Screen Actors Guild Awards Winners: List Of Last Years Winners

The Screen Actors Guild Awards or SAG Awards are airing January 27, 2019. This will be the 25th annual SAG Awards and the entertainment industry has come a long way in over two decades. Last year was a remarkable year for movies, and the nominees were all huge hits in their respective categories. All the actors gave each performance everything they had, and everyone has a reason to be nominated, let alone win their category. Ultimately, it will come down to SAG-AFTRA, the American union that represents performers who work in every form of media.

There are over 115,000 active members in the organization and, according to, only 2,200 of said members are chosen to vote for the SAG Awards. The members of the organization vary from actors to directors.  Actors are truly humbled and are proud if they win their category because it feels as though they were given the award by their peers.

In order to get ready for the upcoming SAG Awards, here are the past list of winners

Emma Stone

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Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

Emma Stone, La La Land 

In 2017, La La Land took the movie world by storm. The incredible music swept audiences off their feet as they came face to face with the cruel reality of chasing your dreams in Hollywood. Like most things in life, everything is a risk, do you risk your career or your love life? Emma Stone brought the character Mia Dolan to life. The passion in which Stone talks about acting, the aching love she feels for Sebastian Wilder (played by Ryan Gosling) and the determination to stick with her career was awe-inspiring.

She was up against some hefty competition including Meryl Streep for her role in Florence Foster Jenkins, Natalie Portman for Jackie, Emily Blunt for her role in The Girl on the Train, and Amy Adams for her role in Arrival. 

Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 

In 2018, Frances McDormand stunned audiences everywhere with her powerful portrayal of Mildred Hayes. A woman whose daughter was raped and killed, she demands justice for this atrocious act. But with nothing being done by the police and no leads have cropped up, she places billboards up in order to condemn the police department and bring attention to the case. McDormand’s portrayal of this strong and hurt mother moved the audience to tears. She is not afraid to get revenge on those who have wronged her, her family, or others and it makes the audience cheer for her despite this vigilante methods. A truly moving performance and a well-deserved award.

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Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Denzel Washington, Fences

Denzel Washington not only played the lead role of Troy Maxson but directed the film Fences as well. The movie took place in the 1950s. Washington portrayed Troy who has a wife and a few kids. He has had a rough life and a tough childhood with his abusive father. The actor did a phenomenal job of portraying a no-nonsense hard man, who did not mince words and lost himself in what he thought was right. He wasn’t afraid to say he didn’t like his son, or try and fix what he believed was his son’s mistake. Maxson did as he wanted all in the name of doing right by his family, even though it hurt those closest to him. Washington truly has a powerful presence that dominated every scene.

Gary Oldman, Darkest Hou

Sometimes it can be truly difficult to portray a character with historical significance. However, in 2018, Gary Oldman stepped up to the plate to portray Winston Churchill in the film Darkest Hour and he definitely delivered. Powerful may not be a strong enough word, but he radiates an aura in his role as Churchill. Throughout the movie, the audience can see the weight of all of Europe, even the world on his shoulders as he dares to stand against the Nazi regime that has been terrorizing every country. He is not afraid to fight, to do all that he can against Germany’s forces. Audiences feel his conviction, his passion, and his certainty that the Allied Forces will emerge victorious in World War II. An incredible performance, truly worthy of this award.

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures was a movie in 2017 that was celebrated by all. It showed the African American women that were working for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) during the great Space Race. These women were not just in that office for no reason, they were phenomenal at what they did despite the racism they must face every single day. Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monáe truly did justice to these women whose contributions should not and will not be forgotten. An incredible film that does its best to represent the truth of the time period and the power of these strong women.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 

It’s hard to not sing this movies praises. It truly made rave reviews and swept up awards in 2018. France McDormand was incredible in her role as Mildred Hayes. Sam Rockwell brought the character of Jason Dixon to life. He made the character so utterly terrible as he was a racist and then showed him in a more sympathetic light as Dixon began to let go of his hate. Every character felt real, the conflict was so terribly realistic because it has happened in the past and unfortunately in the future. It’s a performance that leaves the audience moved beyond words and deserves this award.

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Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

Viola Davis, Fences
In 2017, Viola Davis won this award for her portrayal of Rose Lee Maxson. Can Viola Davis do any wrong? She’s an incredible actress, we’ve seen it time and time again. She loses herself in her role and with her commanding presence, she can steal the scene. Her role as Rose was no different. She truly channeled the strength of this character, especially when she agreed to raise Raynell. Amazing performance, as usual for Viola Davis.

Allison Janney, I, Tonya

I, Tonya is a movie that tackles one of the most talked about attacks in figure skating, the attack on Nancy Kerrigan in 1994. Margot Robbie portrays Tonya Harding and Allison Janney portrays the role of Harding’s mother. Janney was fantastic in her role as Harding’s mother. She truly captured that stereotype that people talk about when it comes to mothers of beauty pageants, figure skating, or any other sport. The scene where Harding asks her mother if she ever loved her, the mother’s response was a gut punch to not just Harding but to the audience as well.

