The 25th Screen Actors Guild Awards were last night, and the results didn’t make the Oscar race any easier, as scrappy underdog Black Panther (weird way to describe a $100 million-budgeted, billion dollar-earning blockbuster that changed pop culture) topped the ceremony with two awards, for Best Ensemble and Best Stunt Ensemble.
That’s right, Panther set a SAG record by winning Best Ensemble without any individual acting nominations. This makes the Oscar race all the more interesting, as Panther was mostly considered an outsider in the Oscar race. Time will tell how this will impact the race overall, but it certainly doesn’t simplify things. Outside of Best Ensemble, things were pretty much as expected. Rami Malek continues on the Eddie Redmayne trajectory of a handsome young actor playing a famous historical figure and then putting on the charm offensive to win Best Actor. Glenn Close inches her way closer to her first Oscar win ever thanks to her win in Best Actress. And Mahershala Ali looks to be unbeatable in Best Supporting Actor (it’s not surprising when you both give the best performance of the year and you’re the most charming actor on the planet). However, then there’s Best Supporting Actress. Without perceived frontrunner Regina King in the running, this was the chance for Amy Adams or Rachel Weisz to make some power moves to try to steal momentum. They were clearly the frontrunners, and should have been shoo-ins, right? Well, that didn’t happen. Instead, Emily Blunt shocked everyone (including herself) by winning for A Quiet Place, her only nomination for said film, and mostly considered a populist underdog pulled in by her performance in Mary Poppins Returns. Blunt’s win is highly deserved, and her speech was a charming delight. Here’s hoping the Academy takes notice for future years.
As for television, there were very few surprises. It was pretty much assured that The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel would sweep – the only question was if Tony Shalhoub could win too (the answer is yes, because Tony Shalhoub is perfection). Meanwhile, Best Actor and Actress in a Miniseries/TV Movie was also fairly chalk, with Darren Criss completing his sweep of Best Actor, and Patricia Arquette winning the face-off with Amy Adams once again in Best Actress – essentially, nothing outside of the expected. As for the dramatic side, things were at least a little bi more exciting. Sure, This Is Us won Best Ensemble for the second year in a row, and Sandra Oh unsurprisingly won Best Actress for her phenomenal turn in Killing Eve. However, Jason Bateman won his first SAG award for his performance on Ozark, which, while not a complete shock, was still something of a surprise.
And that wraps up this year’s SAG Awards. Where does this leave us for the Oscars? Who the hell knows? All I can tell you is that this was an interesting year, Alan Alda is a charming speech-giver, Smitty should host the Oscars, and #WakandaForever. You can see the full list of wins below.
Best Male Actor in a Leading Role: Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody
Best Female Actor in a Leading Role: Glenn Close – The Wife
Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role: Mahershala Ali – Green Book
Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role: Emily Blunt – A Quiet Place
Best Cast in a Motion Picture: Black Panther
Best Stunt Ensemble: Black Panther
Best Actor in a Miniseries/TV Movie: Darren Criss – The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Best Actress in a Miniseries/TV Movie: Patricia Arquette – Escape at Dannemora
Best Actor in a Comedy Series: Tony Shalhoub – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Best Actress in a Comedy Series: Rachel Brosnahan – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Best Actor in a Drama Series: Jason Bateman – Ozark
Best Actress in a Drama Series: Sandra Oh – Killing Eve
Best Ensemble in a Drama Series: This Is Us
Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Best Stunt Ensemble in a Television Show: GLOW