‘Tis the Season: “2016 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Winners”


I love awards season as much as the next person. However, the worst part is all the damn waiting. First for nominations and then the actual awards shows, where well deserving winners are announced. Yes I’m used to it, but that doesn’t mean I have to like it.

At long last, a month and a half, the winners of the 2016 Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG) were announced. It was an interesting night and one that should be looked at by other awards shows for how to execute a ceremony. While it’s an hour less than most others, it also doesn’t have a lot of the terrible jokes that the host has to usually give. Mind you, tonight did have its fair share of awkward jokes and I wonder, probably for the first time, why the writer even bothers trying to write funny stuff? Most of it wasn’t that funny.

Anyway, the winners actually, like most years it seems, fell into place quite nicely. When you get to the tail end of awards shows it’s usually difficult to have any surprises. Sadly, this also applies to this year’s Oscars telecast, which will happen at the end of next month. The nominees may have been surprising, but if we’re all being honest, the winners are mostly going to be what we expect, especially from the actors branch.

Tonight’s winners, to bring it back to the SAG Awards, which I also wrote out as they were announced, are as follows:

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series

Uzo Aduba- “Orange is the New Black”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series

Jeffrey Tambor- “Transparent”

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

“Orange is the New Black”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

Alicia Vikander- “The Danish Girl”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

Idris Elba- “Beasts of No Nation”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries

Queen Latifah- “Bessie”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries

Idris Elba- “Luther”

Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award

Carol Burnett

This, I must say, was a great segment. It was fun and funny all the way around, and hearing what Burnett had to say was just as amazing as the fact that she was chosen for this award this year. I can’t wait to see who is chosen for next year!

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

Viola Davis- “How to Get Away with Murder”

I’ve seen every show these talented women are in. So, like with the actors voting, it’s hard to pick which one is more deserving. There’s pros and cons to each. At the least, I can be okay with this choice as it’s a good one and I like Davis as an actress.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

Kevin Spacey- “House of Cards”

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

“Downton Abbey”

Outstanding Performance by a Actor in a Series

Hmm… I guess I’m surprised, but after binge watching the entire series a few weeks ago, I’m not surprised.

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

Brie Larson- “Room”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Leonardo DiCaprio- “The Revenant”

I’m just going to talk about all the main acting wins here. When reflecting on who was nominated, it’s not surprising that these four actors won. Again, this is where things are beginning to become more and more predictable. With Elba winning, I’m a bit more inclined to check out “Beasts of No Nation”, just to see if I agree with his win or not.

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

“Spotlight”

With this win, I’m not terribly surprised, as it was heavily favored to win. I just, somehow, was thinking “The Big Short” would win. So glad that this film won! It definitely deserved to win.

And there you have it! The many and well deserving winners for this year’s Screen Actors Guild awards!! Another year of great performances in film and television! While these are truly worthy shows, and the winners are just as deserving when it comes to their wins tonight, there are still so many films out there that couldn’t fully squeak through. Does that mean they’re bad or less deserving of people’s attention? No. It just means that more and more people, on all levels of the development process, work hard to get the word out about these projects. If more and more people see the incredible films and shows made each year, perhaps the competitive awards would always be surprising and unpredictable.

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