Oscars 2020: SAG Awards
The SAG Awards were tonight. Honestly, this is the one awards show where I was pretty thrilled they cut it down to an hour and just ran through all the winners rather than doing the whole pageantry. Not that they don’t deserve time to celebrate themselves and their peers’ work, but it always was just such a boring show. It’s all just a little too self-serious with the kind of dumb humor that only works in circles where no one’s funny. It’s just not a fun show and I only really ever cared about the winners. So having a really concise little show was pretty helpful for me.
Normally I’d say that this sewed up all the acting categories. Well… this really only sewed up two of the categories, busted one wide open and kept the other one a gigantic mystery that will remain such all the way until Oscar night. Which is legitimately exciting to me.
Here are your SAG winners:
Da 5 Bloods
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
One Night in Miami
The Trial of the Chicago 7
Winner: The Trial of the Chicago 7
Of course it was them. You can always count on them to go for a good ensemble piece. Three Billboards won this too. They love an ensemble piece by one of those writers they all want to work with. I couldn’t imagine them going any other way on this.
Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal
Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Anthony Hopkins, The Father
Gary Oldman, Mank
Steven Yeun, Minari
Winner: Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
That was a gimme and he’s gonna win the Oscar easy. We know this.
Amy Adams, Hillbilly Elegy
Viola Davis, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Vanessa Kirby, Pieces of a Woman
Frances McDormand, Nomadland
Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman
Winner: Viola Davis, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Oh boy. This just got interesting. Now I’m REAL curious to see how this one goes. I mean, I kinda figured she was the favorite here, just because of how they’ve voted in recent years (she did win this for The Help, if you don’t remember), but now, with only Frances McDormand and Vanessa Kirby nominated at BAFTA, at best we’re getting a year where every single precursor has split and you need to figure out how they’re gonna vote. This never happens in an acting category and the last time it’s happened was Best Supporting Actress 2000, when Judi Dench won SAG, Julie Walters won BAFTA, Kate Hudson won the Globe and Frances McDormand won BFCA and then Marcia Gay Harden, with no precursors (or precursor nominations), won everything. Go figure. So if you thought this category was gonna be easy… think again.
Best Supporting Actor
Sacha Baron Cohen, The Trial of the Chicago 7
Chadwick Boseman, Da 5 Bloods
Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah
Jared Leto, The Little Things
Leslie Odom Jr., One Night in Miami
Winner: Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah
That sews that one up, as if there was ever any doubt. It’s an incredible performance and he deserves it.
Best Supporting Actress
Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Glenn Close, Hillbilly Elegy
Olivia Colman, The Father
Youn Yuh-Jung, Minari
Helena Zengel, News of the World
Winner: Youn Yuh-Yung, Minari
OOH. I was waiting for this to happen. I wasn’t totally sold on Bakalova as an actual Oscar winner, given her age and the film itself (old white people don’t watch shit like Borat, they just don’t) so this really supports what made sense to me as a likely outcome and I was just hoping for a precursor to help me justify it. This is exciting. Though it did give away what was gonna be a really smart pull by me. Oh well.
Outstanding Stunt Ensemble
Da 5 Bloods
News of the World
The Trial of the Chicago 7
Wonder Woman 1984
Winner: Wonder Woman 1984
I mean, it’s the one with the most action. Makes sense. I feel like most people didn’t really consider just what the stunts were here, but honestly… let’s just make this the 24th Oscar category now that we’re back down to 23. Stuntmen and stuntwomen deserve it.
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TV stuff now.
Outstanding Ensemble in a Drama Series
Better Call Saul
Winner: The Crown
Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Dead to Me
The Flight Attendant
Winner: Schitt’s Creek
Obvious winner. No surprises here. It helps that the entire cast is so charming that it makes it easy to root for them.
Best Actor in a Drama Series
Jason Bateman, Ozark
Josh O’Conner, The Crown
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Regé-Jean Page, Bridgerton
Winner: Jason Bateman, Ozark
Oh so this is just fully popularity contest. Okay then. That’s 2/3 years for him. Not enough people knew Bridgerton to vote Page (if it had come out in March instead of whenever it came out, like Queen’s Gambit did, it probably would’ve won). Honestly, with SAG, unless there’s an obvious newcomer, it’s always right to just assume they’re gonna vote for the most popular actor. And Bateman is that guy here.
Best Actress in a Drama Series
Gillian Anderson, The Crown
Olivia Colman, The Crown
Emma Corrin, The Crown
Julia Garner, Ozark
Laura Linney, Ozark
Winner: Gillian Anderson, The Crown
Oh wow. The split that vote in that way. Okay then.
Shout out to Common for delivering the ‘Gillian Anderson is so good as Margaret Thatcher she almost makes me like Margaret Thatcher’ line.
Best Actor in a Comedy Series
Nicholas Hoult, The Great
Daniel Levy, Schitt’s Creek
Eugene Levy, Schitt’s Creek
Jason Sudeikis, Ted Lasso
Ramy Youssef, Ramy
Winner: Jason Sudeikis, Ted Lasso
He wasn’t high this time. So that was a plus. The real winner though was his ‘my body my choice’ shirt. Good for him.
Best Actress in a Comedy Series
Christina Applegate, Dead to Me
Linda Cardellini, Dead to Me
Kaley Cuoco, The Flight Attendant
Annie Murphy, Schitt’s Creek
Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek
Winner: Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek
No shit again.
There’s zero suspense in these categories because you know how popularity contests work.
Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie
Bill Camp, The Queen’s Gambit
Daveed Diggs, Hamilton
Hugh Grant, The Undoing
Ethan Hawke, The Good Lord Bird
Mark Ruffalo, I Know This Much Is True
Winner: Mark Ruffalo, I Know This Much Is True
Yeah, this was the obvious choice.
This was the first award they handed out and I appreciate that they put both sets of Miniseries/TV Movie nominees in the same Zoom screen and having the audio work so you could hear them properly. And kudos to Ethan Hawke for shouting support for him before he gave his speech. That man knows how to make the zoom show more interesting (and be genuine at the same time). I mean, I’m sure they filmed this all early and not live, but still.
Shout out to Bill Camp being in his car, too.
Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie
Cate Blanchett, Mrs. America
Michaela Coel, I May Destroy You
Nicole Kidman, The Undoing
Anya Taylor-Joy, The Queen’s Gambit
Kerry Washington, Little Fires Everywhere
Winner: Anya Taylor-Joy, The Queen’s Gambit
Another really obvious choice.
Also shoutout to them for leaving everyone’s real Zoom names on there.
You think they did this all in breakout rooms or what?
Outstanding Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series
Winner: The Mandalorian
Obvious choice. Good for them.
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