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On Sunday night, the 29th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - the last major US awards show before next month's Oscars - took place at Fairmont Century Plaza in Los Angeles. Netflix joined forces with SAG-AFTRA union to stream the ceremony live on their YouTube channel starting in 2024.
After an exciting Golden Globes awards night, the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards are back to honor some of the year's finest acting. Voted on by actors since 1995, these annual ceremonies honor 13 awards across film and TV categories.
The SAG Awards, which have aired on TNT and TBS over the years, will be streamed live on Netflix starting in 2024. SAG boasts 130,000 performers as members and is the largest actor-voting body worldwide.
Steven Spielberg's The Fabelmans and Martin McDonagh's Banshees of Inisherin are leading the film nominations with five nods each. These films are joined by genre-defying sci-fi film Everything Everywhere All at Once as well as two controversial Marilyn Monroe biopics: Blonde and Babylon.
On the TV side, Ozark led with four nominations, followed by Barry and Only Murders in the Building with three. For drama fans, Severance's Adam Scott, Better Call Saul's Bob Odenkirk and Jonathan Banks are competing against The White Lotus' Jennifer Coolidge, Euphoria's Zendaya, and The Crown's Elizabeth Debicki for nominations.
Comedy offers a diverse field of young talent, with Quinta Brunson and Amanda Seyfried from Abbott Elementary, Jean Smart from Hacks, and Jeremy Allen White from The Bear. Additionally, two new ensemble winners were chosen this year; last year's winners Succession and Ted Lasso weren't eligible again this time around.
In recent years, the SAG Awards have been one of the most reliable Oscar predictors. This year's nominations include multiple consumer-friendly hits like Warner Bros.' "Elvis", A24's "Everything Everywhere All at Once" with Michelle Yeoh and Searchlight Pictures' "Banshees of Inisherin" featuring Colin Farrell.
The 29th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards provided a glimpse of the Oscar race, with numerous film and TV performances winning awards across several categories. Hosted by the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, these SAG Awards honor individual actors in film and TV as well as ensembles across both genres.
Since 1995, the SAG Awards have been an annual tradition in America and one of three major award shows that take place each year: Golden Globes and Academy Awards. Votes are cast by SAG-AFTRA members each year.
This year, Netflix collaborated with the SAG Awards to stream the ceremony on their YouTube channel - a departure from prior years when the show was broadcasted on TNT and TBS. This partnership not only helps raise the profile of the SAG Awards but also gives streaming platforms more exposure.
In the film category, A24's "Everywhere All At Once" emerged as the big winner with five nominations including Best Ensemble and Outstanding Supporting Actress for Jamie Lee Curtis. Its strong performance combined with its lead actress' and actor's PGA Awards win should guarantee it a spot at next month's Oscars for Best Picture.
Squid Game made history as the first non-English series and Korean series to receive a SAG nomination for Best Drama Series. Furthermore, CODA made headlines as the first deaf/non-hearing ensemble nominated for Best Motion Picture Cast.
There were some surprising wins, such as Jessica Chastain's third SAG award and Sam Elliott's first. These joined Jason Bateman who took home his third SAG for his role on Ozark, and Jennifer Coolidge who earned her second SAG win for The White Lotus.
The SAG Awards are the only televised awards show where actors are honored, and they serve as an indicator for how films will perform at the Oscars. While the PGA Awards tend to be more reliable predictors, the SAGs provide a sneak preview into how voters will vote this year.
The 29th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards gave actors a chance to honor their work in both film and TV. Reunited, honored their peers, and looked absolutely radiant on the red carpet!
This year's ceremony took place at Fairmont Century Plaza in Los Angeles and was broadcast live on YouTube, Twitter, Netflix and other media partners.
Before the show began, fans had a unique opportunity to view this year's nominees in their costumes and on the red carpet. Hosted by E! News, it featured Naz Perez and Yvette Nicole Brown as special guests.
In addition to giving fans an exclusive glimpse of the stars arriving at Barker Hangar, the pre-show also featured interviews with members of the SAG Awards People. Stars such as Jamie Lee Curtis, Viola Davis, Amanda Seyfried and Sally Field made guest appearances.
Other nominees, such as Jennifer Coolidge and Danielle Deadwyler, were present on the red carpet. Leading contenders included Everything Everywhere All At Once's Michelle Yeoh, Kerry Condon from The Banshees of Inisherin and Angela Bassett from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
These nominations are a testament to the incredible work actors have done this year, especially when you consider that many of these films are SAG Awards first-timer nominations.
For example, several lead actors have never before been nominated for a SAG Awards. Colin Farrell, Brendan Fraser and Austin Butler all have their first SAG bids this year while Cate Blanchett could break her own record for most film SAG Award nominations.
One of the highlights of the pre-show was seeing all of the ensembles from movies nominated for outstanding performance by a cast. Examples included Bob Odenkirk from Better Call Saul, Ozark's Jason Bateman and Jeff Bridges from The Old Man - all nominated in drama categories.
Consequently, the SAG Awards Pre-Show was packed with surprise reunions and moments that you won't want to miss! Plus, it's an opportunity to catch up on stars who didn't make the main ceremony.
On Sunday night, the 29th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards aired live from Los Angeles with winners announced ahead of time and acceptance speeches taped in advance. After a year of live broadcasts and virtual Zoom interviews, stars returned to their old ways for an evening of performances, red carpets, and delicious hors d'oeuvres (the best, in fact).
The SAG Awards Post-Show was a triumph for several reasons: It was an opportunity to recognize and honor those working in film and TV while offering some ideas about future award shows. Notably, it was much shorter than previous years -- lasting an hour and a half instead of the two hours it had typically required.
The show placed great emphasis on performances, with several winners from each category giving stirring speeches to the assembled actors. Notable among them were Ke Huy Quan, Jennifer Coolidge and Michelle Yeoh who all gave touching tributes.
Another notable highlight was a number of unexpected victories. Jessica Chastain upset Emmy winner Amanda Seyfried in the Best TV Performance by a Female Actor race; Evan Peters edged James Elliott for Best Supporting Actor; and Jason Bateman edged Bob Odenkirk in Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie category.
But the most touching moments of the evening came from veteran performers. Helen Mirren, 82, received a Life Achievement Award; Rita Moreno and Lily Tomlin both 91 years old were recognized for their roles in "80 for Brady".
There were also some impressive nods given to some deserving newcomers, including CODA, Ted Lasso, Squid Game and Succession who all received nominations in their respective categories.
Troy Kotsur, who plays Ruby's dad in CODA, became the first deaf actor to win a SAG Award and his cast made history by receiving the award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. It was an affirmation for Deaf actors everywhere and serves as reminder that these awards aren't just about stars - it's about everyone involved in making movies or TV shows.