The Screen Actors Guild have thrown a spanner in the works of the Oscar race, with previous favourites, including the stars of the Banshees of Inisherin, Elvis‘s Austin Butler and Black Panther‘s Angela Bassett all missing out.
The main actors’ union, SAG – which usually presents a reliable indicator of Oscar success in the acting categories because so many members also vote for the Academy Awards – put most of their support behind the multi-verse fantasy Everything Everywhere All At Once.
Its star Michelle Yeoh was named the Best Actress and her co-stars Ke Huy Quan and Jamie Lee Curtis took home the supporting actor awards; at a time when the ethnicity of winners is making particular headlines, it’s notable that the only white winner, Jamie Lee Curtis, has picked up the award that at most other ceremonies has gone to Angela Bassett. In another divergence from previous awards, Butler lost out in the best actor category to The Whale‘s Brendan Fraser, who’d been seen as the awards front-runner before the Golden Globes.
Like the Globes, SAG also honours TV, and there were some surprises here too. Jessica Chastain beat the front-runner Amanda Seyfried to the best actress in a limited series for George and Tammy, while Jean Smart took the prize for the best actress in a comedy series for Hacks, an award that some thought might go to Christina Applegate for Dead To Me, because of her multiple sclerosis diagnosis.
The White Lotus took the best ensemble in a TV drama prize, with its star Jennifer Coolidge taking the best actress prize; the best dramatic actor honours went to Ozark’s Jason Bateman.
The cast of Abbott Elementary won the award for the best ensemble in a comedy series, but none of its stars won individual awards.
And here is the full list of SAG winners: