This years awards hosted by Kristen Bell focused on both individual performances as well as on the work of the entire ensemble of a drama series and comedy series, and the cast of a motion picture. These honors are fundamental to the spirit of the Screen Actors Guild Awards ® because they recognize what all actors know that acting is a collaborative art.
This years Life achievement award was awarded to Academy Award winning actor Morgan Freeman who is one of the most recognizable figures in American cinema. His works are among the most critically and commercially successful films of all time. Freeman ranks 2nd among worldwide top-grossing actors of all time, with his films having earned over $4 billion in cumulative ticket sales. Whether a role requires an air of gravitas, a playful smile, twinkle of the eye, or a world-weary, yet insightful soul, Freeman’s ability to delve to the core of a character and infuse it with a quiet dignity has resulted in some of the most memorable cinematic characters committed to film.
In 2005 Freeman won the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for his role in “Million Dollar Baby.” Freeman also received an Academy Award nomination in 1987 for Best Supporting Actor for “Street Smart,” in 1994 for Best Actor for “The Shawshank Redemption,” and in 2010 for Best Actor for “Invictus.” He also won the Golden Globe for Best Actor for his performance in “Driving Miss Daisy” in 1990.
The show entertained with mostly female presenters and an opening with only actresses speaking about their art. Producers say they were inspired by last year’sto highlight women’s achievements at this year’s SAG Awards.
Tension over sexual misconduct accusations brewed before the show, with Giuliana Rancic of E! asking Alison Brie about the allegations against her brother-in-law,. Brie, who is married to Dave Franco, said, “I think that above all what we’ve always said is it remains vital that anyone who remains victimized should have the right to speak out and come forward.” But she also added, “Not everything that has come forward is fully accurate.”
I am stepping out on this ledge for James Franco who has taken the high road instead of coming out against those who have accused him of things all of us find appalling. Mr. Franco has not only denied the accusations as false, but in doing so he did not victimize the accusers further by bashing them in the public. James is a class act and this year should have been a wonderful time in his career but instead, he is fighting prejudice and an appalling stigma. The first stage of enlightenment is to admit you’re not enlightened. We only grow by learning. Men have been unappropriated towards women since women evolved beyond the caves. We men have stayed inside the cave ever since, but there is a light outside and many of us now see the light and are responding to its warmth.
Bell kept with the pre-existing tone that sets the SAGs apart: Quick, quippy, and with an emphasis on unabashed love for acting, her opening monologue felt like it wasn’t trying to change things; it was trying to fit in, and it worked.
In a reversal of last year’s emphasis on humor, then heart, this year’s ceremony focused on female actors talking about what they dreamed of being when they were little and what they’ve achieved since then. Allison Janney dreamed of being a figure skater. Tracee Ellis Ross wanted to own a lot of shoes. Millie Bobby Brown, still a young girl, told other adolescents watching, “I believe in you. Believe in your hearts.” Bell then quipped that she was narcissist before launching her brief monologue.
Bell’s first joke may have been her best: mocking Melania Trump’s inefficient efforts to reduce cyberbullying by taking the mantle from her (as the “first lady” to host the SAGs). Her cheery “serotonin” comment to Elisabeth Moss, a Scientologist, was either a far too subtle dig or a different joke gone awry, but from there she reinforced a prominent theme of the night: supporting young actors.
“This show is for you guys, and it’s to entice you to stick around,” Bell said. “It’s a true privilege to be able to experience and share the wide scope of humanity through storytelling. […] Everyone’s story deserves to be told — especially now. We are living in a watershed moment. […] Let’s make sure we’re leading the charge with empathy and diligence because fear and anger never win the race.”
Though a few jokes seemed to drift off message — including her very next bit, where Maya Rudolph asked what Bell’s show “about living in hell” was called, and she replied, “It’s called 2018!” — the night largely held together as a positive, encouraging affair. From Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ early win (and Connie Britton’s message to her) to a mid-show standing ovation for Rita Moreno’s dancing (“That’s a lot of love — but I can take it.”), the 2018 SAG Awards efficiently hit a lot of wonderful notes.
Molly Shannon and Leslie Mann actually pulled off a back-and-forth about how drama is better than comedy (which worked, perhaps, because they’re both just so damn funny); Sam Rockwell declared his love for Laura Linney’s Netflix series, “Ozark,” before making a great Oscar warm-up speech involving his parents, actors, and “standing shoulder-to-shoulder with these women”; an under-the-weather Nicole Kidman still managed to get people riled up behind her call for continued change; and Olivia Munn and Niecy Nash actually got some laughs out of “pretending” to watch all their nominees’ shows. (“Peter Dinklage was so good as… the dragon?”)
That being said, it was also an evening absent many surprises. Seeing the “This Is Us” cast erupt in surprised delight served as a reminder that through the first two-thirds of the ceremony, most of the winners were predictable, all the way down to “Three Billboards in Ebbing, Missouri” taking the night’s top prize.
That’s hardly anyone’s fault save one group: the one Bell dedicated the show to: the actors watching at home who want to be in the ballroom. So, to complain about the results wouldn’t exactly be fair to them, even if they may have wanted a more exciting night, too. The first host was a success. The speeches were solid. Next year, we’ll be watching to see what happens next — and hoping for another female host. Rita Moreno, anyone?
