February 26, 2024
Trish Arab

30th Screen Actors Guild Awards 2024 has Awards Season on a Loop (1 minute read)

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Awards season continued this past weekend with the 30th annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards, and what we saw was deja vu all over again, as they say.

Organized by the Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA), these awards uniquely spotlight performances by individual actors and ensemble casts in film and television. Notably, the winners are selected through peer recognition, with fellow actors and industry professionals participating in the selection process. This year's ceremony had extra meaning after the 118-day strike of members in this same organization.  

Maybe that should mean that these awards are the most coveted, but this year's winners looked much like the same as all of the other awards that came first: "Oppenheimer" cast won in the male acting categories, "Succession" and "The Bear" won for TV, and "Beef" for limited series swept again.

One notable difference was in the male actor in a drama series, with the winner finally being Pedro Pascal for his role in the TV drama "The Last of Us." I have said to anyone who would listen that this freshman season of the video game-turned-TV drama was completely overlooked in major award categories. The fact that the episode titled "A Long Long Time" didn't win any Emmys either for production or acting is criminal (seriously, I don't think I've ever had a TV episode leave me feeling so emotionally drained and happy at the same time).  

Pascal was also drunk during his acceptance speech, which is always fun to watch, but not too drunk to allude to the ongoing fake feud between him and fellow nominee (and favoured winner) Kieran Culkin.

Happy to see Barbara Streisand get a lifetime achievement award, and as always, the fashions were fabulous (especially the men; to be frank, the guys from "Abbott Elementary" really brought their A games), but all in all, it was a pretty routine lead up to the crowning jewel that is the Academy Awards next month.