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The Actors of Beasts of the Southern Wild Shafted by SAG Rules

Over at The Hollywood Reporter busy bee Scott Feinberg breaks the news that the actors from Beasts of the Southern Wild are ineligible for Screen Actors Guild awards either in the lead, supporting or ensemble categories.

That means there will be no precedent set in case Beasts wins any Oscars in lead actress or supporting since it’s impossible for them to win the SAG.  But lest we forget, SAG made history last year with the deserved wins of Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, the first two black actresses to win on the same night. But Oscar, sadly, did not choose to follow suit.  Insert disappointed sigh here.  Alas, it looks like the Great White Hope will dominate this year’s SAGs, unless somehow Django Unchained manages to take over.

Feinberg digs into the story, describing the level of difficulty in store in case the film wanted to become SAG-eligible to compete for those awards.

I can’t think of another incidence of a little tiny indie movie like this, made on a shoestring, gets enough attention that the SAG question is even asked, let alone that they were deemed ineligible.

When director Benh Zeitlin was asked for a quote he said “I’m positive they both have long and amazing acting careers in front of them.” If outside the box thinkers like Zeitlin keep making movies, yes.