I feel I should explain that post title. The SAG picks is pretty straightforward, but what the hell do I mean by "possible Meryl sighting?" Well, as I previously mentioned, Joe and I are season subscribers to the Minnesota Opera, and tonight is the world premiere of the company's latest New Works Initiative project entitled Doubt. Yes, that Doubt. It's the operatic version of the Pulitzer Prize winning play and Oscar nominated film by John Patrick Shanley. He provides the libretto to this new work while the music was produced by Douglas J. Cuomo. Apart from us knowing that Meryl was one of the actors nominated in the film version, we also know that she's a great fan of music. Is it possible that she'll be on hand for the world premiere?! Probably not, but a boy can dream. I'll try to update Twitter at intermission to let let you know yay or nay. I hope I didn't blow your cover, Meryl.
The SAG awards are tomorrow night, which should help shed some light on where things might go with Oscar. Best Actress and Supporting Actor in particular are tough to call at this point. Here goes.
Cast-- Silver Linings Playbook
Actor in a Leading Role-- Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)
Actress in a Leading Role-- Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook)
Actor in a Supporting Role-- Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln)
Actress in a Supporting Role-- Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables)
Day-Lewis is a slam dunk and I'd be shocked if Hathaway didn't win. Small chance Sally Field could squeeze in there for Lincoln. Cast could end up being Les Mis or Lincoln, but since SLP has all four acting categories nominated at Oscar, so I'm going with that. I'd put Jessica Chastain a close second for Lead Actress in Zero Dark Thirty and Robert De Niro a close second for Supporting Actor in SLP, considering I was wrong picking Jones at the Globes. Like I said, tomorrow's show may be a helpful barometer of where at least the actors body of the Academy is leaning.