Rachel Brosnahan may seem like she has won every award under the sun for her performance as budding standup comedian Midge Maisel in “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” but there’s one important honor left to win: the SAG Award. The Screen Actors Guild did not even nominate Brosnahan last year for the first season of her Amazon Prime series, in the same time frame that she won a Golden Globe and a Critics’ Choice Award. Several months later, she would win the Television Critics Association Award and the Emmy, leaving her four for five in major television prizes. Brosnahan is now nominated at the SAG Awards for the second season of “Mrs. Maisel,” and she has a very good chance of entering an exclusive club of actors to win every TV award for the same performance.
Brosnahan’s high-spirited performance as Midge was a revelation when “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” debuted in 2017, so it’s no wonder she was instantly showered with awards. Of course, the Screen Actors Guild is traditionally on the slower side for acknowledging new performances, which is likely to blame for her lack of a nomination last year.
SAG has clearly caught up by now, with not only Brosnahan getting in for Season 2 but also her co-stars Alex Borstein and Tony Shalhoub getting individual nominations of their own alongside an ensemble nomination. Gold Derby predictions have Brosnahan well ahead to win the comedy actress category over Borstein, Alison Brie from “GLOW” and Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin from “Grace and Frankie.”
Winning the SAG would complete the set of Emmy, Golden Globe, SAG, Critics’ Choice and TCA for one role, an accomplishment only done by five other actors: Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”), Claire Danes (“Homeland”), Tina Fey (“30 Rock”), Julianna Margulies (“The Good Wife”) and Sarah Paulson (“The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”). Brosnahan would become just the second actor to win all five awards for a comedy performance, following Fey. Should she win at SAG, she would emulate Danes’ awards track, with the “Homeland” star winning the Emmy, Golden Globe, Critics’ Choice and TCA Award for her first season and then the SAG Award for Season 2. Paulson is the only person to win all five of her trophies in the same awards cycle.
This is a relatively recent honor, with the Critics’ Choice Awards having only started handing out TV awards in 2011. Prior to this, four performers had won a combination of Emmy, Golden Globe, SAG and TCA: Alec Baldwin for “30 Rock,” Paul Giamatti for “John Adams,” and Edie Falco and James Gandolfini for “The Sopranos.” Joining such a club would be a huge moment for Brosnahan, who, outside of a guest stint on “House of Cards,” was relatively unknown before her marvelous breakthrough.