which gets underway on 24th February.
It would be an especially historic win for Close – in a career dating back to the mid-80s, with performances in the iconic likes of Fatal Attraction and six other Oscar nominations already under her belt, she's yet to win the coveted gong.
The Favourite also lost out at the SAGs in the Supporting Actress category – Emily Blunt swooped in and stole that gong from The Favourite's duo of Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone. However, Blunt hasn't been nominated at the Oscars so the way is still open for both Weisz and Stone at the Academy Awards.
That said, the biggest prize of the night was reserved for Marvel's Black Panther. Still basking in the glow of its historic Oscar nomination for Best Picture (the first ever for a comic book movie), the blockbuster walked away with the SAG award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. The movie defeated formidable competition: A Star Is Born, BlacKkKlansman, Bohemian Rhapsody and Crazy Rich Asians were all up for the prize.
Will this year's SAG winners translate their success into Oscar glory? We'll find out for sure on 24th February, but in the meantime tweet us your Oscar predictions @Cineworld.