SAG Awards pick the best TV of 2016: ‘Stranger Things’ and ‘Orange is the New Black’ win series prizes

Every year the SAG Awards shock and surprise us with their announcements of the TV champions, and this year is no different. What do you think of this year’s crop of TV winners (and losers) from the 2017 Screen Actors Guild Awards, which aired January 29 on TNT and TBS? Read our TV live blog below.

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The award for Best TV Drama Ensemble was awarded to Netflix’s “Stranger Things” in a bit of a shocker. The other nominees were “The Crown,” “Downton Abbey,” “Game of Thrones” and “Westworld.” This is the second time since “Glee” (2009) that a mostly unknown cast made up of underlings won the SAG ensemble prize.

Best TV Drama Actor went to John Lithgow (“The Crown”). This TV legend previously prevailed at the SAG Awards for “3rd Rock From the Sun” in 1996 and 1997, making him the first to win individual trophies for both comedy and drama.

Claire Foy (“The Crown”) followed up her Golden Globe victory with a triumph here at the SAG Awards as Best TV Drama Actress. “I haven’t recovered from John winning!” she exclaimed at the podium.

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Netflix dramedy “Orange is the New Black” scored its third consecutive Best TV Comedy Ensemble victory, edging out true comedies like “Veep,” “Black-ish,” “Modern Family” and “The Big Bang Theory.” Taylor Schilling gave a heartfelt speech about diversity at the podium, with her dozens of cast members cheering behind her.

In the Best TV Comedy Actress race, Julia Louis-Dreyfus channeled President Donald Trump by declaring herself a “landslide” victor when she won. She last took home this trophy for “Veep” for the 2013 season. Louis-Dreyfus previously won individual SAG prizes for “Seinfeld” in 1995, 1996 and 1997.

There was a major upset in the Best TV Comedy Actor category when William H. Macy won his second prize for “Shameless.” He called his victory a surprise, but that last year’s champ Jeffrey Tambor (“Transparent”) was likely more surprised considering he was the frontrunner to win.

Sarah Paulson completes awards sweep for ‘The People v. O.J. Simpson’ at SAG Awards


Best Movie/Limited Series Actress went to awards darling Sarah Paulson (“The People v. O.J. Simpson”). She completed her sweep through the entire awards derby tonight, after previously taking home trophies at the TCAs, Emmys, Critics’ Choice and Golden Globes for her role as Marcia Clark.

Bryan Cranston won a very competitive race for Best Movie/Limited Series Actor for “All the Way.” He took down two sets of co-stars: Courtney B. Vance and Sterling K. Brown for “The People v. O.J. Simpson,” and John Turturro and Riz Ahmed for “The Night Of.”

For the sixth year in a row, HBO’s “Game of Thrones” won the category of Best TV Stunt Ensemble. Just before the start of the SAG Awards, it took down fellow stunt-heavy programs “Daredevil,” “Luke Cage,” “The Walking Dead” and Westworld.”

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