Heading into the 29th Screen Actors Guild Awards on February 26, HBO’s “The White Lotus: Sicily” and ABC’s “Abbott Elementary” were expected to come away with two TV trophies apiece: drama ensemble plus Jennifer Coolidge for the former, and comedy ensemble plus Quinta Brunson for the latter. Did Gold Derby’s predictions come true, or were there more than a few surprise winners among the nine television categories? Read on for our minute-by-minute 2023 SAG Awards TV live blog.
Other television shows that our Experts, Editors and Users predicted to earn trophies on Sunday night were “Better Call Saul” (for Bob Odenkirk), “The Bear” (for Jeremy Allen White), “Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story” (for Evan Peters), “The Dropout” (for Amanda Seyfried) and “House of the Dragon” (for stunt ensemble).
As a reminder, the TV side was guaranteed to have multiple new champions this year since most of last year’s winners (things like “Ted Lasso,” “Squid Game” and “Succession”) didn’t air within the 2022 calendar year eligibility period. Indeed, only Jean Smart (“Hacks”) was eligible to repeat her victory.
This year’s kudos streamed live on Netflix’s YouTube channel from Fairmont Century Plaza in Century City, California. Besides the nine TV winners and six film champs, Sally Field also received her Life Achievement Award. These awards are voted on by approximately 160,000 members of the SAG-AFTRA foundation.
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2:54 p.m. — The first television award of the evening is Best TV Stunt Ensemble, and it’s handed out on the red carpet to “Stranger Things” — congrats! This was the stunt team’s first win on their third nomination — they previously lost to “Game of Thrones” in both 2017 and 2019. The other nominees were “Andor,” “The Boys,” “House of the Dragon” and” “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.” It’s always weird how the guild treats the stunt races like afterthoughts, but at least they reward them in the first place, right?
3:01 p.m. — Heads up: the rest of the TV categories will be presented live on the streaming show beginning at 5:00 p.m. PT/ET, so feel free to grab some popcorn while you wait.
5:11 p.m. — Paul Mescal and Zendaya are presenting Best Limited Series Actress. Huge congrats to Jessica Chastain (“George and Tammy”)! That makes it two in a row for the actress, as she won last year for “The Eyes of Tammy Faye” on the film side. She kindly name-drops all of her other co-nominees: Amanda Seyfried (“The Dropout”), Niecy Nash-Betts (“Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story”), Julia Garner (“Inventing Anna”) and Emily Blunt (“The English”).
5:19 p.m. — Jenna Ortega and Aubrey Plaza step out to present the trophy for Best Limited Series Actor. The winner is a huge shocker: Sam Elliott (“1883”)! He’s the only SAG nominee this year from a Taylor Sheridan-produced show, and he called his victory a true “honor.” Evan Peters (“Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story”), Paul Walter Hauser (“Black Bird”), Taron Egerton (“Black Bird”) and Steve Carell (“The Patient”) rounded out the category.
5:26 p.m. — Amy Poehler and Adam Scott arrive to present Best Comedy Actress. Jean Smart (“Hacks”) won her second consecutive trophy for the HBO Max laffer. Since Smart was not in attendance, her co-star Christopher McDonald read out her speech for the crowd. The other contenders were Quinta Brunson (“Abbott Elementary”), Christina Applegate (“Dead to Me”), Jenna Ortega (“Wednesday”) and Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”).
5:34 p.m. — Ashley Park and Haley Lu Richardson are here to present Best Comedy Actor. Huge congrats to Jeremy Allen White (“The Bear”)! He just won the same category that his TV dad, William H. Macy (“Shameless”) won multiple times through the years. The also-rans in the category were Bill Hader (“Barry”), Steve Martin (“Only Murders in the Building”), Martin Short (“Only Murders in the Building”) and Anthony Carrigan (“Barry”).
5:37 p.m. — Eugene Levy steps out to present the first cast award of the evening, Best Comedy Ensemble. ABC’s “Abbott Elementary” prevails! It’s the first broadcast network laffer to win after “Modern Family” a decade ago. “These people bring me back down to earth,” Quinta raves about her co-stars. The other cast nominees were “Only Murders in the Building,” “The Bear,” “Hacks” and “Barry.”
6:25 p.m. — After almost an hour break on the TV side, Ariana DeBose and Diego Luna are now here to present Best Drama Actress. It’s Jennifer Coolidge (“The White Lotus: Sicily”)! That means she just swept the entire awards season: Emmy, Golden Globe, Critics Choice and SAG Award. “I am just so grateful,” the actress said through tears. Tonight she beat out the likes of Zendaya (“Euphoria”), Julia Garner (“Ozark”), Laura Linney (“Ozark”) and Elizabeth Debicki (“The Crown”).
6:32 p.m. — Best Drama Actor is the last solo television acting race of the night. Jason Bateman (“Ozark”) just won his third individual trophy for “Ozark” — congrats! During his speech he made sure to thank Netflix boss Ted Sarandos as well as his cast and crew. The other nominees were Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”), Adam Scott (“Severance”), Jeff Bridges (“The Old Man”) and Jonathan Banks (“Better Call Saul”).
6:38 p.m. — And here … we … go … the highly anticipated cast category for Best Drama Ensemble is presented by Jenny Slate and James Marsden. And the winner is “The White Lotus: Sicily”! F. Murray Abraham gives the speech for the ensemble. Note: “Lotus” was not eligible for a cast prize for its first season as it was deemed a limited series back then, and now it’s moved over to the drama categories. Its fellow also-rans were “Better Call Saul,” “The Crown,” “Severance” and “Ozark.”
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