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SAG Winners: ‘Spotlight’ Prevails with Idris Elba Making History as a Non-Oscar Nominee

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idriselba_beastsofnonationThe SAG Awards handed out their awards tonight offering up some more insight into the Oscar race.  The big winner of the night was the cast of Tom McCarthy’s “Spotlight,” which won Best Cast Ensemble over presumed frontrunner “The Big Short,” which went home empty-handed.  The big shock of the night came in Best Supporting Actor as Idris Elba won for his work in “Beasts of No Nation” over Oscar nominees Christian Bale of “The Big Short” and Mark Rylance of “Bridge of Spies.”  This is the first time in SAG history that an acting winner from a film has won without a corresponding Oscar nomination.  As a matter of fact, the only other time was “The Birdcage” in the first year of the awards that a winner didn’t go on to an Oscar nomination.  Elba also won Best Actor in a TV Movie or Mini-Series for his work on BBC’s “Luther.”  Weirdly, his win feels like a lock and loaded win for Sylvester Stallone at the Academy Awards for “Creed.”  With BAFTA up next, Elba can easily win there as well or perhaps Mark Ruffalo finally makes his case for “Spotlight.

Alicia Vikander picked up steam accordingly for her performance in “The Danish Girl,” cementing her lead over Rooney Mara from “Carol” and Rachel McAdams from “Spotlight.”  Brie Larson looks even better for her work in “Room,” as she won over competitor Saoirse Ronan from “Brooklyn.”

As expected, Leonardo DiCaprio won his first SAG Award for his stunning work in Alejandro G. Inarritu’s “The Revenant,” making his run for the Academy even more determined.  For the past two years, the SAG winners matched 4 for 4 with the Academy Awards.  This year, they’ll top out at three if there are no other surprises lurking with the other contenders.

As pointed out in the SAG Preview and Prediction article from Friday, this year even more mirrors the 2006 season when “The Departed” ventured off to a win with only a DGA and BFCA win in its pocket.  It lost PGA and SAG to “Little Miss Sunshine.”  Is “The Big Short” (no pun intended) coming up short in the end?  Is “The Revenant” poised to make history being the first Oscar Best Picture winner without a SAG nomination?  Could “Mad Max: Fury Road” make a compelling case if it wins DGA next Saturday?  

All will revealed soon enough.  We’ll have a new Oscar Circuit article on Monday that focuses on the race, as well as the individual look at each category going all the way to the Oscar ceremony.

Sound off with your thoughts in the comment below!

Check out the full list of winners:

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A CAST ENSEMBLE – “Spotlight
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Leonardo DiCaprio in “The Revenant”
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Brie Larson in “Room”
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
 – Idris Elba in “Beasts of No Nation”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTUREAlicia Vikander in “The Danish Girl”
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A CAST ENSEMBLE IN A DRAMA SERIES – “Downton Abbey
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Kevin Spacey in “House of Cards”
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Viola Davis in “How to Get Away with Murder”
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A CAST ENSEMBLE IN A COMEDY SERIES
– “Orange is the New Black

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES Jeffrey Tambor in “Transparent”
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIESUzo Aduba in “Orange is the New Black”
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TV MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES Idris Elba in “Luther”
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A TV MOVIE OR MINI-SERIESQueen Latifah in “Bessie”
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A STUNT ENSEMBLE IN A MOTION PICTURE – “Mad Max: Fury Road
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A STUNT ENSEMBLE IN A COMEDY OR DRAMA SERIES – “Game of Thrones
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD – Carol Burnett

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LOS ANGELES (Jan. 30, 2016) —The Screen Actors Guild Awards® presented its coveted Actor® statuettes for the outstanding motion picture and primetime television performances of 2015 at the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® held Saturday, Jan. 30 at the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center. In a ceremony attended by film and television’s leading actors, the 22nd Annual SAG Awards® was simulcast live coast-to-coast by TNT and TBS at 8 p.m. (ET) / 5 p.m. (PT). A primetime encore presentation immediately followed on TNT. In addition, TBS and TNT subscribers were able to watch the SAG Awards live through the networks’ websites and mobile apps.

Honored with individual awards were Leonardo DiCaprio, Idris Elba, Brie Larson and Alicia Vikander for performances in motion pictures, and Uzo Aduba, Viola Davis, Idris Elba, Queen Latifah, Kevin Spacey and Jeffrey Tambor for performances in television. The Screen Actors Guild Awards originated awards for the outstanding performances by a motion picture cast and by television drama and comedy ensembles. The Actor® for a motion picture cast performance went this year to “Spotlight”, while the Actors® for television drama and comedy ensemble performances went this year to “Downton Abbey” and “Orange is the New Black”.

Nominees chosen by their respective SAG Awards film and television nominating committees were announced on Dec. 9, 2015. Information on voting procedures to choose the recipients was sent to the 116,741 active voting members of SAG-AFTRA on Dec. 16. Balloting closed at noon on Friday, Jan. 29. Integrity Voting Systems, the Awards’ official election teller, sealed the results until they were announced live during the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Honorees for outstanding television and film stunt ensemble action performances were announced from the red carpet during the SAG Awards Red Carpet Pre-show, hosted this year by People deputy editor of entertainment JD Heyman and entertainment reporter Caroline Moderressy-Tehrani, which was webcast live on sagawards.tntdrama.com, sagawards.org and People.com.

