November 22, 2021 at 6:23 am #1204594176
If you were to vote for SAGs most overdue category, who would you pick?
Also, if this category were to finally be included, what do you think the final five nominees would be? Who would win?November 22, 2021 at 6:27 am #1204594180
Personally, it could be a great deal of recency bias, but it has to go to The White Lotus for me. Mare had a stacked ensemble top to bottom, It’s A Sin deserves so much better than it got and is defined by stellar performances from its leads, ditto from TUR, but I can’t shake that with The White Lotus I genuinely can’t decide who the best performance is on any given day, and that’s a sign of a great ensemble above all else, right?
As for if this category were to actually exist, I think the three locks would be Mare, White Lotus, and Maid, and anything after that is anyone’s guess…I’ll go with:
Mare of Eastown
ImpeachmentNovember 22, 2021 at 6:31 am #1204594190
Also, if this category were to finally be included, what do you think the final five nominees would be? Who would win?
Impeachment: American Crime Story
Mare of Easttown
The Shrink Next Door
The White Lotus
Who would win: Mare of Easttown
Who should win: The White LotusNovember 22, 2021 at 6:33 am #1204594196
The White LotusNovember 22, 2021 at 6:34 am #1204594202
The White Lotus.November 22, 2021 at 6:51 am #1204594232
The White Lotus
Emmy winner Matthew Macfadyen!!November 22, 2021 at 6:59 am #1204594242
Either Mare of Easttown or The Underground Railroad for me. I would really have to think about it.November 22, 2021 at 6:59 am #1204594244
i haven’t seen the White Lotus yet so i’d vote for Mare of EasttownNovember 22, 2021 at 7:01 am #1204594248
I’d vote for Mare Of Easttown with a shoutout to The Underground Railroad.November 22, 2021 at 7:02 am #1204594252
Lol Gianni Versace and OJ Simpson were the best ensembles of their years and look how many votes Impeachment has got here—-Zero.November 22, 2021 at 7:08 am #1204594265
My Ensemble Awards since 2016:
2016: The People Vs OJ Simpson: American Crime Story
2017: Big Little Lies
2018: The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
2019: When They See Us
2021: Mare Of EasttownNovember 22, 2021 at 10:14 am #1204594777
I voted for The White Lotus but the ensemble of The Underground Railroad was remarkable as well.November 22, 2021 at 10:25 am #1204594801
Oof I had to really think about this one.
I think it just really depends on what your definition of an ensemble is. For me it can be range of things (having a number of strong performances even in the smallest of roles, having an ensemble who delivers strong performances on an individual level but also on a collective one, actors supporting actors).
The White Lotus is perhaps the most obvious show that fits all of these criteria for me. Not only did Alexandra Daddario, Jennifer Coolidge, Murray Bartlett etc give such strong performances but the ensemble also just shined off of each other. One of the most striking moments during the show were those dinner scenes and it was just interesting seeing how the actors treated the situation in the same way (as one would when you’re on a holiday and you’re eating in the same place or more or less doing the same/similar activities a day) in each episode yet they added layers to their performances to show the gradual shift in the character’s dynamics and motivations as we learnt more about them in each episode. That doesn’t necessarily mean that I’d nominate every single performer from the show for those scenes (although why not?) but it does make the ensemble a worthy one.
It’s a Sin and Mare of Easttown also fit this like a glove but I think I liked performances more on an individual level in those shows (e.g. Keeley Hawes, Julianne Nicholson) than I did with The White Lotus. Similar thing with The Underground Railroad. Dopesick has a reliable ensemble but aside from Keaton and Dever each performer gives a more passive performance (due to the nature of the show being more event driven than character driven, which is fine). I guess my vote would actually go to Maid because whilst it is a small ensemble with a capital L lead, one of the things I liked about it was the fact that it manage to balance each of its characters enough for MacDowell, Robinson and Rose to give impactful and memorable performances without shining away from Alex’s story or Qualley’s electric performance.
How I would rank them personally (including The Pursuit of Love because it’s eligible and why not haha?):
2. The White Lotus
3. It’s a Sin
4. The Underground Railroad
5. Mare of Easttown
6. The Pursuit of Love
7. Impeachment : American Crime Story
9. Nine Perfect Strangers
Not Seen Yet: Midnight Mass, The Shrink Next Door
Ranked by the likelihood any of these shows have at making a SAG ensemble lineup:
1. Mare of Easttown
2. The White Lotus
4. Impeachment : American Crime Story
5. Nine Perfect Strangers
7. The Underground Railroad
FYC: Better Call Saul and The Good Fight in all categories including Bob Odenkirk, Christine Baranski and Rhea Seehorn.November 22, 2021 at 10:42 am #1204594877
This really exposed how there’s so much I still need to watch! Currently would pick It’s a Sin which is weird as that was much more just about West and Hawes for me in terms of the actingNovember 25, 2021 at 3:33 am #1204605639
In terms of the entire ensemble being terrific with no clear standouts? Easily The White Lotus. Coolidge had the flashier supporting turn, is due awards narrative and will likely be the one singled out for supporting actress notices but Britton, Daddario, Sweeney, Rothwell and O’Grady all served the same level of skill and individuality.
If this show does well at the Emmys, as it should, I could see:
Limited Series, Lead Actor (Murray Bartlett), Supporting Actress (Jennifer Coolidge, Alexandra Daddario, Connie Britton) and Supporting Actor (Jake Lacy).Not now
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