Brad Pitt, Laura Dern and â€œFleabagâ€ took home awards in the early going at the 26th Screen Actors Guild on Sunday.
In an awards season with plenty of question marks, little has been more certain than the best supporting actor favorite, Pitt, who is headed toward his first acting Academy Award for his performance in â€œOnce Upon a Time … in Hollywood.â€ Pitt, who said he was nursing a flu, looked down at his award and said, â€œI’ve got to add this to my Tinder profile.â€
“Let’s be honest, it was a difficult part. A guy who gets high, takes his shirt off and doesn’t get on with wife,” joked Pitt. â€œIt was a big stretch.â€ The audience laughed and clapped, including – as the cameras captured – Jennifer Aniston.
With a win for best female actor in a supporting role, Dern further established herself as the category’s front-runner at next month’s Academy Awards. On her way to the stage, she hugged her father, Bruce Dern.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge continued her awards sweep for â€œFleabag,â€ a winner at the Emmys and the Golden Globes. Waller-Bridge added a SAG win for best female actor in a comedy series and took a moment to reflect on the showâ€™s parade of accolades.
â€œThis whole thing really has been a dream, and if I wake up tomorrow and discover it was just that, then thank you,â€ said Waller-Bridge. â€œItâ€™s been the most beautiful dream.â€
â€œThe Marvelous Mrs. Maiselâ€ also continued its streak, winning best comedy series ensemble for the second straight year, along with Tony Shalhoub for best male actor in a comedy series. But accepting the ensemble award, the showâ€™s shocked Alex Borstein said she had voted for â€œFleabag.â€
â€œHonestly this makes no sense,â€™ said Borstein. â€œâ€˜Fleabagâ€™ is brilliant.â€™â€
Among the films vying for the screen actorsâ€™ top honor, best ensemble, are Oscar heavyweights â€œOnce Upon a Time … in Hollywoodâ€ and â€œThe Irishman.â€ They are competing with â€œParasiteâ€ (only the second foreign language nominee after â€œLife Is Beautiful,” which received a nod in 1999), â€œJojo Rabbitâ€ and â€œBombshell.â€
Because actors make up the largest percentage of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, their picks are closely watched. But the last two years, the SAG ensemble winner has not gone on to win best picture: â€œBlack Pantherâ€ last year and â€œThree Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouriâ€ in 2018.
Two of this yearâ€™s top best-picture contenders at the Oscars – â€œJoker,â€ more of a one-man show; and â€œ1917,â€ more acclaimed for its technical acumen – werenâ€™t nominated for best ensemble. On Saturday, â€œ1917â€ won top honors at the highly predictive Producers Guild Awards, which 21 of the last 30 years has lined up with the eventual best picture winner.
Robert De Niro was to be honored with the guild’s lifetime achievement award. Awards for stunt ensemble were announced ahead of the ceremony, with prizes going to Marvel’s “Avengers: Endgame” and HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”
The show is being broadcast live on TNT and TBS from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.