Last month, Anya Taylor-Joy became the second youngest Golden Globe winner of the Best Limited Series/TV Movie Actress category when she took home the statuette for “The Queen’s Gambit.” And now the 24-year-old can duplicate that same feat at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, where she’s again the heavy favorite.
Just like at the Globes, Taylor-Joy would be blocked from the “youngest winner” title by the same person, Angelina Jolie. Jolie was 23 when she nabbed the Globe and SAG Award for her turn in the HBO film “Gia” in 1999. But Taylor-Joy’s potential SAG achievement would be more notable because while the Globes have now awarded four women in their 20s in limited series/TV movie actress, Taylor-Joy would only be the second twentysomething to win the corresponding SAG category.
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The 40s is the most common age bracket of winners in this category, with eight fortysomething champs. Seven women in their 50s have won, while six were in their 30s and four were in their 60s. Helen Mirren is the oldest winner, collecting her second trophy in the category at 68 for “Phil Spector” in 2014 (she won her first for “Elizabeth I” in 2007 at 61). Claire Danes is the current second youngest winner, having been 31 at the time of her victory for “Temple Grandin” in 2011. Last year’s champ, Michelle Williams, was 39 when she completed her sweep for “Fosse/Verdon.”
In addition to the Globe, Taylor-Joy has also won the Critics Choice Award for performance as chess prodigy Elizabeth Harmon. A SAG win would only further cement her status as the Emmy frontrunner. Unlike at the Globes, Taylor-Joy is the only twentysomething in her SAG category. “I May Destroy You” creator and star Michaela Coel, who’s in third, is the next youngest at 33. Kerry Washington (“Little Fires Everywhere”), in fifth, is 44, while Cate Blanchett (“Mrs. America”), in second, is 51, and No. 3 Nicole Kidman (“The Undoing”) is 53.
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