“This Is Us,” “Ozark,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” Win Big at the SAG Awards.

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The 25th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were held Sunday night in Los Angeles and on the television side, there were numerous new winners who took home acting trophies. Out of last years winners, only Sterling K. Brown (Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series) and This Is Us (Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series) were back to defend their crowns, leaving the television categories wide open for new winners.

For my SAG predictions, I made some ambitious swings as to who would win and I’m proud to tout my 75% success rate, failing only to correctly predict Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, which went to This Is Us for a second year in a row, and Patricia Arquette for Outstanding Performance by a Female in a Television Movie or Limited Series for Escape from Dannemora. 

As for my incorrect predictions, I chose The Americans to defeat This is Us for the sole fact that The Americans have been riding a nice wave of wins from the Emmys and Golden Globes, where it pulled off an unexpected win off its first ever Globe nomination. I thought it was a safe bet, I was wrong. I should have also learned my lesson from the Globes when Arquette pulled off an equally surprising win. My heart has been with Amy Adams (Sharp Objects) all awards season, and my emotions got the best of me once again.

Elsewhere, I was right on the money! I knew The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel was going to win big this year, how could it not! It’s been on an awards wave for the last year, specifically Rachel Brosnahan who now is one of six actors in history to win an Emmy, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild Award, Critics Choice Award, and a Television Critics Association Award in the same awards cycle. The other five are Julianna Marguiles (The Good Wife), Sarah Paulson (The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Tina Fey (30 Rock), and Claire Danes (Homeland).

rachel-brosnahan-tony-shalhoub-sag-awardsMrs. Maisel proved victorious in the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, which was a no brainer and Tony Shalhoub took home an acting trophy, as I also predicted, albeit hesitantly. My original prediction was Alan Arkin (The Kominsky Method) but after looking at the nominees, Shalhoub was in a category with two actors from The Kominsky Method and Barry (Bill Hader and Harry Winkler), but deep down I knew those actors from the previous shows would split votes from guild votes, paving an easy route for Shalhoub to win.

For the categories Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series and Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series, I knew Sandra Oh was a lock for Killing Eve after successfully winning at the Globes and Critics Choice this year. While she was nominated for the Emmy last year and lost to Claire Foy (The Crown), she’s my frontrunner to win her first Emmy in September.

Here’s my rational on the Bateman win: It was apparent the guild loves Ozark by giving it four nominations overall this year including two surprising nominations for Julia Garner and Laura Linney in the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series, but I knew they weren’t going to win there or in Best Drama Ensemble category. I knew Ozark wasn’t going to leave SAG empty-handed, so the win for Bateman was the only option.

Here is a complete list of television winners and nominees:

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

  • The Americans (FX) –
  • Better Call Saul (AMC)
  • The Handsmaids Tale (Hulu)
  • Ozark (Netflix) – WINNER
  • This is Us (NBC)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

  • Atlanta (FX)
  • Barry (HBO)
  • Glow (Netflix)
  • The Kominsky Method (Netflix)
  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon Prime Video) – WINNER

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

  • Julia Garner – Ozark (Netflix)
  • Laura Linney – Ozark (Netflix)
  • Elizabeth Moss – The Handmaids Tale (Hulu)
  • Sandra Oh – Killing Eve (BBC America) – WINNER
  • Robin Wright – House of Cards (Netflix)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

  • Jason Bateman – Ozark – (Netflix) – WINNER
  • Sterling K. Brown – This is Us (NBC)
  • Joseph Fiennes – The Handmaids Tale (Hulu)
  • John Krasinski – Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan (Hulu)
  • Bob Odenkirk – Better Call Saul (AMC)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Alex Borstein – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon Prime Video)
  • Rachel Brosnahan – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon Prime Video) – WINNER
  • Jane Fonda – Grace and Frankie (Netflix)
  • Lily Tomlin – Grace and Frankie (Netflix)
  • Alison Brie – GLOW (Netflix)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Micheal Douglas – The Kominsky Method (Netflix)
  • Bill Hader – Barry (HBO)
  • Adam Arkin – The Kominsky Method (Netflix) –
  • Tony Shalhoub – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon Prime Video) – WINNER
  • Harry Winkler – Barry (HBO)

Outstanding Performance by a Female in a Television Movie or Limited Series

  • Amy Adams – Sharp Objects (HBO)
  • Patricia Arquette – Escape from Dannemora (Showtime) –  WINNER
  • Patricia Clarkson – Sharp Objects (HBO)
  • Emma Stone – Maniac (Netflix)
  • Penelope Cruz – Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (FX)

Outstanding Performance by a Male in a Television Movie or Limited Series

  • Antonio Banderas – Genius: Picasso (National Geographic)
  • Darren Criss – Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (FX) – WINNER
  • Hugh Grant – A Very English Scandal (Hulu)
  • Anthony Hopkins – King Lear (Amazon Prime Video)
  • Bill Pullman – The Sinner (TNT)

 

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