Guild awards scorecard: ‘Ozark’ surges amid little consensus about TV dramas

With “Game of Thrones” taking 2018 off, the field was open for another drama to assert itself at the annual awards bestowed by the industry guilds and societies that share voters with the Emmys. “Game of Thrones” has been the big winner in recent years, yet in its absence, no drama distinguished itself as its successor or even as its challenger for the upcoming Emmys (see the full list of this year’s guild awards and nominations for dramas below).

Like at the most recent Emmys, “The Handmaid’s Tale” exploded in nominations, then came up short with wins. “Westworld” seemed poise to be the successor to “Game of Thrones” after its first-season haul at the guilds, but it fell out of the top races its second time at bat. Four guilds still awarded it — each for a single below-the-line achievement — and that was actually enough to make it this year’s big winner, a far cry from the 14 awards that “Game of Thrones” cleaned up last year from eight guilds. “Lost in Space” won four awards for its effects from the only guild that nominated it and that was enough to tie it with “Westworld” for most wins.

Inertia tends to rule television awards and it is rare for a show to regain a nomination in a race in which it has been dropped, because the show will normally have lost even more momentum when it faces fresher competition the next time. The guilds bucked that trend this year, suggesting significant apathy or ignorance of the new dramas in contention. Returning dramas like “Better Call Saul,” “Homeland,” “House of Cards,” “The Man in the High Castle,” “Outlander” and “This is Us” variably improved their performances at the guilds without the perceivable uptick in buzz that explains the surge of “The Americans.”

The big success story of the guilds — other than the upcoming season of “Game of Thrones” — was “Ozark,” which made key gains in above-the-line nominations and won Jason Bateman the Best Drama Actor trophy at the SAG Awards (photographed above). “Homecoming” was recognized by the most guilds of any new drama, with five nominations from four guilds — a far cry from the 23 nominations from 14 nominations that recognized the debut of “Westworld,” not to mention that “Westworld” actually won six awards then and “Homecoming” went home emptyhanded. “Ozark” shows how it might take a year for the industry to find a show, but even “Ozark” did better last year than any of the new dramas this year, winning two awards out of eight nominations from five guilds and that proved insufficient for it to go on to bag a Best Drama Series nomination at the Emmys.

The industry demonstrated its apathy toward the overall drama slate by disproportionately awarding comedies. “Atlanta” became the first comedy ever to win the MPSE’s award for Short-Form Sound Editing (after four non-consecutive “Game of Thrones” wins); “Barry” won the WGA Award for New Series after “Atlanta” had been the only comedy to win in the previous five ceremonies; “GLOW” became the first comedy ever to win the SAG Award for Stunt Ensemble (after seven consecutive “Game of Thrones” wins); among other breakthroughs, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” became the first comedy ever to win the CAS for One-Hour Sound Mixing (after five consecutive “Game of Thrones” wins).

52 programs that the Emmys classify as dramas were recognized by the guilds this year; all nominations are below. With a few noted exceptions that resulted in stray nominations for the likes of “The Crown,” the eligibility period for awards was January 1 to December 31, 2018:

PGA = Producers Guild of America
DGA = Directors Guild of America
WGA = Writers Guild of America (December 2017 to December 2018 eligible)
SAG = Screen Actors Guild
ACE = American Cinema Editors
ADG = Art Directors Guild
ASC = American Society of Cinematographers (November 2017 to October 2018 eligible)
CAS = Cinema Audio Society
CDG = Costume Designers Guild
CSA = Casting Society of America (June 2017 to May 2018 eligible)
GMS = Guild of Music Supervisors (September 2017 to September 2018 eligible)
ICG = International Cinematographers’ Guild Publicists
MPSE = Motion Picture Sound Editors
MUAHS = Makeup Artists & Hairstylists Guild
SOC = Society of Camera Operators
VES = Visual Effects Society

4 WINS

“Westworld” (14 nominations from 10 guilds)
WGA: Best Promo Writing
SAG: Best Stunt Ensemble
ACE: Best Non-Commercial Drama Editing
ADG: Best Period/Fantasy Production Design
CAS: Best One-Hour Sound Mixing
CDG: Best Fantasy/Sci-Fi Costumes
MPSE: Best Long Sound Effects Editing
MPSE:
Best Long Dialogue Editing
MPSE: Best Long Music Editing
MUAHS: Best Special Makeup Effects
MUAHS: Best Period Makeup
MUAHS: Best Contemporary Makeup
SOC: Best Camera Operator
VES: Best Visual Effects

