The SAG Awards are a little different from most award shows because they only honor the people in front of the camera, nothing technical. So the Screen Actors Guild is a bunch of actors getting together to honor other actors. A room full of people who like being heard. It’s a guarantee that at some point someone will use their time to speak about a cause important to them. It just makes sense and it happens all the time.

Predictably, last night was heavy in the anti-Trump camp. I’ll cut them some slack, its kind of hard not talking about the ridiculous stuff he’s pulling. When Meryl Streep did it at the Globes she was genuinely speaking from the heart. My only issue with what happened last night is that it felt like a competition to see who could do it best. Everyone had something to say about it including Ashton Kutcher who is apparently still relevant because he hosted the show. But the winner was 100% David Harbour during his acceptance speech for Stranger Things winning best ensemble in a drama series.

He crushed it. Absolutely crushed it. That was an emotional and very real rant. It made a lot of sense. Sure he got a little crazy with the Stranger Things references and over simplification of the issues, but it worked. The only thing wrong with it was the woman standing next to him. Oh hey that’s Winona Ryder and she’s shitfaced. Looking good Winona!! They guy behind her was probably in charge of not letting her reach the mic. Hands on her shoulders ready to pull back at any moment.



The winners of the night were surprising. They did not follow the trend and only made the Oscar predictions more complicated. I don’t put a lot of stock into SAG awards and neither should you but it’s still worth noting the winners.

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Captain Fantastic
Hidden Figures
Manchester by the Sea

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
Ryan Gosling, La La Land
Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington, Fences

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
Hugh Grant, Florence Foster Jenkins
Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea
Dev Patel, Lion

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Amy Adams, Arrival
Emily Blunt, The Girl on the Train
Natalie Portman, Jackie
Emma Stone, La La Land
Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Viola Davis, Fences
Naomie Harris, Moonlight
Nicole Kidman, Lion
Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

On the TV side of the night the biggest shocker was Stranger Things winning best Drama ensemble. Look at that list of 5 shows, its a wrecking crew of amazing content. I probably would have gone with The Crown, but you can’t give them an easy sweep of their categories I guess.

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
The Crown
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
Stranger Things

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things
Claire Foy, The Crown
Thandie Newton, Westworld
Winona Ryder, Stranger Things
Robin Wright, House of Cards

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
John Lithgow, The Crown
Rami Malek, Mr. Robot
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Anthony Anderson, Blackish
Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Ty Burrell, Modern Family
William H. Macy, Shameless
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black
Jane Fonda, Grace and Frankie
Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie