Wednesday, January 31, 2018


After the Golden Globes by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association just two weeks ago, it was now the turn of the Screen Actors Guild-AFTRA to present their awards to the worthy among the nominees for this year. The 24th SAG Awards night took place Sunday evening at the Shine Exposition Center. It was also something of a first for the SAG in having an actual master of ceremonies presiding over the proceedings. Their inaugural host is actress Kristen Bell, who oversaw the honoring of the best film and TV performances from the year that went by. Here are the winners.
It’s been said that when it comes to their film awards, the SAG which shares some of its guild members with AMPAS, can be considered a near-accurate predictor for which movies, directors, stars and so on are most likely to get an Oscar later in the year. Even then, some of this year’s SAG winners also echo the choices made at the recent Golden Globes.
For instance, Gary Oldman again scores as Winston Churchill in “The Darkest Hour”, this time getting an Outstanding Performance for a Male Actor in a Leading Role. His Actress counterpart is, quite predictably, Frances McDormand for her crusading mother performance in Fox Searchlight’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”. That movie also got an Outstanding Performance by a Cast award plus an Outstanding Male Actor in a Supporting Role for Sam Rockwell, while his opposite number was Allison Janney who portrayed LaVona Golden in Neon and LuckyChap Entertainment’s “I, Tonya”. Wrapping things up in the movie SAGs is Warner Bros.-DC’s “Wonder Woman”.
Over on the television side, SAGs went to Alexander Skarsgard in HBO’s “Little Big Lies” as Outstanding Male Actor in a TV Movie/Miniseries, with co-star Nicole Kidman bringing home Outstanding Female Actress. For Drama Series, the Outstanding Male Actor was awarded to Sterling K. Brown of “This is Us” on NBC, while Female Actress went to Claire Foy in Netflix’s “The Crown”. Where Comedy is concerned, Showtimes “Shameless” and HBO’s “Veep” got Outstanding Performances by Male and Female Actors, respectively, with the recipients being William H. Macy from the former and Julia Louis-Dreyfuss. The Outstanding Ensembles awards went to the following: “Game of Thrones” (HBO, TV series), “Veep” (Comedy) and “This is Us” (Drama).
Wrapping things up for the SAG Awards night is the presentation of the Life Achievement Award to actor Morgan Freeman, who was announced as the recipient as early back as August last year. We’ll see this coming March on the 90th Academy Awards if the winners trend shown above continues to hold.
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