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SAG Awards 2018: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri wins three

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Story by Jack Foley

MARTIN McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri emerged as the big winner at the 24th annual Screen Actors Guild awards, taking home three trophies.

Frances McDormand followed her Golden Globe win earlier this month with another best actress award for her role as a grieving mother in the dark comedy, while Sam Rockwell also picked up best supporting actor for his role as a racist cop in the film.

The revenge-themed drama also won the top award for best ensemble in a motion picture over Lady Bird, The Big Sick, The Shape of Water and Get Out.

Upon collecting her award, McDormand said: “I come out of the woods every few years and you invite me to the party!”

However, she went on to remind guild members to remember younger actors who also deserve to be recognised.

Her co-star Rockwell also pointed to young talent hoping to find career longevity, or that one role that could launch them to stardom, saying: “If you’re a struggling actor out there then hang on in there.”

He also went on to praise the ‘long overdue’ movement to remove sexual predators from the industry.

Other big winners on the night included British actor Gary Oldman, who was named best actor for playing Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour.

He was tearful as he described being ‘overjoyed’ to be accepting the accolade.

Fellow Brit Claire Foy beat out The Handmaid’s Tale favourite Elisabeth Moss to win best actress in a drama series for her role in Netflix hit The Crown.

In other film awards, Allison Janney took home the prize for best supporting actress for her role as Tonya Harding’s vicious mother on the darkly comic biopic I, Tonya.

On the smaller screen, there was further awards success for Big Little Lies stars Nicole Kidman and Alexander Skarsgard, who scooped best actress and actor in a TV movie or limited series for their roles in the hit HBO show.

Kidman had been nominated 10 times before by the Screen Actors Guild but this was her first win.

In her acceptance speech, Kidman spoke about the importance of Hollywood finally giving women over 40 the roles they deserve.

“I just beg that the industry stays behind us because our stories are finally being told and it’s only the beginning,” she added.

One of the night’s big surprises came when the cast of This Is Us claimed best ensemble in a TV drama series, prompting star Milo Ventimiglia to praise the show for its ‘positivity, hope and inclusion’.

Another of that show’s ensemble members, Sterling K Brown, was crowned best actor in a drama series.

The cast of Veep took home the best comedy ensemble, while leading lady Julia Louis-Dreyfus also won for best actress in a comedy series.

And William H Macy was named best actor in a comedy series for his role in Shameless.

This year’s awards ceremony was notable for being female-powered, with an all-female list of hosts, including Laura Linney, Gina Rodriguez, Sarah Silverman, Marisa Tomei, Lupita Nyong’o and Mandy Moore.

The ceremony is usually without an emcee but this year Kristen Bell presented.

She began proceedings by stating: “We are living in a watershed moment and as we march forward with active momentum and open ears, let’s make sure we are leading the charge with empathy and diligence, because fear and anger never win the race.”

The SAG awards precede the Oscar nominations, which will be announced on January 23, with the ceremony following on March 4.

Award winners at a glance (winners appear in bold)…

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture


Best male actor
Timothée Chalamet – Call Me by Your Name
James Franco –The Disaster Artist
Daniel Kaluuya – Get Out
Gary Oldman – Darkest Hour
Denzel Washington – Roman J Israel, Esq.

Best female actor
Judi Dench – Victoria & Abdul
Sally Hawkins – The Shape of Water
Frances McDormand – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Margot Robbie – I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan – Lady Bird

Best male supporting actor
Steve Carell – Battle of the Sexes
Willem Dafoe – The Florida Project
Woody Harrelson – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Richard Jenkins – The Shape of Water
Sam Rockwell – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best female supporting actor
Mary J Blige – Mudbound
Hong Chau – Downsizing
Holly Hunter – The Big Sick
Allison Janney – I, Tonya
Laurie Metcalf – Lady Bird

Best ensemble performance
The Big Sick
Get Out
Lady Bird
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best stunt ensemble
Baby Driver
War for the Planet of the Apes
Wonder Woman


Best male actor in a TV movie or mini-series
Benedict Cumberbatch – Sherlock
Jeff Daniels – Godless
Robert De Niro – The Wizard of Lies
Geoffrey Rush – Genius
Alexander Skarsgård – Big Little Lies

Best female actor in a TV movie or mini-series
Laura Dern – Big Little Lies
Nicole Kidman – Big Little Lies
Jessica Lange – Feud: Bette & Joan
Susan Sarandon – Feud: Bette & Joan
Reese Witherspoon – Big Little Lies

Best male actor in a drama series
Jason Bateman – Ozark
Sterling K Brown – This Is Us
Peter Dinklage –Game of Thrones
David Harbour, Stranger Things
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul

Best female actor in a drama series
Millie Bobby Brown – Stranger Things
Claire Foy – The Crown
Laura Linney – Ozark
Elisabeth Moss – The Handmaid’s Tale
Robin Wright – House of Cards

Best male actor in a comedy series
Anthony Anderson – Black-ish
Aziz Ansari – Master of None
Larry David – Curb Your Enthusiasm
Sean Hayes –Will & Grace
William H Macy – Shameless
Marc Maron – GLOW

Best female actor in a comedy series
Uzo Aduba – Orange Is the New Black
Alison Brie – GLOW
Jane Fonda – Grace and Frankie
Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Veep
Lily Tomlin – Grace and Frankie

Best ensemble performance in a drama series
The Crown
Game of Thrones
The Handmaid’s Tale
Stranger Things
This Is Us

Best ensemble performance in a comedy series
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Orange is the New Black

Best stunt ensemble in a comedy or drama series
Game of Thrones
Stranger Things
The Walking Dead