David O. Russell's American Hustle won the Screen Actors Guild award for outstanding cast, setting up the con-artist comedy as the film to beat at the Academy Awards.
American Hustle won the 20th annual SAG Awards' top honor over the much-acclaimed historical drama 12 Years a Slave at Saturday night's Shrine Auditorium ceremony in Los Angeles. Because actors make up the largest branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the SAG Awards are considered one of the most predictive indicators of the Oscars.
Academy Award nominations on Thursday seemed to set up a trio of favorites, heaping 10 nods on American Hustle and Gravity, and nine on 12 Years a Slave. But even though no actor was individually honored by SAG for American Hustle, the Abscam tale now seems to have an edge over its Oscar rivals.
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