<p>The cast of &quot;American&nbsp;Hustle&quot;&nbsp;accept the SAG&nbsp;Award for Outstanding Performance by an&nbsp;Ensemble in a Motion&nbsp;Picture.</p>

The cast of "American Hustle" accept the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Motion Picture.

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'American Hustle' and acting Oscar frontrunners win SAG Awards

Is it all a harbinger of things to come?

In two decades, the only years the SAG winners matched up 100% with the Academy's individual acting category winners were 2010, 2009 and 2004. Sometimes it's because the early deadline rears its head. For instance, the SAG nominating committee didn't fully catch up to "Django Unchained" last year, so they didn't even nominate eventual Oscar winner Christoph Waltz. Other times, it's category placement that causes a shift; Kate Winslet being nominated in and winning supporting for "The Reader" but going on to win lead at the Oscars. Still others, it's because the buzz wave has a certain shape to it, Oscar winners like Alan Arkin and Judi Dench supplanting SAG champs like Eddie Murphy and Kathy Bates.

So it's a fair bet that tonight's winners (with the ensemble prize subbing for "Best Picture," even though the guild doesn't quite view it that way all that time) won't all be holding matching Oscars in their hands in March. Nevertheless, I think this year might just go that way, at least in the individual acting categories, because the line-up is beginning to settle in as a sure quartet.

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<p>Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader in Craig Johnson's &quot;The Skeleton Twins.&quot;</p>

Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader in Craig Johnson's "The Skeleton Twins."


Review: Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader leave 'SNL' behind with 'The Skeleton Twins'

Is this what Lorne Michaels movies should have been?

PARK CITY - This is probably the last thing co-writer and director Craig Johnson wants to hear, but watching his new dramedy "The Skeleton Twins" Saturday afternoon, I was struck by a recurring thought: Why didn't Lorne Michaels produce more movies like this one?

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<p>Matthew McConaughey wins Best Actor at the 20th annual&nbsp;Screen Actors Guild&nbsp;Awards.</p>

Matthew McConaughey wins Best Actor at the 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Credit: Matthew McConaughey

2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards winners - complete list

'American Hustle,' 'Breaking Bad' and 'Modern Family' win top honors

The 20th annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards were be held Saturday night at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Kudos were dished in an array of acting categories, for stars of both film and television. Check out the full list of winners below, and be sure to check out Dan Fienberg's live blog of the proceedings and don't forget to keep track of the whole season via The Circuit.

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<p>Jenny Slate in &quot;Obvious Child.&quot;</p>

Jenny Slate in "Obvious Child."

Credit: Sundance Film Festival

Review: Jenny Slate makes a delightful leading lady in 'Obvious Child'

Warm, sharply feminist slacker comedy is an early Sundance charmer

PARK CITY - Those of us who have never seen a single episode of "Saturday Night Live" have a somewhat stymied relationship with a vast network of variously talented performers -- with their backstories and creative personae largely unfamiliar to us, they often arrive as blank slates when they finally make the jump to the big screen. That can be a drawback in film vehicles that are essentially extensions of their "SNL" shtick, but it can also make for unexpected, preconception-free discoveries, and so it is with Jenny Slate. I may know little about her apparently uneven TV career, but I now know from "Obvious Child," a winning slacker comedy from first-time writer-director Gillian Robespierre, that Slate has the makings of a rather special movie star: lovably gawky, casually relatable and very, very funny.

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<p>David&nbsp;O.&nbsp;Russell (right)&nbsp;with Christian Bale and&nbsp;Jeremy Renner on the set of &quot;American&nbsp;Hustle&quot;</p>

David O. Russell (right) with Christian Bale and Jeremy Renner on the set of "American Hustle"

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David O. Russell to receive Santa Barbara fest's Outstanding Director Award for 'American Hustle'

Tribute to be held on Jan. 30

With a little less than two weeks away from opening night, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival has slid in one more honor for its big round of tributes held throughout: the Outstanding Director Award to "American Hustle" helmer David O. Russell.

