The newspaper drama “Spotlight,” badly in need of some Oscar momentum, took the top honour at the 22nd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Best actor went to Leonardo DiCaprio for “The Revenant,” adding to the drum beat expected to culminate with the 41-year-old star’s first Oscar.
Other favourites cemented their front-runner status, as well.
Brie Larson, the star of the captive mother-son daughter drama “Room,” won best actress. Alicia Vikander took best supporting actress for “The Danish Girl.”
But supporting actor went to Idris Elba for “Beasts of No Nation.” Elba was one of the most notable black actors overlooked by the Academy Awards, which instead fielded all-white acting nominees.
The SAG Awards, conversely, crowded its Shrine Auditorium stage in Los Angeles with a diverse group of winners including Queen Latifah and Viola Davis.