Earlier this month, the 41-year-old actor already wrote history by being the first black actor to win a Golden Globe in the same category. At the Emmys in September he was the first Afro-American man in 19 years to write the award for best actor in a drama series.
In his victory speech Brown advised young colleagues not to go for the money or the fame. “The love for the profession, you have to keep it alive, which is what you continue to motivate.”
This Is Us won two prizes: the cast members also received the prize for best ensemble in a drama series.
Claire Foy received the award for best actress in a drama series for her lead role in The Crown. The British defeated Elisabeth Moss, who until now this prize season was a triumphant in the category best actress in a drama series. The leading actress of The Handmaid’s Tale won that award at the Emmys, Critics Choice Awards and the Golden Globes.
The SAG Awards are presented annually by the Screen Actors’ Guild, the trade union for actors in Hollywood.
Big Little Lies
Nicole Kidman and Alexander Skarsgård were again crowned for their roles as couple Perry and Celeste Wright in HBO series Big Little Lies. They received the prizes for best actress and actor in a mini-series.
The Swedish Skarsgård defeated Benedict Cumberbatch, Jeff Daniels, Robert De Niro and Geoffrey Rush. In Kidman’s category, the other nominees were Big Little Lies colleagues Laura Dern and Reese Witherspoon, and Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon for their roles in series Feud .
The Big Little Lies produced by Kidman and Reese Witherspoon would actually be a mini-series, but after the great success, HBO announced at the end of last year that there will be a second season.
Frances McDormand and Gary Oldman won the most important actor awards in the film categories. McDormand, together with her fellow actors from Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, also won prizes as a group.
Gary won the award for his role in war drama Darkest Hour , in which he plays Winston Churchill. He previously won a Critics Choice Award in the award season and a Golden Globe for his interpretation of the British statesman.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri received three awards: in addition to those for Frances McDormand as grieving mother who demands answers from the authorities about the murder of her daughter, Sam Rockwell also won a prize for best male supporting role. He plays a racist police officer in the film.
The SAG Awards are presented by the actors’ union in Hollywood. All prices are therefore for acting performances. However, prizes are also awarded for best stunt work. He went to Wonder Woman in the film category and to Game Of Thrones for best television stunt crew .
The 80-year-old actor Morgan Freeman received a Lifetime Achievement Award for his oeuvre during the Los Angeles ceremony. “There is a series of thank-yous at these moments in life, and I’m not going to do that, because I do not know all your names, so I’m not going to try that”, Morgan said when he received the prize. “This is more than a tribute, this is a moment in history.”
The elderly actor was offered a separate statue, but still had something to say about the awards that were presented the rest of the evening. They are not gender neutral. “I did not want to do this, but I’m going to tell you what’s wrong with it, it works from the back, but from the front it’s gender-specific, maybe I started something with it.”
Big absent at the presentation of the SAG Awards was comedian and actor Aziz Ansari, who was nominated in the category Best Actor in a Comedy for his series Master of None .
Ansari became discredited by an article on the Babe website , in which an anonymous photographer accused him of sexual misconduct during a date. The woman says she has felt forced to have sex. The actor has stated that he was impressed that she agreed.
According to People , the applause stopped when the name of Ansari was called between the other nominees. He did not win the prize; in his category William H. Macy took off with the award, for his role in Shameless .