The 25th SAG awards packed in a few surprises along with much affection for the actors community and guild, as “Black Panther” won the SAG film ensemble cast award. “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” dominated the TV comedy categories and “This Is Us” took the TV drama ensemble award Sunday night at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
An exultant Chadwick Boseman accepted the award for “Black Panther,” which topped “A Star Is Born,” “BlacKkKlansman,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and “Crazy Rich Asians.” Boseman admitted that he had not prepared a speech, then said, “To be young, gifted, and black…. We all know what it’s like to be told that there is not a place for you to be featured — yet you are young, gifted and black. We know what it’s like to be told, to say there’s not a screen for you to be featured on, a stage for you to be featured on.”
Boseman explained backstage that he had used the 1969 Nina Simone song title to underline the challenges that black actors face in a world where they are often relegated to being the sidekick and the supporting player. “We knew that we had something special, that we could create a world that exemplified a world that we wanted to see,” Boseman said.
Winner of the SAG ensemble trophy has matched the Oscar best picture winner only 11 times in 23 years. “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri“ and “Hidden Figures” won the last two SAG cast awards, while “The Shape of Water” and “Moonlight” took the Oscars
Glenn Close won the SAG Award for top actress for her nuanced performance as a betrayed spouse in “The Wife” and Rami Malek won for actor for his searing portrayal of Freddie Mercury in “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
Close, who has been nominated for seven Oscars without winning, stressed the importance of acting in her acceptance, saying, “One of most powerful things we have as human beings are two eyes looking into two other eyes,” she said.
SAG actress winners have gone on to win the Oscar for six years in a row including Frances McDormand last year for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”
An emotional Malek thanked the late Mercury in his acceptance, saying, “I get some power from him that’s about stepping up and living your best life, being exactly who you want to be and accomplishing everything you so desire.”
The SAG victory enhances Malek’s status as a front-runner. SAG actor winners have matched the Oscar winner 13 times in the last 14 years, including Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hour”) last year.
Mahershala Ali won the SAG Award for best supporting actor for “Green Book” and Emily Blunt took the supporting actress trophy for “A Quiet Place.”
Ali won the same award two years ago for “Moonlight,” went on to win the Oscar for the role and is again up for an Academy Award for his portrayal of pianist Don Shirley in “Green Book.”
Ali said backstage that the chance to play Don Shirley in “Green Book” was by far the best opportunity that had presented itself in his career. “I felt I could do something with that character,” he added.
Blunt starred as the mother of a family under attack by aliens in “A Quiet Place.” She was also up for the lead actress award at the SAG Awards for “Mary Poppins Returns.” She has yet to receive an Oscar nomination.
Blunt thanked her spouse John Krasinski, who directed and starred, for casting her. “You would have been in major trouble if you hadn’t,” she added.
Megan Mullally hosted the show — the second-ever emcee for the show in its 25-year history — and got off several laugh lines by calling the awards “the greatest honor an actor can receive — this weekend” and poking fun at Emma Stone: “To SAG nominee Emma Stone, who just turned 30 — our condolences, you had a great run.”
She also showed a residuals check that her late father Carter Mullally, Jr., had received for the pilot of “Twilight Zone,” as part of her introduction of SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris.
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” won all SAG Awards comedy series trophies for Rachel Brosnahan and Tony Shalhoub in the actor categories along with ensemble cast. Shalhoub said he felt confident in the Amazon series from the beginning, though he no longer tries to predict hits.
“I’ve given up trying to predict what will work and what won’t work,” Shalhoub said backstage. “I had a really good feeling about it because of the high level of writing and this unbelievable cast…I get to say for once in all these years I was right.”
“This Is Us” repeated as the drama series winner at the SAG Awards. Jason Bateman won the actor in a drama series award for “Ozark,” his first win after eight nominations. He cracked up the audience by opening his acceptance by saying, “This is reassuring.”
Sandra Oh won the actress in a drama series award for “Killing Eve” and offered effusive thanks to her fellow actors, singling out Jamie Foxx and Alfre Woodward, and saying, “I have felt your support so tremendously over the past years.”
Oh was asked backstage about the movement toward inclusion and better representation of females and minorities.
