The Screen Actors Guild Awards are always the big awards ceremony of the new year, giving peers who make TV shows and films the chance to celebrate each other.
SAG, with its 160,000 members, is such a big group that it can be hard to predict. Anything can happen. And did.
The Morning Show’s Jennifer Aniston earned the award for best actress in a TV drama for her performance as the host of a popular morning TV broadcast.
Anniston’s ex-husband, Brad Pitt was named best supporting actor for his portrayal of a washed-up stuntman in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Pitt joked,
“I’ve got to add this to my Tinder profile.”
Judy’s Renee Zellweger won best actress for her transformative performance as Judy Garland.
“I feel so lucky to be a member of this family of storytellers, who gets to do work that reflects the experience of being human and fosters understanding, and empathy and unity, and, with some luck, maybe pushes history a little bit closer to the light.”
Joker’s Joaquin Phoenix was named best actor in a leading role, becoming one of the rare performers honored for a comic book movie. Phoenix praised the work of his rival nominees, as well as of another performer who had put his indelible stamp on the Joker in The Dark Knight.
“I’m standing here on the shoulders of my favorite actor, Heath Ledger.”
Ledger’s widow, Fosse/Verdon’s Michelle Williams was named best actress in a TV movie or miniseries for her turn as legendary dancer Gwen Verdon. Her co-star Sam Rockwell won best actor in a TV movie or miniseries for playing the other half of that duo, the choreographer and director Bob Fosse.
Tony Shalhoub earned a best male actor in a comedy statue for his work as the harried father on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Shalhoub dedicated his award to Brian Tarantina, a “Mrs. Maisel” cast member who died of a drug overdose in November.
“Our brother, here’s to you.”
Mrs. Maisel, the story of a barrier-breaking female stand-up in the 1960s, triumphed as Best TV comedy over the heavily favored Fleabag. Alex Borstein, one of the cast members, said during her speech.
“I voted for ‘Fleabag. This is really weird. This makes no sense…’Fleabag’ is brilliant.”
Fleabag creator and star Phoebe Waller-Bridge was named best female actor in a comedy series for her performance as a troubled woman living in London. Waller Bridge said,
“Thank you for being so supportive of our show on these shores. This whole thing really has been a dream and if I wake up tomorrow and discover it was just that, then thank you, it’s been the most beautiful dream.”
Parasite won best motion picture cast, becoming the first foreign language film to pick up the top prize. The twisty South Korean thriller, has become a box office phenomenon, grossing nearly $140 million globally.
(Photos, Avalon; via Variety)