Tuesday, January 21, 2020

SAG AWARDS 2019 Sees STREAMING Services Ace Nominations and WINS

One of the biggest moments during the 26th Screen Actors Guild Awards last Sunday evening had been the surprise victory of “Parasite,” the increasingly news-making South Korean film by Bong Joon-ho. It had won the award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, and this accolade can only surely bode well for its chances in converting its several nominations for the 92nd Academy Awards into actual Oscar statuettes. But this amazing victory should not overshadow the other awardees last January 19. Some of those names are expected winners while others, like “Parasite,” were pleasant surprises as well.

The Hollywood Reporter has a rundown on the other best films and television series of 2019 that were given their dues at the recent Screen Actors Guild Awards. For the motion picture scene, there is already a major buzz regarding “Parasite” and their being awarded Outstanding Performance by a Cast, especially as it already has multiple nominations for the upcoming Oscars next month. But the other awardees were no slouches either. Joaquin Phoenix won Outstanding Actor – Drama for bringing Batman villain “Joker” to life. Renee Zellweger matched that in her Outstanding Female Actor win for playing Judy Garland in “Judy.”

Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” also got a nod thanks to Brad Pitt winning Outstanding Actor in a Supporting Role, with his opposite number being Laura Dern as supporting actress for the memetic Netflix drama “Marriage Story.”

On the television categories, “Fosse/Verdon” on FX swept the Outstanding Male and Female Actors for TV Movie/Miniseries courtesy of Sam Rockwell and Michelle Williams. On the drama front, the Actor trophies went to Peter Dinklage as one of the last few awards owed to HBO’s now-ended “Game of Thrones,” and Jennifer Aniston (“The Morning Show”). “The Crown” is yet another Netflix triumph for winning the Outstanding Performance by Ensemble – Drama.

Tony Shalhoub on “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” proves his comedy chops anew by taking the Outstanding Performance by an Actor for Comedy, which goes just as well with the Outstanding Ensemble – Comedy Series win for the Amazon Prime series itself. Phoebe Waller-Bridges takes one back to the UK (Outstanding Performance by Female Actor – Comedy) for her leading role in BBC’s “Fleabag.” Finally, the stunt ensembles of big and small screens were honored for their hard and potentially dangerous work with “Avengers: Endgame” for film, and “Game of Thrones” for TV.

In terms of nomination numbers it seems the streaming platforms have their moments thanks to having original films and series on top of the list. Lastly, Robert de Niro of “The Irishman” was accorded the Life Achievement Award for 2019.

Image courtesy of NY Post


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