Awards season continues on as last night marked the 2020 Screen Actors Guild Awards. The awards are presented by SAG-AFTRA, two acting unions with hundreds of thousands of members, and much like the Golden Globes, they honor both television and film. Members of the unions are allowed to vote in the annual competition, which are usually a good indicator of how the Academy will vote on the Oscars.

To those who keep up with awards shows, the film acting categories may seem familiar the winners of the Golden Globes acting awards have also won their respective SAG awards. Renée Zellweger won Best Actress for Judy, Joaquin Phoenix won Best Actor for Joker, Laura Dern won Best Supporting Actress for Marriage Story and Brad Pitt won Best Supporting Actor for Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood. Given these wins at the SAG Awards and at other ceremonies, and that a majority of the Academy is made up of actors, it is likely that Zellwegger, Phoenix, Dern and Pitt will win acting Oscars in their respective categories.


The SAG Awards, unlike the Oscars, honor ensemble casts. Avengers: Endgame took home Best Stunt Ensemble and Parasite won Best Ensemble, the first foreign film to ever do so. Despite the accolades Bong Joon Ho‘s film has received, whether or not it will be awarded Best Picture at the Oscars is still up for debate. The SAG Awards are less likely to predict Oscar Best Picture winners of the ten most recent films to win Best Ensemble, only four went on the win Best Picture.

For the television awards, there were a few surprises. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel won Best Comedy Ensemble for the second time in a row. Alex Borstein, who plays a recurring character on the show expressed her shock of winning the award, saying, “This makes no sense, Fleabag is brilliant,” in reference to another show nominated for the award. The Crown won Best Dramatic Ensemble, presenting Helena Bonham Carter her first ever major award win. Jennifer Aniston won Best Dramatic Actress, winning Apple’s new streaming service it’s first critical award.

Full list of winners listed below.


Actress: Renée Zellweger, “Judy”
Actor: Joaquin Phoenix, “Joker”
Ensemble: “Parasite”
Actress in a supporting role: Laura Dern, “Marriage Story”
Actor in a supporting role: Brad Pitt, “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood”
Stunt Ensemble: “Avengers: Endgame”

Actor in a comedy series: Tony Shalhoub, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Actress in a comedy series: Phoebe Waller-Bridge, “Fleabag”
Comedy series ensemble: “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Actor in a drama series: Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”
Actress in a drama series: Jennifer Aniston, “The Morning Show”
Drama series ensemble: “The Crown”
Actor in a TV movie or limited series: Sam Rockwell, “Fosse/Verson”
Actress in a limited TV movie or series: Michelle Williams, “Fosse/Verdon”
TV Stunt Ensemble: “Game of Thrones”

Life Achievement: Robert De Niro

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