With the Oscar nominations due to be unveiled tomorrow, the Screen Actor’s Guild contributed their choice of award winners during last night’s ceremony.
Following its Golden-Globe winning success a couple of weeks ago, the comic-drama Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri bolstered its Oscar chances with three wins. The film beat off The Big Sick, Get Out, Lady Bird and Mudbound to clinch the coveted Outstanding Performance by a Cast (Film) accolade.
Furthermore, it also landed well in the acting categories as stars Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell won for their acclaimed performances in Lead Actress and Supporting Actor respectively. McDormand (as scorned protagonist Mildred Hayes) saw off competition from the likes of Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water), Margot Robbie (I, Tonya) and Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird) to move a step closer towards a second Oscar win. As for Rockwell, he triumphed over co-star Woody Harrelson and Willem Dafoe (The Florida Project) and will be looking to claim a key awards hat-trick at next month’s BAFTA ceremony.
It was a crucial night for ‘Billboards after it lost out on the PGA (Producer’s Guild Award) the day before which went to Gulliermo del Toro’s romantic fantasy The Shape of Water.
Elsewhere, British veteran Gary Oldman continued his dominant run in awards season as he clinched another Best Actor gong for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in the historical biopic Darkest Hour. He beat off the likes of Timothee Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name) and Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out) to clinch the award and will be a surefire favourite to land the Oscar.
Allison Janney also cemented her chances of a first Oscar success as she took home Best Supporting Actress for her role as ice skater Tonya Harding’s abusive mother in the sports biopic I, Tonya. Her win came at the expense of other experienced performers like Laurie Metcalf (Lady Bird) and Holly Hunter (The Big Sick).
The DC comic-book blockbuster Wonder Woman picked up Best Stunt Ensemble in a strong category which included Baby Driver, Dunkirk and Logan.
Finally, Oscar-winning legend Morgan Freeman was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement award which was given for his performances in various films including Driving Miss Daisy (1989), The Shawshank Redemption (1994), Se7en (1997), Million Dollar Baby (2004), Invictus (2009) and The Dark Knight trilogy (2005-12).
The Oscar race will officially begin tomorrow when the Academy announce the full list of nominations in the afternoon!
The winners in all the film categories are below:
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A CAST IN A MOTION PICTURE
THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Gary Oldman, DARKEST HOUR
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Frances McDormand, THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Sam Rockwell, THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Allison Janney, I, TONYA
OUTSTANDING ACTION PERFORMANCE BY A STUNT ENSEMBLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
Meanwhile in the television categories, NBC’s This is Us celebrated double success as it scored two gongs for its cast and for actor Sterling K. Brown.
The family-based series beat off Game of Thrones, The Crown, Stranger Things and The Handmaid’s Tale to take home Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble (Drama Series) with Brown picking up Best Actor (Drama) for his role as Randall Pearson.
British star Claire Foy celebrated back-to-back wins in Best Actress (Drama) as she won again for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown. Despite missing the ceremony, Claire’s victory came at the expense of favourite Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale) and youngster Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things).
It was also a great night for the political sitcom Veep as it FINALLY won Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble (Comedy Series) over Curb Your Enthusiasm, Glow and Orange is the New Black. Despite being absent from the ceremony (owing to her current cancer treatment), Julia Louis-Dreyfus clinched yet another Best Actress (Comedy) gong for her role as scorned politician Selina Meyer.
William H. Macy took home Best Actor (Comedy) for his portrayal of Frank Gallagher in the U.S. version of the hit British series Shameless. His win was more ironic by the fact that his Fargo co-star Frances McDormand won Best Actress in the film categories.
Finally, the HBO series Big Little Lies added two more awards to its trophy cabinet as stars Nicole Kidman and Alexander Skarsgard both earned further recognition.
Kidman saw off co-stars Laura Dern and Reese Witherspoon plus Feud: Bette and Joan duo Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon to win Best Actress (TV Movie or Mini-Series) while Skarsgard won his category against bigger names like Benedict Cumberbatch and Robert De Niro.
The full list of television winners are below:
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ENSEMBLE IN A DRAMA SERIES
THIS IS US
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Sterling K. Brown, THIS IS US
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Claire Foy, THE CROWN
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ENSEMBLE IN A COMEDY SERIES
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
William H. Macy, SHAMELESS
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Julia-Louis Dreyfus, VEEP
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A TV MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES
Alexander Skarsgard, BIG LITTLE LIES
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A TV MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES
Nicole Kidman, BIG LITTLE LIES
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY STUNT ENSEMBLE IN A COMEDY / DRAMA SERIES
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