A month before the Oscars comes what’s usually one of the more reliable predictors of Acadamy Award success, when America’s main acting union, SAG-AFTRA, hands out its annual honours to its members’ peers.
With the Academy’s increasingly diverse membership still having actors as the largest branch, for the acting Oscars in particular, this huge body of thousands of actors generally votes for the same nominees at both events.
But in two of the key Oscar categories, SAG has sewn seeds of confusion. The top prize honours the best ensemble cast and it’s seen as SAG’s equivalent to the Academy’s Best Picture. This award went to the much-heralded box office behemoth Black Panther, which, last week, became the first superhero film to receive a Best Picture Oscar nomination, over The Favourite and A Star Is Born, which were the front-runners, earlier in the awards season, but collected no honours here.
But without any other nominations in the acting or directing categories, it seems unlikely that Black Panther will go on, in the same year, to become the first superhero film to win.
In SAG’s equivalent of best supporting actress, it was the British actress Emily Blunt who was honoured by her peers for A Quiet Place, but the Academy overlooked her for an Oscar nomination.
SAG’s other three winners are all in the running for next month’s Oscars, so receiving the Actor trophy will offer them a degree of confidence, if not certainty, of taking home the Academy’s own statuette.
In the leading actress category, The Wife star Glenn Close repeated her Golden Globe success, as did Green Book’s Mahershala Ali, in the supporting actor category.
The more difficult one to predict is the best actor, in which the Golden Globe winners Rami Malek (for drama in Bohemian Rhapsody) and Christian Bale (for comedy in Vice) are the front-runners, but securing recognition from his peers in SAG will give Malek the edge.
Like the Golden Globes, the Screen Actors Guild also recognises achievement in TV – or more accurately, with so many awards going to streaming services such as Prime or Netflix, the small screen.
The biggest winner in these categories was The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, which was named best ensemble cast in a comedy series, with individual awards going to Rachel Brosnahan and Tony Shalhoub.
This Is Us won the cast prize for best drama series, with Ozark’s Jason Bateman and Killing Eve’s Sandra Oh picking up the individual honours.
In the TV movie or miniseries categories, the awards went to Patricia Arquette for Escape at Dannemora and Darren Criss for The Assassination of Gianni Versace.
Here is the full list of winners of this year’s SAG Awards:
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
RAMI MALEK / Freddie Mercury – “BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY” (20th Century Fox)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
GLENN CLOSE / Joan Castleman – “THE WIFE” (Sony Pictures Classics)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
MAHERSHALA ALI / Dr. Donald Shirley – “GREEN BOOK” (Universal Pictures)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
EMILY BLUNT / Evelyn Abbott – “A QUIET PLACE” (Paramount Pictures)
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
BLACK PANTHER (Marvel Studios)
ANGELA BASSETT / Ramonda
CHADWICK BOSEMAN / T’Challa/Black Panther
STERLING K. BROWN / N’Jobu
WINSTON DUKE / M’Baku
MARTIN FREEMAN / Everett K. Ross
DANAI GURIRA / Okoye
MICHAEL B. JORDAN / Erik Killmonger
DANIEL KALUUYA / W’Kabi
LUPITA NYONG’O / Nakia
ANDY SERKIS / Ulysses Klaue
FOREST WHITAKER / Zuri
LETITIA WRIGHT / Shuri
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
BLACK PANTHER (Marvel Studios)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series
DARREN CRISS / Andrew Cunanan – “THE ASSASSINATION OF GIANNI VERSACE:
AMERICAN CRIME STORY” (FX Networks)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series
PATRICIA ARQUETTE / Tilly Mitchell – “ESCAPE AT DANNEMORA” (Showtime)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
JASON BATEMAN / Martin “Marty” Byrde – “OZARK” (Netflix)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
SANDRA OH / Eve Polastri – “KILLING EVE” (BBC America)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
TONY SHALHOUB / Abe Weissman – “THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL” (Prime Video)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
RACHEL BROSNAHAN / Miriam “Midge” Maisel – “THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL” (Prime Video)
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
THIS IS US(NBC)
ERIS BAKER / Tess Pearson
STERLING K. BROWN / Randall Pearson
NILES FITCH / Teenage Randall
MACKENZIE HANCSICSAK / Young Kate
JUSTIN HARTLEY / Kevin Pearson
FAITHE HERMAN / Annie Pearson
JON HUERTAS / Miguel Rivas
MELANIE LIBURD / Zoe
CHRISSY METZ / Kate Pearson
MANDY MOORE / Rebecca Pearson
LYRIC ROSS / Déjà
CHRIS SULLIVAN / Toby Damon
MILO VENTIMIGLIA / Jack Pearson
SUSAN KELECHI WATSON / Beth Pearson
HANNAH ZEILE / Teenage Kate
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL (Prime Video)
CAROLINE AARON / Shirley Maisel
ALEX BORSTEIN / Susie Myerson
RACHEL BROSNAHAN / Miriam “Midge” Maisel
MARIN HINKLE / Rose Weissman
ZACHARY LEVI / Benjamin
KEVIN POLLAK / Moishe Maisel
TONY SHALHOUB / Abe Weissman
BRIAN TARANTINA / Jackie
MICHAEL ZEGEN / Joel Maisel
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series
The 55th Annual SAG Life Achievement Award