Oscars 2019: SAG Awards

The SAG Awards were handed out tonight.

I actually missed part of the show because I figured they’d wait for the football to be done. But apparently not. Fortunately by the time I realized, the game was already a blowout, so I was able to watch both and not really have to pay full attention to either.

This is my least favorite awards show, but the results mean the most of just about any of them. Plus, going in, I could have told you every single film winner. So there wasn’t really a whole lot of surprise there or anything for me to want to see, and really it was just about seeing who gave the best speeches (Brad Pitt wins again on that front and De Niro had a great one too, specifically when he was speaking from the heart and not reading from his prepared words).

So let’s just get into it. Here are your SAG winners:

Best Ensemble

Bombshell
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Parasite

Winner: Parasite

Did anyone expect anything different? Did you hear the ovation the cast got when they came out? They love this movie. Of course, sans a big win elsewhere (looking at you, BAFTA), it seems like a second choice at best to 1917 right now, but hey… it can happen. The upside to it winning this means there is a lot of love for it out there. The downside is… it’s SAG and it’s huge and it’s a popularity contest. So I kinda need to see it win one more before I can take it seriously as a potential winner. Not that I’m totally sold on Once Upon a Time being the second choice, but 1917 looks like a clear favorite at this point, and BAFTA is quite literally its backyard. So, I need more, as Brian Cox says in Adaptation. But this is awesome for them. It definitely makes this a clear top three choice, which is good.

And let us remind everyone, as it crashes and burns at all these shows — not only is The Irishman three-and-a-half hours long… it’s also Netflix. And boy, did they not want to vote for Netflix last year either.

Best Actor

Christian Bale, Ford v Ferrari
Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Adam Driver, Marriage Story
Taron Egerton, Rocketman
Joaquin Phoenix, Joker

Winner: Joaquin Phoenix, Joker

Of course. There was no one to beat him. Leo would have to Revenant-style campaign for this one to win it, and he hasn’t done so this far. He’s just enjoying the ride and seemingly putting all his support behind Brad. So this is Joaquin’s to lose. He’d have to straight up tell everyone to fuck themselves very loudly and really screw things up to lose now. And he’s just not that guy. His speech here was amazing. He’s got this shit on lock. He’s also done more homework by watching his fellow nominees than most of the voters did. And he shouted out Heath Ledger, which is always a good way to get points.

Best Actress

Cynthia Erivo, Harriet
Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story
Lupita Nyong’o, Us
Charlize Theron, Bombshell
Renée Zellweger, Judy

Winner: Renée Zellweger, Judy

And that’s four acting categories locked. This was the only one I was waiting on. SAG is, after all, the popularity contest, and I wanted to see if they’d maybe go for Scarlett. Because all Scarlett needed to do was win here and she could have turned the tide. A win here and a win at BAFTA would have completely shifted the balance of this race. Instead, it’s looking like a clean sweep. Good news is, we all have four guaranteed winners this year.

Best Supporting Actor

Jamie Foxx, Just Mercy
Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Al Pacino, The Irishman
Joe Pesci, The Irishman
Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Winner: Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

That locks up this category, as if we didn’t know that already. These amazing speeches are only getting more people to want to vote for him.

Best Supporting Actress

Laura Dern, Marriage Story
Scarlett Johansson, Jojo Rabbit
Nicole Kidman, Bombshell
Jennifer Lopez, Hustlers
Margot Robbie, Bombshell

Winner: Laura Dern, Marriage Story

She had this won from the jump. There was absolutely no one who could have taken her down. I wanna see if BAFTA goes for her too. I have a very slight feeling that somehow Scarlett could win there, not that it would change anything in the end, but it might make the proceedings a modicum of interesting.

Best Stunt Ensemble

Avengers: Endgame
Ford v Ferrari
The Irishman
Joker
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Winner: Avengers: Endgame

Cool.

Still wanna know just exactly what those Irishman stunts were.

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Best Ensemble in a Drama Series

Big Little Lies
The Crown
Game of Thrones
The Handmaid’s Tale
Stranger Things

Winner: The Crown

I thought they’d go Game of Thrones because it was their last season. I guess it was a protest vote. But I guess, good for The Crown. I’ve really got nothing more to add here.

Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series

Barry
Fleabag
The Kominsky Method
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Schitt’s Creek

Winner: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Missed this award, but it makes sense. Good for them. Maybe one day I’ll actually watch this show.

Best Actor in a Drama Series

Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Steve Carell, The Morning Show
Billy Crudup, The Morning Show
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
David Harbour, Stranger Things

Winner: Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones

Sterling K. Brown should have won for the sly look he gave the camera when they announced the category.

But sure, go Dinklage. He gave a nice speech.

Best Actor in a Comedy Series

Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method
Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method
Bill Hader, Barry
Andrew Scott, Fleabag
Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Winner: Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

I missed this speech, but I love him. Didn’t he win this one before?

Best Actress in a Drama Series

Jennifer Aniston, The Morning Show
Helena Bonham Carter, The Crown
Olivia Colman, The Crown
Jodie Comer, Killing Eve
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale

Winner: Jennifer Aniston, The Morning Show

Popularity contest.

They voted for her because Brad was gonna win. 100% that’s how that went down.

Best Actress in a Comedy Series

Christina Applegate, Dead to Me
Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag

Winner: Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag

Expected. Upset I missed the speech. I assume it was good. She’s always good.

Best Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie

Mahershala Ali, True Detective
Russell Crowe, The Loudest Voice
Jared Harris, Chernobyl
Jharrel Jerome, When They See Us
Sam Rockwell, Fosse/Verdon

Winner: Sam Rockwell, Fosse/Verdon

Yeah, buddy.

I’m really happy for him. I figured everyone was gonna overlook him in favor of Michelle Williams. But I’m glad they both won. That miniseries was amazing.

Best Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie

Patricia Arquette, The Act
Toni Collette, Unbelievable
Joey King, The Act
Emily Watson, Chernobyl
Michelle Williams, Fosse/Verdon

Winner: Michelle Williams, Fosse/Verdon

The only TV award I was actively invested in. She deserved it.

Best Stunt Ensemble in a Series

Game of Thrones
GLOW
Stranger Things
The Walking Dead
Watchmen

Winner: Game of Thrones

Cool, I guess.

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So that’s SAG. Nothing we didn’t already know. Back to breaking down categories, and we get another round of big precursors next weekend.

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