On Sunday, January 21, Alexander Skarsgard is hoping to complete his awards sweep for HBO’s “Big Little Lies” by taking home the 2018 Screen Actors Guild Award. (See the list of SAG nominations.) While Gold Derby’s combined predictions have Skarsgard tied with Robert De Niro (“The Wizard of Lies”) at 6/5 odds to win, scroll down to see why I predict that Skarsgard has the edge over all of his competitors: De Niro, Jeff Daniels (“Godless”), Benedict Cumberbatch (“Sherlock: The Lying Detective”) and Geoffrey Rush (“Genius”).
Clean sweep — The Swedish actor has already claimed victory at the Emmys, Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice Awards for “Big Little Lies,” so a SAG triumph would give him a clean sweep of the four major televised kudos. Sometimes sweeps just happen and there’s nothing anyone can do to stop them. Look at Sarah Paulson‘s awards domination last year for “The People v. O.J. Simpson,” or Jeffrey Tambor‘s recent roll for “Transparent.” Might Skarsgard be next?
“Big Big Lies” — HBO’s limited series “Big Little Lies” was one of the most popular shows of 2017. Everyone watched it and couldn’t wait to talk about it the next day. The Screen Actors Guild Awards are voted on by a whopping 120,000 SAG-AFTRA members, which means the most popular contenders often win. And none of the other nominees earned nearly as much buzz as Skarsgard in “Big Little Lies.” He’s also a former 2010 SAG nominee as part of the “True Blood” cast, so voters already know who he is.
You love to hate him — Skarsgard’s performance as abusive husband Perry Wright was one that audiences loved to hate. His many scenes with Nicole Kidman were played with a mix of vulnerability and vindictiveness that, in lesser hands, would’ve seemed cheesy. SAG voters love rewarding male roles with a villainous edge to them. Last year alone, all of the following performances were rewarded: Denzel Washington as adulterer Troy Maxson (“Fences”), John Lithgow as curmudgeon Winston Churchill (“The Crown”) and William H. Macy as selfish drunk Frank Gallagher (“Shameless”).
The Skarsgard family — A vote for Alexander would really be a vote for the whole Skarsgard family. His father Stellan Skarsgard has been working for decades, but only has a single SAG nomination to his name, as part of the cast of “Good Will Hunting” (1997). Alexander’s brothers Bill, Gustaf and Valter are also actors, with Bill shooting to fame this year for his role as Pennywise the clown in “It.” For an organization voted on by actors, Alexander’s surname should give him extra credit points.
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