“Lost in Space” (6 nominations from 1 guild)
VES: Best Visual Effects
VES: Best Character Animation
VES: Best Compositing
VES: Best Created Environment
VES: Best Effects Simulations (2 nominations)

3 WINS

“The Americans” (8 nominations from 7 guilds)
PGA: Best Drama Series
DGA: Best Drama Directing (Chris Long)
WGA: Best Drama Series Writing
SAG: Best Drama Ensemble
ACE: Best Commercial Drama Editing
CSA: Best Returning Drama Casting
MPSE: Best Short Dialogue Editing
MPSE: Best Short Music Editing

2 WINS

“Ozark” (14 nominations from 10 guilds)
PGA: Best Drama Series
DGA: Best Drama Directing (Jason Bateman)
SAG: Best Drama Ensemble
SAG: Best Drama Actor (Jason Bateman)
SAG: Best Drama Actress (Julia Garner)
SAG: Best Drama Actress (Laura Linney)
WGA: Best Drama Episode Writing
ACE: Best Non-Commercial Drama Editing
ADG: Best Contemporary Production Design
CAS: Best One-Hour Sound Mixing
CSA: Best New Drama Casting
MPSE: Best Long Dialogue Editing
MPSE: Best Long Music Editing
SOC: Best Camera Operator

“This is Us” (7 nominations from 6 guilds)
PGA: Best Drama Series
SAG: Best Drama Ensemble
SAG: Best Drama Actor (Sterling K. Brown)
WGA: Best Drama Episode Writing
CDG: Best Contemporary Costumes
CSA: Best Returning Drama Casting
GMS: Best Drama Music Supervision

“The Crown” (3 nominations from 3 guilds)
WGA: Best Drama Series Writing
ASC: Best Non-Commercial Cinematography
CSA: Best Returning Drama Casting

“Star Trek: Discovery” (3 nominations from 3 guilds)
WGA: Best Promo Writing
CDG: Best Fantasy/Sci-Fi Costumes
MPSE: Best Half-Hour Sound Editing

“Altered Carbon” (5 nominations from 2 guilds)
MPSE: Best Long Sound Effects Editing
MPSE: Best Long Dialogue Editing
VES: Best Visual Effects
VES: Best Compositing
VES: Best Effects Simulations

“Killing Eve” (2 nominations from 2 guilds)
SAG: Best Drama Actress (Sandra Oh)
ACE: Best Commercial Drama Editing

1 WIN

“The Handmaid’s Tale” (21 nominations from 13 guilds)
PGA: Best Drama Series
DGA: Best Drama Directing (Daina Reid)
WGA: Best Drama Series Writing
WGA: Best Drama Episode Writing
SAG: Best Drama Ensemble
SAG: Best Drama Actor (Joseph Fiennes)
SAG: Best Drama Actress (Elisabeth Moss)
ADG: Best Contemporary Production Design

ASC: Best Non-Commercial Cinematography (2 nominations)
CAS: Best One-Hour Sound Mixing
CDG: Best Fantasy/Sci-Fi Costumes
CSA: Best Returning Drama Casting
MPSE: Best Long Dialogue Editing
MPSE: Best Long Music Editing
MPSE: Best Short Dialogue Editing
MUAHS: Best Contemporary Makeup
MUAHS: Best Contemporary Hair
SOC: Best Camera Operator
VES: Best Supporting Effects
VES: Best Compositing
VES: Best Created Environment

“Homeland” (4 nominations from 4 guilds)
DGA: Best Drama Directing (Lesli Linka Glatter)
WGA: Best Drama Episode Writing
ASC: Best Non-Commercial Cinematography
MPSE: Best Long Sound Effects Editing

“Jack Ryan” (6 nominations from 3 guilds)
SAG: Best Drama Actor (John Krasinski)
SAG: Best Stunt Ensemble
MPSE: Best Long Sound Effects Editing
MPSE: Best Short Sound Effects Editing
MPSE: Best Short Dialogue Editing
VES: Best Supporting Effects

“The Walking Dead” (3 nominations from 3 guilds)
SAG: Best Stunt Ensemble
WGA: Best Short Writing
MPSE: Best Short Sound Effects Editing

