2017 SAG Awards: Hidden Figures Wins Top Prize

The previously unsung African-American women of the NASA program during the 1960s are hidden no more. Hidden Figures took home the big prize at the 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards. The inspiring film won Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, the guild’s equivalent to Best Picture.

“This film is about unity, we stand here as proud actors thanking every member of this incredible guild,” Taraji P. Henson said while accepting the award on the cast’s behalf. “The shoulders of the women that we stand on are three American heroes… without them, we would not know how to read the stars. These women did not complain about the problems, their circumstances… they focused on solutions. Therefore, these brave women helped put men into space. God rest his soul in peace, John Glenn. This story is of unity, this story is about what happens when we put our difference aside and we come together as a human race. We win. Love wins. Every time.”

While the SAGs are a great barometer for the Oscars acting awards, their track record for Best Picture isn’t great. It only has a 60% accuracy rate for Best Film. I wouldn’t recommend picking Hidden Figures if you want to win your Oscar pool.

Hidden Figures capped off an evening that was all about diversity. Three out of four film winners were people of color. Speaking of which, Denzel Washington threw a major wrench in the Best Actor Oscar race. The Fences actor beat out presumed frontrunner Casey Affleck and other favorite Ryan Gosling.

To put things in perspective, the SAG Best Actor winner has gone on to win the Oscar every time in the past decade. In fact, you have to go all the way back to 2003 when Johnny Depp won the SAG, but the Academy awarded Sean Penn the Oscar statue instead.

With regards to the small screen, The Crown dominated. It’s stars Claire Foy and John Lightgow won Best Actress and Best Actor respectively. However, it was Stranger Things that won the Drama Ensemble Award.

Dolly Parton showed up to present the SAG Life Achievement Award to Lily Tomlin. Their 9 to 5 co-star Jane Fonda was also supposed to be there but skipped the ceremony due to strep throat. She came down with that ailment after attending the Women’s March and also showing her support to protest President Donald Trump’s decision to renew construction of two controversial pipeline projects.

Check out all the winners below, along with the show’s In Memoriam video.

2017 SAG AWARDS WINNERS

THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Casey Affleck, Manchester By The Sea
Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
Ryan Gosling, La La Land
Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington, Fences (WINNER)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Amy Adams, Arrival
Emily Blunt, The Girl On The Train
Natalie Portman, Jackie
Emma Stone, La La Land (WINNER)
Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Mahershala Ali, Moonlight (WINNER)
Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
Hugh Grant, Florence Foster Jenkins
Lucas Hedges, Manchester By The Sea
Dev Patel, Lion

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Viola Davis, Fences (WINNER)
Naomie Harris, Moonlight
Nicole Kidman, Lion
Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams, Manchester By The Sea

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Captain Fantastic
Fences
Hidden Figures (WINNER)
Manchester by the Sea
Moonlight

Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
Captain America: Civil War
Dr. Strange
Hacksaw Ridge (WINNER)
Jason Bourne
Nocturnal Animals

TELEVISION

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
John Lithgow, The Crown (WINNER)
Rami Malek, Mr. Robot
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things
Claire Foy, The Crown (WINNER)
Thandie Newton, Westworld
Winona Ryder, Stranger Things
Robin Wright, House of Cards

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
The Crown
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
Stranger Things (WINNER)
Westworld

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
Tituss Burgess, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
William H. Macy, Shameless (WINNER)
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Uzo Aduba, Orange Is The New Black
Jane Fonda, Grace & Frankie
Ellie Kemper, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep (WINNER)
Lily Tomlin, Grace & Frankie

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory
Black-ish
Modern Family
Orange Is The New Black (WINNER)
Veep

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
Riz Ahmed, The Night Of
Sterling K. Brown, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
Bryan Cranston, All The Way (WINNER)
John Turturro, The Night Of
Courtney B. Vance, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
Bryce Dallas Howard, Black Mirror
Felicity Huffman, American Crime
Audra McDonald, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill
Sarah Paulson, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (WINNER)
Kerry Washington, Confirmation

Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series
Game of Thrones (WINNER)
Daredevil
Luke Cage
The Walking Dead
Westworld

LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

53rd Annual SAG Life Achievement Award – Lily Tomlin