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler presented Carol Burnett with the 52nd Life Achievement Award, following a filmed salute to the comedic trailblazer, actor, singer, dancer, producer and author. Susan Sarandon introduced a filmed “In Memoriam” tribute to the SAG-AFTRA members lost during 2015. In keeping with the SAG Awards tradition of highlighting the work of SAG-AFTRA members, SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard introduced a light-hearted look at how the profession of acting has been portrayed in film and television.

PEOPLE magazine and the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) hosted the Screen Actors Guild Post-Awards Gala for the 20th year. This exclusive event, which was held immediately following the SAG Awards on a specially extended section of the Shrine Theater, honors the philanthropic causes and good works of the members of SAG-AFTRA. The Gala benefits the SAG-AFTRA Foundation.

The 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards presented by SAG-AFTRA with Screen Actors Guild Awards®, LLC was produced by Avalon Harbor Productions. For more information about the SAG Awards, SAG-AFTRA, TNT and TBS, visit sagawards.org/about,

The complete list of recipients for the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® follows:

22nd ANNUAL SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS® NOMINATIONS

THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

LEONARDO DiCAPRIO / Hugh Glass – “THE REVENANT” (20th Century Fox)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

BRIE LARSON / Ma – “ROOM” (A24)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

IDRIS ELBA / Commandant – “BEASTS OF NO NATION” (Netflix)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

ALICIA VIKANDER / Gerda Wegener – “THE DANISH GIRL” (Focus Features)

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

SPOTLIGHT (Open Road Films)

BILLY CRUDUP / Eric MacLeish

BRIAN D’ARCY JAMES / Matty Carroll

MICHAEL KEATON / Walter “Robby” Robinson

RACHEL McADAMS / Sacha Pfeiffer

MARK RUFFALO / Michael Rezendes

LIEV SCHREIBER / Marty Baron

JOHN SLATTERY / Ben Bradlee, Jr.

STANLEY TUCCI / Mitchell Garabedian

TELEVISION PROGRAMS

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

IDRIS ELBA / DCI John Luther – “LUTHER” (BBC America)

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

QUEEN LATIFAH / Bessie Smith – “BESSIE” (HBO)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

KEVIN SPACEY / Francis Underwood – “HOUSE OF CARDS” (Netflix)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

VIOLA DAVIS / Annalise Keating – “HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER” (ABC)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series

JEFFREY TAMBOR / Maura Pfefferman – “TRANSPARENT” (Amazon)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series

UZO ADUBA / Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren – “ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK” (Netflix)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

DOWNTON ABBEY (Masterpiece/PBS)

HUGH BONNEVILLE / Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham

LAURA CARMICHAEL / Lady Edith Crawley

JIM CARTER / Charles Carson

RAQUEL CASSIDY / Baxter

BRENDAN COYLE / John Bates

TOM CULLEN / Anthony Gillingham

MICHELLE DOCKERY / Lady Mary Crawley

KEVIN DOYLE / Joseph Molesley

JOANNE FROGGATT / Anna Bates

LILY JAMES / Lady Rose MacClare

ROBERT JAMES-COLLIER / Thomas Barrow

ALLEN LEECH / Tom Branson

PHYLLIS LOGAN / Mrs. Hughes

ELIZABETH McGOVERN / Cora, Countess of Grantham

SOPHIE McSHERA / Daisy Mason

LESLEY NICOL / Mrs. Patmore

JULIAN OVENDEN / Charles Blake

DAVID ROBB / Dr. Clarkson

MAGGIE SMITH / Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham

PENELOPE WILTON / Isobel Crawley

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK (Netflix)

UZO ADUBA / Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren

MIKE BIRBIGLIA / Danny Pearson

MARSHA STEPHANIE BLAKE / Berdie Rogers

DANIELLE BROOKS / Tasha “Taystee” Jefferson

LAVERNE COX / Sophia Burset

JACKIE CRUZ / Marisol “Flaca” Gonzales

CATHERINE CURTIN / Wanda Bell

LEA DELARIA / Carrie “Big Boo” Black

BETH FOWLER / Sister Jane Ingalls

JOEL MARSH GARLAND / Scott O’Neill

KIMIKO GLENN / Brook Soso

ANNIE GOLDEN / Norma Romano

DIANE GUERRERO / Maritza Ramos

MICHAEL J. HARNEY / Sam Healy

VICKY JEUDY / Janae Watson

SELENIS LEYVA / Gloria Mendoza

TARYN MANNING / Tiffany “Pennsatucky” Doggett

ADRIENNE C. MOORE / Cindy Hayes

KATE MULGREW / Galina “Red” Reznikov

EMMA MYLES / Leanne Taylor

MATT PETERS / Joel Luschek

LORI PETTY / Lolly Whitehill

JESSICA PIMENTEL / Maria Ruiz

DASCHA POLANCO / Dayanara Diaz

LAURA PREPON / Alex Vause

ELIZABETH RODRIGUEZ / Aleida Diaz

RUBY ROSE / Stella Carlin

NICK SANDOW / Joe Caputo

ABIGAIL SAVAGE / Gina Murphy

TAYLOR SCHILLING / Piper Chapman

CONSTANCE SHULMAN / Yoga Jones

DALE SOULES / Frieda

YAEL STONE / Lorna Morello

SAMIRA WILEY / Poussey Washington

SAG AWARDS® HONORS FOR STUNT ENSEMBLES

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture

“MAD MAX: FURY ROAD” (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series
“GAME OF THRONES” (HBO)

LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

52nd Annual Life Achievement Award

CAROL BURNETT

About the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®
The 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® presented by SAG-AFTRA with Screen Actors Guild Awards, LLC will be produced by Avalon Harbor Entertainment, Inc. and simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 at 8 p.m. (ET) / 5 p.m. (PT). TBS and TNT subscribers also can watch through the networks’ websites and mobile apps. In addition, TNT will present a primetime encore of the ceremony immediately following the live presentation. The telecast is available internationally, including to U.S. military installations through the American Forces Network. For more information about the SAG Awards®, SAG-AFTRA, TNT and TBS, visit sagawards.org/about.

Honorees for outstanding television and film stunt ensemble action performances were announced from the red carpet during the SAG Awards Red Carpet Pre-show, hosted this year by People deputy editor of entertainment JD Heyman and entertainment reporter Caroline Moderressy-Tehrani, which was webcast live on sagawards.tntdrama.com, sagawards.org and People.com.

One of the awards season’s premier events, the SAG Awards® celebrate the outstanding motion pictures and television performances from the previous calendar year. Of the top industry honors presented to actors, only the SAG Awards are selected entirely by performers’ peers in SAG-AFTRA, which this year number 116,741. The SAG Awards was the first televised awards show to acknowledge the work of union members and the first to present awards to motion picture casts and television ensembles.

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Clayton Davis is the esteemed Editor and Owner of AwardsCircuit.com. Born in Bronx, NY to a Puerto Rican mother and Black father, he’s been criticizing film and television for over a decade. Clayton is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association where he votes and attends the kick off to the awards season, the Critics Choice Awards. He also founded the Latino Entertainment Journalists Association, the first Latino-based critics’ organization in the United States. He’s also an active member of the African-American Film Critics Association, New York Film Critics Online, International Press Academy, Black Reel Awards, and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association. Clayton has been quoted and appeared in various outlets that include The New York Times, CNN.com, Variety, Deadline, Los Angeles Times, FOX 5, Bloomberg Television, AOL, Huffington Post, Bloomberg Radio, The Wrap, Slash Film, and the Hollywood Reporter.

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Luciano Florio

I really thought Jacob Tremblay would win tonight… am I the only one? Also, Sylvester Stallone just won an Oscar… that sounds so weird.

Greg

Game of thrones is robbed once again

Manning Franks

The race for the Oscar thickens!

László Németh

Am I the only one who’s getting a bit annoyed with Uzo Aduba always winning everything, no matter if she deserves it or not? I always thought she is good in her more emotional scenes, but I never really bought her crazy ones, they always feel like way too obvious acting to me. If there is one standout in the cast who should be winning on a mandatory basis every year it should have been Kate Mulgrew imho.

Luke McGowan

And so much for Mark Rylance’s three televised acceptance speeches!! *aggressively sings Rocky theme*

Alexandro

If Rylance wins the Bafta it’ll be a two on two for Sylvester Stallone

Anthony Chester

So here’s the thing. If Spotlight is to be considered the frontrunner once again (and that’s a big IF without the PGA), is it really going to walk away from the Oscar ceremony with only two awards? Picture and Original Screenplay. Sure, it’s not unheard of, but is it likely? Not after the past few years. Heck when was the last time that even happened? Three is usually the lowest. So the big question is, if Spotlight were to win Oscar at this point, what could be it’s third win. Now considering that BAFTA loves to lead the front with… Read more »

Phillip Milner

The Big Short wins PGA. Spotlight wins SAG. The Martian wins DGA (probably) and Globes. The Revenant wins Globes. Oscar winner is probably gonna be Room at this rate XD.

Pablo

It’s really weird that Idris Elba wasn’t nominated for the Oscars and this proves that even further. Yet, I think actor in a supporting role the only acting category that’s not locked already. DiCaprio, Larson and Vikander look like the likely winners in each of their categories. Now, the ensemble to Spotlight gives it some more advantage over The Revenant but too much. The film still needs DGA and/or Bafta in order to be more consolidated and even then surprises could still happen. In the TV categories, I’m glad for Orange is the new black and Viola Davis. Kevin Spacey… Read more »

GerardoRV

I know some people are going to call me racist for this but man, it most be an awful time to be Idris Elba. He is going to go on the rest of his life knowing that the only reason he got recognized was because of white guilt. An before anyone tells me how awesome his performance was and how he was much better than everyone in his categories, let tell you that thats not what I mean. This is the problem with the Oscarsowhite trend and why it doesnt do anything to solve the problem. You want africanamericans to… Read more »

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