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:

Outstanding Ensemble

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.


Best Actor

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.


Best Actress

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


The Crown

Lovercraft Country


Winner: The Crown

No shit.


Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series

Dead to Me

The Flight Attendant

The Great

Schitt’s Creek

Ted Lasso

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

No shit.

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

The Boys

Cobra Kai

Lovecraft Country

The Mandalorian


Winner: The Mandalorian

Obvious choice. Good for them.

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