“Vikings” (4 nominations from 2 guilds)
MPSE: Best Short Sound Effects Editing
MPSE: Best Short Dialogue Editing
MPSE: Best Short Music Editing
MUAHS: Best Period Hair

“Succession” (3 nominations from 2 guilds)
DGA: Best Drama Directing (Adam McKay)
WGA: Best Drama Series Writing
WGA: Best New Series Writing

“Bodyguard” (2 nominations from 2 guilds)
ACE: Best Non-Commercial Drama Editing
MPSE: Best Long Dialogue Editing

“Beyond” (1 win from 1 guild out of 1 nomination)
ASC: Best Commercial Cinematography

0 WINS

“Better Call Saul” (10 nominations from 7 guilds)
PGA: Best Drama Series
WGA: Best Drama Series Writing
SAG: Best Drama Ensemble
SAG: Best Drama Actor (Bob Odenkirk)
ACE: Best Commercial Drama Editing (2 nominations)
ADG: Best Contemporary Production Design
CAS: Best One-Hour Sound Mixing
MPSE: Best Long Dialogue Editing
MPSE: Best Short Dialogue Editing

“The Man in the High Castle” (6 nominations from 5 guilds)
ADG: Best Period/Fantasy Production Design
ASC: Best Non-Commercial Cinematography
CDG: Best Period Costumes
MPSE: Best Long Sound Effects Editing
VES: Best Effects Simulations
VES: Best Created Environment

“Homecoming” (5 nominations from 4 guilds)
WGA: Best New Series Writing
ACE: Best Non-Commercial Drama Editing
ADG: Best Half-Hour Production Design
MPSE: Best Half-Hour Sound Editing
MPSE: Best Short Music Editing

“House of Cards” (4 nominations from 4 guilds)
SAG: Best Drama Actress (Robin Wright)
ADG: Best Contemporary Production Design
MPSE: Best Long Dialogue Editing
SOC: Best Camera Operator

“Pose” (3 nominations from 3 guilds)
WGA: Best New Series Writing
GMS: Best Drama Music Supervision
ICG: Best Publicist

“The Deuce” (3 nominations from 2 guilds)
CSA: Best New Drama Casting
VES: Best Supporting Effects
VES: Best Environment Effects

“Daredevil” (2 nominations from 2 guilds)
SAG: Best Stunt Ensemble
MPSE: Best Long Dialogue Editing

“Empire” (2 nominations from 2 guilds)
GMS: Best Song
MUAHS: Best Contemporary Hair

“The First” (2 nominations from 2 guilds)
MPSE: Best Short Sound Effects Editing
VES: Best Supporting Effects

“Narcos: Mexico” (2 nominations from 2 guilds)
WGA: Best Drama Episode Writing
MPSE: Best Long Dialogue Editing

“The Sinner” (2 nominations from 2 guilds)
SAG: Best Movie/Limited Actor (Bill Pullman)
CSA: Best Limited Casting

“The X-Files” (2 nominations from 1 guild)
MPSE: Best Short Sound Effects Editing
MPSE: Best Short Dialogue Editing

“The Affair” (WGA: Best Drama Episode Writing)
“The Chi” (CSA: Best New Drama Casting)
“Claws” (CSA: Best New Drama Casting)
“Counterpart” (MPSE: Best Long Music Editing)
“Damnation” (ASC: Best Commercial Cinematography)
“FBI” (WGA: Best Promo Writing)
“Fortitude” (MPSE: Best Short Music Editing)
“Game of Thrones” (CSA: Best Returning Drama Casting)
“Gotham” (ASC: Best Commercial Cinematography)
“Halt and Catch Fire” (GMS: Best Drama Music Supervision)
“Hap and Leonard” (GMS: Best Drama Music Supervision)
“Jessica Jones” (MPSE: Best Short Dialogue Editing)
“Krypton” (VES: Best Visual Effects)
“Legion” (SOC: Best Camera Operator)
“Luke Cage” (MPSE: Best Long Music Editing)
“Mayans M.C.” (ICG: Best Publicist)
“McMafia” (MPSE: Best Short Music Editing)
“Orange is the New Black” (WGA: Best Comedy Episode Writing)
“Outlander” (CDG: Best Period Costumes)
“Peaky Blinders” (ASC: Best Non-Commercial Cinematography)
“13 Reasons Why” (GMS: Best Drama Music Supervision)
“Timeless” (ASC: Best Commercial Cinematography)
“Yellowstone” (ASC: Best Commercial Cinematography)

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