“Yeah, that makes sense,” said a gobsmacked Alexander Skarsgard after winning the 2018 SAG Award on Sunday, January 21 for his role as abusive husband Perry Wright on HBO’s “Big Little Lies.” One of the men he beat out was legendary actor Robert De Niro (“The Wizard of Lies”), which Skarsgard joked about at the podium. “A lot of people have been talking about who the greatest male actor ever is. Is it Mr. Robert De Niro? Or the tall dude from ‘True Blood’? The thespians have spoken!” Watch Skarsgard’s SAG acceptance speech above.
Skarsgard’s joke went off well in the room filled with fellow actors. Even the notoriously unemotional De Niro managed to give a slight smile. “Seriously, SAG-AFTRA, I am shocked, I am humbled,” continued Skarsgard. “I am incredibly embarrassed and infinitely grateful. Thank you, thank you so much for this.”
Other than Skarsgard and De Niro, the other SAG nominees were Jeff Daniels (“Godless”), Benedict Cumberbatch (“Sherlock: The Lying Detective”) and Geoffrey Rush (“Genius”). Perhaps Skarsgard had the edge over his competitors because of the immense popularity of “Big Little Lies.” The Screen Actors Guild Awards are voted on by a whopping 120,000 SAG-AFTRA members, which means the most widely seen contenders often win.
After claiming victory at the Emmys, Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice Awards for “Big Little Lies,” a SAG triumph for the Swedish actor means that he earned a clean sweep of the four major televised kudos. The same happened for Skarsgard’s “Big Little Lies” sparring partner Nicole Kidman, as well as “This Is Us” scene-stealer Sterling K. Brown.