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Exclusive: Kristen Stewart, Peyman Moaadi and 'Camp X-Ray' cast sit down interview

Exclusive: Kristen Stewart, Peyman Moaadi and 'Camp X-Ray' cast sit down interview

Will the drama help the battle to close Guantanamo Bay?

PARK CITY - The talk of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival on Friday, the first full day of the festival, centered on some surprise hits ("Obvious Child"), a major disappointment ("God's Pocket") and an out-of-the-ordinary entry ("Frank"). One film that received strong notices, specifically for its performances, was the Guantanamo Bay-centered drama "Camp X-Ray."

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<p>Maggie Gyllenhaal, Michael Fassbender and Domnhall Gleeson in &quot;Frank.&quot;</p>

Maggie Gyllenhaal, Michael Fassbender and Domnhall Gleeson in "Frank."

Credit: Sundance Film Festival

Review: Michael Fassbender loses his head in fascinating black comedy 'Frank'

A unique oddity that will delight some and baffle others
PARK CITY – “You’re just going to have to go with this.” So says zoned-out band manager Don (an unrecognizable Scoot McNairy) to eager-beaver new keyboardist Jon (Domnhall Gleeson) at the outset of Lenny Abrahamson’s brazenly strange, frequently brilliant new film “Frank.” He may as well be speaking to the audience: a black comedy that runs the gamut from gentle whimsy to balls-out absurdism, “Frank” certainly demands a lot of acceptance from its viewers – and not just for the cardinal aesthetic sin of encasing Michael Fassbender’s regal mug in a fiberglass fishbowl painted to resemble Dora the Explorer’s unsavory older brother. Some will certainly go with it; others will find it flying right over their regular-sized heads.
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<p>Christina Hendricks and Philip Seymour Hoffman in John Slattery's &quot;God's Pocket.&quot;</p>

Christina Hendricks and Philip Seymour Hoffman in John Slattery's "God's Pocket."


Review: Philip Seymour Hoffman can't save John Slattery's disappointing 'God's Pocket'

John Slattery's directorial debut is sadly a miss

PARK CITY - Transitioning from being in front of the camera to behind it is never easy. And, yes, there are just as many success stories (Clint Eastwood, George Clooney, Ben Affleck, Ben Stiller) as disappointments (William H. Macy, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Kevin Spacey, David Duchovney), many of whom made this sad discovery at the Sundance Film Festival. On Monday, Sundance is celebrating the inaugural "Free Fail" event with a special day of workshops that will center on artists' failures and how they allowed them to eventually succeed. John Slattery, best known for his work on "Mad Men," may want to pop into a few for some tips after the world premiere of his feature directing debut "God's Pocket" Friday afternoon.

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<p>Aaron Paul in &quot;Hellion.&quot;</p>

Aaron Paul in "Hellion."

Credit: Silver Sail Entertainment

Review: Aaron Paul is a deadbeat dad in heartfelt but one-sided 'Hellion'

Shades of 'Mud' with motocross in Kat Candler's third feature

PARK CITY - Slugs and snails and puppy dog tails: that is no longer what little boys are made of, if the angsty strain of coming-of-age narratives in recent American indies is to be believed. Films such as "Mud," "The Kings of Summer" and "Hide Your Smiling Faces" have presented adolescent male protagonists with decidedly adult moral and domestic quandaries, wrestled out largely without supervision; at a time when the man-child stands tall in commercial cinema, other filmmakers are keen to present the child itself as an endangered species. "Hellion," the third feature from Austin-based filmmaker Kat Candler, follows solemnly in this tradition: sun-bleached scenes of motocross racing and laddish misbehavior abound, yet boyhood is a bleak business here.

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<p>&quot;Gravity&quot; predictably dominated the below-the-line categories.</p>

"Gravity" predictably dominated the below-the-line categories.

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Tech Support: Analyzing the 2014 craft category Oscar nominations

The Academy had tricks up its sleeve throughout

A day after the Academy dropped its array of surprises throughout its 24 categories, and notably the 10 crafts fields, it's time to reflect on what the months of build-up have left us with. A few trends come to mind…

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