Mahershala Ali holding an award

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Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

Mahershala Ali has proven how incredible an actor he is. Ali has played many characters, from a musician to a tough mafia boss, and even in smaller roles, he can still leave a lasting impact on the audience. In Moonlight, Ali’s character, Juan became a sort of mentor for the main character Chiron. Juan is the first person in Chiron’s life who supports him and even tells Chiron if he’s gay then there is nothing wrong with that. His character and his actions resonate throughout the movie, even when it is revealed in the second act that he passed away. Ali’s talent shines through in this role and his encouragement resonated with the audience as well as Chiron.

Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 

Sam Rockwell was outstanding in his role as Jason Dixon, he deserved the award in 2018. He went from being a hated character to a sympathetic one by the end of the movie. His initial racist, sexist, and violent tendencies portrayed him as the antagonist of the film, even though that was not the case. He did all that he could to make Hayes’s life miserable due to the billboard she had up. However, after the passing of the Chief and a moving letter, he let’s go of the hate. Rockwell portrays this difference and growth in a way that feels natural, a truly fantastic portrayal of the character.

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Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

Stranger Things

Stranger Things took the Internet by storm. This Netflix hit was all anyone could talk about, and in 2017 it received many deserved awards. The concept felt new and innovative. There were some that were worried about the time it was set in, many wondering if this was pandering to a certain audience. But no, it all fit together smoothly. Winona Ryder and David Harbour are fantastic, but the younger actors such as Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, Natalia Dyer, and more stole every scene. An incredible cast with such a captivating story to tell, the show definitely earned the award.

This Is Us

This is Us was a show that, in the beginning, was a huge hit for many. Some people may have mixed opinions now, but when it debuted it was a wild success. It told a story of three different characters, all from the same family. The show is not afraid to tackle so many situations that other Networks may not want to touch. With such a diverse cast and a realistic outlook on family, it moved audiences everywhere.

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

Claire Foy, The Crown

You may have noticed that Claire Foy is the only person on this part of the list. That’s because she won the same award two years in a row. Claire Foy is incredible in her role as Princess and soon Queen Elizabeth II. Her presence takes up the entire scene. Playing the role of Princess Elizabeth can be quite daunting, even intimidating but Foy handles it with all the poise and grace of royalty. An incredible actress who truly deserves this honor (twice).

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

John Lithgow, The Crown

As I mentioned before, it can be difficult to portray a person from history. Gary Oldman was not the only one to portray Winston Churchill, so did John Lithgow in The Crown in 2017. Though their portrayals are different, Lithgow did an incredible job as portraying an older and more tired version of Churchill. After all, in this time period, Churchill resigned as Prime Minister. The conviction in his words and the way he holds himself is impressive and deserving of this award.

Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us

This Is Us has a fantastic cast that moves audiences everywhere. However, Sterling K. Brown truly stands out with his role as Randall Pearson. Pearson is the adopted son of Jack and Rebecca Pearson. The show does its best to show the struggles that Randall Pearson goes through as an adopted child and how he does not want to face his past (at least in season one). He is a successful, family man who knows who he is and wants to protect his family even from his biological father. Brown gives his all as Randall and treats the audience to a moving experience.

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Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series

Sarah Paulson, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

FX wanted to create a true criminal anthology series known as American Crime Story. The first season tackled an infamous case, the O.J. Simpson case. The show revolved around the murder case and was based on Jeffrey Toobin’s book The Run of His Life: The People v. O. J. Simpson. Sarah Paulson portrayed the lead prosecutor Marcia Clark and completely captured the essence of Clark. Paulson put her heart into the role and portrayed a strong woman with incredible conviction. Intelligence, certainty, determination, and more radiated from her being and had us all in awe.

Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies

Nicole Kidman took on the role of Celeste Wright in Big Little Lies and truly knocked it out of the park. I still can’t get over that opening scene of the final episode. Fans learn earlier on that Wright is an abuse victim and her husband beats her viciously. Kidman’s muffled screams and the way she cowers when around Alexander Skarsgård (who plays her husband Perry Wright) is haunting. She loses herself in the role to the point where we don’t know where Wright begins and Kidman ends. This was an award well won in 2018.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series

Bryan Cranston, All the Way

In 2017, Bryan Cranston won this award for his role as President Lyndon B. Johnson in All the Way. This film is a biographical drama series that focuses on President Lyndon B. Johnson after John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Cranston is phenomenal in this role as he shows all of the pressures and conflicts that Lyndon B. Johnson underwent as he took the Oval Office. A truly incredible and moving performance that showcased Cranston’s talent and the character of America’s 36th President.

Alexander Skarsgard, Big Little Lies

It only makes sense that Alexander Skarsgård won this award, both his portrayal of Perry Wright and Nicole Kidman’s of Celeste Wright were incredible. Perry Wright may seem like the picture perfect husband but he’s not. Skarsgård plays his role way and finds a way to juggle between the two acts of the abuser and perfect spouse. It’s haunting how he turns so quickly, an incredible but chilling performance.

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