“May it continue to grow,” she responded. “And are we there yet? Of course not. But it’s always good to have something to aspire to and move towards. To see yourself represented is a deeply human need and I’m happy to support that.”
Patricia Arquette won for best actress in a TV movie or miniseries for “Escape at Dannemora.” It was her second SAG Award after winning a supporting actor award four years ago for “Boyhood.” She concluded her acceptance by thanking Special Counsel Robert Mueller “and everyone working to make sure we have sovereignity for the United States of America.”
Darren Criss took the trophy for best actor in a TV movie or miniseries, “Assassination of Gianni Versace” for his portrayal of serial killer Andrew Cunanan.
Alan Alda received a standing ovation when presented with the SAG Life Achievement Award by Tom Hanks, and revealed during his acceptance that he’s been dealing with Parkinson’s Disease for several years.
“I see more than ever now how proud I am to be a part of our brotherhood and sisterhood of actors,” he said. “It may have never been more urgent to see the world through another person’s eyes. When a culture is divided so sharply, actors can help a little by just doing what we do.”
Geoffrey Owens, a former “Cosby Show” regular who was discovered working at a grocery story last fall, appeared on a well-received “I’m an actor” segment at the start of the show and said his professional life has improved.
“Somewhere in the middle of the road of my life, I found myself in the dark wood of unemployment and debt, but instead of switching careers like a sane person, I took a job at a local Trader Joe’s to see if I could hang in there with my career and it’s actually worked out pretty well,” Owens said. “I’m Geoffrey Owens and I’m an actor.”
Prior to the televised portion of the show, “Black Panther” and “GLOW” won the awards for stunt ensembles.
See the full list of winners below.
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role:
Christian Bale, “Vice”
Bradley Cooper, “A Star Is Born”
Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody” (WINNER)
Viggo Mortensen, “Green Book”
John David Washington, “BlacKkKlansman”
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role:
Emily Blunt, “Mary Poppins Returns”
Glenn Close, “The Wife” (WINNER)
Olivia Colman, “The Favourite”
Lady Gaga, “A Star Is Born”
Melissa McCarthy, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role:
Mahershala Ali, “Green Book” (WINNER)
Timothee Chalamet, “Beautiful Boy”
Adam Driver, “BlacKkKlansman”
Sam Elliott, “A Star Is Born”
Richard E. Grant, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role:
Amy Adams, “Vice”
Emily Blunt, “A Quiet Place” (WINNER)
Margot Robbie, “Mary Queen of Scots”
Emma Stone, “The Favourite”
Rachel Weisz, “The Favourite”
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture:
“A Star Is Born”
“Black Panther” (WINNER)
“Crazy Rich Asians”
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries:
Antonio Banderas, “Genius: Picasso”
Darren Criss, “Assassination of Gianni Versace” (WINNER)
Hugh Grant, “A Very English Scandal”
Anthony Hopkins, “King Lear”
Bill Pullman, “The Sinner”
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries:
Amy Adams, “Sharp Objects”
Patricia Arquette, “Escape at Dannemora” (WINNER)
Patricia Clarkson, “Sharp Objects”
Penelope Cruz, “Assassination of Gianni Versace”
Emma Stone, “Maniac”
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series:
Jason Bateman, “Ozark” (WINNER)
Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us”
Joseph Fiennes, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
John Krasinski, “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan”
Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series:
Julia Garner, “Ozark”
Laura Linney, “Ozark”
Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Sandra Oh, “Killing Eve” (WINNER)
Robin Wright, “House of Cards”
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series:
Alan Arkin, “The Kominsky Method”
Michael Douglas, “The Kominsky Method”
Bill Hader, “Barry”
Tony Shalhoub, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (WINNER)
Henry Winkler, “Barry”
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series:
Alex Borstein, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Alison Brie, “GLOW”
Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (WINNER)
Jane Fonda, “Grace and Frankie”
Lily Tomlin, “Grace and Frankie”
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series:
“Better Call Saul”
“The Handmaid’s Tale”
“This Is Us” (WINNER)
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series:
“The Kominsky Method”
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (WINNER)
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series:
“Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan”
“The Walking Dead”
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture:
“Ant-Man and the Wasp”
“Avengers: Infinity War”
“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”
“Black Panther” (WINNER)
“Mission: Impossible – Fallout”