2020 SAG Awards TV report: ‘Maisel,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Fosse/Verdon’ lead with 2 victories each

The 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards aired Sunday, Jan. 19, honoring acting and stunt achievements in film and television in 2019. And after two straight years with a host, the two-hour show, produced by four-time SAG Award winner Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner, went back to a hostless ceremony this year.

Nominations were determined by the nominating committee — about 2,500 randomly selected members of SAG-AFTRA every year — and all 121,000 members of the union, which now includes radio and TV personalities, and other media professionals in addition to actors after the 2012 AFTRA merger, are eligible to vote for the winners.

While the SAG Awards are a major precursor to the Oscars on the film side, it was the last stop for most TV folks, whose awards season began at the Emmys in September. “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” which swept the SAG Awards last year, had a field-leading four nominations. “Fleabag” had three bids and had been on a roll since its Emmy sweep. Meanwhile, two-time reigning drama ensemble champ “This Is Us” was snubbed, guaranteeing a different winner in that category that only has one previous champ, “Stranger Things,” in contention.

SEE 2020 SAG Awards: Full list of winners

Below, check out our minute-by-minute report on all of this year’s television SAG winners. (Click here to see our report on the film winners.) Keep refreshing and reloading this page as we’ll be updating live when the show gets underway. (All times ET.)

5:48 p.m.: “Game of Thrones” wins Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series. It’s the show’s record eighth win and it’s never lost the category.

8:08 p.m.: After a hilarious extended “I’m an Actor” bit with Eugene Levy, he and his son and “Schitt’s Creek” creator Dan Levy present Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series to Tony Shalhoub (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”), who wins for the second year in a row. It’s his fourth win and he now has the second most wins in the category after Alec Baldwin‘s seven. He dedicates the award to co-star Brian Tarantina, who died in November.

8:13 p.m.: And in a surprise to no one, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series goes to “Fleabag” mastermind Phoebe Waller-Bridge. She’s now the second person after Sarah Paulson to win the Television Critics Association, Emmy, Golden Globe, Critic’s Choice and SAG Awards in a single season. She gives an emotional, gracious speech thanking everyone for all the effusive love for Season 2.

8:17 p.m.: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series goes to “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” again. Alex Borstein is stunned and cannot believe “Fleabag” lost: “I voted for them.” (Someone tell her about Baldwin winning seven years in a row.) “Maisel” is the fourth show to win this category twice after “Desperate Housewives,” “The Office” and “Sex and the City.” “Modern Family” holds the record with four, and “Orange Is the New Black” and “Seinfeld” have three each.

8:45 p.m.: After the two film supporting awards and a killer speech by Brad Pitt, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie goes to Michelle Williams for “Fosse/Verdon.” She joins Waller-Bridge and Paulson in completing the single-season sweep of the TCA, Emmy, Golden Globe, Critics’ Choice and SAG Awards. No mic-drop statement speech this time, but still a lovely, warm ode to her “Fosse/Verdon” clan and actors. How soon can she finally make an Oscar speech?

8:57 p.m.: Jennifer Aniston (“The Morning Show”) wins Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series, which makes it all the more hilarious that she lost the Golden Globe. But spare a thought for all the tabloids shaking at the thought of a Brad and Jen backstage photo with their trophies. It’s going to be a busy issue close with Monday being a holiday!

9:25 p.m.: Peter Dinklage wins Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series, giving “Game of Thrones” its first non-stunt win. He also avoids tying Jon Hamm as the biggest loser in the category at 0-6. Also, everyone in that room (which was like 98 percent) who didn’t understand Steve Buscemi‘s joke ought to be fired.


9:32 p.m.: The cast of “The Crown” takes Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. So Olivia Colman, a no-show, finally gets a SAG Award. This is the show’s fourth win after two individual victories for Claire Foy and one for John Lithgow.

9:42 p.m.: Sam Rockwell (“Fosse/Verdon”) wins Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie. Who had that? He denies Jharrel Jerome (“When They See Us”) from becoming the category’s youngest winner at 22 (Darren Criss set it a year ago at 31). Congrats to Sam, but it’s absolutely tragic that Jared Harris was paid dirt for his perfectly calibrated turn in “Chernobyl.”

9:45 p.m.: And that’s it for the TV prizes! To recap: “Maisel,” “Game of Thrones” and (most surprisingly) “Fosse/Verdon” each won two. Waller-Bridge and Williams joined an elite group that formerly had one member. Colman got her first statuette. Brad and Jen won, and we’re all in 2002 again.

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