Check out the full list of winners:
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture:
“War For The Planet Of The Apes”
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series:
“Game of Thrones”
“The Walking Dead”
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series:
William H. Macy, “Shameless”
Anthony Anderson, “Black-ish”
Aziz Ansari, “Master of None”
Larry David, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
Sean Hayes, “Will & Grace”
Marc Maron, “GLOW”
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series:
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
Uzo Aduba, “Orange Is the New Black”
Alison Brie, “GLOW”
Jane Fonda, “Grace and Frankie”
Lily Tomlin, “Grace and Frankie”
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series:
“Curb Your Enthusiasm”
“Orange is the New Black”
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role:
Allison Janney, “I, Tonya”
Mary J. Blige, “Mudbound”
Hong Chau, “Downsizing”
Holly Hunter, “The Big Sick”
Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird”
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role:
Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Steve Carell, “Battle of the Sexes”
Willem Dafoe, “The Florida Project”
Woody Harrelson,”Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Richard Jenkins, “The Shape of Water”
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries:
Alexander Skarsgard, “Big Little Lies”
Benedict Cumberbatch, “Sherlock”
Jeff Daniels, “Godless”
Robert De Niro, “The Wizard of Lies”
Geoffrey Rush, “Genius”
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries:
Nicole Kidman, “Big Little Lies”
Laura Dern, “Big Little Lies”
Jessica Lange, “Feud: Bette & Joan”
Susan Sarandon, “Feud: Bette & Joan”
Reese Witherspoon, “Big Little Lies”
Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series:
Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us”
Jason Bateman, “Ozark”
Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”
David Harbour, “Stranger Things”
Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series:
Claire Foy, “The Crown”
Millie Bobby Brown, “Stranger Things”
Laura Linney, “Ozark”
Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Robin Wright, “House of Cards”
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series:
“This Is Us”
“Game of Thrones”
“The Handmaid’s Tale”
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role:
Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”
Timothee Chalamet, “Call Me by Your Name”
James Franco, “The Disaster Artist”
Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”
Denzel Washington, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role:
Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Judi Dench, “Victoria & Abdul”
Sally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water”
Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya”
Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture:
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
“The Big Sick”
Timothée Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name
James Franco, The Disaster Artist
Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out
Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.
Judi Dench, Victoria & Abdul
Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird
Steve Carell, Battle of the Sexes
Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water
Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
Hong Chau, Downsizing
Holly Hunter, The Big Sick
Allison Janney, I, Tonya
Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
The Big Sick
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Actor in a TV movie or miniseries
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: The Lying Detective
Jeff Daniels, Godless
Robert De Niro, Wizard of Lies
Geoffrey Rush, Genius
Alexander Skarsgard, Big Little Lies
Actress in a TV movie or miniseries
Laura Dern, Big Little Lies
Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies
Jessica Lange, Feud: Bette and Joan
Susan Sarandon, Feud: Bette and Joan
Reese Witherspoon, Big Little Lies
Actor in a drama series
Jason Bateman, Ozark
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
David Harbour, Stranger Things
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Actress in a drama series
Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things
Claire Foy, The Crown
Laura Linney, Ozark
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
Robin Wright, House of Cards
Actor in a comedy series
Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
Aziz Ansari, Master of None
Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Sean Hayes, Will & Grace
William H. Macy, Shameless
Marc Maron, GLOW
Actress in a comedy series
Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black
Alison Brie, GLOW
Jane Fonda, Grace and Frankie
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie
Ensemble in a drama series
Game of Thrones
The Handmaid’s Tale
This Is Us
Ensemble in a comedy series
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Orange Is the New Black
Life achievement award
The Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations featured its share of surprise snubs Wednesday morning.
Here’s who will not be vying for the “The Actor” trophies when the 24th annual SAG Awards
‘The Post’: After scoring six Golden Globe nominations, Steven Spielberg’s drama about The Washington Post‘s decision to publish the Pentagon Papers, featuring major acting names Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep, came up shockingly empty-handed in the SAG nominations.
Gal Gadot: Wonder Woman captured America’s heart, drew critical raves and was the second-biggest movie at the box office in 2017, earning $413 million. But Gal Gadot, who embodied the Amazon warrior in the superhero film with awards season aspirations, couldn’t score an acting nomination, nor could the movie’s cast (which did earn a nomination for outstanding stunt ensemble). Wonder Woman was also shut out in the Golden Globe Awards nominations.
‘Dunkirk’: Writer/director Christopher Nolan’s World War II epic is gunning for awards season glory in best picture and best director categories. But in the blur of battle, the performances by a cast that includes Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance and Kenneth Branagh weren’t enough to push the movie to the top at the SAGs, which focus entirely on actors. The film did earn an nomination for outstanding stunt ensemble.
Daniel Day-Lewis: The revered actor wasn’t recognized for what he’s said will be his final performance. He earned a Golden Globe nomination (best actor) for Phantom Thread, his reunion with writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson, centered around the high-fashion world of 1950s London.
Also: Who got nominated for SAG Awards? Here’s the full list for 2018
Tiffany Haddish: The Girls Trip breakout star has been an early awards darling, winning best supporting actress from the New York Film Critics Circle last month. After being denied a Golden Globe nomination, Haddish failed to earn a SAG nomination.
‘Fargo’: The third edition of the FX drama, featuring Ewan McGregor and Carrie Coon, did not earn individual or group acting nominations.
‘Modern Family’: The ABC awards darling, nominated for best comedy ensemble last year, was shut out in 2018.
Hugh Jackman: Jackman has been in the awards discussion for both his singing/dancing P.T. Barnum in The Greatest Showman and his final role as X-Men’s Wolverine in the acclaimed Logan. He received a Golden Globe nomination for Showman (which the Globes also nominated for best comedy). But the actor came up short at the SAGs, even if Logan managed a nomination for stunt ensemble.
‘Beauty and the Beast’: The critically praised Disney musical, starring Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast, is the top-earning movie of 2017 ($504 million at the box office). It was shut out at the SAGs, earning no nominations.