Oscars 2016: 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards

The SAG Awards were tonight. This puts all the acting categories into focus. We can still look at BAFTA next week, but this pretty much will tell you how things are gonna go.

We’re gonna roll through categories the way they handed them out, and then at the bottom we’ll talk about what, if anything, it means for the acting categories going forward.

Here are your SAG Award winners:

Best Actress in a Comedy Series

Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black

Jane Fonda, Grace and Frankie

Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie

Winner: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

She wins this like, every year, it seems. Though looking it up, only her third one total. It just feels like she wins every year. But sure.

Best Actor in a Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson, Black-ish

Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Ty Burrell, Modern Family

William H. Macy, Shameless

Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

Winner: William H. Macy, Shameless

Good for him. Apparently he’d only won once before ever.

Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series

The Big Bang Theory


Modern Family

Orange Is the New Black


Winner: Orange Is the New Black.


Best Supporting Actress

Viola Davis, Fences

Naomie Harris, Moonlight

Nicole Kidman, Lion

Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures

Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

Winner: Viola Davis, Fences

I mean, was there ever any doubt? If she won for The Help and two years running for How to Get Away with Murder, did you really think they’d vote anywhere else? The question is if BAFTA will also vote for her. If that happens, shit’s locked, if it’s not already.

Best Supporting Actor

Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water

Hugh Grant, Florence Foster Jenkins

Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea

Dev Patel, Lion

Winner: Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

I’m so happy this happened. I was worried if he didn’t win this, the trail to an Oscar win was gone. But this might beget a sweep for him, and I will not be upset with that in the least.

This was a strong category, but his performance was commanding.

Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie

Bryce Dallas Howard, Black Mirror

Felicity Huffman, American Crime

Audra McDonald, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill

Sarah Paulson, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Kerry Washington, Confirmation

Winner: Sarah Paulson, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

That seemed like the obvious choice, no?

Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie

Riz Ahmed, The Night Of

Sterling K. Brown, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Bryan Cranston, All the Way

John Turturro, The Night Of

Courtney B. Vance, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Winner: Bryan Cranston, All the Way

Lotta white people winning here.

Best Actor in a Drama Series

Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us

Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones

John Lithgow, The Crown

Rami Malek, Mr. Robot

Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

Winner: John Lithgow, The Crown

We like him. Also, another white guy.

Best Actress in a Drama Series

Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things

Claire Foy, The Crown

Thandie Newton, Westworld

Winona Ryder, Stranger Things

Robin Wright, House of Cards

Winner: Claire Foy, The Crown

Yeah, that made sense. They love that show.

Best Ensemble in a Drama Series

The Crown

Downton Abbey

Game of Thrones

Stranger Things


Winner: Stranger Things

Of course.

Good speech, though.

Best Actress

Amy Adams, Arrival

Emily Blunt, The Girl on the Train

Natalie Portman, Jackie

Emma Stone, La La Land

Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

Winner: Emma Stone, La La Land


This’ll be an interesting one. She needed this to make a play for it. She stands a chance at a win. Don’t necessarily think it’ll happen, but she could ride this to a win. BAFTA looms large.

Isabelle Huppert also looms large. Emma might have won this because Isabelle wasn’t nominated.

We have one win for Huppert, one for Portman, one for Stone.

Huppert isn’t up for BAFTA. So now we’re really in an interesting bind.

I’m thinking if Natalie takes BAFTA, that should do it. If Emma takes BAFTA, that should do it.

But yeah, we’re in for the most interesting Best Actress race in five years. So that’s cool.

Best Actor

Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea

Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge

Ryan Gosling, La La Land

Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic

Denzel Washington, Fences

Winner: Denzel Washington, Fences

Whoo boy.

SAG doing what they do.

Good for Denzel. He deserved every bit of this.

This might also be a shot at Casey Affleck.

BAFTA’s gonna make this interesting. If Casey Affleck wins that, it’s probably locked. If not, then we’ll have some fun with this.

Best Ensemble

Captain Fantastic


Hidden Figures

Manchester by the Sea


Winner: Hidden Figures

That makes sense. They like going with stuff like this.

Happy for them. Doesn’t change anything, but it’s nice.

– – – – – – – – – –

So we had some wrenches thrown. Best Actor and Best Actress just opened up a bit. The Supporting categories seem locked, but the lead categories are open for business. It’s definitely fun when things are interesting. Since we’re gonna have a lot of locks this year due to the big Best Picture favorite. So to have a few categories to have to think about, it’s nice.


One response

  1. BlueFox94

    Notes on Best Actor:
    “BAFTA’s gonna make this interesting. If Casey Affleck wins that, it’s probably locked. If not, then we’ll have some fun with this.”

    Denzel wasn’t nominated at BAFTA, though. (Viola, on the other hand, did get nominated.) If Casey wins, it’ll still be up in the air. If someone other than Casey wins, then Denzel is going to take the Oscar.

    January 29, 2017 at 7:42 pm

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