30th SAG Awards Highlights: ‘Oppenheimer’s Triumphs, Surprises, and Candid Speeches

Surprises and Celebrations at the 30th SAG Awards: ‘Oppenheimer’ Triumphs, ‘Succession’ and ‘The Bear’ Shine”

30th SAG Awards Highlights: 'Oppenheimer's Triumphs, Surprises, and Candid Speeches

“Oppenheimer” emerged victorious at the 30th Screen Actors Guild Awards, clinching the Best Cast award along with individual honors for Cillian Murphy and Robert Downey Jr. The unexpected box office hit, delving into J. Robert Oppenheimer’s story and the atomic bomb’s development are now a strong contender for the upcoming Academy Awards.

HBO’s “Succession” claimed the Best Ensemble in a Drama Series, navigating its final season of familial power struggles, while FX’s “The Bear,” offering a glimpse into the pressures of restaurant life, secured the Best Comedy Series Ensemble prize. The evening featured a mix of surprises, anticipated wins, and candid speeches addressing the challenges of life in the arts.

In a surprising turn of events, “The Crown” star Elizabeth Debicki won Leading Actress in a Drama Series for her transformative portrayal of Princess Diana, with Pedro Pascal unexpectedly winning for his performance in “The Last of Us.” “Succession” stars Kieran Culkin and Sarah Snook, initially favored, faced an upset, and Pascal expressed his astonishment at the victory.

Other winners included Jeremy Allen White and Ayo Edebiri from “The Bear,” securing Best Actor and Leading Actress in a Comedy Series, respectively. Steven Yeun and Ali Wong of “Beef” won top acting awards for a TV movie or limited series. Lily Gladstone made history as the first indigenous actress to win Best Actress for “Killers of the Flower Moon.”

Da’Vine Joy Randolph, bagging the SAG Award for Best Supporting Actress in “The Holdovers,” emphasized the transformative potential of a career in acting. Reflecting on the challenges and rewards of the profession, winners like Yeun and Debicki shared anecdotes from their early careers, highlighting the unpredictable nature of success in the industry.

The SAG Awards, now aired on Netflix for the first time, allowed for a more relaxed atmosphere with the use of explicit language. The ceremony took place against the backdrop of industry changes due to the streaming revolution, which triggered labor strikes and economic disruptions. Fran Drescher, former SAG-AFTRA president, commended members for their unity during the strike, resulting in a historic pact with improved terms for actors. The awards showcased the resilience and achievements of the acting community during a transformative period in Hollywood

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