Avatar was left feeling blue but Jeff Bridges and Sandra Bullock's boosted their chances of Oscar glory with gongs at the Screen Actors' Guild (SAG) Awards at the weekend.
The computer-assisted performances of 12-foot tall blue aliens in James Cameron's Avatar didn't make the cut for SAG nominations. But the groundbreaking sci-fi film remains a strong best picture contender for the Oscars in March.
For Mr Bridges of ‘Crazy Heart’, Ms Bullock of ‘The Blind Side’ and for supporting-actor honorees Mo'Nique of ‘Precious’ and Austrian actor Christoph Waltz of ‘Inglourious Basterds’, there's reason to suspect the Oscar ceremony will be a happy rerun of the weekend's SAG Awards and last Sunday's Golden Globes.
All four were recognised at the Globes, as well, while Avatar was named best drama and Cameron won best director.
He will face competition from director Quentin Tarantino, whose Inglourious Basterds won the SAG Award for best ensemble performance, which can be a precursor to the top Oscar award. Last year, SAG's movie cast award was presented to Slumdog Millionaire, which went on to win the best picture Oscar.
Ms Bullock refused to look ahead to the Academy awards. She won for her portrayal of real-life mother, Leigh Anne Tuohy, who helped a youth in need.