Winner’s Circle: Uzo Aduba and Viola Davis Crowned Queens of TV at 2015 SAG Awards
If you need any more help filling out your 2015 Academy Awards ballot, look no further than Sunday night’s SAG Awards. Eddie Redmayne, Julianne Moore, J.K. Simmons, and Patricia Arquette all took home top acting honors in their respective categories; coincidentally, the same quartet was victorious earlier this month at the Golden Globes (in addition to Michael Keaton, who won in the best comedic actor category). There was, admittedly, little surprise for the SAG’s film kudos, but plenty to applaud on the television side.
Both Uzo Aduba and Viola Davis took home their first television SAG Awards for leading roles in Orange is the New Black and How to Get Away with Murder, respectively (Davis won two for film with The Help in 2011). Davis unofficially won best speech of the night, too.
“I’d like to thank Paul Lee, Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers, Bill D’Elia, and Peter Nowalk for thinking that a sexualized, messy, mysterious woman, could be a 49-year-old, dark-skinned, African-American woman who looks like me,” she said to thunderous applause. How ya like that, gray lady that shall remain nameless?
And the actor goes to…
Best Cast: Birdman
Best Actor: Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything
Best Actress: Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Best Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture: Unbroken, Universal Pictures
Best Ensemble in a Drama Series: Downton Abbey, PBS
Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Orange Is the New Black, Netflix
Best Actor in a Drama Series: Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
Best Actress in a Drama Series: Viola Davis, How to Get Away with Murder
Best Actor in a Comedy Series: William H. Macy, Shameless
Best Actress in a Comedy Series: Uzo Aduba, Orange is the New Black
Best Actor, Movie or Mini-Series: Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart
Best Actress, Movie or Mini-Series: Frances McDormand, Olive Kitteridge
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series: Game of Thrones, HBO
51st ANNUAL LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Debbie Reynolds