The 26th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards honoring the best achievements in film and television performances for the year 2019 were presented on Sunday, January 19, 2020 on both TNT and TBS beginning at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET. Robert De Niro — whose “The Irishman” was up for the best ensemble in a movie — was given the Life Achievement Award by Leonardo DiCaprio for his stellar 54-year career and his philanthropic work.
Producers Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner decided to return to having a hostless SAG show after Kristen Bell emceed in 2018 and Megan Mullally oversaw the proceedings last year.
The honors often reflect the eventual acting picks of Oscar voters. This year, the academy and the guild have 14 out of 20 nominees in common. And judging from previous ceremonies, it is likely three of the acting winners tonight will also pocket an Academy Award, partly because actors make up the biggest branch of voters. “Bombshell,” “The Irishman” and “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” top the field with four nominations each across six categories.
The SAG Awards nominations were decided by a randomly selected nominations panel comprising 2,500 members of the merged Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists unions. The winners are chosen by all 121,000 members of SAG-AFTRA.
Below, check out our complete minute-by-minute report — times are ET — on all of this year’s SAG film winners (also see our report on the TV winners). Which films and stars were honored during the two-hour show? Keep refreshing/reloading this page as we’ll be updating live.
5:30 p.m. — The red carpet has officially kicked off at L.A.’s Shrine Auditorium. Expecting to lead the parade of bold names in fancy dress are the casts from “Bombshell,” “The Irishman,” “Jojo Rabbit,” “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” and “Parasite,” whose films are competing for best ensemble — the SAG equal of Best Picture.
5:45 p.m. — And the first film award of the evening goes to … “Avengers: Endgame.” Courtney B. Vance made his debut as president of SAG-AFTRA on the red carpet as he announced that the Marvel comic-book blockbuster took the win for Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture. This is the third superhero movie in a row to claim the prize, following 2017’s “Wonder Woman” and 2018’s “Black Panther.”
8:30 p.m. The first televised category for film is for an Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role. And the trophy goes to Laura Dern for her tough legal eagle in “Marriage Story.” She is thrilled her dad, Bruce Dern, is in the house as part of the cast of “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” She also gives a shout-out to her mom, Diane Ladd.
8:40 p.m. As expected, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role goes to Brad Pitt for his role as a stunt double in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” Pitt jokes as he grasps his trophy, “I have to add this to my Tinder profile.” He also compares director Quentin Tarantino‘s fetish for bare feet to TSA agents at airports and fully charms his peers.
9:53 p.m. At last, the Outstanding Performance by a Male Film Actor in a Leading Role is bestowed upon Joaquin Phoenix for his deranged loser who evolves into a comic-book villain in “Joker.” He lavished praise upon the other performers in the category, especially Leonardo DiCaprio, who would show up for the same jobs when they were kids. And he also saluted Adam Driver and Taron Egerton and ended with a mention of “his favorite actor” Heath Ledger, who won a posthumous SAG trophy for his version of the Joker in 2008’s “The Dark Knight.”
10:o4 p.m. Renee Zellweger is over the rainbow for her win for Outstanding Performance of a Female Film Actress in a Leading Role for bringing the great Judy Garland back to life in “Judy.” She dedicates her trophy to the late singer-actress.
10:10 p.m. Finally, the Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture goes to the South Korean film “Parasite,” the first foreign-language film to take the top movie honor. It is but isn’t a surprise since the cast received one of the biggest audience reactions when the cast introduced the film earlier in the show. The actor who plays the father in the film, Song Kang Ho, said through an interpreter on stage, “To be honored by a best ensemble award, it occurs to me maybe we haven’t made such a bad movie.”
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