SAG Awards showdown: Peter Dinklage (‘Game of Thrones’) vs. Sterling K. Brown (‘This Is Us’)

Peter Dinklage has racked up a staggering 11 SAG Awards nominations. In 2004, he contended both individually and as part of the cast of “The Station Agent.” For his role on HBO’s epic drama series “Game of Thrones” as Tyrion Lannister he has reaped four solo bids. And he has contended as part of the ensemble of this drama series five times. But despite all of these nominations, he has yet to win with the guild.

Could this be his year? He is predicted to score his fifth consecutive nomination for “Game of Thrones” and the ensemble of that show is expected to contend for the sixth time. Dinklage is also predicted to compete on the film side as part of the cast nomination for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”

After all, Dinklage has taken home two Drama Supporting Actor Emmys (2011, 2015) as well as a 2012 Golden Globe in the competitive catch-all supporting actor category for his scene-stealing performance on “Game of Thrones.” And with the most recent season of the series being the penultimate one, time is running out for the Screen Actors Guild to reward the man behind one of the best characters ever seen on TV.

Standing in his way to the podium is Sterling K. Brown, who is favored to win for his role on the hit NBC drama series “This Is Us.” He just won the Best Drama Actor Emmy for the freshman season of the show. Dinklage did not contend at these Emmys as the seventh season of “Game of Thrones” did not air in time to be eligible.

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Brown and Dinklage both lost their SAG bids last year to John Lithgow, who portrayed Winston Churchill in the first season of the Netflix historical drama “The Crown.” He won’t be back to defend his title. Brown was also nominated for his breakout role as prosecutor Christopher Darden in the FX limited series “The People vs. O.J. Simpson”; he lost that race to Bryan Cranston for his transformation into president Lyndon Baines Johnson in HBO’s “All the Way.”

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