SAG Awards 2024: ‘Oppenheimer’ Reigns Supreme; ‘Succession’ and ‘The Bear’ Secure Top TV Accolades

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“Oppenheimer” Triumphs at the 30th SAG Awards 2024

The 30th SAG Awards saw the spotlight firmly on the acclaimed film "Oppenheimer," which dominated the ceremony by clinching the prestigious award for Best Cast, along with individual honors for Cillian Murphy's outstanding leading role and Robert Downey Jr.'s remarkable supporting performance.

The film, which delves into the complexities of J. Robert Oppenheimer's involvement in the development of the atomic bomb, not only became a surprise hit at the box office but also emerged as a frontrunner for the upcoming Academy Awards.

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Drama Series Excellence: “Succession” and “The Bear” Shine

In the realm of television, HBO's "Succession" stood out by claiming the title of Best Drama Series Cast, showcasing the ensemble's adept portrayal of familial power struggles and betrayals in their final season.

Similarly, FX's "The Bear," offering a gripping portrayal of restaurant life, secured the accolade for Best Comedy Series Ensemble. The evening witnessed a blend of anticipated victories and unexpected surprises, with winners openly discussing the challenges and rewards of their artistic endeavors.

Unforeseen Wins and Notable Achievements

Elizabeth Debicki stunned audiences by winning the Leading Actress award in a drama series for her portrayal of Princess Diana in "The Crown," while Pedro Pascal emerged as an unexpected victor for his role in "The Last of Us."

Meanwhile, Jeremy Allen White and Ayo Edebiri garnered well-deserved recognition for their stellar performances in "The Bear," while Steven Yeun and Ali Wong shone in "Beef," securing top acting honors for a TV movie or limited series.

Additionally, Lily Gladstone made history as the first indigenous actress to win a SAG award for her compelling performance in "Killers of the Flower Moon."

Industry Turbulence and Streaming Revolution

Against the backdrop of the SAG awards ceremony, Hollywood grappled with significant challenges amidst the rise of streaming platforms.

The contentious labor disputes and economic disruptions sparked by the streaming revolution were palpable, with actors and writers protesting the shrinking royalties resulting from the dominance of streaming services.

The strikes, which lasted for months, led to production delays and financial losses for industry workers. However, a new agreement reached in November provided some relief, offering actors higher pay and increased residuals, alongside protections against the use of artificial intelligence in the industry.

Fran Drescher Commends Solidarity Amidst Strike

Fran Drescher, renowned for her role in "The Nanny" and as SAG-AFTRA president during the 118-day strike, lauded the members for their solidarity and unwavering conviction throughout the longest strike in the union's history.

She praised their courage, emphasizing the significance of their efforts in securing a "historic" agreement.

Streisand’s Life Achievement Honor

In a poignant moment, Barbra Streisand received SAG's life achievement honor, reflecting on her remarkable journey from a young girl in Brooklyn to becoming a legendary figure in the entertainment industry.

Streisand's reminiscences underscored her enduring passion for the world of movies and her unwavering determination to pursue her dreams despite initial obstacles.

As the entertainment industry navigates through evolving challenges and embraces the digital age, the 30th Screen Actors Guild SAG Awards served as a testament to the resilience and creativity of its members, celebrating their remarkable talents and contributions to the world of entertainment.

Despite the fact that many of the screen goddesses Streisand admired didn't resemble her, with her mother advising her to focus on learning to type rather than pursuing dreams of becoming a leading lady, Streisand remained undeterred.

Full list of SAG Awards winners

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

“American Fiction”
“The Color Purple”
“Killers of the Flower Moon”
“Oppenheimer” — WINNER

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Bradley Cooper – “Maestro”
Colman Domingo – “Rustin”
Paul Giamatti – “The Holdovers”
Cillian Murphy – “Oppenheimer” — WINNER
Jeffrey Wright – “American Fiction”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

Annette Bening – “Nyad”
Lily Gladstone – “Killers of the Flower Moon” — WINNER
Carey Mulligan – “Maestro”
Margot Robbie – “Barbie”
Emma Stone – “Poor Things”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

Sterling K. Brown – “American Fiction”
Willem Dafoe – “Poor Things”
Robert De Niro – “Killers of the Flower Moon”
Robert Downey Jr. – “Oppenheimer” — WINNER
Ryan Gosling – “Barbie”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

Emily Blunt – “Oppenheimer”
Danielle Brooks – “The Color Purple”
Penelope Cruz – “Ferrari”
Jodie Foster – “Nyad”
Da’Vine Joy Randolph – “The Holdovers” — WINNER

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

“The Crown”
“The Gilded Age”
“The Last of Us”
“The Morning Show”
“Succession” — WINNER

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

“Abbot Elementary”
“The Bear” — WINNER
“Only Murders in the Building”
“Ted Lasso”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

Brian Cox – “Succession”
Billy Crudup – “The Morning Show”
Kieran Culkin – “Succession”
Matthew Macfadyen – “Succession”
Pedro Pascal – “The Last of Us” — WINNER

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

Jennifer Aniston – “The Morning Show”
Elizabeth Debicki – “The Crown” — WINNER
Bella Ramsey – “The Last of Us”
Keri Russell – “The Diplomat”
Sarah Snook – “Succession”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series

Alex Borstein – “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Rachel Brosnahan – “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Quinta Brunson – “Abbott Elementary”
Ayo Edebiri – “The Bear” — WINNER
Hannah Waddingham – “Ted Lasso”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series

Brett Goldstein – “Ted Lasso”
Bill Hader – “Barry”
Ebon Moss-Bachrach – “The Bear”
Jason Sudeikis – “Ted Lasso”
Jeremy Allen White – “The Bear” — WINNER

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