TV leading lady Kristen Bell hosted the 2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday, January 21, during a ceremony simulcast on TNT and TBS. This 24th annual event honored the best acting achievements in television and film as decided by more than 100,000 members of the unified SAG-AFTRA union that represents performers, radio and TV personalities, and other media professionals.
Below, see our minute-by-minute report on all of this year’s television winners. (Also see our film winners report.) What TV shows and stars prevailed at the 2018 SAG Awards? Keep refreshing/reloading this page as we’ll be updating live.
3:06 p.m. — During the live red carpet show the trophy for TV stunts was handed out to “Game of Thrones.” This was the record seventh SAG Award in a row for HBO’s fantasy epic, having claimed the prize every year between 2011 and 2017. Season 7 of “Game of Thrones” continued showcasing impressive stunts, particularly during its many battle sequences both on land and in the water. This likely gave it the edge over fellow competitors “GLOW,” “Homeland,” “Stranger Things” and “The Walking Dead.”
5:08 p.m. — William H. Macy just earned his third SAG trophy for Showtime’s “Shameless.” He beat out rival nominees Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”), Aziz Ansari (“Master of None”), Larry David (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”), Sean Hayes (“Will & Grace”) and Marc Maron (“GLOW”). Macy and Hayes are now tied in this comedic male category with three victories apiece. However, they’re both still miles away from the all-time winner in this race, Alec Baldwin (“30 Rock”), with a whopping seven triumphs.
5:12 p.m. — Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”) took home her third SAG Award for the HBO comedy, though she was not in attendance because she is currently battling breast cancer. Her fellow nominees were Uzo Aduba (“Orange Is the New Black”), Alison Brie (“GLOW”), Jane Fonda (“Grace & Frankie”) and Lily Tomlin (“Grace & Frankie”). This is JLD’s fifth victory in this category after winning two for “Seinfeld” and three for “Veep.”
5:17 p.m. — The comedy ensemble prize was awarded to HBO’s “Veep” for the first time in the show’s history. It beat out “Black-ish,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “GLOW” and “Orange Is the New Black.” Matt Walsh gave the acceptance speech in Louis-Dreyfus’s absence and purposefully pretended to fumble many of his facts, though we’re not sure the audience was in on the joke.
5:42 p.m. — The prize for TV’s best actor in a telefilm or limited series was handed off to Alexander Skarsgard (“Big Little Lies”). Benedict Cumberbatch (“Sherlock”), Jeff Daniels (“Godless”), Robert De Niro (“The Wizard of Lies”) and Geoffrey Rush (“Genius”) were the other nominees. The self-described “tall dude from ‘True Blood'” called out the craziness that he just beat De Niro, a joke that went off quite well in the room filled with A-listers.
5:53 p.m. — Nicole Kidman (“Big Little Lies”) was named the best actress for long-form television, completing her awards sweep for the HBO limited series. Her fellow nominees were Laura Dern (“Big Little Lies”), Jessica Lange (“Feud: Bette & Joan”), Susan Sarandon (“Feud: Bette & Joan”) and Reese Witherspoon (“Big Little Lies”). At the podium Kidman was visibly emotional after winning her first career SAG Award, thanking all of the actresses who helped pave the way.
6:25 p.m. — The race for TV’s best dramatic actor went to Sterling K. Brown (“This Is Us”), capping off his recent victories at the Emmys, Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice Awards. He beat out Jason Bateman (“Ozark”), Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”), David Harbour (“Stranger Things”) and Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”). Brown singled out his real-life wife Ryan Michelle Bathe as the “best scene partner anyone’s ever had.”
6:31 p.m. — Claire Foy (“The Crown”) won her second SAG trophy in a row as TV’s best dramatic actress for playing Queen Elizabeth on “The Crown.” Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) was heavily predicted to win, but she ended up joining Millie Bobby Brown (“Stranger Things”), Robin Wright (“House of Cards”) and Laura Linney (“Ozark”) in the loser’s lounge. Foy was not on hand to accept the trophy for her final season of “The Crown.”
6:42 p.m. — The final TV award of the night was presented to the year’s best dramatic ensemble, “This Is Us.” Milo Ventimiglia gave the speech for the NBC family drama as the large (and notably excited) cast took the stage. “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Stranger Things,” “Game of Thrones” and “The Crown” were the other nominees.
Here’s the final TV tally: “Veep,” “This Is Us” and “Big Little Lies” all won two apiece, while “Shameless,” “The Crown” and “Game of Thrones” all took home one. Network-wise, HBO was the biggest champ with five trophies, compared to two for NBC and one for both Showtime and Netflix.