‘Belfast’ breakout Jude Hill could benefit from the SAG Awards’ love of child actors

‘Belfast’ breakout Jude Hill could benefit from the SAG Awards’ love of child actors
Belfast” is coming on strong as one of the leading awards contenders of the year, with many prognosticators expecting it to show up in categories like Best Picture, Best Director and the acting categories. Four actors from the Kenneth Branagh-directed film are expected to be in play — Caitriona Balfe, Judi Dench, Jamie Dornan and Ciarán Hinds — all in the supporting categories. But what will become of the film’s star, Jude Hill? The 11-year-old actor is the only one being pushed for a lead acting nomination and while he isn’t quite in people’s predictions yet, one organization that could give him a major boost is the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

The SAG Awards have traditionally been very favorable to child actors, even when they don’t end up landing Oscar nominations in the end. Examples include Jamie Bell for “Billy Elliot” (2000), Dakota Fanning for “I Am Sam
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