2018 SAG Awards film report: ‘Three Billboards’ is the top winner with 3 for Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell, and ensemble cast

The 2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards were presented on Sunday night, January 21, during a ceremony hosted by Kristen Bell and simulcast on TNT and TBS. This 24th annual event honored the best achievements in film and television acting as decided by more than 100,000 members of the unified SAG-AFTRA union representing performers, radio and TV personalities, and other media professionals. But what do they mean for the Oscars, whose nominations are announced just two days later on January 23? Scroll down for our live updating report of all the film results as their announced.

Because the SAG Awards specifically honor performances and not other aspects of production, they’re not necessarily a reliable barometer for the Best Picture Oscar. Only 11 of the previous 22 ensemble casts that won SAG Awards correspond to the motion picture academy’s top prize (50%). However, this award has foretold a few big Oscar surprises. It was the SAG Awards that anticipated the Best Picture upsets for “Shakespeare in Love” (1998), “Crash” (2005), and “Spotlight” (2015). And the snub of “La La Land” (2016) in the top race at the SAG Awards was the key indicator of that film’s vulnerability at the Oscars; indeed, “Moonlight” ended up winning Best Picture.

The SAG Awards have been much more consistent in forecasting the individual acting races at the Oscars. The academy’s Best Actress has matched the SAG Awards 16 times in the last 23 years (70%). For Best Actor the two groups have agreed 18 out of 23 times (78%); that number is higher if you count Benicio Del Toro, who won the SAG Award as a lead actor for “Traffic” (2000), but won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. For supporting actresses they have agreed 16 times in 23 years (70%) — more if you count Kate Winslet, who was a SAG Award winner in the supporting category for “The Reader” (2008) but in the lead category at the Oscars. The two groups are the least consistent when it comes to awarding supporting actress, where only 14 out of 23 have agreed (61%), but that’s still well over half.

So how did Sunday night’s SAG Awards affect the overall Oscar race? Find out below. All times listed are Eastern.

5:50pm — “Wonder Woman” strikes first. With a couple of hours to go before the telecast starts the Amazonians behind the scenes in the stunt ensemble prevailed for the DC superhero movie. This was an upset against “Dunkirk,” which would have been the third Christopher Nolan movie to win this award and the fourth war movie in five years. Then again, “Wonder Woman” is technically also a war movie since it’s set during World War I.

8:27pmAllison Janney continues her awards romp for “I, Tonya.” She previously prevailed at the Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice Awards. “Your performances over the years have inspired me,” she said to her fellow nominees. She also singled out her “fearless and brave” co-star and producer Margot Robbie and other actors from the movie. This is the seventh SAG Award for Janney, who previously won for “The West Wing,” “American Beauty,” and “The Help.”

8:33pm — “This is awesome,” said Sam Rockwell upon his victory for his supporting role in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” “My mom and dad were actors, they dragged me to rehearsals … I slowly realized, these people are nuts … If you’re a struggling actor out there, hang in there.” This is the first SAG Award victory for Rockwell, who was previously nominated with the ensemble casts of “The Green Mile” and “Frost/Nixon.”

9:48pm — “I am honestly and truly thrilled and overjoyed to be in this room tonight … with my friends and peers. There are giants of acting in this room tonight,” said Gary Oldman upon winning for his leading performance in “Darkest Hour.” “They’re telling me to wrap up. That sad music seems to follow me everywhere.” This was his first SAG Award victory after one previous nomination for his supporting turn in “The Contender” (2000). Coming from his fellow actors and being surrounded by greats like Denzel Washington and Robert De Niro got him especially choked up.

9:58pm — “There’s a lot of young ones coming up, and they need doorstops too,” said Frances McDormand upon accepting the award for her leading performance in “Three Billboards.” Like Oldman, Rockwell, and Janney, she also Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice Awards before this. This is her third SAG Award following victories for “Fargo” (1996) and “Olive Kitteridge” (2014).

10:02pm — “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” claimed the top award for its ensemble cast. It was the most nominated film of the night with four bids and ties the record for the most victories for a film with three. “American Beauty” (1999), “Chicago” (2002), and “The Help” (2011) also won three SAG Awards. Additionally, this gives McDormand her fourth win and Rockwell his second.

Be sure to make your Oscar nomination predictions so that Hollywood studio executives and top name stars can see how their films are faring in our Academy Awards odds. Don’t be afraid to jump in now since you can keep changing your predictions until just before nominees are announced on January 23. And join in the fierce debate over the 2018 Oscars taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our film forums. Read more Gold Derby entertainment news.

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