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Everything Everywhere All at Once Takes Four SAG Awards, Brendan Fraser Wins Lead Actor, Making That a True Contest

On Sunday, February 26, the SAG-AFTRA Screen Actors Guild Awards were presented at the Fairmont Century Plaza in Los Angeles, while simultaneously being broadcast on Netflix‘s YouTube Channel. As in past years, the ceremony didn’t have a singular host, instead having a number of actors presenting various awards and presentations*.

Going into the awards, Daniels‘ Everything Everywhere All at Once and Martin McDonagh‘s The Banshees of Inisherin had five nominations apiece, each nominated for Ensemble and having multiple supporting nominations, as well as lead nominations for Michelle Yeoh and Colin Farrell, respectively. The way things turned out, Everything Everywhere won four of its five nominations (two were in the same category), taking the awards for Motion Picture Cast, Female Actor in a Leading Role (for Yeoh), Female Actor in a Supporting Role (Jamie Lee Curtis‘ first win of the season!), and Male Actor in a Supporting Role for Ke Huy Quan, who has long been the favorite despite not winning at BAFTA.

If the DGA and PGA wins for Everything Everywhere hadn’t already clinched its chances at winning Best Picture at the Oscars on March 12, then taking the SAG Ensemble prize nailed its chances in place.

Brendan Fraser, who has long been thought of as the frontrunner for the Leading Actor Oscar, had only won the Critics Choice for his category, while Austin Butler won the Golden Globe and BAFTA award in same. By winning the SAG Award for Male Actor in a Leading Role, Fraser has made this a bonafide two-horse race, with Colin Farrell only receiving a Golden Globe in the Comedy/Musical category.

Top Gun: Maverick won the SAG Award for Stunt Ensemble for a Motion Picture.

As far as the television awards, there was quite a bit of crossover with the Golden Globes, giving a good indicator for the upcoming Emmys. HBO‘s The White Lotus – Sicilly won the SAG Award for Drama Series Ensemble, while Jennifer Coolidge won for Female Actor in a Drama Series for same. Jason Bateman won his third and final SAG Award for his performance on the Netflix series, Ozark,

Abbott Elementary won the Comedy Series Ensemble award, although the individual acting awards in that field went to Jean Smart for Hacks and Jeremy Allen White for The Bear.

The acting awards for the TV Movie or Miniseries category may have been the biggest surprise in the television awards as Sam Elliot won for 1883, while Jessica Chastain won her second solo SAG Award for playing Tammy Wynette on George & Tammy. (Some might note that she won her previous SAG last year for playing another Tammy in The Eyes of Tammy Faye.)

Netflix’s Stranger Things took home the prize for Stunt Ensemble in the TV Series.

You can see the full list of winners below, as well as watch the full ceremony:

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

Everything Everywhere All at Once

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Brendan Fraser (The Whale)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

Michelle Yeoh (Everything Everywhere All at Once)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

Ke Huy Quan (Everything Everywhere All at Once)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

Jamie Lee Curtis (Everything Everywhere All at Once)

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture

Top Gun: Maverick

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series

Sam Elliott (1883)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series

Jessica Chastain (George and Tammy)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series

Jeremy Allen White (The Bear)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series

Jean Smart (Hacks)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

Abbott Elementary

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

Jason Bateman (Ozark)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

Jennifer Coolidge (The White Lotus)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

The White Lotus – Sicily

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series

Stranger Things

*Some of the presenters on-hand, included Quinta Brunson and Janelle James from Abbott Elementary, Jenny Slate from Everything Everywhere All At Once (who just won an Annie Award on Saturday night), Orlando Bloom (Carnival Row), James Marsden (Dead To Me), Mark Wahlberg (Me Time), Jason Bateman (Ozark), Emily Blunt (The English), Jeff Bridges (The Old Man), Jessie Buckley (Women Talking), Diego Calva (Babylon), Jessica Chastain (George & Tammy), Don Cheadle (White Noise), Paul Dano and Michelle Williams from the SAG Ensemble-nominated The Fabelmans, Ariana DeBose (Schmigadoon!), and many more, including SAG-AFTRA President Fran Drescher.

Edward Douglas
Edward Douglas
Edward Douglas has written about movies for print and the internet for over 20 years, specializing in box office analysis, reviews, and interviews. Currently, he writes features for Below the Line and Above the Line, acting as Associate Editor for the former and Interim Editor for the latter.
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